Lee J. Lefkowitz focuses his practice on antitrust violations and commodities manipulation.
Mr. Lefkowitz’s work includes prosecuting lawsuits alleging manipulation of the “IBOR” benchmarks in various currencies, including Yen, Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, Singapore Dollar, and Australian Dollar, by some of the world’s largest financial institutions. The cases allege that the defendants manipulated these global benchmark rates to financially benefit their derivatives positions that were priced based on the rates. Mr. Lefkowitz’s work also involves prosecuting the In re London Silver Fixing Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, No. 14-md-02573 (S.D.N.Y.), alleging illegal price fixing of silver traded on the Comex, as well as Ploss v. Kraft Foods Group Inc., et al., 15-cv-2937 (N.D. Ill.), alleging the manipulation of wheat traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His recent work includes Tera Group, Inc., et al. v. Citigroup, Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-04302, a case alleging a conspiracy among credit default swap dealers to boycott an electronic trading platform. Mr. Lefkowitz also worked on Lowey Dannenberg’s amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, filed on behalf of a group of professors and scholars of antitrust law in Evergreen Partnering Group, Inc. v. Pactiv Corporation, et al., No. 16-1148. Lowey’s brief supported plaintiff’s petition seeking a writ of certiorari and asked that the Supreme Court resolve a split among the U.S. circuit courts of appeals as to what standard should be applied at summary judgment in antitrust cases.
Mr. Lefkowitz has a passion for legal writing, and his recent work has entailed brief-writing dissecting the latest case law on the budding field of personal jurisdiction, among other new and evolving areas of the law. Throughout his career, Mr. Lefkowitz has represented and achieved favorable outcomes for clients in a broad array of litigation matters, including large federal class actions. He has conducted jury trials and mediation/arbitration hearings, drafted and argued appeals and dispositive motions, and appeared at hearings in federal and state courts in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Connecticut.
Mr. Lefkowitz received his B.A. (cum laude) from Binghamton University in 2008 where he double-majored in mathematical sciences and English, and also served as editor of the school newspaper’s op/ed page. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2011, attaining concentrations in constitutional law and rights, corporate law, and litigation. He was a staff writer on the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law and a recipient of Cardozo’s Dean’s Merit Scholarship. While at Cardozo, Mr. Lefkowitz worked as a research assistant to Professor Marci A. Hamilton, prosecuting cases alleging child abuse against the Catholic church, including successfully opposing a petition seeking a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. After graduating law school, Mr. Lefkowitz served as a post-graduate fellow to the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan of the Supreme Court, State of New York, New York County, working primarily on commercial litigation cases. He also worked for two national law firms, defending and prosecuting liability cases against professionals, with an emphasis on attorney malpractice, as well as general commercial litigation cases, focusing on the areas of financial services and securitized loans.
B.A. Binghamton University (2008), cum laude
J.D. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2011), cum laude
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, and for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
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