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Vincent Levy

Partner

Overview

Vincent Levy represents corporations and individuals at the trial and appellate levels in complex-commercial disputes, bankruptcy- and debt-related litigation, class actions, derivative suits, shareholder demands, and investigatory and regulatory matters. Clients and peers observe that “Vincent Levy ‘can tackle the toughest legal issues and explain them in clear compelling briefs,’” and that he “is ‘just a brilliant attorney.’” He was named an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in 2018, and a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal in 2017. He has also been included on Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List” since 2017, and on Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star” list since 2015.

Vincent has experience advising clients pursuing or facing litigation under, among others, federal securities laws and regulations, antitrust law, state and federal administrative law, state corporate law, state contract and tort law, public and private international law, the Bankruptcy Code, and the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970. He has defended public companies and their directors in multi-forum litigation, and represented them in complex, multi-party settlements with private or governmental entities. He also has substantial experience representing clients in complex transnational disputes, including in U.S. court proceedings related to foreign litigation or arbitration matters.

Vincent has been counsel of record in high-profile matters in the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Kagan invoked the firm’s amicus brief on behalf of a bipartisan group of 65 legislators in her separate opinion in Whitford v. Gill, while SCOTUSblog singled out the firm’s amicus brief on behalf of the Brennan Center in Benisek v. Lamone as a worthy example of an “‘impact’ brief that . . . focuses on whether a particular ruling from the Supreme Court would be administrable or proposes a more manageable alternative.”

Vincent maintains an active pro bono practice. Among other things, he led a team of HSG lawyers that secured the first injunction against the second iteration of President Trump’s travel ban on behalf of an asylee in Wisconsin seeking derivative-asylum status for his wife and young child.

Vincent served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and to then-Chief Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit. Before joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Vincent was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School where he was awarded the John Ordronaux Prize for the highest grade-point average in his graduating class. He has also studied and taught mathematical economics at the London School of Economics.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • Valassis, a MacAndrews & Forbes company, as plaintiff in litigation against News Corp. and its subsidiaries alleging federal and state antitrust violations, unfair competition, and tortious interference.
  • Visa in multiple matters, including antitrust litigation with some of the largest retailers in the U.S..
  • One of the world’s most pre-eminent law firms and two of its partners, in their defence of high-profile malpractice claims and related litigation.
  • Holders of defaulted Argentine debt as settling plaintiffs in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit, in support of the Republic of Argentina’s contested effort to lift the pari passu injunction that our clients and other “holdout” bondholders had obtained against Argentina.
  • Holders of debt issued by the Democratic Republic of Congo, in post-judgment proceedings.
  • Assisting Judge Holwell in his current role as an independent monitor appointed by a major financial institution under an agreement between the institution and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Republic of Uzbekistan in forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in the Southern District of New York seeking the recovery of approximately $1 billion.
  • XPO Logistics, Inc. in litigation with Elliott Management arising from XPO’s acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle, S.A.
  • Promontory Financial Group in connection with an investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services.
  • Hewlett-Packard Co. in securities-fraud, derivative, and ERISA litigation arising out of multi-billion-dollar write-down of its acquisition of Autonomy Corporation plc.
  • Multiple public companies (including NYSE Euronet Saks, and Sunoco) and their directors in shareholder litigation related to M&A transactions, in both state and federal court.
  • Forest Laboratories in litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery arising from a proxy contest mounted by Carl Icahn.
  • Tory Burch and Tory Burch LLC in litigation with J. Christopher Burch and C. Wonder LLC in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Vulcan Materials Co. in expedited trial seeking and obtaining injunction barring hostile acquisition in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and on expedited appeal affirming judgment.
  • JPMorgan Chase in litigation arising from the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Lehman Brothers, Inc.
  • Airgas, Inc. in litigation with Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. in the Delaware Court of Chancery over Airgas’s deployment of a poison pill.
  • A Swiss bank in connection with the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Public companies, including a major financial institution, in various proceedings commenced by state attorneys general, including multistate investigations, arbitrations, settlement negotiations, and litigation matters.

News and Writings

News

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Clerkships

  • Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States, 2009 – 2010
  • Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2007 – 2008

Education

Columbia Law School (J.D., 2007; John Ordronaux Prize; David M. Berger Memorial Prize; James Kent Scholar 2004-07; Editor-in-chief, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law; Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, best oralist in 2006 championship round and member of 2006 world championship team)

London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc. with distinction in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, 2004)

Harvard College (A.B., Social Studies, magna cum laude, 2000)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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