Recognized for M&A: Litigation (2012), Trade Secrets (2013), Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense (2018), and Financial Services Litigation (2018)The Legal 500 US

Eric Leon

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Eric Leon is recognized as a leading lawyer in complex commercial litigation and M&A litigation. Co-Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, Mr. Leon has tried dozens of cases before federal and state courts as well as arbitration panels, and has helped clients obtain Top 100 Verdicts in each of the last two years.

Mr. Leon’s areas of practice include commercial contracts, copyrights and trademarks, employment disputes, antitrust and trade regulation, securities and shareholder litigation, unfair competition, business torts, and bankruptcy litigation. In addition to his trial experience before federal and state courts, he has handled numerous appeals, including recent appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Delaware Supreme Court. Mr. Leon clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Leon has represented:*

  • Cantor Fitzgerald
  • New Enterprise Associates
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Dex Media
  • Bridgewater Associates
  • Compass
  • Lennar Corporation
  • Heckler & Koch
  • Fortis Advisors
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
*Client representation handled prior to joining Latham 

Mr. Leon’s recent experience includes:

  • Represented an investment bank in putative class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix prices in the foreign exchange market.*
  • Represented an investment bank in a nationwide class action seeking more than US$100 million in damages as a result of the bank’s sale of its online brokerage business. Result: The Delaware Chancery Court granted a motion to dismiss the complaint, and the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed.*
  • Represented an investment bank in one of the first-ever whistle-blower claims brought under the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Result: The complaint was dismissed after hearings before OSHA.*
  • Represented a medical device company in a breach of contract action against a large technology company that had acquired the company. The complaint alleged that the acquiring company delayed the development of the medical device specifically to avoid having to make certain conditional payments, or “milestones,” contained in the parties' agreement. Result: Prevailed before a jury in the Delaware Superior Court and was awarded more than US$250 million in damages, one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2013.*
  • Represented a small technology startup in an action for trade secret misappropriation against a large electronics retailer. Result: Prevailed before a jury in the Central District of California and was awarded more than US$33 million in damages, one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2012.*
  • Represented a large media company charged with copyright infringement in an action seeking US$750 million in damages. Result: Prevailed at trial before the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.*
  • Represented one of the world’s leading small arms manufacturers in a breach of contract action brought by various lenders. The lenders alleged that the arms manufacturer defaulted under its loan agreement and sought to accelerate over €120 million in loans. Result: The New York State Supreme Court granted the motion to dismiss the complaint in its entirety with prejudice.*
  • Represented several large private equity firms in a breach of contract action against one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical distributors. The private equity firms alleged that they were owed millions of dollars in “earnout” payments. Result: Prevailed at trial in Delaware Chancery Court and was awarded more than US$28 million in damages.*
  • Represented an investment bank in a case brought by a customer seeking millions of dollars in damages on the theory that the bank reneged on a promise to provide the customer with thousands of shares in an initial public offering. Result: Prevailed at trial in Massachusetts state court.
  • Represented a private equity firm in a fraudulent conveyance action brought by a Chapter 7 Trustee alleging that the actual value of assets purchased by the private equity firm was roughly US$40 million more than the purchase price. Result: The Bankruptcy Court for the S.D.N.Y. granted the motion for summary judgment.*
  • Represented an investment bank in a US$60 million dispute over the allocation of tax refunds and liabilities under a tax sharing agreement. Result: Prevailed in arbitration before a panel comprised of three former federal judges.*
  • The plaintiff in a landmark sexual harassment case against the New York City Police Department. Result: A jury in the Southern District of New York awarded the client one of the largest verdicts ever in a sexual harassment case.*
  • Represented a private equity firm in a case brought by a group of investors demanding co-investment rights in one of the private equity firm’s deals. Result: Prevailed on summary judgment.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham 

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