Thomas A Dubbs has been a Senior Partner of Labaton Sucharow LLP in New York since 2000. He is also an advocate and panel member for numerous financial services arbitrations before FINRA and other bodies such as NASD, the New York Stock Exchange and the National Futures Association. In addition to this, he is a reporter on the proposed ALI Restatement of Conflict of Laws, and a Patron for the American Society of International Law.
Between 1982 and 2000, Thomas was Senior Vice President and Senior Litigation Counsel of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated. In this position, he had extensive involvement in investment banking, disclosure and other issues; carried out work on a French blocking statute, defended major class actions on behalf of underwriters, and argued a “gatekeeper” appeal on an arbitration agreement before the Second Circuit.
Thomas was also Partner in charge of the Litigation Department for Hall, McNicol, Hamilton & Clark from 1982 – 1984. Before that, he worked for Chadbourne, Parke, Whiteside & Wolff from 1974 until 1984, and some of his work there includes the following: substantial involvement in cases relating to the Cuban expropriation of the tobacco industry – addressing Act of State and other expropriation issues; one of the first actions against a foreign sovereign, an agency of the French Government, for anti-trust violations in connection with aluminium mining in New Caledonia under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”); extensive involvement in Warsaw Convention issues for Trans World Airlines, Inc. including a trial of cases flowing from a terrorist attack in Athens airport; the use of travaux préparatoires in U.S. Courts; work on the Anaconda expropriation by Chilean government; argued “gatekeeper” appeal before the Second Circuit on the contractual statute of limitations in an arbitration clause in the case of Conticommodity Services Inc. v. Philipp & Lion, 613 F.2d 1222 (2d Cir. 1980).
Thomas was awarded Law 360 MVP for Class Action Lawyer of the Year 2012 (the only plaintiffs’ lawyer named), as well as Law 360 MVP for Class Action Lawyer of the Year 2015. Additionally, Chambers & Partners USA identified him as a Plaintiffs’ Securities Litigation Leading Individual (2010-2014).
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