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Brian C. Wille

Brian C. Wille

Counsel


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New York City
T: 212.808.8100
F: 212.808.8108

Brian C. Wille represents businesses and individuals in complex litigations involving a wide range of corporate, commercial, tax and securities matters. His clients include individual investors, venture capitalists, major insurers, and prominent figures in entertainment and the arts.

In addition to litigation matters, Mr. Wille regularly represents clients in regulatory proceedings and investigations before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also represents clients in white collar criminal matters relating to securities issues, and has acted as lead trial counsel in several tax whistleblower cases that have established important precedents in this emerging area of the law.

Mr. Wille is formerly a partner of the firm, during which time he acted as the head of the firm’s civil litigation practice.  He currently splits his time between New York and Florida.

Tulane University, B.A. (1982), Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and Economics

New York University School of Law, J.D. (1985)

New York State, 1987

U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York, 1988

U.S.D.C. Eastern District of New York, 1988

Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989

Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007

United States Tax Court, 2008

State of Florida, 2011

U.S.D.C. Southern District of Florida, 2021

  • Secured multi-million-dollar concessions from the Internal Revenue Service in litigation over allegedly abusive tax shelter
  • Secured, on appeal, reinstatement of fraud, breach of fiduciary and related claims in action involving oil industry joint venture, later resulting in seven-figure recovery on behalf of plaintiffs
  • Secured dismissal of fraud claims against senior officers of insurance company
  • Persuaded Securities and Exchange Commission to abandon securities fraud claims against ex-Chairman of major telecommunications company
  • Participated as part of a team that recovered more than $275 million in judgments and settlements on behalf of investors in action entitled In Re Safety-Kleen Bondholders Litigation
  • Secured, on behalf of world-renowned artist and entertainer, multi-million-dollar recovery in securities fraud action against his financial advisor
  • Secured, on behalf of entrepreneur and venture capitalist, multi-million-dollar recovery against his broker for fraud, churning, and related misconduct
  • Persuaded Securities and Exchange Commission to abandon insider trading claims against family insider accused of trading on the basis of nonpublic information about impending merger
  • Persuaded federal prosecutors not to pursue front-running claims against securities specialist
  • Secured settlement, on favorable terms, of market-timing claims against securities broker
  • Secured dismissal of fraud claims against former partner in leading law firm
  • Secured successful results in numerous estate and probate proceedings, including successful challenge of Will on grounds of fraud and undue influence, and successful defense of co-executors and co-trustees on claims of theft and self-dealing.

Speaker, “Tips on the Examination of an Accounting Expert,” Practicing Law Institute (April 2000; January 2001; and October 2002)

Member, Board of Trustees Prep for Prep (2012-Present)

Member, Finance Committee of Prep for Prep (2013-Present)

Mr. Wille has been quoted in the following publications, among others:

  • Reuters, June 28, 2010, “New York Exec To Pay In Tax Shelter Accord” (quoted in connection with significant concessions secured as part of settlement of tax shelter claims)
  • Washington Post, August 24, 2008, “Biden’s Son, Brother Named In Two Suits” (quoted in connection with fraud claims then-pending against Hunter and James Biden)
  • Bloomberg.com, January 31, 2008, “Lobbyist Hunter Biden Is Sued On Paradigm Purchase” (quoted in connection with lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court against Hunter and James Biden)
  • New York Newsday, February 26, 2006, “Dispute Ensnarls Insurance Player” (quoted in connection with claims asserted against insurance giant AIG)
  • Knight-Ridder News Service, November 21, 1997, “Mantle Auction Will Have Several Items Missing” (quoted in connection with successful action enjoining, on behalf of Mickey Mantle’s estate, the sale of personal items at planned auction)
  • New York Post, November 21, 1997, “Mick’s Widow Sues To Stop Auction” (quoted as to the nature of the claims in action brought on behalf of Mickey Mantle’s estate)