Neil R. Lieberman
Neil Lieberman has a broad-based litigation practice representing financial institutions and other clients in commercial disputes before state and federal courts, including contract, securities, bankruptcy, labor, and ERISA matters. Neil also has represented financial institutions and individuals in wide-ranging investigations by federal and state regulators, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York Attorney General, and has advised on related internal investigations. Neil was recently named an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, and has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation and New York Metro Super Lawyers for several years.
Neil represents investors and bank trustees in RMBS repurchase litigation and was a member of the trial team that obtained a verdict of $2.4 billion from the Lehman estate. He also obtained summary judgment in favor of Freddie Mac in a CMBS dispute over the allocation of proceeds from the $5.3 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town—Peter Cooper Village, the largest multifamily housing project in New York City, which order was recently affirmed by the Second Circuit.
Neil also represents investors in distressed debt and fund litigation, including lenders that successfully challenged a novel “uptiering’ debt restructuring by Serta Simmons Bedding LLC and holders of defaulted Argentine debt s 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 “holdout” bondholders had obtained against Argentina in the wake of its default.
In his pro bono practice, Neil recently was co-trial counsel in a bench trial challenging the State of Arkansas methods of electing appellate judges under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and works with the International Refugee Assistance Program to provide comprehensive legal services to an Iraqi refugee seeking resettlement in the United States.
Before joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Neil was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Before his legal career, he was a certified public accountant and worked with “Big Four” public accounting firms and multinational companies for more than 10 years on issues relating to financial reporting, international tax, and regulatory compliance.
- Named a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation
- Recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in 2020 and 2021 and a Rising Star from 2013-2019.
- Columbia University School of Law James Kent Scholar
- Investors and bank trustees in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) repurchase litigations.
- Advises large hedge funds in RMBS and other structured finance matters, including litigation and settlement strategy.
- Estate of Mark D. Madoff and Andrew Madoff in bankruptcy proceedings and civil litigations arising out of the collapse of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC.
- National Football League in state and federal litigation involving more than 4,000 former players seeking to hold the league liable for allegedly concealing the risks associated with concussions sustained while playing professional football.
- A major financial institution and its executives in defense of SEC and multiple state attorney general investigations arising out of the sales and marketing of hedge funds that suffered severe losses during the financial crisis.
- AbitibiBowater Inc. (now known as Resolute Forest Products), then North America’s largest newsprint producer, in bankruptcy litigation associated with the restructuring of approximately $8.5 billion in liabilities pursuant to a cross-border bankruptcy reorganization.
News and Writings
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Honored by Benchmark Litigation as a National Tier 1 Firm and Top Boutique10.06.2021
- Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Named a National Tier 1 Firm for Commercial Litigation and a Top Boutique by Benchmark Litigation10.01.2020
- Firm Again Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Top 10 Boutique and a Highly Recommended Commercial Litigation Firm in New York09.26.2019
- Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Holwell Shuster & Goldberg as a Top Boutique and a Highly Recommended Firm for Commercial Litigation10.11.2017
- "Second Circuit Review: Court Strikes Down FCC’s ‘Fleeting Expletives’ Policy," New York Law Journal (August 25, 2010) (co-authored with Brad Karp and Martin Flumenbaum)
- "Accountants’ Liability: Regulatory Update," ALI-ABA: Litigation and Issues in the Financial Crisis (2010) (co-authored with Walter Ricciardi)
- "Justice Jackson in the Boardroom: A Proposal for Judicial Treatment of Shareholder-Approved Poison Pills," Columbia Business Law Review 360 (2008)
Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2008; James Kent Scholar 2006-07; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 2007-08; Submissions Editor, Columbia Business Law Review)
Pennsylvania State University (B.S., Accounting, 1992)
Bar and Court Admissions
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York