Lawrence P. Kolker
Partner, New York

212-545-4672
kolker@whafh.com
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Lawrence Kolker is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein and practices in complex class, derivative, and individual actions representing institutional investors such as public and labor pension funds and other clients who have suffered losses due to corporate fraud and fiduciary misconduct. Mr. Kolker is a member of the Firm’s Investor Protection and Business Practice litigation groups with an emphasis on securities, transactional and derivative litigation, REITs & partnerships law, and mediation. His litigation experience includes matters related to securities, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, government regulation, Section 1983, employment, contracts and RICO.

Mr. Kolker has been a partner since 1993. Prior to joining Wolf Haldenstein he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, as a lecturer at Brooklyn Law School, and as an associate at Hill Betts & Nash.

Representations

  • Provides counsel to investment firms and entrepreneurs in transactional, securities, corporate and other business matters.
  • Served as lead counsel and co-lead counsel representing investors in direct investments such as REITs and limited partnerships, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for investors in matters such as the Empire State Realty Trust roll-up and Inland Western REIT internalization.
  • Served as lead counsel in federal securities and derivative litigation representing institutional and individual investors against public traded companies. Obtained significant recoveries against such companies as Goldman Sachs, Host Marriott, CNL Hotel and Resorts, and Comdisco. Tried several class actions to verdict or judgment, including In re Public Storage Limited Partnerships Litigation (Super. Ct. L.A. Co.), Barnes v. Cencom Properties (Del. Ch.), Robbins v. Koger Properties (M.D. Fla.), and County of Suffolk v. Long Island Lighting Co. (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Appointed counsel to the Courtyard by Marriott Limited Partners Committee in its dealings with Host Marriott Corporation and appointed Special Counsel to the Windsor Park Properties 7 and 8 limited partners to ensure the fairness of their liquidation transactions.

Representative Clients

The Madison Companies, MacKenzie Capital Management, SP Investments and the Police & Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit.

Affiliations

Professional
Mr. Kolker has been a frequent speaker at conferences of the American Conference Institute, Responsible-Investor.com, the Investment Program Association and the Strategic Research Institute, and has published articles in Standard & Poor’s Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation.

Mr. Kolker served on the Panel of Early Neutral Evaluators for the Eastern District of New York from 1993 through 1997 and is a member of the Bar Association of the State of New York.

Mr. Kolker was the Business Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review (1982-83).

Community
Mr. Kolker regularly serves as a judge in moot court competitions at New York University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School.

Mr. Kolker is a performing singer-songwriter in New York City and the Hudson Valley, his most recent CD is entitled “Awful Smart Man.”  See www.reverbnation.com/larrykolker.

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Education