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Paul Hessler

Partner, New York, NY



Member of the New York Bar


Paul handles a variety of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including securities, fraud, contract and M&A litigation, in addition to internal investigations. He has extensive experience in bankruptcy and other financial distress litigation, and is a member both of the firm’s Dispute Resolution department and its Restructuring & Insolvency practice.

Paul regularly advises clients on sanctions and other regulatory matters. He has extensive in-court experience, including acting as lead counsel in bench and jury trials in federal and state courts.

Illustrative matters include representing:

  • a Brazilian conglomerate in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings, including in pre- and post-judgment domestic and foreign discovery disputes involving parties and non-parties
  • Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in prosecuting its billion-dollar claims in the SIPA liquidation of Lehman Brothers, Inc. and related matters
  • DISH Networks and its subsidiary Blockbuster LLC in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster Inc., and subsequent related litigations
  • New York Life Ins. Company, winning a motion to dismiss a complaint and to compel arbitration of an M&A dispute, and prevailing on all claims in the ensuing arbitration
  • Wellpoint Inc. in shareholder litigation challenging its acquisition of Amerigroup
  • AMEC plc in shareholder litigation challenging its acquisition of Foster Wheeler
  • investment banks in diverse matters including securities class actions, clawback litigation, and claims challenging a variety of transactions
  • various clients in confidential multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations

Paul was recognized in the 2016 edition of Legal 500 U.S.

Professional experience

2006 - Partner, Linklaters, New York
2003 - 2006 Associate, Linklaters, New York
1996 - 2003 Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York


1996 - Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
1992 - Rutgers University, B.A.


Co-author, “Linklaters discusses Supreme Court’s Ruling in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. ArkisonColumbia Law School's Blue Sky Blog, July 2014