John Siegal

Partner

New York
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John Siegal is an accomplished trial and courtroom advocate in federal and state courts in New York and across the nation. He counsels and advises financial services, media, and real estate industry clients in private business disputes and matters involving public agencies and controversies.

John also serves as the Litigation Group Coordinator for BakerHostetler’s New York office, with practice management responsibility for approximately 100 litigators.

Select Experience

Financial Services and Investment Industries
  • As part of BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, John served as lead attorney from 2009 to 2012 in Picard v. Madoff, et al.
  • John won an arbitration award for a private equity executive whose former firm was found to have violated its fiduciary duties to him in a dispute arising out of the client’s advocacy for minority business enterprise legislation after the client was terminated due to pressure from government officials.
Media
  • John represented a documentary film production company in quashing a subpoena issued by the City of New York seeking access to unused footage. The City sought the footage in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the subjects of the film. John won the decision for his client clarifying and limiting the scope of exceptions to the reporter’s privilege under Second Circuit case law.
  • John represents an outdoor advertising company in a challenge to New York City’s attempt to enforce its sign ordinance against advertising located on railroad rights of way.
Real Estate
  • John has twice successfully litigated over land use approvals for New York City stadium projects, once helping to successfully defend the public approvals for a professional sports stadium and once annulling the award of a franchise for construction of a concert venue.
  • John won dismissal of a claim for the owner of the largest single privately-owned apartment building in Manhattan that would have subjected the building to permanent below-market rents based on a three decade-old ground lease. The dismissal was affirmed by the Appellate Division, First Department.
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Experience

Financial Services and Investment Industries
  • As part of BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, John served as lead attorney from 2009 to 2012 in Picard v. Madoff, et al.
  • John won an arbitration award for a private equity executive whose former firm was found to have violated its fiduciary duties to him in a dispute arising out of the client’s advocacy for minority business enterprise legislation after the client was terminated due to pressure from government officials.
  • John is litigating a LIBOR fraud case on behalf of a real estate investor against one of the global LIBOR-setting panel banks.
  • John handles noncompete and trade secrets disputes for a global financial institution, often obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions to safeguard client trade secrets, and defending litigations and arbitrations when the client hires from competitors.
Media
  • John represented a documentary film production company in quashing a subpoena issued by the City of New York seeking access to unused footage. The City sought the footage in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the subjects of the film. John won the decision for his client clarifying and limiting the scope of exceptions to the reporter’s privilege under Second Circuit case law.
  • John represents an outdoor advertising company in a challenge to New York City’s attempt to enforce its sign ordinance against advertising located on railroad rights of way.
Real Estate
  • John has twice successfully litigated over land use approvals for New York City stadium projects, once helping to successfully defend the public approvals for a professional sports stadium and once annulling the award of a franchise for construction of a concert venue.
  • John won dismissal of a claim for the owner of the largest single privately-owned apartment building in Manhattan that would have subjected the building to permanent below-market rents based on a three decade-old ground lease. The dismissal was affirmed by the Appellate Division, First Department.
  • John won a substantial jury verdict for the owner of a Central Park South condominium, holding the condominium board liable for breaching its duties in failing to timely and effectively remediate mold and other environmental hazards in the apartment. The verdict was listed as the largest contract verdict of the year by the New York Law Journal.
Employment
  • John won a complete defense verdict in a jury trial in the Eastern District of New York over employment discrimination claims against a major national employer’s New York facility.
  • John has successfully negotiated employment agreements and severance agreements for employers and dozens of executives, primarily in the financial services and media industries.
  • John has successfully brought and defended noncompete and trade secret cases for dozens of clients for nearly 20 years.

Recognitions

  • New York "Super Lawyer" (2006 to 2008, 2013, 2014)

Memberships

  • Fund for Modern Courts: Board of Directors
  • Center for an Urban Future: Board of Directors
  • Council of Urban Professionals: Board of Directors

Services

Prior Positions

  • Assistant to Mayor David N. Dinkins (1990 to 1992)
  • Staff Aide to Congressman Charles E. Schumer (1981 to 1982)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
  • New York, 1987

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., Columbia University, Columbia College, 1981