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Robert McCallum

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

McCallum Legal PLLC
305 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-323-7460
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017
Licensed in New York Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

An attorney at McCallum Legal PLLC, Robert McCallum is based in New York and represents clients worldwide as an experienced international lawyer and first chair advocate. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including digital advertising, software licensing, private equity, oil and gas, mergers and acquisitions, insurance, entertainment and sports, construction and engineering, beverages and bottling, banking and financial services, and aerospace.

Mr. McCallum focuses his practice on several areas, including advising on the jurisdictional reach of US courts, serving as lead counsel in federal and state courts, arbitration of cross-border and domestic disputes, and commercial litigation in both federal and states courts. From developing a pre-litigation strategy through the final steps of enforcement, appeals and trial, he is an accomplished attorney with extensive experience in complex disputes.

While Mr. McCallum is admitted to practice in the state of New York, he is also admitted in New South Wales, Australia, England and Wales. He has first-class honors degrees from both the University of Newcastle in Australia and the University of Cambridge in England, where he was given the titles of Young Australian Achiever of the Queen’s Trust, Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Scholar of Sidney Sussex College.

Mr. McCallum also has almost two decades of experience working in New York, London, Sydney, and Tokyo. For the last two decades, his focus has been on business litigation and how to best help businesses be successful in the United States and throughout the world.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 30%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

About Robert McCallum

First Admitted: 2000

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • Master of Laws, with First Class Honors (University of Cambridge)
  • Bachelor of Laws, with First Class Honors (University of Newcastle, Australia) 


  • Awarded Fellowship to study for the Master of Laws program at Cambridge University., Fellow , Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, 2000
  • Awarded Young Australian Achiever Scholarship to study for the Master of Laws program at Cambridge University., Young Australian Achiever, The Queen's Trust, 2000
  • New York Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono, New York Legal Aid Society , 2014
  • Awarded the title of Scholar, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, for first-class performance in the Master of Laws program., Scholar, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 2000

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Supervising attorneys from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 2013 through 2019 handling disability discrimination claims, asylum applications, child support applications, criminal appeals, prisoners’ rights litigation, applications for judicial review, and housing disputes., 2019
  • The Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2014


  • Represented The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and state-owned enterprise National Helicopter Services Limited as defendants in two litigations in which plaintiff seeks to recover more than $40 million in connection with leases of search and rescue aircraft (S.D.N.Y. 2018–2019), 2019
  • Represented plaintiff Octagon Credit Investors in claim for rescission arising out of improper modification of $150 million syndicated loan agreement. Octagon Credit Investors, LLC v. NYDJ Apparel, LLC, No. 656677/2017 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty. Jan. 9, 2018), Dkt. 91 (denying motion to dismiss)., 2018
  • Represented petitioner Rusoro Mining in proceedings to enforce $1 billion ICSID (Additional Facility) Award under New York Convention. Rusoro Mining Ltd. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34706, *1 (D.D.C. Mar. 1, 2018) (denying motion for stay and confirming Award), 2018
  • Represented defendant Citibank in $350 million claim alleging breach of contract and U.C.C. in connection with the pricing of structured securities. Highland CDO Opportunity Master Fund, L.P. v. Citibank, N.A., No. 12 Civ. 2827 (NRB), 2016 WL 1267781 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2016) (granting summary judgment dismissing Highland's claims)., 2016
  • Represented respondent J.P. Morgan in $30 million FINRA arbitration filed by former employee alleging fraud in connection with collapse of hedge funds exposed to subprime mortgages. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC v. Sharon, No. 14-cv-03743 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 10, 2014) (confirming arbitration award dismissing claims)., 2014
  • Represented defendant CVC Capital in $600 million claim by rival private equity firm alleging fraud in connection with the sale of Formula 1 motorsports. Bluewaters Communications Holding, LLC v. Ecclestone, No. 653965/2012, 2014 WL 220779 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Cnty. Jan. 16, 2014) (dismissing complaint based on forum non conveniens and lack of personal jurisdiction), aff’d, 122 A.D.3d 426 (1st Dep’t 2014)., 2014
  • Represented respondent Deutsche Bank in $35 million FINRA arbitration alleging fraudulent inducement and breach of contract concerning the sale of call warrants. SMCB Capital, LLC v. Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., FINRA-DR Case No. 11-02201 (New Jersey, Dec. 11, 2013) (dismissing all claims)., 2013
  • Represented respondent Bear Stearns in FINRA arbitration alleging breach of contract based on failure to execute redemption instructions prior to collapse of hedge fund. Matter of Bear, Stearns & Co. v. International Capital & Management Co., 32 Misc. 3d 607 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty. 2011) (confirming arbitration award dismissing claims and awarding attorneys’ fees), aff’d, 99 A.D.3d 402 (1st Dep’t 2012).  , 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Recommended by the Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation, 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-author of the treatise chapter on “Comparison with Commercial Litigation in Foreign Courts” for the forthcoming Fifth Edition of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (2020)., Co-author of the chapter on "Comparison with Commercial Litigation in Foreign Courts”, Haig, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Fifth Edition), Published by Thompson Reuters, 2020

Representative Clients

  • Representing PepsiCo in appeal of a bottling dispute in the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Aerospace
  • and software licensing. 
  • Banking And Financial Services
  • beverages and bottling
  • Construction And Engineering
  • Entertainment And Sports
  • Insurance
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  •  oil and gas
  •  private equity
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Office Location for Robert McCallum

305 Broadway
7th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-323-7460

Last Updated: 6/2/2022

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