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Curtis B. Leitner represents companies and individuals in white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, high-stakes civil litigation in federal and state court, and internal investigations. He has experience litigating a wide range of topics, including insider trading, fraud, and other business crimes; commercial disputes involving contracts, corporate transactions, antitrust matters, bankruptcy proceedings, and ERISA; and offensive and defensive employment litigation.
Before joining Morvillo Abramowitz, Curtis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Debra Livingston of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and 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; and he received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, in 2004.
Curtis is the Vice President of Membership for the Dartmouth Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility.
Curtis has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers every year since 2015.
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.
- Conducted internal investigations and compliance reviews 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 veil-piercing litigation against a wholesale company alleged to have breached a multimillion dollar commercial lease.
- 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.