Sarah Gibbs Leivick

Kasowitz Benson Torres - New York

PArtner

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

212 506 1765

40 & Under Hot List


Practice areas:

Commercial
Competition/antitrust
Dispute resolution
Securities


Sarah Gibbs Leivick’s practice focuses on antitrust, securities, and complex civil litigation.  She has extensive experience prosecuting the claims of large public companies in multi-district litigations and before international arbitration tribunals, and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of actions in federal and state courts.

Sarah has been named one of the Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in the U.S. for antitrust litigation by Lawdragon.  She has been recognized by Legal 500 and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.  Sarah has also been recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.”

Sarah has also represented various clients in the hospitality and entertainment industries, including hotel managers in disputes with owners and lenders, and producers of a Broadway musical and the owner of Spanish language radio stations in actions alleging breach of contract.

Sarah coordinates the firm’s mentoring program, in partnership with the Justice Resource Center, with the Law Institute at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York.  

Sarah is a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiatives Committee and Pro Bono Committee.

Work Highlights:

  • A major automaker in obtaining affirmative recoveries in connection with price-fixing, bid-rigging and customer allocation cartels involving more than 90 automotive parts suppliers, and impacted purchases in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, described by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as its
  • largest criminal antitrust investigation, resulting in nearly $3 billion in criminal fines.
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Lloyds TSB Bank in actions against investment banks, indenture trustees, rating agencies and accountants, asserting violations of federal securities and New Jersey Blue Sky laws relating to losses on holdings of more than $250 million of financial instruments issued by National Century Financial Enterprises.  The FBI has described this action as one of the largest corporate fraud cases ever brought involving a privately-held company.
  • Workspace, a mixed-use cooperative corporation that owns two buildings in New York City’s SoHo, and certain members of Workspace’s board of directors, in securing the dismissal of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims.  
  • Hilton Worldwide in an action alleging trade secret misappropriation brought by Hilton’s competitor, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which was described by the media as “Grishamesque.”
  • UniCredit Bank in an action against Textron, the servicer of securitized notes, for failure to properly monitor the underlying collateral.


Last update July 2020