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Curtis B. Leitner

Curtis B. Leitner


New York

Curtis B. Leitner represents individuals and companies in white collar criminal and regulatory matters, and in high stakes civil litigation in federal and state court. His cases have involved a wide range of topics, including insider trading, improper disclosure and other types of fraud; offensive and defensive employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation; and commercial disputes.

From 2008 to 2009, Curtis was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Debra Livingston of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and from 2007 to 2008, he was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Freda Wolfson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 2007.

Curtis has been named a “Rising Star” by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers every year since 2015. He is a member of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and the New York City Bar Association.

Selected white collar and regulatory representations:

  • A law firm partner prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for insider trading.
  • The Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • A hedge fund and its principals in an insider trading investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Conducting a compliance review of pari-mutuel wagering distributions for the New York Racing Association.
  • A partner at a prominent consulting firm who became a key witness in the insider trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam.

Selected representations in civil and commercial litigation:

  • A publicly-traded financial services company seeking indemnification based on an acquisition agreement.
  • A bank alleged to have committed fraud in connection with a ponzi scheme.
  • Offensive and defensive litigations involving claims of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and civil rights violations.
  • Owner of a multimillion dollar wine collection stored in a flooded commercial wine cellar; retrieved the collection in bankruptcy proceedings.