Jeffrey M. Wintner
Honorable Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States, 1991 – 1992
Honorable Laurence H. Silberman, United States District Court, District of Columbia, 1990 – 1991
Jeffrey M. Wintner
Jeffrey M. Wintner has been a member of the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1992 and partner since 1997. His practice focuses on constitutional law, products liability, mass tort, insurance, class action and appellate litigation, and in negotiating complex settlements.
Mr. Wintner is one of the principal negotiators of the Master Settlement Agreement among the leading members of the tobacco industry and the states. He has also been involved in numerous cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal and state appellate courts, as well as numerous mediations and arbitrations. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Constitutional Law and Federal Courts Advisory Committee.
Mr. Wintner has served for over a decade as the lead counsel for the nation’s largest tobacco company in disputes and negotiations with the States, including in a multi-year case seeking recoupment of billions of dollars of settlement payments from the States for failing to enforce provisions of the settlement against certain competitors in the tobacco industry. The case involved appeals in dozens of state courts and an arbitration including 15 mini-trials. Mr. Wintner led the industry-wide effort to settle the case, which led to a settlement with 27 of the States under which those States agreed to pay over $3 billion and to redefined enforcement obligations going forward. The arbitration against the other States resulted in decisions in the company’s favor under which it is to receive the entire amount of its claim remaining after the settlement.
Mr. Wintner also serves as lead counsel for a major chemical company in multiple mass tort cases and investigations brought by a State and private plaintiffs, including resolution of a 3,500-case MDL proceeding and related dispute with the client’s former parent company regarding responsibility for payment.
Mr. Wintner also represents companies and Boards of Directors in the chemical, oil, automobile and financial industries in connection with large-scale mass tort, toxic tort, products liability and financial service investigations, class actions and MDL proceedings brought by States, municipalities and private plaintiffs.
Mr. Wintner graduated summa cum laude in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree magna cum laude in 1989 from Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the 1990 term, and to the Honorable Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court for the 1991 term.
- Vermont’s Fossil Fuel Suit Underscores Climate-Change Pressures Faced by U.S. Companies,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, September 17, 2021.
- Climate Change Litigation Threatens to Spread Beyond Oil & Gas,
in Wallstreetlawyer.com: Securities in the Electronic Age, Volume 22 No. 8, August 2018.