Lorin L. Reisner, a former federal prosecutor and senior Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement official, is a partner in the Litigation Department. His practice emphasizes white collar criminal matters, government investigations and complex business litigation.
From January 2012 through June 2014, Mr. Reisner served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he supervised the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes by a team of more than 160 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The areas under his supervision included securities and commodities fraud, complex fraud and cybercrime, public corruption, terrorism and violent crime.
From 2009 until his appointment as Chief of the Criminal Division, Mr. Reisner served as the Deputy Director of the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that position, he helped set enforcement priorities, supervised the work of the Division's more than 900 investigative professionals nationwide, made enforcement recommendations to the Commission and oversaw the trial and related litigation activity of the Enforcement Division. While at the SEC, Mr. Reisner helped oversee and implement the most significant reorganization of the Enforcement Division in more than thirty years and helped lead the Commission's most significant enforcement matters.
Mr. Reisner served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1990-1994, where he investigated and prosecuted financial crimes, public corruption and racketeering crimes. As an AUSA, Mr. Reisner received the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.
Some of Mr. Reisner's significant and publicly reported representations have included:
- Successfully represented a leading U.S. pharmaceutical company in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations involving financial reporting, resulting in a landmark deferred prosecution agreement.
- Successfully represented a leading retailer in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations into financial reporting and accounting issues.
- Successfully represented a major U.S. manufacturing and financial services company in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations into various securities trading activities by employees and others.
- Successfully represented a leading NYSE specialist firm in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations into various securities trading activities.
- Successfully represented a financial services company in defeating purported class action litigation challenging a substantial corporate transaction. (Gayman v. Principal Financial Services, Inc., 311 F.3d 851 (7th Cir. 2002)).
- Successfully represented a financial services company in successfully defeating a purported class action challenge to a major corporate transaction (Kertesz v. The Phoenix Companies, Inc., Index No. 01/601887 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2002)).
- Successfully represented the National Hockey League in various litigation matters, including defending use of the "Minnesota Wild" trademark by the NHL's Minnesota franchise (Minnesota Specialty Crops, Inc. v. Minnesota Wild Hockey Club, LP, 2002 WL 17639999 (D. Minn. 2002)).
- Successfully represented American Lawyer Media in various litigation matters, including defeating defamation claims on motions for summary judgment that strengthened First Amendment protections for the media. (Burton v. American Lawyer Media, 847 A.2d 1115 (Conn. App. 2004); Fowler v. American Lawyer Media, Inc., 282 A.2d 1 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000)).
- Successfully represented Gap Inc. in various litigation matters, including copyright litigation that resolved important issues of copyright law and resulted in the successful dismissal of substantially all claims. (On Davis v. Gap Inc., 246 F.3d 152 (2d Cir. 2001)).
- Successfully represented entertainer Mariah Carey and others in defeating an attempt to re-litigate in state court alleged claims previously rejected in federal court. (Selletti v. Carey, 2003 WL 21744245 (2d Cir. 2003)).
- Successfully represented the Washington Post Company in obtaining access to sealed court files in matters of substantial public interest. (Danco Laboratories, Ltd. v. Chemical Works of Gedeon Richter, Ltd., 274 A.D. 2d 1 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000)).
- Successfully represented the National Football League in various litigation matters, including winning an injunction against an ambush marketing campaign that infringed NFL trademarks. (National Football League v. Coors Brewing Company, et al., 99 Civ. 4627 (DC), aff'd, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 32547 (2d Cir. 1999)).
- Successfully represented a leading U.S. radio broadcast company in obtaining the dismissal of copyright and other claims arising from a broadcast of the "Howard Stern Show." (Personal Publications, Inc. v. Sagittarius Broadcasting Corp., 42 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1089 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)).
Mr. Reisner has been recognized as a leader in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Media & Entertainment Litigation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1986
- A.B., Brandeis University, 1983
- Hon. Milton Pollack, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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Dec 09, 2015 | Publications
United States v. Litvak: Second Circuit Overturns Conviction, Holds Defense Is Entitled to Put Forward Expert Evidence on Materiality
Oct 01, 2015 | Publications
Southern District of New York Ruling Highlights That Materiality Is a Meaningful Pleading Obstacle in ’33 Act Cases
Sep 30, 2015 | Publications
Cybersecurity Update: Heightened Concerns, Legal and Regulatory Framework, Enforcement Priorities, and Key Steps to Limit Legal and Business Risks
Sep 17, 2015 | Publications
Southern District of New York Issues Ruling in AIG Securities Litigation That Increases the Hurdles for Opt-Out Plaintiffs
Sep 15, 2015 | Events
Brad Karp and Lorin Reisner to Participate in PLI Securities Regulation Conference
Sep 11, 2015 | Publications
New DoJ Memo by DAG Yates Intended to Increase Prosecutions of White Collar Executives and Other Employees
Jul 17, 2015 | Publications
Treasury Department’s Analysis of Existing AML and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regimes Recognizes Banks’ Efforts to Reduce the Flow of Illicit Funds Through the U.S. Financial System
Jun 15, 2015 | Publications
New York Court of Appeals Holds That Claims for Breaches of Representations and Warranties Accrue When RMBS Contracts Are Executed
Apr 28, 2015 | Publications
Second Circuit Issues Decision Establishing Comprehensive Framework for Adjudicating Preclusion Issues Under SLUSA
Apr 20, 2015 | Publications
Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Fraud Suit on Materiality Grounds, Embracing SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 99’s Quantitative and Qualitative Factors as Criteria for Materiality at the Motion to Dismiss Stage
Mar 30, 2015 | Publications
Second Circuit Rejects Investor Suit Against Auditors, Adhering To High Standard for Alleging Scienter
Feb 24, 2015 | Publications
California District Court Clarifies the Appropriate Terms of Securities Class Action Bar Orders and Holds That Nonsettling Class Action Defendants Are Entitled to Judgment Reduction Measured by Settling Defendants’ Liability on Securities Act Claims
Jan 14, 2015 | Publications
Second Circuit Holds That Omissions Regarding “Known Trends” May Support a Section 10(b) Claim, but Imposes Limitations on Such Claims
Jan 05, 2015 | Publications
Ninth Circuit Adopts the Heightened Pleading Standard of Rule 9(b) for the Element of Loss Causation in Securities Fraud Actions
Jan 03, 2015 | Events
Lorin Reisner to Speak at Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting
Dec 16, 2014 | Publications
Third Circuit Holds That Parties to Arbitration Agreements Can Compel Arbitration of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims
Dec 02, 2014 | Events
Lorin Reisner Participates in Regulatory Summit
Sep 23, 2014 | Events
Lorin Reisner Participates in PLI Panel on Financial Institutions Enforcement