Emilie B. Cooper represents clients in a wide variety of commercial matters, through all stages of litigation, and has extensive experience developing and managing all aspects of complex cases, including large scale e-discovery projects. She has successfully represented corporations, limited liability companies and other entities, as well as individuals, in commercial disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitrations, including in breach of contract actions, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims, commercial tort suits, and securities actions.
Emilie is recognized as a "Rising Star" in New York Metro Super Lawyers in the areas of "Business Litigation" and "Real Estate: Business." She frequently advises Kasowitz’s Real Estate - Transactional group concerning the litigation implications of particular provisions, agreements and/or transactions. She also devotes time to pro bono cases, including a recent case seeking to obtain asylum for an Ethiopian orphan who originally came to the United States to seek medical treatment for her amputated leg.
Emilie is a member of the New York American Inn of Court and the Georgetown Law New York Alumni Advisory Council.
- Majority owner of Aman Resorts, a luxury hotel group with locations in 15 countries, in a dispute relating to the acquisition of the company.
- Several nationally recognized hotel operators in disputes with hotel owners attempting to modify or terminate long-term management contracts and franchise agreements.
- JDS Development, the developer of 111 West 57th Street in Manhattan, in a suit by a joint venture partner.
- A leading Russian industrial conglomerate in a jury trial of private securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley for insider trading and market manipulation.
- The developer of a luxury residential building in downtown Manhattan concerning a claim for a brokerage commission.
- A hotel owner and developer in claims for breach of fiduciary duty.
- The Related Companies in several disputes related to the Hudson Yards development.
- A major boutique hotel operator in a confidential arbitration concerning fees owed pursuant to a management agreement for a well-known hotel located in Los Angeles.
- Lenders in foreclosing on over $300 million of loans secured by the Alex Hotel and Flatotel, obtaining judgment of foreclosure on both properties and on tens of millions of dollars in personal guaranties.
- Minority partners in disputes with the managing partners related to a nearly $2 billion portfolio of large commercial office buildings in New York, including the iconic Seagram building, defeating dismissal motions and favorably settling the matter.
- Hilton Worldwide in an action alleging trade secret misappropriation brought by Hilton’s competitor, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and in a grand jury investigation conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office (S.D.N.Y.), relating to the same underlying facts.
- Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust in a dispute with its former parent, Boston Private Financial Corporation, concerning the interpretation and implementation of a stock purchase agreement.
- The Related Group, as borrower and guarantor, in a global workout of seven condominium project construction loans and eleven land loans, including the loans for the ICON Brickell Towers and Viceroy Hotel.
- Apollo Management and its portfolio company, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, in expedited proceedings against Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to compel specific performance of their financing commitment for Hexion’s proposed merger with Huntsman Chemical.
- Southern Union Company in a three-week jury trial over charges concerning Southern Union’s allegedly illegal storage of elemental mercury at its Rhode Island facility.