Tamar S. Wise

Member

New York

(212) 883-4924

(646) 461-2054

Tamar is a dedicated and creative commercial litigator who represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters including securities, contract, First Amendment, and real estate cases in jurisdictions nationwide. She handles both individual and class actions. Tamar also has an extensive appellate practice in both state and federal appellate courts. In 2019, Tamar second-chaired a high-profile First Amendment victory before the United States Supreme Court in Manhattan Community Access Center v. Halleck. Tamar is also regularly called upon to counsel on defamation and libel issues and cases and has secured important rulings for clients in this evolving legal and Constitutional space.

Tamar has significant experience with commercial and securities cases spanning a wide range of industries including financial services and investments, mortgage lending, and aviation. She has successfully briefed and argued motions at all stages of litigation.

In 2019, Tamar was selected as one of New York City's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City and State Magazine. She was also recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyers-Rising Star from 2012 to 2018. Tamar speaks and writes regularly in legal and business publications, and most recently was an invited panelist at the 32nd Annual Media & The Law Seminar on the topic of the First Amendment and social media control. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Tamar was an associate in the New York office of a top-ranked international law firm.  

Tamar graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in history and earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Corporate Counsel scholarship and a staff editor of the Journal of Law and Business. Tamar is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania.

Experience

APPELLATE EXPERIENCE

  • Second-chaired a major First Amendment victory before the Supreme Court of the United States, Manhattan Community Access Corporation v. Halleck, from filing of the case in district court. In June 2019, the Supreme Court ruled entirely in favor of Cozen O’Connor’s client, reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and holding that a private company which, among other things, operates the public access channels in Manhattan, was not a "state actor" and therefore not subject to liability under the First Amendment. The Court clarified its tests for when private parties can be found to be "state actors" and thus subject to constitutional liability.
  • Successfully defended the appeal of the dismissal of a multimillion-dollar federal securities fraud lawsuit against a New York-based real estate developer and its individual executives before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  
  • Successfully defended the appeal of the dismissal of a securities and defamation “short and distort” case before the New York’s Appellate Division, First Department.
  • Secured a rarely granted interlocutory appeal of a summary judgment ruling to a Georgia appellate court on behalf of a publicly traded national trucking company.
  • Drafted amicus briefs on behalf of various interested parties for cases before the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

SECURITIES LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained dismissal, on motions to dismiss and for early summary judgment, of a New York real estate developer in a series of investor lawsuits for securities fraud totaling approximately $10 million in exposure in both state and federal courts in New York.
  • Won a dismissal with prejudice in a closely-watched securities and defamation case in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, brought under the “short and distort” theory. The court held that the defendants had fully disclosed their short positions along with the factual bases for their opinions, and the plaintiff had not challenged the veracity of those underlying facts. This result was affirmed on appeal. 
  • Won a motion to dismiss securities fraud claims brought against an individual member of the board of directors of a REIT in a class action in the Southern District of New York. 
  • Represented investors in a claim against an issuer involving auction rate securities. The case settled after two days of jury trial.
  • Represent a publicly traded health technology company in a fraud action in federal court in New York in an action alleging that the defendants made misrepresentations to induce issuance of stock worth millions of dollars; survived defendants’ motion to dismiss. 

GENERAL COMMERCIAL LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of the estate of a composer and one of the authors of a world-renowned musical. On summary judgment, the court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims that the decedent breached an alleged agreement entitling plaintiff to produce a 50th anniversary revival production. The court granted our motion and dismissed the complaint, including as plaintiffs’ claims for damages in excess of $250 million.
  • Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of the lender of a mortgage loan in a multimillion-dollar suit alleging master servicer and special servicer breaches
  • Won a motion to dismiss claims brought against a minority shareholder and its principal for aiding and abetting directors' and liquidating trustees' breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Won the dismissal of claims brought by the FTC and New York Attorney General against the CEO of a consumer product manufacturer.
  • Represented a closely held company and its shareholder against claims brought by a former minority shareholder, defeating the former minority shareholder's request for an injunction and securing an injunction prohibiting the former minority shareholder from competing.
  • Obtained a defense win in a week-long trial for a regional law firm sued for professional malpractice.
  • Defended a pro bono client in cancellation of removal proceedings in immigration court. The judge awarded the client the relief requested, and no leave to appeal was given.

News

7th Circuit Considers Scope of IL Biometric Info Privacy Act

April 06, 2021

Mike McTigue, Meredith Slawe, and Marie Bussey-Garza in the Class Actions Practice Group; Anna Wermuth in the Labor & Employment Practice Group; and Michael De Leeuw, Stephen Miller, and Tamar Wise in the Appellate & Supreme Court Practice Group collaborated on an amicus brief that was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday, April 5.

Legal Groups Back White Castle's 7th Circ. Bid To Curb BIPA

April 06, 2021

Meredith C. Slawe, Michael W. McTigue Jr., Stephen A. Miller, Marie Bussey-Garza, Michael de Leeuw, Tamar S. Wise, and Anna Wermuth, the attorneys for the amici curiae, were featured in an article published by Law360.

House Dems Urge Justices To Hear Pot Legalization Fight

September 15, 2020

Michael de Leeuw was featured in a Law360 article in which he called the federal government's cannabis prohibition a "disastrous anachronism that must be addressed immediately."

Tamar Wise Named One of New York City’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars By City & State New York

October 29, 2019

Tamar Wise, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named one of New York City’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City & State New York.

Cozen O’Connor Team Wins Landmark First Amendment Ruling

June 21, 2019

The team includes Michael de Leeuw, Stuart Shorenstein, Tamar Wise, Stephen Miller, Jesse Loffler, William Lesser, and Anna Hanke.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

12 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 19, 2017

Super Lawyers has named 12 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2017 lists of top practitioners in the New York metro area. Six were recognized as Super Lawyers and six were named “Rising Stars,” a list that recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.

19 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 05, 2016

The 2016 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

21 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 05, 2015

The 2015 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

16 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 23, 2014

The 2014 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 16 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Cozen O’Connor Team Secures Motion for Nonsuit

February 05, 2013

Jeffrey Weil, Dexter Hamilton and a team of Cozen O’Connor litigators successfully defended a mid-sized, regional law firm and one of its senior corporate partners in a legal malpractice case brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The case involved an underlying business transaction that went bad. Our law firm clients had represented a closely held corporation whose stock was sold to a publicly traded company.

Tamar S. Wise Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia Office As Associate

March 07, 2009

Tamar S. Wise has joined Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York. Wise focuses her practice in commercial litigation matters, and has experience in a variety of securities, derivatives and breach of contract actions. She is admitted to practice in New York, and is fluent in Hebrew and Hungarian.

Publications

A Long, Broken Arm Internet Defamation & Personal Jurisdiction

August 07, 2020

Michael de Leeuw and Tamar Wise contributed an article to the ACC New York City Chapter newsletter discussing issues associated with personal jurisdiction and the Internet.

The Constitution and Religious Gatherings [The National Law Journal]

June 24, 2020

Michael de Leeuw and Tamar Wise contributed an article to The National Law Journal discussing the constitutional limits on infringements on religious gatherings.

Supreme Court Limits First Amendment Exposure of Social Media Giants [Silicon Valley Business Journal]

July 11, 2019

Michael B. de Leeuw and Tamar Wise contributed an article to Silicon Valley Business Journal discussing the Manhattan Community Access Center v. Halleck (MCAC) case.

Practical Considerations for Use of FRCP 68 Offer of Judgment [NYLitigator]

May 17, 2017

Alanna Miller, associate in Cozen O'Connor's New York Office, and Tamar Wise, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published Practical Considerations for Use of FRCP 68 Offer of Judgment in NY Litigator's Spring 2017 issue.

Three’s a Crowd: Third-Party Attorney-Client Privilege Waivers [Corporate Counsel]

September 14, 2015

Tamar Wise and Stephen Kempa discuss recent updates on third-party waivers to attorney-client privilege and two narrow exceptions to that rule.

Updates on Privilege Issues for In-House Counsel in New York [New York Law Journal]

April 15, 2015

Tamar Wise, a member of the Commercial Litigation Department, discusses the scope of attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in the in-house context.

Courts Clarify Scope of Privilege for Internal Corporate Investigations [DRI: Professionalism Perspectives]

March 04, 2015

In an article titled “Courts Clarify Scope of Privilege for Internal Corporate Investigations,” Thomas Wilkinson and Tamar Wise, members of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, discuss a wave of recent cases which have clarified the scope of the attorney-client and work-product privileges in the context of internal corporate investigations.

Caveat Empty Box [Class Action Defense Review Blog]

July 30, 2014

In a strong defense victory from earlier this year, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a proposed class of laptop purchasers the opportunity to proceed against Toshiba as a class, instead forcing individuals with complaints to engage in arbitration with the...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 2004

Awards & Honors

New York Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2012-2018

City and State New York City Rising Stars – Top 40 Under 40, 2019

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York