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Robert I. Bodian

Managing Member

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Bob is the managing partner of Mintz, and has received awards and national recognition for his innovative approach to management. Bob also is a seasoned trial lawyer with a very active litigation practice and decades of experience covering a number of areas including employment, commercial disputes, private equity, financial services, insurance, securities, real estate, sports law, and banking.

Bob has extensive experience defending companies and their directors and officers in securities litigation and related matters, including claims arising out of acquisitions, going private transactions, restatements, and allegations of financial irregularities. Bob is very highly regarded by those in the boardroom and those in the courtroom, having advised senior executives in challenging situations and successfully tried through verdict numerous jury and nonjury trials in the federal and state courts.

Education

  • Stanford University (JD)
  • State University of New York - Binghamton (BS, Accounting, summa cum laude)

Experience

  • Represented Apollo Global Management in conjunction with the Stark Master Fund litigation, a securities fraud case.  Following jurisdictional discovery, Apollo filed a compelling motion to dismiss based on jurisdictional grounds, and the Plaintiffs decided to voluntarily dismiss Apollo from the case rather than try to battle Apollo’s motion in court.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs and a group of underwriters in connection with claims arising from the IPO and subsequent earnings restatement of Opnext, Inc. We obtained an expeditious resolution of the matter that resulted in a full release of our client with no admission of liability and no payment.
  • Defended Lloyds Bank in a fraudulent conveyance action. The month-long trial concerned the business enterprise valuation of a machine-tool manufacturer that later went bankrupt. The trial ended with low damages against our client, which were further reduced after an appeal, remand, and settlement.
  • Represented the former directors of a US media company in a matter commenced by a litigation trustee. The trustee asserted claims that the former directors breached their fiduciary duties by failing to file for bankruptcy sooner to preserve assets for the benefit of the creditors. The case settled on favorable terms, requiring no monetary payments by our clients and no admission of liability.
  • Served as counsel for a group of private equity firms named as defendants in an antitrust class action alleging that the defendant private equity firms and investment banks conspired to fix prices and allocate market share in the market for the acquisition of shares in companies being sold through leveraged buy outs.
  • Represented institutional investors/bondholders in suit against auditors and directors and officers of an international conglomerate after bankruptcy.
  • Represented institutional investors/bondholders in suit against indenture trustee after bankruptcy of bond issuer.
  • Represented a major bank/liquidity provider in a dispute over the sequence and priority of payments on student-loan revenue bonds
  • Represented real estate investors in a partnership dispute involving $500 million of New York real estate
  • Represented a former Lehman Brothers broker in a securities arbitration. Client was sued by the former senior vice president of human resources, alleging that client failed to give timely advice regarding the sale of Lehman stock. Successfully settled matter.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Bankruptcy; Litigation: Labor and Employment; Litigation: Securities (2010 – 2019)
  • Chambers USA: New York – Litigation: General Commercial (2011 – 2018)
  • Law360: “Top Ten Innovative Managing Partners” (2010)
  • Included on the New York Super Lawyers: Business Litigation List (2006 – 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Involvement

  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section of the New York County Bar Association

Recent Insights

News & Press

News & Press

Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian is featured in this column discussing the firm’s 2017 financial results and the staff bonuses. The annual results were the third consecutive year of record-setting growth and the bonuses were awarded to all 500 staff, independent of the firm’s regular merit-based bonuses.
This feature story notes Mintz gave each of its approximately 550 staff members a special $1,000 bonus to celebrate the firm’s third consecutive record setting year. Within the piece, Managing Member Bob Bodian notes this was to recognize the contributions of the staff to the firm’s success.
Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian is quoted throughout this feature story discussing the firm’s third consecutive record-setting year. Within the piece, Bob notes that the firm's system for sharing origination credit among partners has helped spur its success.
Mintz is pleased to welcome back O'Kelly E. McWilliams III, who returns to the firm as a Member in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Section. His clients include multi-national companies, private equity firms, and emerging businesses.
Mintz continues to expand its national intellectual property practice with the arrival of Marc Morley, who joins as a Member in the San Diego office. His practice includes providing strategic patent and trademark counseling.
Brent Henry, the former Vice President and General Counsel of Partners HealthCare, has joined Mintz as a Member. The addition further strengthens the firm’s Health Law Practice at a time of increasing demand for sophisticated legal services.
Fourteen Mintz attorneys have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2017 and thirteen have been named New York Rising Stars. New York Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers with the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievements.  
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Mintz is pleased to announce that it has been named one of only 54 firms recognized in BTI Consulting Group’s Law Firms with the Best Collaboration report. Mintz was named by corporate counsel for showcasing collaborative skills that set the firm apart.
Mintz continues to expand its New York presence with the addition of Sean Grygiel, who joins as a Member in the Intellectual Property Practice. He counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property, from idea and conception through commercialization and exit.
Mintz announced that it's extending its lease at the firm’s headquarters – One Financial Center in Boston – through June 30, 2034. The firm has signed a letter of intent, with the terms of a new, 15-year lease stipulating significant renovations and improvements.
Mintz continues to expand its bicoastal Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of veteran patent attorney Alex Trimble, Ph.D. who will serve as a Member in the San Francisco office.
This feature article highlight’s Mintz’s 2016 growth which continued momentum from 2015. Managing Member Bob Bodian is quoted throughout the piece. Bob credits the firm’s success to key lateral hires and a focus on collaboration.
Mintz continues to enhance its nationally recognized Litigation and Sports Law Practices with the addition of Anthony Mulrain, who represents high-profile athletes and entertainers in litigation and arbitration matters.
This American Lawyer feature article discusses how attorneys and law firms are maintaining client relationships in the wake of the recession, amid increased pricing pressure and clients’ insistence on predictable bills.
Susan M. Finegan, Member of the Litigation Practice and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee at Mintz, has been selected as a 2017 Pinnacle Award winner for outstanding achievement in the professions by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. 
Sixteen Mintz attorneys have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2016 and twelve have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.
Six Mintz Members will speak at the 2016 International Bar Association Conference. The Members are Robert I. Bodian, Richard R. Kelly, Heidi A. Lawson, Bruce D. Sokler, Stephen M. Weiner, and Laura Bange Stephens.
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
This American Lawyer article highlights the findings of an Altman Weil report, “Law Firms in Transition.” Bob Bodian, Mintz’s Managing Member, is one of the legal industry sources quoted in this article. Bob’s comments provide insight into how Mintz maintains its efficiency.
This feature article looks at capital market and corporate activity to date this calendar year. It discusses contributing factors such as stock market fluctuation, the presidential election, and the potential Brexit vote.
This feature article discusses the performance of Boston’s leading law firms in American Lawyer’s annual AmLaw100, the listing of the nation’s most successful law firms. Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian is featured discussing the firm’s strong performance.  
This article highlights the law firms that bucked the 2015 trend and saw significant growth. Mintz is noted among the 10 firms Law360 calls out. Bob Bodian, Mintz’s Managing Member, is featured in the article discussing the firm’s 2015 successes.  
This feature article highlights a record-setting year for Mintz. Managing Member Bob Bodian is quoted within the piece discussing the firm’s strong performance.
Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian is featured in this in-depth Law360 article on Mintz’s record-breaking revenue performance in the fiscal year 2015, with a growth totaling nearly 13.9 percent.
Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian and Keith Carroll, Co-Chair of the Mintz Sports Industry Practice, are quoted in this Law360 feature article discussing Mintz’s new sports law practice.
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”

Events

Speaker
Oct
7
2018

IBA Annual Conference Rome 2018

International Bar Association

Roma Convention Center La Nuvola, Viale Asia, Rome, Italy

Speaker
Panelist
Oct
5
2015

The Changing Nature of Talent and Leadership in Law Firms

International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference

Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Speaker
May
21
2015

Mintz's Project Analyst Program: Launching Careers for 25 Years!

Boston, New York, Washington and San Francisco Mintz offices