Edward Labaton



Edward Labaton is a Partner in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP.  An accomplished trial and appellate lawyer, Ed has devoted his 50 years of practice to representing a full range of clients in class action and complex litigation matters in state and federal court.

Ed’s distinguished career has won his recognition from The National Law Journal as a “Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer” and from Lawdragon one of the country’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers,” as well as recommendations from The Legal 500 for excellence in the field of securities litigation.  Notably, Ed is the recipient of the Alliance for Justice’s “Champion of Justice Award," given to outstanding individuals whose life and work exemplifies the principle of equal justice.

Ed has played a leading role as plaintiffs’ class counsel in a number of successful, high-profile cases involving companies such as PepsiCo, Dun & Bradstreet, Financial Corporation of America, ZZZZ Best, Revlon, GAF Co., American Brands, Petro Lewis, and Jim Walter, as well as several Big Eight (now Big Four) accounting firms.  He has also argued appeals in state and federal courts, achieving results with important precedential value.

Ed’s commitment to the bar extends far beyond the courtroom.  For more than 30 years, he has lectured on a variety of topics, including federal civil litigation, securities litigation, and corporate governance.  Ed is a founder of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy (ILEP), a research and educational foundation dedicated to enhancing investor and consumer access to the civil justice system. Each year, ILEP co-sponsors symposia with major law schools to address issues relating to civil justice; Ed currently serves as its President Emeritus. In 2010, Ed was appointed to the newly-formed Advisory Board of George Washington University’s Center for Law, Economics, & Finance, a think tank within the Law School, for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law confronting the United States and the globe.  In addition, Ed has served on the Executive Committee and has been an officer of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund since its inception.

Ed is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a Member of the American Law Institute, and a Life Member of the ABA Foundation.  Ed is a past Chairman of the Federal Courts Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association and was a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.  He is active in the New York City Bar Association, where he was previously Chair of the Senior Lawyers’ Committee and served on its Task Force on the Role of Lawyers in Corporate Governance.  He has also served on its Federal Courts, Federal Legislation, Securities Regulation, International Human Rights, and Corporation Law Committees.  Ed previously served as Chair of the Legal Referral Service Committee, a joint committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the New York City Bar Association.  In addition, he has been an active Member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council, and the New York State Bar Association, where was a Member of the House of Delegates.

Ed earned his Bachelor of Laws from Yale University.  He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from City College of New York.


1957, New York

1975, U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

1962, Second Circuit
1976, Fifth Circuit
1980, Sixth Circuit
1982, Seventh Circuit
1986, Ninth Circuit
1978, Tenth Circuit
2010, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court
1959, Southern District of New York
1959, Eastern District of New York
1993, Central District of Illinois