- 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. He has been named by Lawdragon among the Leading Lawyers in America, he is listed in Chambers USA, and he has been named repeatedly as a New York Super Lawyer. Buchdahl represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation across the United States. Buchdahl tries cases in every setting, from federal and state courts to AAA and FINRA arbitrations. His most recent trials were defending a medical device manufacturer in a patent infringement case before a jury in the Eastern District of Texas and representing a private equity fund suing the issuer of a convertible bond in a bench trial in New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. Representative clients include Third Point, Nasdaq, Hermitage Capital Management, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Buchdahl was a federal prosecutor in the Public Corruption Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Buchdahl obtained the convictions of sixteen defendants after jury trials, 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 is married to Angela Warnick Buchdahl, the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue, and they live in New York City with their three children. 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.