John Siegal is an accomplished trial and courtroom advocate in the state and federal courts of New York and across the country. He handles private business disputes and transactions in the financial services, real estate and media industries, as well as matters for clients involving public agencies and controversies. Mr. Siegal serves as BakerHostetler’s New York Litigation Coordinator with practice management responsibility for approximately 100 attorneys in the firm’s New York office.
In the financial services and investment industries, Mr. Siegal handles fraud, partnership, securities, trade secrets, and employment matters for investment banks, private equity firms, entrepreneurs, investors and investment professionals. He has litigated issues relating to Ponzi schemes, global financial frauds, trade secret thefts and employee raiding as well as investment firm business divorces.
In the real estate arena, Mr. Siegal often represents owners, managers, developers, investors and construction firms in partnership disputes, litigations over complex financing and development arrangements and construction, vendor, lender, leasing and co-op and condominium disputes. He has been involved in large scale public development projects, including having litigated over approvals for New York stadium projects, and major government franchises, concessions, contracts and bid protests.
In the media industries, Mr. Siegal is often engaged for business, employment and content disputes by publishers, programmers, record companies, investment firms, journalists, public relations firms and media executives. Over the course of his career, he has represented many of the leading networks, publishers, programmers and investors headquartered in Manhattan in litigations arising from contracts, mergers and acquisitions, employment, libel, privacy and reporter’s privilege disputes.
Mr. Siegal frequently handles employment matters, including having tried employment cases to juries and arbitrators. He often negotiates executive employment and severance agreements. He has spoken and published widely on restrictive covenants and trade secrets in the employment context.
Mr. Siegal began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer. In the early 1990s, he served as Chief Speechwriter to Mayor David N. Dinkins. He has advised and counseled numerous elected officials and candidates, often on campaign finance and government ethics matters. He is on the Boards of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts, the Center for an Urban Future and the Council of Urban Professionals.
2/26/2013 - Firm Celebrates Black History Month with Private Screening of “The Central Park Five”
2/6/2013 - Libor Banks to Face Avalanche of Civil Suits John Siegal Says
12/19/2012 - Siegal Says Prosecutions in Libor Scandal Will Escalate