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Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Sharon L. Schneier

Chair, Firmwide Executive Committee

Sharon Schneier is chair of the Firm's Executive Committee and the prior partner-in-charge of the New York Office. She handles a broad variety of complex litigation. Sharon regularly represents financial institutions with respect to the enforcement of judgments under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and other terrorism and economic sanctions and in responding to subpoenas and orders of attachment in aid of collection.

Representative Experience

Access the USA, LLC v. State of Washington, et al.

Representing various underwriters in litigation over bond offering. (W.D. Wash. Ongoing)

Peterson et al. v. Islamic Republic Iran, et al.

Represented Citibank, N.A. in litigation relating to plaintiffs’ efforts to recover on a default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Obtained dismissal of all claims.

Levin v. Bank of New York; Calderon-Cardona v. Citibank, N.A.; Baker v. National Bank of Egypt

Handling various litigations on behalf of financial institutions involving attempts to restrain or turnover assets subject to regulations issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and federal statutes. (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Leyse, et al. v. Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC

Defending Lifetime Entertainment (A&E) in putative class action for allegedly making unauthorized telemarketing calls in violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Defeated class certification. (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Halaburda v. Bauer Publishing Co.

Defending magazine publishers in putative class action alleging violations of Michigan's Video Rental Privacy Act based on alleged disclosure of subscribers’ personal information (E.D. Mich. Ongoing)

Schrock v. Wenner Media; Hubbard v. Wenner Media

Successfully defended Wenner Media, the publisher by Us Weekly, in putative class actions for allegedly sending unauthorized text messages in violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act and state privacy laws. (N.D. Ill.; N.D. Cal. 2012)

Cantor Fitzgerald Securities v. Port Authority

Co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in negligence litigation arising out of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Represented Cantor Fitzgerald in seeking damages for its business interruption losses in jury trial on liability issues, and in appellate courts. (N.Y. Sup. Ct., App. Div., Ct. App. 1997-2011)

Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. v. The City of New York

Major First Amendment challenge to New York City's prohibition against outdoor advertising along its arterial highways. (2d Cir. 2010)

BISYS v. Mourant Financial Service

Defended Mourant Financial Services in financial services industry against claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2006)

Verizon Directories Corp. v. Yellow Book USA, Inc.

Represented Yellow Book USA in a false advertising and product disparagement action brought by Verizon Directories Corp. concerning Yellow Book's advertisements and sales practices. 338 F. Supp. 2d 422 (approving settlement) and 309 F. Supp. 2d 401 (granting in part motion to dismiss) (E.D.N.Y. 2004)

Chaiken v. Village Voice

Affirmed dismissal of private figure implication libel action finding that claims can only proceed if plaintiff establishes that defendants were aware of and endorsed the challenged implication. This was the first federal case to address the gross irresponsibility standard in a case involving an allegation of defamation by implication. (2d Cir. 1997)

Emmis Communications Corporation

Defended New York radio stations in investigations brought by New York State's Attorney General's Office.

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Alan N. Bloch, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Abraham Joshua Heschel School (2013-current)
  • Board Member, Fund for Modern Courts (2007-current)
  • Judiciary Committee (2008-2012); Federal Court Committee (1996-1999) - New York City Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to “New York Super Lawyers,” Thomson Reuters, 2006-2007, 2010-2011, 2013-2016