- Yale College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994)
- Yale Law School (J.D., 1997)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of New York (1997-98)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1998-99)
Jacob W. Buchdahl is widely recognized as a leading trial lawyer, including by Benchmark Litigation for three years in a row as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America. Chambers USA (2015) described his litigation skills as “extraordinary,” he has been named a Leading Lawyer by Lawdragon, and he has repeatedly been listed as a New York Super Lawyer. Buchdahl represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial litigation across the United States. At age 40, he was lead counsel in the first case brought by a bond insurance company against an RMBS issuer to go to trial, securing a $100 million judgment in Manhattan federal court; the case was described as a “game-changer” and a “turning point in the MBS wars” and led directly to billions of dollars in settlements. Buchdahl tries cases in every setting, from jury and bench trials in federal court, to AAA and FINRA arbitrations, to a trial before an SEC administrative law judge. More recently, in August 2016, Buchdahl won a complete defense verdict in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent infringement case brought against a medical device manufacturer.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Buchdahl was a member of the Public Corruption Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted criminal conduct in federal, state, and local government. In ten jury trials as a federal prosecutor, Buchdahl convicted sixteen defendants, including the former highest-ranking Russian at the United Nations on money-laundering charges.
Buchdahl is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. He now lives in New York City with his wife Angela, the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue, and their three children Gabriel, Eli, and Rose. Buchdahl is a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Children, the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and the Board of Directors of Recess Activities, Inc.