Mark C. Rifkin is a partner of the Firm in New York City. An experienced securities class action and shareholder rights litigator, Mr. Rifkin has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of corporate fraud and abuse in federal and state litigation across the country. Since 1990, Mr. Rifkin has served as lead counsel, co-lead counsel, or trial counsel in many class and derivative actions in securities, intellectual property, ERISA, antitrust, insurance, consumer and mass tort litigation throughout the country.
Mr. Rifkin has extensive trial experience. Over the past thirty years, he has tried many complex commercial actions in a wide variety of matters, including securities litigation, commercial disputes, insurance claims, and construction litigation, in federal and state courts across the country. Mr. Rifkin also has extensive appellate experience. Over thirty years, he has argued dozens of appeals on behalf of appellants and appellees in several federal appellate courts and in the highest appellate courts in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Mr. Rifkin has earned the AV®-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for more than 20 years, and has been selected for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers® listing since 2010. In 2014, Mr. Rifkin was named a “Titan of the Plaintiff’s Bar” by Law360®. In 2015, Mr. Rifkin received worldwide acclaim for successfully representing the plaintiffs in litigation challenging the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You,” the world’s most popular song.
Mr. Rifkin is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and before the United States Supreme Court and many other federal appellate and district courts. Mr. Rifkin frequently lectures to business and professional organizations on a variety of securities, shareholder, intellectual property, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Rifkin is a guest lecturer to graduate and undergraduate economics and finance students on corporate governance and financial disclosure topics. He also serves as a moot court judge for the A.B.A. and New York University Law School. Mr. Rifkin appears frequently in print and broadcast media on law-related topics in corporate, securities, intellectual property, antitrust, regulatory, and enforcement matters. Mr. Rifkin is a graduate of Princeton University and Villanova University School of Law.