Client Focus

Corporate Governance
Structured Finance
Contract Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
  • B.A., Williams College, 1986


  • New York City Bar Association

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Edmund M. O'Toole


Ed O'Toole has significant experience litigating complex disputes involving transactions, corporate governance issues, cross-border investigatory matters, asset-backed securities, sales and distribution agreements, and consumer protection statutes. He is a member of the firm's managing Board and previously served as the partner-in-charge of the New York office.

Ed also has handled numerous employment matters for institutions defending against state and federal claims involving age, national origin, disability, and gender discrimination, as well as claims of harassment and retaliation. He also has represented both individuals and companies in disputes over non-competition agreements and allegations of unfair competition, in both court and arbitration proceedings. With almost 25 years of litigation experience, he has developed a commonsense understanding of the practical issues faced by companies involved in lawsuits in U.S. courts and cross-border disputes.


  • Representing a large technology company in a breach of contract claim over the development of a new technology
  • Representing a systems and engineering company in a lawsuit relating to a corporate disposition,
  • Represented monoline insurers involved in disputes with a unit of a large money-center bank concerning representations and warranties that were made in connection with the issuance of RMBS.
  • Represented several law schools in putative class actions brought by former law students who claim to have been misled about their postgraduate employment options.
  • Represented institutional investors in a securities-related action against a RMBS issuer and successfully represented a consulting firm in a trial over the terms of a "business divorce."
  • Represented a hedge fund in litigation concerning the rights and obligations of a departing member
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with claims relating to breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represented a domestic coal company; an international chemical manufacturer; a consumer products conglomerate; an architectural firm and a French cosmetics distributor in separate complex breach of contract matters
  • Represented two departing corporate officers in a derivative action brought against the officers and the board of directors
  • Represented a nonprofit community association in a governance dispute


Ed is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he serves as the firm's pro bono liaison to the City Bar's Refugee Assistance Project and oversees the representation of asylum applicants. He was a member of the Immigration and Naturalization Law Committee from 2010 through 2011, and served as a member of the Bar's Committee on Federal Legislation from 1997 to 2000. In 2012, he was honored to receive the City Bar Justice Center’s Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro bono Service and Venable’s Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award. He also has served on three nonprofit boards.