Gregory G. Ballard - Civil Litigation - McDermott Will & Emery


Greg Ballard represents clients in civil litigation including securities, professional liability and commercial matters in federal and state courts, in arbitrations and before regulatory agencies. He has represented issuers, underwriters, auditors, officers and directors in class action securities litigation, including lawsuits relating to Madoff, Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, DVI, Aetna, Sunterra, Sotheby’s, Allou, Bally, Perrigo and Wellcare. He frequently represents US and international accounting firms and individual accountants in litigation, in SEC and PCAOB investigations and before state boards of accountancy.

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  • Represented a Big Four accounting firm in an arbitration brought by claimants alleging malpractice in audits of financial statements of hedge funds that invested with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. Judgment in favor of accounting firm*
  • Represented a Big Four accounting firm in a Madoff-related class action securities litigation. Judgment dismissing all claims against accounting firm, affirmed on appeal*
  • Served as lead trial counsel for a lender and underwriter of asset-backed notes in litigation arising out of the collapse of specialty finance company DVI*

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2023 – 2024
  • AV Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, 2007
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society, 1997


  • Securities Litigation Committee, New York City Bar, Member, 2019 to present
  • Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention, New York City Bar, Member, 2015 to 2017
  • Government Ethics Committee, New York City Bar, Chair, 2008 to 2011
  • Judiciary Committee, Member, 2011 to 2014
  • New York County Democratic Committee, Independent Judicial Screening Panel for the New York State Supreme Court, Member, 2014


Columbia University School of Law, JD, 1992
Columbia College, BA, 1989

New York
District of Columbia

Courts / Agencies
US Tax Court
US Court of Federal Claims
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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