Chauncey Cole is an attorney in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s complex litigation department.
CEOs, prominent law firms, and leading corporations trust Chauncey to litigate their most important commercial cases. Having litigated numerous multi-million (and billion) dollar cases over the past decade, he built a reputation for protecting clients when their businesses and reputations are in jeopardy.
Chauncey focuses his practice on complex business litigation, including sophisticated contract disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business torts. Chauncey also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to defending attorneys and law firms from professional liability. He has particular experience in cases involving large financial institutions, public and private corporations, private equity investors, accounting firms, directors’ and officers’ liability, and attorney liability.
Chauncey is also an ardent defender of civil rights and takes pride in representing the poor and underprivileged in pro bono matters. Chauncey has been recognized as Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association for his contributions to the public through pro bono service. In January, 2016, Chauncey was honored by TotalBank and Legal Services of Greater Miami with an award for his outstanding performance in pro bono litigation. Chauncey was also recently invited to speak on a panel hosted by two United States District Judges, providing pro bono training for lawyers on litigating civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. §1983.
Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton, Chauncey was a litigator in the New York office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Wall Street’s oldest law firm. Chauncey graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was Articles and Comments Editor of the University of Miami Law Review.
Corporate Shareholder Disputes
Chauncey represented a leading electronic cigarette company and its principal owners in a bet-the-company case against two former business partners. The two former partners attempted to obtain control over a large stake in the company after a publicly announced acquisition valued at nearly $50 million, later claiming extravagant damages. Chauncey was part of a team that successfully argued that the case should proceed in Florida rather than Delaware, the opposition’s chosen forum. Chauncey’s efforts in obtaining critical evidence in discovery later resulted in a favourable resolution of all claims.
Legal Malpractice Defense
Chauncey successfully represented a large Florida law firm, which was sued for malpractice relating to a resort development. He was part of the team that successfully argued that the investor’s claim was legally defective, resulting in a favourable resolution of the claim, which included a public statement by the plaintiff admitting the law firm had done nothing wrong and affirming that the legal services rendered by the law firm were excellent.
Chauncey obtained a substantial monetary award on behalf of an individual who was a victim of police brutality. Chauncey and his team pursued claims in federal court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against five officers and the municipal police department that employed them. Chauncey successfully argued at summary judgment that evidence obtained in discovery showed systemic corruption and an unconstitutional pattern and practice of condoning police misconduct by the department.