Shari C. Reig is a general commercial litigator. For nearly twenty years, her work has focused on Holocaust restitution, including the Swiss Banks Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation. Shari was appointed by Judge Edward R. Korman to serve as Deputy Special Master, working closely with the Court and with Special Master Judah Gribetz in developing and overseeing implementation of the plan for worldwide allocation and distribution of the $1.25 billion settlement fund.
Shari’s work with the Swiss Banks Holocaust Settlement includes formulating overall strategies and policies; drafting and approving claims processing guidelines, and reviewing thousands of claims, for five distinct settlement classes (Deposited Assets, Looted Assets, Refugees, and two Slave Labor classes); preparing numerous reports for the Court, including the initial Proposed Plan of Allocation and Distribution of Settlement Proceeds as well as the Final Report (pending); and supervising non-governmental organizations serving as the Court’s administrative agents in Zurich, Geneva, New York, Central and Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. More than $1.28 billion has been paid to more than 457,000 Holocaust victims and heirs worldwide. Shari has been mentioned in numerous publications for her work with this ground-breaking settlement, including the New York Times, the Jerusalem Post, the New York Law Journal, the Jewish Political Studies Review, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Reform Judaism.
In 2013, Shari was appointed by the US Department of State to serve as a trustee of the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future,” based in Berlin. The State Department reappointed her to a four-year term in 2016. The Foundation was established by German legislation in 2000 to compensate and memorialize victims of the Holocaust. Other trustees include members of the German government including the Bundestag, Bundesrat and Ministry of Finance; representatives of German industry, the State of Israel, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Russian Federation and Ukraine; and victims’ organizations.
Shari’s litigation experience includes multi-year representation of a Big Four accounting firm against various securities class actions, as well as defense of clients in the franchise and entertainment industries.
Shari was an adjunct legal writing instructor at Brooklyn Law School from 1992 through 1994, and she taught legal writing at Harvard Law School while a student there.
Cornell University, 1983, Bachelor of Arts, With Distinction In All Subjects, Phi Beta Kappa
Harvard Law School, 1987, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Awards and Affiliations
American Bar Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Trustee, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford, New York (2012–2015)