Samuel M. Light

Associate

New York
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Overview

Samuel Light focuses his practice on white collar criminal and regulatory matters, corporate investigations and complex commercial litigation. Sam has represented clients in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations conducted by the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, and the New York County District Attorney’s Office. With a background in anthropology and economics, he has a deep comprehension of topics and situations that provides him with a unique point of view and approach to his practice. 

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  • Lead associate representing a communications consulting agency in connection with a federal criminal investigation into alleged campaign finance, fraud and related violations 
  • Lead associate representing a leading public affairs agency in connection with an internal investigation and a high-profile federal criminal investigation related to the activities of an activist investor.
  • Assisted in representing a major campaign donor in connection with federal, state and local criminal and civil investigations into alleged campaign finance violations. 
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Experience

  • Lead associate representing a communications consulting agency in connection with a federal criminal investigation into alleged campaign finance, fraud and related violations 
  • Lead associate representing a leading public affairs agency in connection with an internal investigation and a high-profile federal criminal investigation related to the activities of an activist investor.
  • Assisted in representing a major campaign donor in connection with federal, state and local criminal and civil investigations into alleged campaign finance violations. 
  • Lead associate successfully representing an attorney against a breach of contract and conversion suit before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Reported decisions include McBurnie v. Rutledge, 2015 WL 715005 (S.D.N.Y. Feb 19, 2015), aff’d, 2016 WL 1579070 (2d Cir. Apr. 20, 2016).
  • Is a member of the BakerHostetler team serving as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). 
  • Focuses on enforcing the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's automatic stay and otherwise seeks injunctions to stop class actions and other cases from proceeding. Reported decisions include: A & G Goldman P’ship v. Capital Growth Co. (In re Bernard L. Madoff Inv. Sec. LLC), 2017 WL 383490 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 24, 2017); Fox v. Picard, 531 B.R. 345 (S.D.N.Y. 2015); Marshall v. Madoff, 2015 WL 2183939 (S.D.N.Y. May 11, 2015); Fox v. Picard, 531 B.R. 345 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) Picard v. A & G Goldman P'ship, 546 B.R. 284 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2016); and Picard v. Marshall, 511 B.R. 375 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014),

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Lambda Legal, Young Leadership Council: Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section Fellow
  • LeGal, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • National LGBT Bar Association 
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Bar Association

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Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude; Dorothy O. Lareau Award
  • Certificate in European Business Law, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III), Faculté de Droit
  • B.A., Economics and Anthropology, Hampshire College