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Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

New York City Bar Association – Council on Judicial Administration

ALLIURIS A.S.B.L – Alliance of International Business Lawyers (Board of Directors)

Community Involvement

Episcopal Diocese of New York (Vice Chancellor)

Joyce Theater Foundation (former Trustee)

Lincoln Center Business Council

Pelham Manor (former Village Trustee)

St. Bartholomew’s Church (former Vestry Co-Chair, Chancellor)


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

Cornell University, B.A.

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Raymond L. Vandenberg

Office Managing Partner
New York
T: 212.730.7700
F: 212.730.7725
Representative Matters
Full Bio

Raymond Vandenberg is a member of Michelman & Robinson LLP’s (M&R’s) Commercial & Business Litigation Practice and has successfully handled an array of complex litigation matters over his 40-year career. He has appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and counseled parties in numerous arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) and numerous financial industry arbitration panels, and has also represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Mr. Vandenberg’s regularly handles commercial contract disputes, fiduciary breaches, fraud cases, estate and receivership accountings, Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) matters, securitized mortgages, restrictive covenants, international commercial disputes, corporate governance disputes, minority shareholder conflicts, partnership disputes, real estate, and cooperative and condominium law matters.

Mr. Vandenberg’s recent cases include managing the termination of several high-ranking executives in a prominent non-profit organization, multiple lawsuits and commercial arbitrations arising from the sale of an international business, construction fraud at a major airport, avoiding an injunction concerning computer source code, investigating potential insider trading, and defending a Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security (CMBS) depositor against allegations of breaches of representations and warranties by the trustee of a pool of securitized loans.

He has also obtained injunctive relief on behalf of ERISA health plans to enforce their subrogation rights, enjoined the immediate seizure of a New York bank account to satisfy a foreign arbitration award, and successfully defended the general partners of several limited partnerships sued for fraud and civil RICO violations.

With regard to his employment practice, Mr. Vandenberg has represented employers sued under federal, state, and local employment discrimination statutes, and has counseled management in labor disputes with their unionized employees.

Awards & Special Recognitions

Mr. Vandenberg enjoys the prestigious rating of AV® Distinguished™ lawyer issued by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. Each year from 2010 until the present, he has been recognized as a top lawyer in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Community Involvement

Mr. Vandenberg has been a trustee of The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City and a member of the Lincoln Center Business Council. He is also a member of the Council on Judicial Administration of the New York City Bar Association.  He was an elected official in the Village of Pelham Manor, New York from 2011-15.

He has undertaken many pro bono matters on behalf of St. Bartholomew’s Church, including a landmark case before the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2010, he was appointed by the Bishop of New York as Vice Chancellor of the Diocese. He is also currently engaged as a special counsel to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Representative Matters

Environmental Defense: Successfully defended a client against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which filed a complaint seeking penalties in excess of $1 million for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The EPA alleged that the client operated a plant that leaked a hazardous substance into the air before being shut down by EPA. Choosing to push back against the proposed penalties versus a merit-based challenge, the dispute was favorably resolved for $5,000.

Commercial Dispute: Represented a software company that was sued to gain its source code and successfully defeated an injunction. A subsequent jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff was overturned by the judge based on arguments by Mr. Vandenberg that the verdict was not supported by the evidence.  The case was thereafter settled prior to appeals.

Human Relations: Mr. Vandenberg supervised a comprehensive audit of a major financial institution’s human relations department, including its systems and controls for hiring, terminations, compensation, benefits and payroll.  A confidential report was prepared for the general counsel and CEO.

Commercial Dispute: Filed for summary judgment against an individual involved in a fraudulent scheme who was subsequently convicted in federal court for a similar conspiracy involving other investors.  The defendant provided restitution to Mr. Vandenberg’s client.

Fraud: Brought an action on behalf of an Israeli citizen against several parties for a scam involving invalid international letters of credit and financing agreements for a major real estate development.  After extensive discovery and appearances by all parties, default judgments were entered against two defendants for failure to comply with court orders and the client declined to continue the action against the remaining party.

Contract Dispute: Successfully defended an electronic trading firm from a vendor’s claim that the contract required annual payments beyond actual use of services.

Employment Discrimination: Represented a New York State agency against claims of race discrimination by a longtime employee.