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Len prosecutes and defends business litigation in federal and state courts around the country, and arbitration tribunals administered by JAMS, AAA, ICDR, FINRA, and other ADR providers. He focuses on business torts; copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition claims; partnership, joint venture, shareholder, and LLC member disputes; corporate transaction, post-closing, and busted deal disputes; contract and UCC disputes; financial services litigation; securities litigation; insurance disputes; real estate disputes; and employment litigation. He also prosecutes and defends toxic tort, product liability, premises liability, and personal injury claims. Recent trial victories include a Court confirmed multimillion-dollar arbitration award and judgment against an oil and gas tycoon in a complex joint venture dispute, and subsequent contempt judgment against the judgment debtor for violation of an antisuit injunction, affirmed on appeal with appellate attorneys' fees and costs awarded. L&R Exploration v. Grynberg, 927 N.Y.S.2d 816 (Sup. 2011), aff'd,90 A.D.3d 538, 934 N.Y.S.2d 707 (1st Dep't 2011); see also Grynberg v. L&R Exploration Venture, 261 P.3d 731 (Wyo. 2011). In Asset Management Associates of New York, Inc. v. Emerson Telecommunication Products, LLC, 08-cv-2128 (U.S.D.C., E.D.N.Y.), Len successfully represented the seller of telecommunication products businesses in defense of post-closing claims asserted by the buyer, including claims that seller misrepresented the value of inventory as part of the sale. After defeating the buyer's claim for fraud based rescission of the entire transaction, as well as the agreement's arbitration provision (Asset Mgmt. Assocs. v. Emerson Telcom. Prods. LLC, 08-CV-2506, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9434 [E.D.N.Y., Jan. 25, 2011]), the dispute was arbitrated in 2013 before a forensic accounting examiner. The Arbitrator ultimately rejected the buyer's claims for $3.9 million and found in favor of seller on its claims for a post-closing adjustment. On January 9, 2014, the Court entered Judgment against the buyer for $1.9 million. Recent defense verdicts include Marchetti v. Branson Ultrasonics Corp., Case No. 126010929 (CT Sup. Ct., Danbury), where Len obtained a defense verdict after jury trial in May of 2014 on behalf of a global developer, manufacturer, and distributor of plastic joining, industrial cleaning, and ultrasonics processing equipment. The plaintiff claimed she suffered traumatic brain injuries and other damages resulting from an accident on the defendant's property. After trial, the Court granted directed verdict to the defense on 3 of 5 counts, and the jury then rendered a defense verdict on the two remaining counts. Other recent appellate victories include Gray v. Denny's Corp., No. 12-4278-cv, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 18437 (2d Cir., Sep't 5, 2013)(reversing summary judgment awarded to Denny's restaurants on tort claims asserted by a patron who was criminally assaulted by a group of other patrons); Flores v. Velez, 111 A.D.3d 599, 974 N.Y.S.2d 134 (2d Dep't 2013)(reversing preclusion order in a case claiming negligent supervision of a church volunteer who allegedly committed sexual misconduct); Lisbey v. Pel Park Realty, 99 A.D.3d 637, 952 N.Y.S.2d 882 (1st Dep't 2012)(reversing summary judgment awarded to a building owner in connection with claims asserted by a tenant who was injured by a celing collapse); Spielman v. Grace Gospel Church of Suffolk, Inc., 77 A.D.3d 816, 910 N.Y.S.2d 105 (2d Dep't 2010), leave denied, 17 N.Y.3d 703, 929 N.Y.S.2d 94 (2011)(reversing denial of motion to dismiss claims asserted against a Church in connection with alleged adult sexual misconduct by a pastor); and Yeshiva Ohr Torah Community School, Inc. v Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 78 A.D.3d 686, 910 N.Y.S.2d 517 (2d Dep't 2010)(reversing summary judgment awarded to an indemnitor in connection with the claims of indemnitee and its subrogee for reimbursement of defense costs). Other reported decisions include: NML Capital, Ltd. v. Republic of Argentina, 727 F.3d 230 (2d Cir. 2013); Stein v. KPMG, LLP, 486 F.3d 753 (2d Cir. 2007); Freedom Card, Inc. v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., 432 F.3d 463 (3d Cir. 2005); Ehrens v. Lutheran Church, 385 F.3d 232 (2d Cir. 2004); Berkovitz v. Home Box Office, 89 F.3d 24 (1st Cir. 1996); Floyd v. Liechtung, 10-cv- 4254, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41729 (S.D.N.Y. 2013); In Touch Concepts v. Cellco P'ship, 13 Civ. 1419, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80249 (S.D.N.Y. 2013); Wilson v. Austin, 11-cv-4594, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89191 (E.D.N.Y. 2013); Emerson Electric Co. v. Asset Management Associates of New York, Inc., 08-cv-1489, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39442 (E.D.N.Y. 2012); First Roumanian American Congregation v. GuideOne Mutual Ins. Co., 862 F. Supp. 2d 293 (S.D.N.Y. 2012); Wilson v. Austin, 11-cv-4594, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123067 (E.D.N.Y. 2012); WNET, et al. v. Aereo, Inc., 871 F. Supp. 2d 281 (S.D.N.Y. 2012); Asset Mgmt. Assocs. v. Emerson Telecom. Products, LLC, 08-cv-2506, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9434 (E.D.N.Y. 2011); Gary Friedrich Enterprises v. Marvel Enterprises Inc., 08 Civ. 1533, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30685 (S.D.N.Y. 2011); Leibowitz v. Aternity, Inc., 10-cv-2289, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70844 (E.D.N.Y. 2010); Kruse v. Wells Fargo Home Mortg., Inc., 02-cv-3089, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26092 (E.D.N.Y. 2006); United States v. Stein, 452 F. Supp. 2d 281 (S.D.N.Y. 2006); Pitts v. Allied Interstate, Inc., 04-cv-3151, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22646 (S.D.N.Y. 2004): Freedom Card, Inc. v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., 333 F. Supp. 2d 239 (D. Del. 2004); Axcelis Technologies, Inc. v. Applied Materials, Inc., 01-10029, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9908 (D. Mass. 2003); Baxter Diagnostics, Inc. v. Novatek Med., Inc., 94-cv-5220, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15093 (S.D.N.Y. 1998); State Wide Photocopy, Corp. v. Tokai Fin. Servs., 909 F. Supp. 137 (S.D.N.Y. 1995); Brown v. General Instrument Corp., 93-cv-7907, 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5472 (S.D.N.Y. 1995); Braun v. Abbott Laboratories, 895 F. Supp. 530 (E.D.N.Y. 1995); In re GT Brands Holding LLC, 05-15167, 2005 Bnkr. LEXIS 2807 (Bnkr. S.D.N.Y. 2005); Young v. Brown, 2014 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 337 (2d Dep't 2014); East Midwood Jewish Ctr. v CNA Ins. Co., 72 A.D.3d 877, 898 N.Y.S.2d 662 (2d Dep't 2010);Desena v. Federated Dept. Stores, Inc., 65 A.D.3d 662, 884 N.Y.S.2d 765 (2d Dep't 2009); Hernandez v. Bethel United Methodist Church of N.Y., 49 A.D.3d 25, 853 N.Y.S.2d 305 (1st Dep't 2008); Thompson v. Steuben Realty Corp., 31 A.D.3d 746, 820 N.Y.S.2d 285 (2d Dep't 2006); Dowd v. Alliance Mortgage Co., 32 A.D.3d 894, 822 N.Y.S.2d 558 (2d Dep't 2006); L&R Exploration Venture v. Grynberg, 804 N.Y.S.2d 286 (1st Dep't 2005); L&R Exploration v. Grynberg, 271 P.3d 530 (Colo. App. 2011); Simon v. Mehryari, 16 A.D.3d 664, 792 N.Y.S.2d 543 (2d Dep't 2005); Corneroli v. Borghi, 11 A.D.3d 409, 783 N.Y.S.2d 572 (1st Dep't 2004); Robinson v. Viacom Int'l, 242 A.D.2d 481, 663 N.Y.S.2d 817 (1st Dep't 1997); R.C. Layne Constr. v. Stratton Oakmont, 228 A.D.2d 45, 651 N.Y.S.2d 973 (1st Dep't 1996); Amico v. Graphic Arts Leasing, 231 A.D.2d 596, 647 N.Y.S.2d 815 (2d Dep't 1996); Tierney v. Frey, 2012 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4056 (N.Y. Sup. 2012); Priya Hospitality LLC v. Patel, 2011 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2768 (N.Y. Sup. 2011); Egar v. Congregation Talmud Torah, 23 Misc. 3d 1111A, 885 N.Y.S.2d 711 (N.Y. Sup. 2009).

work Experience

Intern
International Commission of Jurists
Jan. 1, 1986 - Jan. 1, 1987
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Intern
United States Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato
Jan. 1, 1988 - Jan. 1, 1989
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Associate
Rivkin Radler Bayh Hart & Kremer
Jan. 1, 1991 - Jan. 1, 1994
None

Associate
Schneck Weltman Hashmall & Mischel LLP
Jan. 1, 1994 - Jan. 1, 1998
None

Partner
Schneck Weltman & Hashmall LLP
Jan. 1, 1998 - Jan. 1, 2001
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Partner
Goodwin Procter LLP
Jan. 1, 2001 - Jan. 1, 2006
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Principal
Simonâ–ȘLesser PC
Jan. 1, 2006 - Current
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school Education

George Washington University
BA - Bachelor of Arts
- 1988

American University, Washington College of Law
JD - Juris Doctor
- 1991

bookmark Awards

Copyright Lawyer of the Year - New York
Corporate INTL Magazine
2015
New York - Metro
Super Lawyers
2014
Copyright Lawyer of the Year - New York
ACQ (Acquisition Finance) Magazine
2014
Copyright Lawyer of the Year - NY
Corporate INTL Magazine
2014
Recognition
Super Lawyers - NY Metro
2013
Copyright Lawyer of the Year, NY, USA
Global Law Experts
2013
Recognition
Super Lawyers - NY Metro
2012
Recognition
Super Lawyers - NY Metro
2011
Recognition
Super Lawyers - NY Metro
2010
Recognized
Super Lawyers - NY Metro
2009
Recognized
Super Lawyers - NY Metro
2008

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American Bar Association
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New York City Bar
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Association of Trial Lawyers of America
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Association of Surfing Lawyers
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