Civil Litigation

Arkin Solbakken LLP’s attorneys are experienced in all phases of civil litigation, from crafting an initial strategy that is specifically tailored to our client’s needs through trial and appellate advocacy.  We have appeared in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and advised clients with respect to litigations in foreign jurisdictions.  We also regularly represent clients in national and international arbitrations and mediations.

Our clients include hedge funds, investment banks, private equity firms, corporations, financial institutions, investors, small businesses and individuals involved in all manners of civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings.  We have advised clients in a wide variety of practice areas and industries, including securities litigation, contracts, employment and partnership disputes, construction, and select matrimonial and family law cases.

White-Collar Criminal Defense

Arkin Solbakken LLP’s white-collar criminal defense practice is led by Stanley S. Arkin, who has gained a national reputation by serving as lead counsel in some of the most significant business crime cases of the last twenty years.

We play a leading role in many of the major white-collar defense matters, enforcement investigations and proceedings involving prominent individuals and corporations.  We have extensive experience defending clients in cases handled by virtually every enforcement agency, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the CFTC, federal and state banking regulatory agencies, FINRA, and Attorneys General, District Attorneys and regulatory agencies in many states.

Mr. Arkin’s notable white-collar criminal defense cases include the following:

  • United States v. Chiarella, 445 U.S. 222 (1980):  Mr. Arkin served as lead trial counsel in the first-ever federal criminal prosecution for insider trading.  Mr. Arkin defended Vincent Chiarella and won a ground-breaking decision in the United State Supreme Court, where Mr. Arkin had Mr. Chiarella’s conviction overturned by securing a narrower definition of insider trading.
  • United States v. Marcus Schloss & Co., Inc., et al., 710 F. Supp. 944 (1989):  In the well known “Yuppie Five” prosecution, Mr. Arkin obtained the sole acquittal of a trader charged with insider trading.
  • United States v. Mozer, 828 F. Supp. 208 (1993): In this landmark case, Mr. Arkin challenged the government’s effort to back out of a favorably negotiated settlement with the former head of a trading desk at a major investment bank and won court enforcement of a plea agreement.
  • United States v. Stein, et al., 495 F. Supp. 2d 390 (S.D.N.Y. 2007):  Mr. Arkin represented an individual in this tax shelter prosecution, obtaining dismissal of all claims based upon governmental interference with a company’s obligation to advance attorneys’ fees.

Mr. Arkin also serves as a lead author of Business Crime, the seminal treatise in the subject published by Matthew Bender & Co.

Investigations and Corporate Governance

Arkin Solbakken LLP has extensive experience guiding clients through their most sensitive compliance matters, investigations, and enforcement proceedings.  Our clients include management, corporate boards of directors, and special committees across a wide range of industries.

We have extensive experience with:

  • Conducting independent and thorough internal investigations and inquiries.
  • Working closely with our clients to investigate possible violations of law and internal policies.
  • Assisting our clients in determining an appropriate response and informing management, a board or an audit committee of whether any violations have occurred.
  • Assisting clients with self-reporting problems to regulatory authorities and securing favorable treatment as a result.
  • Creating and implementing adequate compliance programs and internal controls with the goal of preventing future violations.

We have extensive experience defending clients in investigations and proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve Board, and FINRA.

Employment Matters

Arkin Solbakken LLP has successfully represented and advised employers and employees with respect to a wide variety of employment-related matters.  Our attorneys have litigated cases involving ERISA fiduciary duties, discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, breach of contract, and restrictive covenant agreements, and group disability claims under ERISA .

We also have extensive experience with:

  • Negotiating and advising clients in connection with executive compensation and employee benefits plans and agreements.
  • Advising clients in connection with the departure of senior executives and providing guidance during transition periods.
  • Negotiating and advising clients in connection with severance and change-in-control agreements.
  • Advising clients in connection with discrimination issues, compensatory rights, non-compete obligations and wrongful termination cases.

Matrimonial and Family Law

Arkin Solbakken LLP represents clients in select matrimonial and family law cases.  We have experience negotiating and litigating cases involving divorce, separation, annulment, property distribution, maintenance (alimony), child support, child custody and visitation.  We also have experience negotiating and advising clients in connection with pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, and separation agreements.

Our practice is specifically tailored to our client’s individual needs and sensitivities.  We focus on minimizing conflict and negotiating fair and just settlements whenever possible.  We are also prepared to aggressively litigate matrimonial and family law cases whenever necessary.

We often collaborate with forensic accountants, tax and financial planning experts, valuation experts, investigators, counselors, and other professionals to help us achieve the best possible result for our matrimonial and family law clients.