Paul Saunders

Distinguished Visitor from Practice

A.B., Fordham; C.E.P., Institut d’Etudes Politiques; J.D., Georgetown

A.B., egregia cum laude, Fordham College (Phi Beta Kappa); CEP,  Institut d’Etudes Politiques; J.D. Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Saunders is a retired partner...

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A.B., egregia cum laude, Fordham College (Phi Beta Kappa); CEP,  Institut d’Etudes Politiques; J.D. Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Saunders is a retired partner of  Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP where he was a Partner from 1977 to 2010 and Of Counsel from 2010 to 2014. His practice focused on complex litigation, primarily securities, intellectual property and antitrust litigation as well as international arbitration and he was recently co-lead counsel in one of the largest securities fraud cases ever to reach trial before a jury.  He has also recently represented the Republic of Suriname in a maritime boundary dispute with a neighboring country. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is Chair of its Task Force on Discovery and Civil Justice and chair of its Judiciary Committee. He is also  Chair of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law, Director Emeritus of The Constitution Project, a member and former Chair of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Board of Visitors, a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University and a member of the Board of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He was National Co-Chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and remains a member of its Board. He is also chair of the Board of Commonwealth Magazine.  He has received the Whitney North Seymour Award from the Lawyers’ Committee, the John Carroll Medal from Georgetown University and the Paul R. Dean Award from the Law Center. In 2010, he also received the Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy from the Office of the Appellate Defender.   He has been named a National Securities Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for Bet-the Company Litigation, Arbitration, Securities Litigation and Commercial Litigation. From 1967 to 1971, he served as a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.