Chet B. Waldman, born in the Bronx, New York, is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. 1982) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1985) where he was both a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and a Paul J. Liacos Scholar and was a member of the American Journal of Law and Medicine. He was admitted to the bar in 1986 for the State of New York, the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1988, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2022, and the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2020. Following law school, he joined the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was predominantly involved in antitrust litigation. Mr. Waldman has been at Wolf Popper since 1988 where he has concentrated in federal securities class actions, state and federal merger and acquisition litigation, and consumer rights litigation. Mr. Waldman has been named as a top-rated securities litigation attorney by Super Lawyers (New York-Metro Edition) from 2009-2020. Mr. Waldman also has extensive experience in litigating health care and consumer fraud cases, including multiple surprise bill litigations, cases against title insurance companies, tax services companies and cases involving false labeling claims. He was named as a Super Lawyer (New York-Metro Edition) in 2021 and 2022 for consumer law. Mr. Waldman became a partner of the firm as of January 1, 1995. As of January 1, 2015, he became a member of Wolf Popper's Executive Committee.
Mr. Waldman has been a member of the Securities Litigation Committee and the Mergers & Acquisition Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He is currently serving as a member of that Bar Association's Inter-American Affairs Committee. On June 30, 2017, the individual members of the Inter-American Bar Association (“IABA”), an association made up of more than 30 countries from North America, Central America, South America, England, Spain, and France, elected Mr. Waldman to represent them as a member of the IABA Council.
Mr. Waldman has been involved in litigating numerous multi-district and consolidated actions including some of the more prominent cases in which Wolf Popper has been involved.
Reported notable decisions recognizing Mr. Waldman as counsel include:
- Edwards v. McDermott Int'l, Inc., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71758 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 14, 2021);
- Lipman v. GPB Capital Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 2020-0054-SG, 2020 WL 6778781 Del. Ch. (Dec. 3, 2020);
- Bozarth v. Envision Healthcare Corp., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117294 (C.D. Cal, June 30, 2020);
- Pub. Empls. Ret. Sys. of Miss. v. TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Case No. 16-cv-10632, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32586 (N.D. Ill. Feb 26, 2020);
- MAZ Partners LP v. First Choice Healthcare Sols., Inc., Case No.: 6:19-cv-619-Orl-4OLRM, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38799 (M.D. Fl. Feb. 14, 2020);
- MAZ Partners LP v. Shear (In re PHC, Inc. S'holder Litig.), Nos. 17-1821, 17-1904, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 18035 (1st Cir. July 2, 2018), cert. denied, 139 S. Ct. 489 (2018); MAZ Partners LP v. PHC, Inc. (In re PHC S'holder Litig.), 762 F.3d 138 (1st Cir. 2014); MAZ Partners LP v. Shear, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108678 (D. Mass. July 13, 2017); MAZ Partners LP v. Shear, 2016 WL 4574640 (D. Mass. Sept. 1, 2016); In re PHC, Inc. S'holder Litig., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44616 (D. Mass. Mar. 30, 2012);
Flynn v. Sientra, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83409 (C.D. Cal. June 9, 2016);
In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. Stockholder Litig., C.A. No. 8922-VCG, 2014 Del. Ch. LEXIS 170 (Del. Ch. Sept. 10, 2014), rev'd sub nom., In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. S'holder Litig., 115 A.3d 1173 (Del. 2015);
Semon v. Swenson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39061 (D. VT. Mar. 21, 2013);
Anwar v. Fairfield Greenwich, Ltd., 09 Civ. 0118 (VM), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86716 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2010); Anwar v. Fairfield Greenwich, Ltd., 09 Civ. 0118 (VM), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78425 (S.D.N.Y. Jul. 29, 2010);
- Watts v. Jackson Hewitt Tax Serv., 579 F. Supp. 2d 334 (E.D.N.Y. 2008);
- Ehrenhaus v. Baker (Wachovia/Wells Fargo), 717 S.E.2d 9, 2011 N.C. App. LEXIS 2161 (N.C. App. Oct. 4, 2011), appeal dism'd, review den'd, 2012 N.C. LEXIS 1099 (N.C. Dec. 12, 2012);
- In re Netsmart Technologies, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, 924 A.2d 171 (Del. Ch. 2007);
- Middlesex Retirement System v. Quest Software, Inc., 527 F.Supp.2d 1164 (C.D. Cal. 2007);
- Corr. Officers’ Benevolent Ass’n of the City of N.Y. v. Express Scripts (In re Express Scripts), 522 F. Supp. 2d 1132 (E.D. Mo. 2007);
- In re Mutual Funds Investment Litigation, 478 F. Supp. 2d 833 (D. Md. Feb. 2007); In re Mutual Funds Investment Litigation, 384 F. Supp. 2d 845 (D. Md. 2005);
- In re Coordinated Title Insurance Cases, 784 N.Y.S.2d 919 (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co. 2004);
- In re Loewen Group Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 98-6740, 2004 WL 1853137 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 18, 2004);
- In re Sunbeam Securities Litigation, 89 F. Supp. 2d 1326 (S.D. Fla. 1999);
- In re WebSecure, Inc. Sec. Litig., 182 F.R.D. 364 (D. Mass. 1998); Nager v. WebSecure, Inc., [1998 Supp. Transfer Binder] Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) 90,111 (D. Mass. Nov. 26, 1997);
- Zuckerman v. FoxMeyer Health Corp., 4 F. Supp.2d 618 (N.D. Tex. 1998); and
- In re JWP Inc. Securities Litigation, 928 F. Supp. 1239 (S.D.N.Y. 1996).
Mr. Waldman is a frequent lecturer on securities litigation matters and the fiduciary duties of pension system trustees throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Canada, including speaking engagements at conferences of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (“NCPERS”) (most recently on May 20, 2019, where Chet spoke on the Securities Litigation Legal Panel in Austin, TX), Council of Institutional Investors, Mid-Atlantic Pension Systems, National Association of Police Organizations, and the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (“IPPFA”), among others. Additional examples of his presentations include:
- The Case for and Against Shareholders Litigating ESG Issues, NCPERS, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2022;
- How the Global Financial System Helps the World's Rich Get Richer: Part 2 - The Pandora Papers, KORIED Plan Sponsor Educational Institute, Key West, FL, January 21, 2022;
- Class Actions in Latin America and Their Interaction with the U.S. Market, Hispanic National Bar Association, October 2021;
- Ten Years After the Financial Crisis, National Association of Police Organizations, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 5, 2019; and KORIED Plan Sponsor Educational Institute, Key West, FL, Jan. 16, 2019;
- 10 Years After the Financial Crisis: Where Do Shareholder Rights Stand?, 12th Annual PAPERS Fall Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 27, 2018;
- How The Global Financial System Helps The World’s Rich Get Richer, The 2018 KORIED Global Summit, Coral Gables, FL, July 12, 2018;
- Case Study on Lessons Learned from the Petrobras Bribery Scandal, Plan Sponsor Educational Institute, Jan. 18, 2018;
- The Long and Winding Saga of the Wyly Brothers, NCPERS, New Orleans, LA, Oct. 27, 2014;
- More Bad Corporate Behavior - What’s a Fiduciary to do? IPPFA, Lake Geneva, WI,Oct. 2, 2013;
- Defending Your Defined Benefit: Capital Stewardship, NCPERS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Honolulu, HI, May 19, 2013;
- U.S. Class Actions: What Are They And Why Are They Necessary? Mexico Investors Forum, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 12, 2012; and
- Gordon Gekko Lives: The Galleon Insider Trading Scandal, Inter-American Bar Association, Isla Margarita, Venezuela, June 6, 2012, and NCPERS Conference, New York, NY, May 7, 2012.
Recently, he co-authored the Chapter on "Managing Class Actions" in the American Bar Association's newly issued Guide for In-House Counsel: Practical Resource to Cutting-Edge Issues, March 2019.