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Bernard W. Nussbaum, a litigation partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, is handling Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s lawsuit to compel the first raise in salaries for New York’s 1,300 judges since 1999. In tapping Mr. Nussbaum, 71, the chief judge selected a lawyer she first met 50 years ago when she was editor-in-chief of the Barnard Bulletin and he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Spectator. Chief Judge Kaye’s suit is being handled by a team of five Wachtell Lipton attorneys led by Mr. Nussbaum and including partners Marc Wolinsky and George T. Conway III, and associates Graham W. Meli and Kevin S. Schwartz. The firm took the case pro bono. Mr. Nussbaum first joined Wachtell Lipton in 1966, the year it was formed. Over the years, he has left the firm periodically to serve in high-profile government posts. He was counsel to President Bill Clinton and also served as a senior member of the staff of the House Judiciary Committee, which conducted the Watergate impeachment inquiry in 1974. He was also an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. One of his biggest victories was a jury verdict declaring that the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the twin towers were two events. That allowed real-estate developer Lawrence Silverstein, who had a 99-year lease on the World Trade Center site, to double his insurance recovery on several policies to $2.2 billion from $1.1 billion (NYLJ, Dec. 7, 2004). Mr. Nussbaum also obtained an unusual order in 2001 from the Delaware Chancery Court requiring specific performance of a multibillion dollar merger involving the Tyson Foods Corp. ( In re IBP, 789 A2d 14). Mr. Nussbaum graduated from Harvard Law School in 1961, where he had been notes editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College in 1958.

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