John O. Farley
Since joining Cohen Clair in 2016, John Farley has applied his years of experience in complicated commercial and securities litigation to matrimonial matters, particularly those involving substantial marital estates with complex valuation and accounting issues.
He currently represents clients in several complex matters with amounts in excess of $100 million. He also represents commercial clients in the private equity and healthcare regulation spaces. Mr. Farley was a senior member of the team that took to trial the largest hedge fund case and contested divorce in New York City history.
Prior to joining the firm, and after starting his career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore as a litigation associate, Mr. Farley spent nine years as a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, focusing his practice on securities and white collar litigation as well as representation of private investment funds and their partners in commercial and partnership disputes. During that time, he represented major investment banks, target companies and acquirers in M&A litigation, spanning industries from electrical power generation to medical devices.
While a partner at Goodwin, Mr. Farley represented Countrywide Financial Corporation in nationwide class-action litigation concerning more than $300 billion of mortgage-backed securities, the largest securities fraud class action in United States history. He also defended a hedge fund portfolio manager in connection with an alleged $275 million insider trading scheme, the largest of its kind ever prosecuted. Mr. Farley also represented the founding member of a boutique investment bank in a partnership dispute concerning dissolution of the enterprise, a private equity fund in connection with a valuation dispute arising from the $500 million sale of a specialty pharmaceutical distributor, and CreXus Investment Corporation in a landmark decision in the Maryland courts over “insider”-driven, go-private transactions. He defended a public company against a $21 billion hostile takeover by its largest competitor. And he served as general outside litigation counsel to a healthcare private equity firm, where he acted as lead counsel in a post-closing dispute that ended in a three-week, 21-witness arbitration and a complete victory for his client,—including a multi-million dollar award of legal and expert witness fees.
Mr. Farley received his JD from New York University School of Law and his BA in English literature and philosophy from the University of Virginia. Mr. Farley lives in Brooklyn Heights with his daughter.