Cory Buland
Associate
New York Office Phone: (212) 471-8349 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education
  • University of Nebraska, with distinction (B.S.B.A., Finance, 2005)
  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2009)
Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2009-2010

Law Clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2011-2012

Distinguished on the list of Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars” four years in a row, Cory Buland has quickly proven he's a remarkable advocate for Susman Godfrey's clients. Mr. Buland joined Susman Godfrey in 2012 after completing judicial clerkships with then-Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Richard Sullivan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A Columbia Law graduate, Mr. Buland also previously served as an associate at another national law firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Buland has played a key role on multiple high-profile cases during his time with Susman Godfrey. In the defense of a private equity firm, he served on a team alongside founding partner Stephen D. Susman to secure a favorable net award for the client. In the case, Mr. Buland’s day-long cross-examination of the plaintiff’s chief financial officer demonstrated the client’s entitlement to relief on his counterclaims. He also successfully argued the motion to confirm the award in New York Supreme Court and defeated a motion to vacate.

Honors and Distinctions

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014 - 2017 (Published by Thomson Reuters)

James Kent Scholar

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Columbia Law Review, Senior Editor

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Professional Associations and Memberships

State of New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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Notable Representations

Cory Buland represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and arbitrations across the United States. Mr. Buland has represented clients in breach of contract, fraud, class action, consumer protection, regulatory and other complex business disputes. Mr. Buland handles cases from the initial evaluation stage through discovery, trials, and appeals. His notable representations include:

  • Represents the estate of TradeWinds Airlines, Inc. in an action that seeks to pierce the corporate veil and hold George Soros personally liable for a final judgment of over $50 million.
  • Defends a fuel company in Texas federal court against a class action lawsuit alleging the company’s fuel caused performance issues and damage to consumer automobiles.
  • Defended a private equity firm and its founder against a breach of contract claim brought by another private equity firm seeking more than $10 million in damage. At arbitration, Mr. Buland played a key role on the team that secured a favorable net award for the client after drastically limiting the client’s liability and prevailing on his counterclaims. Mr. Buland’s day-long cross-examination of the plaintiff’s chief financial officer demonstrated the client’s entitlement to relief on his counterclaims. Mr. Buland successfully argued the motion to confirm the award in New York Supreme Court and defeated a motion to vacate. Read more about the victory: Susman Godfrey Turns Potential Loss Of Millions Into Substantial Gain For Client In Heated Breach Of Contract Arbitration.
  • Represented a major pharmacy chain in a dispute with its insurer over business interruption losses suffered by the company when its flagship store was destroyed on September 11 in the World Trade Center concourse.
  • Defended a dental services organization in North Carolina state court from claims asserted by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners and affiliated dentists asserting that its operations violated state law. Mr. Buland played a key role on the Susman Godfrey team that achieved favorable settlements with all parties. Read more about the claims that the Susman Godfrey team defended in this Law360 article, NC Scrutiny Of Dental Practice Management Continues (subscription required for full access).
  • Defended a special-purpose entity in connection with the securitization of residential mortgages in Manhattan federal court. After a majority of the plaintiff’s damages were eliminated by a Daubertmotion, the case was settled.
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