Craig Weiner

212.980.7400

Craig Weiner

Partner

Chair, New York Commercial and Financial Litigation Group

Experience

Craig Weiner is known for his calm, strategic insight in high-stakes and crisis management situations. His practice encompasses the litigation and strategic planning issues faced by corporations, high-net worth individuals, investment banks, private equity/hedge funds, and venture companies. Mr. Weiner is often called upon for crisis management and is particularly experienced in creating novel solutions for complex problems. Mr. Weiner has extensive experience practicing internationally and has worked closely with clients in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam. He possesses extensive venture capital and private equity experience, and has worked closely with domestic and foreign hedge funds, venture companies, high-net worth individuals, and government funds. Mr. Weiner also has extensive experience with and has written articles on judgment enforcement and asset seizures. His practice includes high-stakes employment and harassment litigation, professional malpractice, and bankruptcy and reorganization, having previously served as debtor's authorized representative and lead counsel in adversary proceedings.

Mr. Weiner provides guidance to his clients with respect to high-stakes litigation and contentious negotiations as well as helping to facilitate joint ventures, strategic alliances, government grants, and conducting online commerce. Mr. Weiner has also assisted publicly traded and private clients in first and second-round financings. He has extensive contract drafting/negotiating ability as well as in-depth experience assisting clients in raising private equity, venture capital, and institutional money.

Represented Ripples Homeland Security Group Limited, a United Kingdom homeland security firm, in an action alleging various claims including breach of contract, conspiracy, and fraud. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey entered a preliminary injunction against the defendants, and a judgment of nearly $6.4 million was subsequently obtained. Ripples Homeland Security Group Ltd., et al. v. Nayar, et al., 15-cv-02355-AET-DEA (D.N.J.).

Represented Sonoro Invest S.A., a Panamanian corporation, in an action for breach of promissory notes. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the defendant. Ultimately, a settlement for the parties was reached. Sonoro Invest S.A. v. Abakan, Inc., 14-cv-23640-DPG (S.D. Fla.).

Appointed special litigation counsel for debtor, including lead attorney, on legal malpractice case resulting in a $14.5 million settlement in favor of the debtor. In re: Curtis J. Jackson III, 15-21233 (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Connecticut)

Results prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP:

Represented offshore private equity fund (Caymen/Nevis) and its principals in a suit filed against them by outside investor (Federal Court SDNY).

Represented the venture capital arm of a Malaysian agency and its U.S. portfolio companies in two separate litigations (Federal Court WD Wash), as well as handled general corporate and investment work for the Fund and its portfolio companies.

Represented three high profile U.S. private equity funds on D&O claim (NY Supreme).

Represented former vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs (Asia) in U.S. special proceedings (Federal Court SDNY).

Represented Asian private equity fund in negotiation and drafting of U.S. and overseas investments.

Represented distressed securities fund in its acquisition of the portfolio of a liquidating hedge fund.

Representing steel company in claim for business interruption insurance.

Represented Chinese company in an Arbitration proceeding in Singapore.

Represented premier Singapore based university in matters including litigation (U.S. Bankruptcy Court) and corporate (contract).

Represented wealthy individuals and their private corporations (several different parties) in seizure of bank assets by the Seychelles government. (Seychelles Courts and Federal Court SDNY).

Represented parties in a large bankruptcy case (preference claims and adversary proceedings involving extensive litigation (Bankruptcy Court Del.) matter arose from the sale of a disaster recovery company that was one of the largest Hurricane Katrina contractors in New Orleans.

Represented individual in malpractice claim on legal advice rendered on $200 million sale of company, resulting in favorable recovery (Texas).

Represented Indonesia asset recovery corporation (formed under auspices of Indonesian government) in a multi-jurisdiction $600 million Ponzi scheme involving 10,000 Indonesian Investors (Federal Court WD Wash, Utah, Alaska, Hong Kong, BVI)

Represented several Chinese companies on coal purchases from Indonesian mines.

Represented Vietnamese investor group in negotiations for financing of residential and commercial complex in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Represented technology company in employee(s) sexual harassment claims (Portland, Oregon)

Represented business owner in multi-million dollar “golden parachute” lawsuit, resulting in multi-million dollar judgment (Suffolk County, NY).

Represented largest home infusion company in tri-state area in arbitration trial brought against them (AAA Chicago) pursuant to indemnification clause in sale/purchase agreement.

Represented former LBO company in numerous product liability suits (NY, NJ and PA).

Represented private equity fund in reverse merger acquisition of spirits company with public entity.

Acted as overseeing counsel (including directing trial strategy and all negotiations) on patent case filed for infringement of technology patents.

Represented water technology company on licensing and issues including breach of license agreement by licensees.

Represented developer of hotel complex in investor dispute.

Represented several individuals in animal abuse matters on behalf of their pets abused by caretaking facility.

Represented private equity fund in potential litigation in home products breach of contract matter.

Represented fashion company in litigation involving theft of e-commerce trade secrets.

Represented wealthy Hong Kong family in various matters including retention of wealth management group, investment opportunities and employee hires.

Represented solar company in trade secret action.

Represented former hedge fund principal in indemnification claim made pursuant to buy-out agreement (NY Supreme).

Represented LA based production company in corporate/shareholder and investment structure, as well as licensing of content and distribution.

Benchmark Highly Recommended Firm 2020
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education
  • Albany Law School, J.D. (1991)
  • Lehigh University, B.S. (1988)
Professional Associations
  • New York State Bar Association

  • Overview of Risks and Regulations Impacting FinTech Companies in the United States
    Malaysian FinTech Symposium, New York, New York (July 14, 2017)
  • Silicon Valley Immersion Program
    Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn. Bhd., Menlo Park, California (November 1, 2016)
  • Maximizing Effectiveness and Avoiding Pitfalls
    Tri-State Institutional Investor Forum (March 26, 2015)
  • Maximizing Effectiveness and Avoiding Pitfalls
    Columbian Lawyers Association of the First Judicial Department, New York, New York (March 4, 2015)
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