R. James De Rose III




R.J. De Rose focuses his practice on complex domestic and international litigation.

R.J. began his career as counsel to insurance carriers providing coverage analysis on Directors & Officers Insurance liability claims. From there, his practice has developed to also include direct representation of various directors and officers in litigation brought against them for purported mismanagement.

R.J.'s international experience includes representing as lead litigation counsel an association of Brazilian health insurance companies that brought claims in the United States against various medical device manufacturers, seeking to recover for those manufacturer’s corruption of the Brazilian medical device market. This dispute has been litigated in the courts of Brazil and the United States. R.J. has also represented an international construction company in disputes over contracts relating to projects in Iraq. He has also represented foreign, private security contractors in disputes arising from their activities in Iraq subsequent to the last Gulf War.

R.J.’s financial services experience includes representing securitized student loan trusts in class action litigation. He has represented the trustee of a collateralized debt obligation in a dispute with a counter-hedge party over the priority of payments under the terms of that CDO, which included litigating the meaning of the various agreements governing the CDO. He has also represented certain note holders in a dispute over a mezzanine financing agreement. Additionally, R.J. has provided legal advice to one of the world's largest international banks on its obligations as trustee under various mortgage backed securities and he has counseled clients on various issues relating to the servicing of loans collateralized into mortgage backed securities and defending a bank in a series of multi-million dollar disputes against claims of negligence and fraud.

R.J. has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the United States Circuit Courts for the Second Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit and Ninth Circuit, and before the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division for the First Department and Second Department.

Representative Experience

  • Estate of Manook v. Research Triangle Institute, Int’l: Defended the client, a private security firm from tort claims arising out of their activities in Iraq. 2010 WL 3199874 (E.D.N.C.)
  • MacKay v. Crews, et al: Acted as lead counsel for the elected national committee members of the Reform Party of the United States of America. Secured summary judgment for clients in a long-running dispute over who represented the leadership of the Reform Party of the United States of America, restoring control of the party to our clients. 2009 WL 5062119 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank, B.A. v. Brookville CDO I Ltd.: Represented the trustee of a Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO), on behalf of the CDO in a dispute with a counter-hedge party over priority of payment under the terms of the transaction. 2008 WL 5170178 (S.D.N.Y)
  • Hedgemon Fund, LLC v. Plaza Harbour Mezz Holdings, et al:  Represented junior noteholders in dispute over priority pursuant to mezzanine financing vehicle.
  • In Re Corrigan: Acted as lead counsel for family and estate of retired FDNY firefighter killed at the World Trade Center assisting rescue efforts on 9/11. Secured action in the New York Supreme Court to have his name listed with the FDNY on the National Sept. 11 Memorial. 2010 WL 2927210 (N.Y.Sup.)