Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation

    LSW handles all phases of high-stakes business disputes, from early-stage negotiation, to arbitration and mediation, to prosecution, defense, and trial of claims before federal and state courts and administrative bodies.  Clients have retained us at all stages of the litigation process, including shortly before trial and after trial for purposes of appeal.


    We represent entities and individuals, defendants and plaintiffs.  Over the years, our clients have included domestic and international corporations (public and private), financial institutions, hospitals, insurance companies, corporate boards, directors, closely-held corporations, officers and other high-ranking executives in finance, accounting and a broad array of industries, licensed professionals of all kinds, and numerous entities and individuals involved in the arts (including museums, auction houses, gallery owners, print and music publishers, motion picture companies, Broadway and Off-Broadway directors and producers, choreographers, curators, artists, and actors). 


    The subject matter of our civil litigation practice varies widely.  We have handled disputes involving complex financial and commercial transactions, securities, anti-trust, mergers, restructurings, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, RICO, ERISA, the False Claims Act, pharmaceuticals, bankruptcy, fraud, employment, copyrights and other intellectual property, trade secrets, royalties, defamation, journalist privileges, customs duties, forgeries, patrimony laws, and many other issues.


    In each matter that we handle, we strive to develop a deep understanding of our client’s unique goals and motivations.  In consultation with the client, we develop legal strategies and staffing to most effectively and efficiently achieve the desired outcome—adjusting the approach as circumstances change throughout the dispute-resolution process.  We have extensive experience using a variety of tools to secure favorable outcomes for our clients, ranging from aggressive and hard-fought litigation and trial, to negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and creatively structured settlements.  We are seasoned litigators, as comfortable addressing a jury as preparing exemplary written advocacy.  And we are knowledgeable and cost-conscious in handling electronic discovery and data privacy issues that increasingly arise in civil litigation.


    In addition to representing private clients in civil disputes, the firm’s partners have also served as mediators, special masters, receivers, trustees, and independent consultants—both by court appointment and by private engagement—in a variety of matters, including securities, asset management, banking, copyright, real estate, contract, bankruptcy, and commercial tort disputes.