Partner and General Counsel

Salvatore C. Badala

Mr. Badala is the firm’s General Counsel and a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department.

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Attorney Salvatore Badala

Mr. Badala is a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Consumer Class Actions department. Sal focuses his practice on handling disputes concerning directors and officers liability, partnership liability, securities fraud, antitrust, RICO, tortious interference with contracts and economic relations, business fraud, limited liability companies, contracts, and trade secrets.

Previously, at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, he conducted internal investigations and assisted in the representation of individuals and entities in regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities & Fraud Commission of Hong Kong, the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Department of Justice. Specifically, his practice focused on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and hiring practices, credit ratings for offerings of Collateralized Debt Obligations, electronic blue sheet submissions, alleged misconduct in the foreign exchange markets, the valuation process for credit default swap indices cleared through a derivatives clearing organization, and mortgage-backed securitization trading involving Public-Private Investment Program funds.

Mr. Badala interned for both the Honorable Kenneth M. Karas of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the white collar crime division of United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Awards and Honors

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Inn of Court: The Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) Process, Dayton Bar Association (September 27, 2022)

Speaker, The Plaintiff Perspective” and “Analyzing Pharma Marketing Campaigns of the Opioid Manufacturer and Distributors, Insight Exchange Network Presents: Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Litigation, Regulation, & Reform (April 16-17, 2018)

Media Appearances

‘No Legitimate Basis’ For New Opioid Trial, NY AG Insists, Law360 (May 9, 2022)

Landmark Decision in the NY Opioid Trial, WCBS- TV – NY (December 30, 2021)

BREAKING: NY Jury Holds Teva Liable After Opioid Trial, Law360 (December 30, 2021)

NY Opioid Deliberations Delayed After Rancorous Closing Day, Law360 (December 13, 2021)

Drug Companies in Long Island Opioid Trial Move for Mistrial, Citing State’s Error During Closing Argument, (December 13, 2021)

Allergan Opioid Settlement Leaves Teva Alone in N.Y. Trial, (December 9, 2021)

Attorneys in New York Opioid Trial Prepare Jurors to Consider Six Months of Testimony, (December 9, 2021)

Teva, affiliates ignored safety to boost opioid sales, jury told, Reuters (December 9, 2021)

Allergan Finance Reaches $200 Million Settlement in New York Opioid Trial on Eve of Closing Arguments, (December 8, 2021)

Ohio Counties Deride Pharmacies’ Opioid Mistrial Bid, Law360 (November 17, 2021)

Giant Eagle Strikes Deal To Leave Ohio Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (October 27, 2021)

Skadden Strives To Tame Flames In Endo’s Opioid Imbroglio, Law360 (October 26, 2021)

Walmart, CVS Seek Opioid Mistrial After Juror Does Own Research, Bloomberg Law (October 25, 2021)

Pharmacies’ Mistrial Bid Shot Down In Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (October 25, 2021)

Arnold & Porter Tries To ‘Slip’ One Past The Goalie, Gets Benchslapped For Its Efforts, (October 20, 2021)

Teva Fears ‘Incredibly Damaging’ Parody Videos in Opioid Trial, Law360 (October 19, 2021)

Newsday Report: Law firm in opioids case should be sanctioned, Newsday (October 18, 2021)

Walmart Blasts Ohio Counties’ Sanctions Bid in Opioid Trial, Law360 (October 18, 2021)

Referee recommends sanction for Arnold & Porter in N.Y. opioid case, Reuters (October 16, 2021)

Referee in NY Opioid Litigation Recommends Award of Costs, Monetary Sanctions Against Arnold & Porter for Discovery Failures, (October 15, 2021)

NY Counties Sound Alarm Over Doctor As Opioid Trial Witness, Law360 (October 15, 2021)

CVS, Walmart Opioid Trial Defense Hazy on Pharmacists’ Role, Law360 (October 5, 2021)

Palm Beach County moves toward settlement with major opioid distributors, manufacturer, The Palm Beach Post (October 7, 2021)

Legislator: Prioritize Genesee County departments when it comes to spending opioid settlement funds, The Batavian (October 7, 2021)

Endo Pharmaceuticals Reaches Settlement in New York Opioid Trial, New York Law Journal/ (September 10, 2021)

Pharmaceutical Company Endo Settles Opioid Claims by New York, Lawyer Monthly (September 10, 2021)

Drugmaker Endo settles opioid claims by New York, counties for $50 mln, Reuters (September 9, 2021)

Schuyler County to receive $121,000 through opioid epidemic lawsuit settlement

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Yates, Schuyler consider opioid settlement, (September 7, 2021)

Genesee County may approve opioid settlement pact, The Daily News (August 31, 2021)

Rite Aid Strikes Deal To Avert Opioid MDL’s 1st Pharmacy Trial, Law360 (August 26, 2021)

Grocery Chain Wants Out Of Ohio Counties’ Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (August 18, 2021)

Endo now faces contempt as well as default in N.Y. opioid trial, Reuters (August 12, 2021)

Bid by Lawyers for NY State to Hold Arnold & Porter, Endo Pharma in Contempt Complicates Long Island Opioid Trial, New York Law Journal/ (August 12, 2021)

Atty Fees Capped At 15% In $26B Opioid MDL Settlement, Law360 (August 9, 2021)

Arnold & Porter Atty Opioid Trial Remarks ‘Crazy,’ Court Told, Law360 (August 9, 2021)

Sault urged to join lawsuit against opioid makers, distributors, (August 6, 2021)

“We cannot go on in this condition” N.Y. AG tells opioid trial judge, Reuters (August 6, 2021)

Endo, Arnold & Porter deny deliberately withholding opioid evidence, Reuters (August 5, 2021)

Endo Calls Out Fiery ‘Rhetoric’ In NY Opioid Trial, Law360 (August 5, 2021)

Endo faces default over hiding ‘smoking gun’ opioid evidence (again), Reuters (August 3, 2021)

NY Judge Rips Endo On Lagging Discovery In Opioid Trial, Law360 (August 2, 2021)

Drug Makers To Pay For Treatment, Prevention, Great Neck Record (July 29, 2021)

AGs Unveil $26B Global Opioid Deal With J&J, Distributors, Law360 (July 21, 2021)

New York, Drug Distributors Reach $1.18 Billion Opioid Settlement as National Deal Looms, One1News (July 21, 2021)

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Three Opioid Distributors Amid Long Island Trial, York Law Journal (July 20, 2021)

New York, drug distributors reach $1.18 billion opioid settlement as national deal looms, Reuters (July 20, 2021)

Nassau, Suffolk Reach Opioid Crisis Settlements With ‘Big Three’ Drug Companies, Long Island Press (July 20, 2021)

Drug distributors to pay up to $1.1 bln to settle New York opioid case, Financial Post (July 20, 2021)

New York, drug distributors reach $1.18 billion opioid settlement as national deal looms, Express Pharma (July 20, 2021)

GCASA director: Multimillion dollar deal with opioid distributors would ‘stabilize’ treatment system, The Batavian (July 20, 2021)

AG: State reaches $1.1 billion settlement with opioid distributors, Newsday (July 20, 2021)

Drug Distributors Strike $1.1B Opioid Deal, Exit NY Trial, Law360 (July 20, 2021)

Landmark Opioid Trial Opens in New York, Courtroom View Network (CVN) (July 2, 2021)

‘Honesty Was In Short Supply’: N.Y. Trial Starts With Arguments Against Opioid Makers, WBFO npr (June 30, 2021)

Opioid Suppliers Rebut Claims in First Jury Trial Over Epidemic, Bloomberg (June 30, 2021)

Heroin Needle and Cereal Box Figure in Plaintiffs’ NY Opioid Trial Opening, New York Law Journal/ (June 30, 2021)

Suffolk’s Lawyer Urges Jurors to Hold Drugmakers Liable for Opioid Crisis, Long Island Press (June 30, 2021)

Facing 1st Jury Opioid Attys Turn to Instagram, ‘Wizard of Oz’, Law360 (June 29, 2021)

Landmark opioid trial opens as lawyers address jurors for first time, Newsday (June 29, 2021)

Drug Cos. Share Blame For Opioid Crisis, NY Jury Told, Law360 (June 29, 2021)

‘Calculated Decision in Boardrooms’ Led to Crisis, Lawyers Say in Opening NY Opioid Suit, New York Law Journal/ (June 29, 2021)

Jury in New York opioids lawsuit gets instructions, Newsday (June 28, 2021)

Nation’s Eyes On New York As Unprecedented Opioid Trial Begins On Long Island, CBS-2 New York (June 28, 2021)

A Look At A Lawsuit Filed By NY Municipalities Over Opioid Crisis, WSKG npr PBS (June 23, 2021)

3 Pharmacies Cut From NY Opioid Trial, CVS Reaches Deal, Law360 (June 25, 2021)

Court Greenlights Settlement in Online Fantasy Sports Multidistrict Litigation, Law Street Media (June 17, 2021)

New  York Opioid Trial Delayed Again As Jury Selection Lags, Law360 (June 16, 2021)

DraftKings MDL Settlement Gets Nod As FanDuel Nears Deal, Law360 (June 15, 2021)

Opening Args NY Opioid Trial Set For End of June, Law360 (May 18, 2021)

Unhappy AGs Have Options In Latest Purdue Ch. 11 Plan, Law360 (March 16, 2020)

McKinsey Opioid Deal With NY AG Approved Amid Objections, Law360 (March 16, 2020)

Landmark NY Opioid Trial Delayed Amid Virus Concerns, Law360 (March 5, 2021)

DraftKings to Pay $8 Million to Settle Consolidated Class Claims, Bloomberg Law (March 4, 2021)

DraftKings Settles MD For $720K Plus $7M In Site Credit, Law360 (March 3, 2021)

NY AG’s Opioid Epidemic Jury Trial Set For Early 2021, Law360 (October 28, 2020)

Pharmacies Can’t Slip Opioid Nuisance Claims, Counties  Say, Law360 (July 6, 2020)

City of Grande Prairie files proposed $10B class-action lawsuit against opioid companies

Purdue Says Ch. 11 Stay Can’t Be Lifted For NY Opioid Trial, Law360 (April 16,2020)

Some Public Nuisance Claims Cut In NY Opioid Suit, Law360 (April 10,2020)

New York Court Refuses To Delay March Opioid Trial, Law360 (March 4, 2020)

NY AG’s Trial Against Opioid Makers Scheduled for January, Law360 (November 7, 2019)

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC and Team Obtain Landmark Opioid Settlement in Federal Opioid Litigation, Olean Times Herald (October 22, 2019)

Purdue’s Sacklers Shifted $1B Amid Opioid Fight, NY AG Says, Law360 (September 13, 2019)

Auburn files complaint in class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, The Citizen/ (July 24, 2019)

Uber Drivers Score Tentative OK On $395K Fair Pay Deal, Law360 (July 23, 2019)

Sacklers Can’t Escape NY Opioid MDL, Law360 (June 24, 2019)

Five more counties file lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for opioid epidemic, West Virginia Record (December 17, 2018)

Opioid Distributors Can’t Escape Counties’ Suit, Law360 (July 18, 2018)

Spearmint Rhino, Dancers Asked To Weigh In On Epic’s Impact, Law360 (May 29, 2018)

Kibbles ‘n Bits dog food alleged to contain phenobarbital, Legal Newsline (March 29, 2018)

Smuckers Subsidiary Sued Over Drug In Dog Food, Law360 (March 16, 2018)

Exotic Dancers, Club Chain Strike $8.5M Deal In Wage Row, Law360 (February 26, 2018)

County mulls suing opioid drug makers, Adirondack Daily Enterprise (February 19, 2018)

Akorn, Fera, Perrigo Settle Trade Secrets, Antitrust Suit, Law360 (January 30, 2018)

Banana Boat Looks to Ice False SPF Advertising Class Action, Law360 (January 10, 2018)

How we got here: A history of the opiate epidemic, Long Island Business News (November 7, 2017)


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Representative Cases and Settlements of Note

*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*

$650 Million Ruling in National Pharmacy Chain Opioid Trial
U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay over $650 million over 15 years and set up an abatement program to Lake and Trumbull counties. The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a monetary amount against pharmacy chains for their role in the opioid epidemic.

The funds will be used in programs to address the fallout from opioid abuse the defendant’s marketing of opioids caused.

Jury Verdict in National Opioid Trial
This jury verdict was secured on behalf of our clients Lake and Trumbull Counties (OH) against pharmacy giants CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

$1.1 Billion Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
This settlement was reached with the three largest drug distributors, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, in the first opioid jury trial.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$50 Million Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
Endo Pharmaceutical agreed to this settlement to end their involvement in the NY opioid jury trial, where the company was accused of its role in the opioid epidemic.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (OH), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.




Other Experience

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP

Areas of Practice

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