Areas of Practice
Financial Crisis Litigation
Fordham University, B.A., Soviet Studies/History, 1984; Deans List
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Fifth Circuit
United States District Courts: District of New Jersey, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, Federal Court of Claims
Robert Magnanini, Managing Partner
Bob Magnanini has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending complex civil and criminal matters. He represents clients in civil commercial and environmental cases. He has tried, arbitrated and mediated cases in federal and state courts and before numerous administrative bodies. He spearheaded several large internal investigations which resulted in parallel civil and criminal proceedings and has handled criminal and appellate matters. He was appointed to complete Michael Chertoff’s tenure as the Investigations Officer of the Mason Tenders Union to conclude the investigation into associations with organized crime after Mr. Chertoff was appointed as the Assistant United States Attorney General for the Criminal Division.
He has prosecuted numerous RICO actions and defended corporations and individuals in securities fraud class actions. He has litigated a large variety of commercial matters including professional malpractice, institutional asset recovery, banking issues, minority shareholder actions, construction and commercial real estate actions and intellectual property matters for companies such as AOL, AT&T, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (now CSFB), DuPont, Foodtown, Ford Motor Company, Lucent, MobileMedia, Sears, Siemens Microelectronics, Tosco Corporation, Vivendi and Zenith. His work in the environmental area has focused primarily on defending and prosecuting federal and state cost recovery actions, regulatory and enforcement actions and corporate successor liability and dissolution issues for companies such as Atlantic Express, Baker & Taylor, International Paper Company, International Truck and Engine, Monsanto, Sears and Solutia. He has prosecuted and defended a variety of product liability actions involving toxic tort, personal injury and property damage claims for companies such as AT&T, International Paper Company, Monsanto, Sears and Rubbermaid.
Mr. Magnanini retired in 2014 after serving as a Colonel in the New York Army National Guard and as the J-2, Director of Intelligence and Security for New York State Military Forces. He served in a variety of Intelligence, Counter-drug and Counter-terrorist positions while on active duty in light infantry and special operations forces. He was activated on September 11, 2001 and was the senior division staff officer from the 42nd Infantry Division at the World Trade Center for the two weeks following the attack and responsible for coordinating and controlling over 1800 military personnel assisting in the security and recovery efforts. Mr. Magnanini was awarded New York State’s highest service award for his actions, the Conspicuous Service Medal, by Governor Pataki. He also organized the N.Y. Military response in and around New York City after the London and Madrid bombings in 2005. He was mobilized to serve in the Pentagon as a Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) where he resolved various issues for the senior leadership of the U.S. military.
Mr. Magnanini graduated from Fordham University in 1984 with a B.A. in Soviet Studies and a B.A. in History. He obtained a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law where he received the designation as a Fellow of the Tony Patino, Jr. Fellowship, and a Governor Robert B. Myner Scholar, was awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and was the Student Speaker at Commencement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tony Patino, Jr. Fellowship and SEEK Safely, Inc.
Colonel, New York Army National Guard, J-2, Director of Intelligence and Security