Duane represents clients in complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on restructuring disputes, contested issues in bankruptcy, and cross-border litigation. An experienced trial lawyer, Duane is regularly called upon to provide courtroom leadership for creditors, institutional shareholders, and fund principals in cases where litigation drives recoveries. Both the New York Law Journal and Law360 have named him a “Rising Star,” and his cases are featured regularly in Reorg Research, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal.

In the area of restructuring litigation, Duane has represented ad hoc groups of creditors in a number of significant corporate bankruptcies, including the Chapter 11 cases of Intelsat S.A. and LBI Media, in each case serving as trial counsel in multi-week hearings on contested plans of reorganization.

In cross-border disputes, Duane has helped recover billions of dollars for institutional shareholders, including through Section 1782 discovery proceedings that have led to precedent-setting decisions in district and appellate courts throughout the United States.

Duane's representative matters include:

  • Representing creditors of Bombardier Inc. in litigation alleging covenant breaches and abuse of bondholder rights
  • Representing mezzanine lender in high-profile litigation to decide ownership of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square
  • Representing Ad Hoc Group of Hertz European noteholders in litigation to recover backstop financing fees
  • Multiple Section 1782 proceedings in support of appraisal litigation in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and Japan
  • Representing Ad Hoc Group of Convertible Noteholders in Chapter 11 of Intelsat, S.A.
  • Successfully prosecuting an international arbitration against Greece, resulting in a settlement worth over €1 billion for foreign investors
  • Defending litigation arising from the Cayman Islands provisional liquidation of the Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity firm
  • Defending fraudulent transfer claims in Chapter 15 adversary proceedings brought by the trustee of Norske Skogindustrier, an insolvent Norwegian paper company
  • Representing second-lien noteholders in Chapter 11 adversary proceeding against Spanish-language broadcaster LBI Media Inc.
  • Advising creditors of Puerto Rico’s Employee Retirement System, in connection with the Title III restructuring proceedings and related litigation against the U.S. and Puerto Rico under the Takings Clause
  • Representing investment funds in dispute over rights to claim against Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE). Calanthe Capital, LLC v. Citadel Equity Fund Ltd., No. 651191/2017 (New York Supreme Court)
  • Representing plaintiffs in antitrust class actions over the rising prices of EpiPen injectable devices. Nordstrum et al. v. Mylan, Inc et al., No. 17-cv-2401 (D.N.J.)
  • Representing plaintiffs in claims for fraud and breach of contract against Hess Corporation. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc. v. Hess Corp., No. 653887/2015 (New York Supreme Court)
  • Representing the owners of Grand Central Terminal in billion-dollar constitutional claims against the City of New York. Midtown TDR Ventures LLC, v. City Of New York, 1:15-cv-07647 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Representing Barclays in multijurisdictional litigation involving the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), including more than 50 actions advancing antitrust, Commodities Exchange Act, RICO, securities, and state law claims
  • Several of the major securities cases of the last decade, including In re AOL Time Warner, Inc. Securities and ERISA Litigation, 02 MD 1500 (S.D.N.Y.), a multibillion dollar securities class action arising out of the AOL-Time Warner merger; and In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litigation, 02-CV-5571 (S.D.N.Y.), one of the only securities class actions ever to proceed to trial

Discovery in Aid of International Proceedings: Recent Developments in Section 1782Bloomberg BNA (2015)

Jurisdictional Line-Drawing in a Time When so Much Litigation Is "Related To" Bankruptcy:  A Practical and Constitutional Solution, 72 Fordham L. Rev. 1091 (2004)

  • Fordham Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Notes & Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review; Order of the Coif; Fordham Prize
  • Fordham University, B.A., summa cum laude, Comparative Literature

Bars

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit

Law360 Rising Star (2020)

New York Law Journal Rising Star (2020)

New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2016, 2019, 2020)

  • Hon. Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit