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Litigation Star

Practice area:

Labor and employment

Neil Lieberman has a broad-based litigation practice representing financial institutions and other clients in commercial disputes before state and federal courts, including contract, securities, bankruptcy, labor, and ERISA matters. Neil also has represented financial institutions and individuals in wide-ranging investigations by federal and state regulators, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York Attorney General, and has advised on related internal investigations. Neil was recently named an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, and has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation and New York Metro Super Lawyers for several years.

Neil recently represented bank trustees in a bench trial that resulted in a verdict of $2.4 billion from the Lehman estate. He also obtained summary judgment in favor of Freddie Mac in a CMBS dispute over the allocation of proceeds from the $5.3 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town—Peter Cooper Village, the largest multifamily housing project in New York City. 

Among other matters, Neil has represented the estate of Mark D. Madoff and Andrew Madoff in bankruptcy proceedings and civil litigations arising out of the collapse of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC; the National Football League in state and federal litigation involving more than 4,000 former players seeking to hold the league liable for allegedly concealing the risks associated with concussions sustained while playing professional football; a major financial institution and its executives in defense of SEC and multiple state attorney general investigations arising out of the sales and marketing of hedge funds that suffered severe losses during the financial crisis; AbitibiBowater Inc. (now known as Resolute Forest Products), then North America’s largest newsprint producer, in bankruptcy litigation associated with the restructuring of approximately $8.5 billion in liabilities pursuant to a cross-border bankruptcy reorganization. 

In his pro bono practice, Neil works with the International Refugee Assistance Program and a team of Columbia law students to provide comprehensive legal services to an Iraqi refugee seeking resettlement in the United States.

Before joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Neil was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Before his legal career, he was a certified public accountant and worked with “Big Four” public accounting firms and multinational companies for more than 10 years on issues relating to financial reporting, international tax, and regulatory compliance. 

Key Practice Areas:

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business & Commercial
  • Securities 

Year Joined Firm:


  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Pennsylvania State University (B.S.)


Updated Aug 2021