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Lawrence S. Elbaum
Lawrence S. Elbaum
Partner — Shareholder Activism
Partner — Shareholder Activism

Lawrence S. Elbaum

Lawrence S. Elbaum
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

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Lawrence S. Elbaum

Experience Highlights

  • Fiesta Restaurant Group in the defense of a threatened proxy fight by AREX Capital Management, LP

  • Primo Water in the defense of the activism campaign by Legion Partners Asset Management

  • Lumber Liquidators Holdings in the defense of the shareholder activism campaigns by F9 Investments and Rizzi Capital

  • FedNat Holding Company in the defense of the proxy fight by Capital Returns Management

  • Owens Realty Mortgage in its proxy contest defense against Hovde Capital Advisors and Opal Advisors

  • Blackwells Capital in its proxy contest against Supervalu Inc.

  • Sandridge Energy in its proxy contest defense against Carl Icahn and in the defense of the unsolicited bid of Midstates Petroleum

  • BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. in its proxy contest defense against Broadfin Capital

  • Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., in connection with investments by Piton Capitol and Pacific View Asset Management

  • Goodrich Petroleum in connection with investments by Anchorage Capital and Gen IV Investment Opportunities

  • Contango Oil and Gas in connection with the investment of Goff Capital

  • Fiesta Restaurant Group in its proxy contest defense against JCP, BLR Capital and Lake Trail 

  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation, which was approved despite opposition from activist JANA partners

  • Matrix Service Company in its proxy contest defense against Engine Capital


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2005
  • Cornell University, B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, 2002
  • Lawrence served as the Litigation designee for an AmLaw 100 law firm’s Pro Bono Initiative Committee, where he assisted with the intake and supervision of scores of pro bono matters. Lawrence also has directly handled an array of pro bono assignments over the years, ranging from assisting Holocaust survivors in obtaining reparations from Germany to representing indigent and disabled women in child custody, child support and divorce disputes.
  • Legal 500 U.S., M&A/Corporate & Commercial – Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards, 2019 – 2021, “Next Generation Lawyer,” 2020, “Next Generation Partner,” 2021; Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2019
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A: Takeover Defense (New York), 2021
  • Selected to the New York Metro Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015 – 2020
  • Golda Och Academy “Distinguished Alumni Award,” 2012
  • The Brooklyn Law School “Outstanding Civic Leadership Award,” 2012
  • The Brooklyn Family Defense Project “Family Defender Award,” 2012
  • New York Legal Assistance Group “Pro Bono Advocacy Award,” 2010
  • The Sanctuary for Families “Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy Award,” 2009
  • Trustee: Golda Och Academy, 2010 – 2017
  • Alumni Society Founder/Co-Chair: Golda Och Academy, 2007 – 2017
  • Co-Founder: The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Young Leadership Board
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • “What Should Issues Care About,” 2019 Corporate Governance Forum, November 20, 2019
  • “Managing Activists,” NACD North Texas Chapter Series, November 12, 2019
  • “Navigating Investor Activism,” Latino Corporate Directors Association Annual Board Leaders Convening, October 18, 2019
  • “Shareholder Activism,” NACD Director Professionalism, August 14, 2019
  • “Shareholder Activism Bootcamp,” WCD South Florida Chapter Meeting, May 7, 2019
  • “Shareholder Activism Bootcamp,” WCD Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting, January 23, 2019
  • “Shareholder Activism: Managing & Mitigating Risks in 2018,” March 6, 2018 (speaker)
  • “Condensed Activism Bootcamp,” Corporate Governance Ohio Chapter Meeting, October 26, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Mock Proxy Fight – So You Think You’re Ready for a Fight?” October 5, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Rising Activism in the REIT World,” The BMO Capital Markets 12th Annual Real Estate Conference, September 26, 2017 (panelist)
  • Think Twice Before Settling With An Activist, “ Law360, December 9, 2016
  • “Renewable Energy,” Activist Insight Monthly, October 2016 (co-interviewee with Kai Liekefett)