Stephen M. Plotnick

Stephen M. Plotnick

Stephen M. Plotnick


2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
212-238-8772, Fax: 212-732-3232
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Practice Description

Stephen Plotnick has twenty years of experience representing clients in connection with complex business, securities, financial, and capital markets litigation, as well as regulatory enforcement matters.  His clients have included publicly-traded and private companies; financial services and securities industry firms and customers; foreign and domestic institutional investors; broker-dealers, investment banks, and issuers; hedge funds, private equity funds, and other private investment vehicles and portfolio companies, as well as their officers, directors, and other executives.  Stephen’s practice encompasses class, derivative, interpleader, and individual claims involving issues of common law and statutory fraud, federal and state securities and antitrust laws, business torts and contract-based claims, bankruptcy-related litigation, fiduciary duty and corporate governance matters, and issues involving shareholder, director, and officer rights and liability. 

Over the years, Stephen has prosecuted and defended against civil and regulatory claims arising out of a wide-variety of matters involving structured finance, capital markets transactions, and complex financial products, including collateralized debt obligations, mortgage and other asset-backed securities, and credit default swaps, as well as litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions, commercial financing transactions, registration statements and prospectuses, investment management and trading, business divorces, and executive compensation and restrictive covenants.  More recently, with the rapid growth and increasing use by companies of new and transformative technology to manage and understand their businesses and markets, his practice has likewise expanded into the areas of FinTech, cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, Blockchain, and data privacy, and the various complex regulatory and legal matters that continue to emerge around them as lawmakers throughout the country continue to scramble to enact new rules and civil litigants explore new theories of liability against businesses in connection with the use and deployment of these technological innovations.


  • 1999 New Jersey
  • 1999 U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 2001 New York
  • 2005 U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • 2009 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits


  • Arbitrator, FINRA Dispute Resolution
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar
  • Member, ABA Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation and Securities Litigation Committees


  • B.A., 1996 University of Maryland
  • J.D., 1999 Seton Hall University School of Law (cum laude)

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