Claude M. Millman

Claude M. Millman is a former Assistant United States Attorney (S.D.N.Y.) and New York City government contracting chief who litigates complex commercial disputes; advises clients on government procurement and contracting, land use, and environmental issues; and handles internal investigations and white collar defense.  Formerly a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, Mr. Millman joined Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, in 2011.

Mr. Millman leads the firm’s commercial civil litigation efforts, which received Corporate Live Wire’s 2015 award for Excellence in Complex Commercial Disputes Litigation.  He also oversees its government procurement and contracting practice and advises clients on land use and environmental matters and on dealing with regulatory agencies, such as the New York City Business Integrity Commission. That procurement and contracting practice received Acquisition International’s M+A Award for Government Specialists of the Year - USA (2014) and Best Government Procurement Practice - USA (2015).

Mr. Millman has been recognized for his work as a litigator and a procurement and government contracts lawyer. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers of America” since 2013. He has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – 5 out of 5 – “AV” Rating, “Preeminent” in Litigation, Government Contracts, and Commercial Law. Mr. Millman has been recognized by “New York Super Lawyers” every year since 2008 in Business Litigation. He was elected to Fellowship by the Litigation Counsel of America, in 2011. In 1992, he received the United States Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement, which is the United States Department of Justice’s highest award presented to attorneys for contributions of excellence in legal performance.

Mr. Millman taught civil discovery as an Adjunct Associate Professor from 1996 to 2005 at Brooklyn Law School and has also been an Instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.


Claude M. Millman Representative Matters

  • Andrx - Defended a subsidiary of Watson Pharmaceuticals in a Hatch-Waxman patent infringement suit filed by AstraZeneca

  • Continuum Health Partners - Secured a preliminary injunction against Oxford/United's efforts to remove 1,200 physicians from their networks; represented the client in a related arbitration

  • ADT - Defeated a putative consumer fraud class action in a $40 million action concerning the shift from analog to digital alarm transmitters

  • AriZona Iced Tea - Counsel for the companies and its 50 percent owner in three lawsuits against the passive owner

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  • Partner, Proskauer Rose, LLP, 2003-2011
  • Counsel, Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp, 2000-2003
  • Commissioner, N.Y.C. Charter Revision Commission, 2001
  • New York City Chief Procurement Officer & Director, N.Y.C. Mayor's Office of Contracts (now Mayor's Office of Contracts Services), 1998-2000
  • Executive Director, New York City Charter Revision Commission, 1999
  • Deputy Commissioner, Litigation & Rate Regulation, New York City Trade Waste Commission (now Business Integrity Commission), 1996-1998
  • Chief, Environmental Protection Unit, United States Attorney's Office, S.D.N.Y., 1994-1996
  • Assistant United States Attorney, S.D.N.Y., 1989-1994
  • Law Clerk, Honorable William C. Conner, United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., 1988-1989

Awards and Recognitions

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, City & State New York 2019 Government Procurement Conference, "Understanding Government Requirements, Rules & Contracts," 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, New York Law School Annual Tax Lawyering Workshop, "Attorney Misconduct and Rule 8.4(c): Varsity Blues and Other Examples," 2019
  • Panelist, New York City's Annual Citywide Seminar on Ethics in City Government, "Ethics is a Two-Way Street; Why Contractors, Grantees, and Lobbyists Can't Ignore NYC's Ethics Rules," 2018
  • Panelist, 2nd Annual Nonprofit OpCon, "Trade Tips - Navigating through Operations to Create a Successful Nonprofit," 2016
  • Panelist, New York City's Annual Citywide Seminar on Ethics in City Government, "Two Men Exit the Room," 2016
  • Panelist, New York City Bar, Construction Industry Investigations and Prosecutions, 2011
  • Panelist, New York City Bar, "Representing Clients Before State and City Agencies: Tips and Techniques for Effective Criminal Advocacy," 2008
  • Adjunct Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School, 1996-2005
  • Instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1996



Tel: 212.808.8100


March 10, 2020

Claude M. Millman has been recognized by City & State NY at the Law Power 100 Reception for his election to the 2020 Law Power 100 list

November 01, 2019


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Stanford University, B.A. (1985), With Honors and Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Stanford University, M.A. (1985), Modern European History

Columbia Law School, J.D. (1988), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Articles Editor, Journal of Law & Social Problems

Bar Admissions

New York State, 1989

S.D.N.Y., 1989

E.D.N.Y., 2012

Second Cir. Court of Appeals, 1990

Federal Cir. Court of Appeals, 2003