Muhammad U. Faridi is a Partner in the Firm's Litigation department. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including disputes related to breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, structured finance transactions, alleged violations of U.S. sanctions, international joint ventures, and fraud. He has handled a wide variety of litigation matters at various stages—including jury and bench trials and appeals—for large financial institutions (such as financial guarantors and hedge funds), international manufacturing conglomerates, large pharmaceutical companies, and not-for-profit organizations. He has also advised clients with interests in distressed businesses, and his clients have recouped billions of dollars through litigation and out-of-court settlements.
Mr. Faridi has been recognized by several professional associations and organizations. He was named a “2018 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal, which “recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers who are no older than 40.” He has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hotlist” of practitioners for multiple years, including as recently as 2019. The hot list highlights professionals who “have been deemed most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities in the US and Canadian litigation community by peers and clients.” He was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, highlighting his recognition by the Young Lawyers Section of the association for having rendered outstanding service to both the community and legal profession. Based upon Mr. Faridi’s work on death-penalty matters and his leadership in chairing the New York City Bar Association’s Capital Punishment Committee, the Firm was awarded the 2017 Norman Redlich Pro Bono Award. Mr. Faridi has also received The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for multiple years, MFY Legal Services, Inc.’s Partner in Justice Award, and the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s TD Bank Champion of Justice Award. Mr. Faridi was also recognized as the 2017 Law Day Honoree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice “for his outstanding commitment to the legal community.”
Mr. Faridi has also written extensively on commercial litigation in New York. He is the co-editor of Commercial Division Practice Guide (Bloomberg), a treatise that seeks to provide guidance on the process of litigation in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, a court established to enhance the quality of judicial adjudication and to improve efficiency in the case management of commercial disputes in New York. Mr. Faridi is also a contributor to the American Bar Association Section of Business Law's annual review of business courts in the United States. Further, Mr. Faridi is a founding contributor to the Firm’s blog, www.NYCommercialDivisionBlog.com, covering developments related to practice and case law in the Commercial Division and commercial cases in New York appellate courts. He has also made presentations before, among others, the New York State Judicial Institute.
Mr. Faridi is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law where he teaches commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Faridi served as a law clerk to Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Ongoing representation of a financial institution in a $2 billion breach-of-contract and fraud action against another large financial institution.
Representation of a financial institution in a breach-of-contract and fraud action resulting in a $995 million settlement for our client.
Representation of a financial institution in a breach-of-contract action resulting in a $400 million settlement for our client.
Representation of a financial institution in a pre-suit settlement of claims where our client recouped $1.1 billion as well as loss-sharing for future losses to our client.
Representation of a financial institution in a breach-of-contract and fraud action resulting in a large settlement for our client.
Representation of an international investment conglomerate and holding company in a complex financial fraud action relating to a secured lending facility.
Representation of a hedge fund in enforcement of its right to step-up in the interest rate owed on asset-back securities as a result of defaults by the sponsor in transaction documents.
Ongoing representation of a large manufacturer of auto parts in an action alleging wrongful termination of a contract and fraud.
Representation of an international joint venture in three lawsuits related to its manufacturing rights resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement that also recognized our client’s rights.
Representation of a large manufacturer of auto parts in an arbitration proceeding alleging inadequate controls.
White Collar Defense
Ongoing representation of a large institution in a civil forfeiture action brought by the U.S. Government and several lawsuits brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.
Representation of a large pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement action involving patents on a consumer product.
Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights
Representation of official committee of unsecured creditors in a large Chapter 11 case involving a multi-state real estate developer with liabilities over a billion dollars.
Representation of bondholders of a large bank in Chapter 7 liquidation.
Representation of a large Brazilian bank in a Chapter 15 proceeding stemming from a judicial recovery proceeding in Brazil.
Mr. Faridi’s pro bono work includes representation of a union of federal asylum and refugee officers in several challenges to government policies regarding refugees; several refugees from Syria, Honduras, and Pakistan seeking to re-locate to the United States; a women’s health organization in challenging restrictions to abortion in Oklahoma; a Muslim organization seeking to establish a house of worship in New Jersey; a death-row inmate in Missouri in post-conviction collateral review proceedings; several organizations such as the National Catholic Register, National Governors Association, Council of State Governments, and National Conference of State Legislature in death penalty matters; several incarcerated individuals seeking clemency and commutation of their sentences; children with disabilities in a class action against the City of New Orleans; runaway and homeless youth in a class action against the City of New York; mentally disabled persons in housing court eviction proceedings.
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; Second Circuit; Fourth Circuit; Ninth Circuit
- New York
- New Jersey
New York City Bar Association, Vice President (2019-2020), Executive Committee (Chair, 2018-2019; member 2015-2020), Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers (Co-Chair, 2020-present), Committee on Capital Punishment (Chair, 2010-2013; member 2005-present), Task Force on Mass Incarceration (2015-present), International Human Rights Committee (2019-present); Muslim Bar Association of New York (Board of Directors, 2009-2010; member, 2008-present); Federal Bar Council Inn of Court (2010-present); John Jay College Foundation Board of Trustees (2017-present); Practising Law Institute, Faculty (2020-present).
“New York Practice: The What, Where & How of Commencing a Lawsuit & Serving Parties,” New York City Bar CLE Webinar (July 23, 2020)
“Lessons Learned from the 1918 Pandemic: Historical and Legal Framework of the Spanish Flu and How It Relates to Today’s Crisis,” Historical Society of New York Courts (May 11, 2020)
“COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Transactions and Disputes,” Practising Law Institute (April 17, 2020)
“Importance of Sharing the Jewish Experience in Immigration Litigation,” American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (March 25, 2020)
“Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act,” National Association of Muslim Lawyers (October 13, 2019)
“Keeping the Faith: The Latest on Mosque Opposition, Zoning Law and Religious Discrimination in New Jersey,” New Jersey State Bar Association (October 24, 2018)
“Litigation Practice in New York Courts: A Conversation with Leaders in New York Practice,” Albany Law School & Patterson Belknap (June 20, 2018)
“Combating Terrorism Through Sanctions, Civil & Criminal Liability, and International Cooperation,” American Bar Association Section of Int’l Law (April 18, 2018)
“Cost-Effective and Time-Effective Commercial Litigation in New York’s Commercial Division,” Bloomberg BNA Webinar (March 26, 2018)