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Litigation Star

Practice area:

International arbitration

A founding partner of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Dorit Ungar Black holds a dual law degree and is a native German speaker. She has expertise in international arbitration, and has practiced in both civil and common law jurisdictions since 1999, including courts in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Vienna, Austria. Dorit focuses her practice on disputes regarding commercial contracts, complicated financial instruments, business acquisitions, business torts, insurance disputes, commercial leases, and international construction projects. 

Dorit took the lead on plaintiffs’ affirmative damages case in a multibillion-dollar damages trial against Lehman Brothers over its massive securitizations of toxic mortgages. The trial, which addressed Lehman’s pivotal role in causing the 2008 financial collapse, resulted in a $2.4 billion damages award for investors—the largest single trial verdict resulting from the housing crisis. Among other matters, Dorit currently represents affiliates of Alberta’s government-owned investment fund in innovative claims against insurers concerning “life settlement” insurance premium disputes. She also represents Air India in two separate but related actions in connection with efforts by foreign investors to enforce a $1.2 billion arbitration award and a $160 million arbitration award, respectively, against the state-owned airline as the alleged alter ego of the Republic of India. 

Dorit’s past representative matters include a $120 million suit by a Canadian toy manufacturer against her client, a product-safety testing laboratory; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in an arbitration involving a Texas power plant; U.S. hedge fund Camulos Capital in a dispute with a German subsidiary of Lehman Brothers over a repo agreement worth more than $100 million; the heirs to the Herzog Collection, the largest private art collection in Hungary prior to World War II, in a lawsuit against the Hungarian government and its state-owned museums and instrumentalities seeking the return of more than 40 artworks with an estimated combined value of more than $100 million; Çukurova Holding A.S., a Turkish industrial and commercial conglomerate, in post-judgment and appellate proceedings before the S.D.N.Y. and the Second Circuit, respectively, relating to the enforcement of a $932 million arbitral award against Çukurova; and a Japanese pharmaceutical company in an arbitration arising from its acquisition of a Mexican manufacturer of medicinal and over-the-counter products. 

Among her many accolades, Dorit was most recently named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 Notable Women in Law list and to the New York Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Influence list. She has also been recognized as a Female Powerbroker by Law360; a Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal; a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal; a Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal; a Top Woman Attorney in the New York Metro Area by Super Lawyers; and Boutique Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly. Prior to founding HSG, Dorit was a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, and before that was an associate at White & Case and at one of Austria’s most prestigious law firms, Wolf Theiss & Partners. 

Key Practice Areas:

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Securities 


  • University of Vienna Law School (Mag.iur., 1999)
  • Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2003) 

Languages Spoken:
German, Hebrew, Hungarian 

Updated Sep 2021