Curtis B. Leitner has been litigating at Morvillo Abramowitz for over a decade. He represents companies and individuals in high-stakes civil litigation in federal and state court, as well white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, and internal investigations. Curtis has substantial experience handling contract disputes, including disputes relating to acquisitions, capital raises, insurance and reinsurance, commercial leases, and employment agreements. He also has experience litigating a wide range of topics, including commercial disputes involving antitrust matters, bankruptcy proceedings, and ERISA; insider trading, fraud, and other business crimes; and offensive and defensive employment litigation.

Curtis was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and a “Rising Star” from 2015 through 2018.

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.

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.

Selected Representations in Civil and Commercial Litigation:

  • Publicly-traded financial services company seeking indemnification based on an acquisition agreement.
  • Veil-piercing litigation against a wholesale company alleged to have breached a commercial lease.
  • Broker-dealer alleging a breach of contract in connection with a capital raise.
  • Reinsurance broker alleging that an insurer breached a broker agreement.
  • 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.

Selected White-Collar and Regulatory Representations:

  • Hedge fund employee in an insider trading investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission.
  • Law firm partner prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for insider trading.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Partner at a prominent consulting firm who became a key witness in the insider trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam.