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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


Sharon Schneier was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee from 2011-2017 serving as its Chair from 2012-2017. She also served as the partner-in-charge of the New York Office. Sharon handles a broad variety of commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

Representative Experience

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

Representing various underwriters in litigation over bond offering. Case dismissed on summary judgment. Appeal pending. (W.D. Wash.)

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)

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.

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

Defended Lifetime Entertainment (A&E) in putative class action for allegedly making unauthorized telemarketing calls in violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Defeated class certification. Successfully opposed class certification and entry of judgment in the District Court which was affirmed by the 2nd Circuit. (2017)

Ruppel v. Consumers Union of United States, Inc.

Defending a nonprofit in putative class action alleging violations of Michigan's Video Rental Privacy Act based on alleged disclosure of subscribers’ personal information. (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Sullivan v. Wenner Media LLC

Defending publisher in putative class action alleging violations of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act based on alleged disclosures of subscriber’s personal information. (W.D. Mich. Ongoing)

Halaburda v. Bauer Publishing Co.

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

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. 1997-2011)

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)

Additional Qualifications

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

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees; Executive Committee – Abraham Joshua Heschel School,  2013-present
  • Board Member, Fund for Modern Courts, 2007-present
  • 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, 2013-2017