Litigation team joins BakerHostetler

Howard E Cotton and Michael S Gordon, both seasoned trial attorneys with decades of experience in high-stakes commercial litigation, have joined BakerHostetler as partners based in New York.

Cotton (pictured), and Gordon come to BakerHostetler to continue their more than 20 years of working together as a successful litigation team. 
They arrive from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where Cotton previously held many leadership positions, including serving as a national co-chair of commercial litigation and on the national executive committee, compensation committee and board of directors.
Cotton is a prominent first-chair litigator who combines consummate litigation strategy and courtroom skill with a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ business objectives. Cotton has maintained long-standing relationships with his substantial client roster, including real estate developers and funds, hospitality companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, family offices, public and private companies and their senior officers, high-net-worth investors and entrepreneurs, and foreign governments. Recognised for many years as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in business litigation, Cotton is particularly known for his considerable expertise in complex real estate, corporate and financial services litigation, regularly leading litigations involving partnership and corporate shareholder derivative disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and breach of contract.
Gordon is an accomplished litigator who acts as advisor, strategist and advocate for a diverse group of clients in industries ranging from real estate and financial services to media and not-for-profit charitable organisations – including The Dramatists Guild Foundation, Housing Works and Marjorie’s Fund, on whose boards he currently sits. During his career, Gordon has handled virtually every type of business dispute and also has broad experience as a member of the Mediation Panel for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, which gives him a unique perspective in counselling clients on litigation strategy.
“We are pleased that Howard and Michael chose to make BakerHostetler their new home,” says W Ray Whitman, chair of BakerHostetler’s Litigation Group. “Their extensive commercial litigation experience and their rare blend of strategy and counsel will provide immediate benefits to our topflight national litigation team.”
“Howard and Michael are two more excellent additions to our New York office,” says George Stamboulidis, managing partner of BakerHostetler’s New York office. “They have an outstanding litigation track record. Their commitment to collaboration across practice groups and teams resonates with the core culture at BakerHostetler and is something all of our clients can benefit from.”