Charles B. Updike, Partner

Charles B. Updike is the firm’s senior partner and its most experienced trial lawyer.  He has tried more than 60 cases to verdict, most of them before juries.  He handles appeals for his own and other lawyers’ clients and is an accomplished appellate advocate.  He is familiar with and has actively participated in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Updike has broad experience in multiple areas of litigation.  He has tried cases in the areas of product liability, health care delivery, real property development rights, commercial torts, breaches of a wide variety of commercial contracts, breaches of M & A agreements, securities claims, and internal partnership and corporate disputes.  Mr. Updike has been national counsel in a product liability mass tort and has served as general counsel with respect to litigated matters in the United States for a major multi-national corporation.  In the latter capacity, he supervised the work of lawyers nationwide. He is counsel to a national trade association and is regularly consulted by its members with respect to litigation and claims issues with special emphasis on how to prevent them.

After graduating from Amherst College, Mr. Updike served in U. S. Army Intelligence, where he was trained as an investigator and obtained a Masters Degree in Economics.  After law school, he was Law Clerk to a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and then went directly into the United States Attorney’s Office, where he became head of the Narcotics Unit, tried some of its most difficult cases and supervised other Assistants. He has taught New York Practice and Procedure as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School and has taught trial practice at Harvard and Hofstra Law Schools.  He is active in a variety of bar associations and serves on several boards, both commercial and charitable.

Bar and Community Service:

Guest Faculty, Trial Practice Workshop, Harvard Law School
Guest Faculty, Trial Practice Workshop, Hofstra University
Adjunct Professor of Law, Cardozo University Law School
Director, New York Environmental Advocates
Director, Cancer Prevention Research Institute
Director, Camp Dudley YMCA
Director, National Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame
Former President, Society of the Alumni, Amherst College
In addition, Mr. Updike has played leadership roles in Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the New York State Bar Association; the American Bar Association; and the Federal Bar Council

Representative Matters:

Mr. Updike has been lead counsel in many types of litigation.

Recent engagements include:

Lead trial counsel for pharmaceutical client in a successful jury trial to enforce its indemnification rights for the defense of product liability claims arising out of a $2 billion divestiture transaction, and resulting in a ten figure jury verdict and judgment in favor of client.

Lead counsel in a real estate development rights dispute (17 East 96th Street v. Madison 96th Street Associates).

Trial counsel in a dispute between former hedge fund partners.

Trial counsel in a multijurisdictional legal malpractice case.

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551 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10176
Phone: 212-661-5030
Fax: 212-687-2123

Areas of Concentration:
Complex Litigation

B.A., Amherst College, 1961, cum laude;
M.A., Economics, George Washington University, 1964;
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1967, Boyken C. Wright Prize

Honorable Thomas F. Croake, Southern District of New York, 1967-1968

Bar Admissions:
New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Prior Employment:
Assistant U.S. Attorney, S.D.N.Y., 1968-1972;
Debevoise & Plimpton, 1972-1976

Honors and Awards:
New York Metro Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2015; New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2015