R. Zachary Gelber


R. Zachary Gelber represents traders, hedge funds, real estate developers, and a wide variety of other businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation, arbitration, and actions brought by the Securities Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the Department of Justice.

Mr. Gelber specializes in resolving disputes between members of closely-held corporations and partnerships. He also litigates a broad range of commercial disputes, including complex real estate litigation, fiduciary duty and insider fraud claims, art fraud, fraudulent transfer actions, and employment disputes.

Mr. Gelber received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001, where he was a member of the Harvard Defenders.

Before starting his own practice, Mr. Gelber worked with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, where he represented brokers, traders, CEOs, CFOs, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other individuals and institutions in a wide variety of litigation, securities enforcement, and white collar criminal matters.

Mr. Gelber has secured favorable settlements for dozens of brokers and traders under investigation by the S.E.C., FINRA enforcement, and numerous state securities departments in matters including securities fraud, excessive trading, trading ahead of a client, marking the close, backing away from a market and insider trading. Mr. Gelber also represented the S.E.C. appointed Madoff receiver immediately following Mr. Madoff’s arrest.

Mr. Gelber also represents clients with a wide variety of real estate issues, including purchase and sale agreements, lease and contract negotiation, financing, business planning, and federal and state litigation.

Gelber & Santillo PLLC
52 Duane Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Tel: 212-227-4743
Fax: 212-227-7371
Email: zgelber@gelbersantillo.com 

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  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2001
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1997, Highest Honors


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • District of New Jersey