MATTHEW S. DONTZIN, the founding Partner of the Firm, has a practice focused on commercial litigation, international litigation, white-collar criminal law, and sophisticated commercial transactions. A 1983 graduate of New York University Law School, Mr. Dontzin represents a number of international banks, corporations, and high net worth individuals. Mr. Dontzin has devised and coordinated litigation strategy for civil and criminal proceedings involving $50 billion under the laws of seven jurisdictions, and has supervised over 135 lawyers from 30 firms of international repute. He has tried cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the New York Supreme Court, and has argued appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division.

Prior to founding the Firm, Mr. Dontzin practiced at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, Nessen, Kamin & Frankel and, before that, was trained and practiced as a trial lawyer at LaRossa, Mitchell & Ross. He was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant for human rights legal work in South Africa and is the author of “A Crisis in the Administration of Justice in South Africa,” a report to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Ford Foundation (New York, March 1989). Mr. Dontzin is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.