Eric M Roth has been a partner in the litigation department of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz since 1984. His practice has included corporate, securities, insurance, creditors' rights and other complex commercial litigations. He has been involved in several landmark cases, including the World Trade Center coverage litigation, and numerous matters involving mergers and acquisitions including, among others, defending the legality of the poison pill, obtaining specific performance of a merger agreement on behalf of the selling corporation and enjoining a defensive restructuring on behalf of a hostile bidder.
Eric received a BA, with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University in 1974, and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1977. He served as a member of The New York University Law Review and was the note and comment editor during his last year. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable Lee P Gagliardi of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, before joining Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in 1979.
He is the former chairman and current member of the board of directors of the MFY Legal Services, which provides free legal representation in civil matters to the poor and the mentally ill in New York City. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law Center Foundation at the New York University School of Law.
Eric is admitted to practise in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. His court admissions include the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Eighth, the Ninth, the Eleventh and the District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.