Steven B. Feigenbaum

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Steven B. Feigenbaum joined Braverman Greenspun in February 2024 as a litigation partner.  Steve is an experienced commercial litigator whose practice has spanned an array of legal areas and industries.  Steve has represented clients in such sectors as commercial banking, investment banking, real estate, publishing, construction, architecture, energy and technology, and he has experience in a wide range of substantive legal areas including contracts, banking, international law, employment, business torts, professional liability, trade secrets, director and officer liability, and construction.  Steve has tried a variety of commercial cases in New York state and federal courts, and has argued appeals in multiple federal and state appellate courts.  He has conducted numerous arbitrations in such tribunals as the AAA, FINRA and JAMS, and has extensive experience with mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Much of Steve’s practice focuses on the representation of financial services firms – including commercial banks, investment banks, valuation firms, prime brokerage divisions and private equity firms – in disputes involving such areas as correspondent banking, prime brokerage operations, correspondent banking, and private banking services.  The most prominent part of Steve’s banking practice, on behalf of banks active in correspondent banking, focuses on litigation in federal courts in New York and elsewhere in the U.S. brought by judgment creditors of state sponsors of terrorism for the turnover of foreign assets blocked by the banks under sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Steve’s sanctions-related practice extends internationally to litigations in tribunals in Europe, Russia and elsewhere and includes service as an expert on particular aspects of U.S. and New York law.

An additional area in which Steve has extensive experience, across a spectrum of industries ranging from financial services to technology, involves employment and severance agreements of high-level executives.  Steve has litigated, and provided counseling to corporations and executives on, matters relating to such areas as non-competition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenants; the fiduciary duties of officers, managing directors and other high-level employees, as well as those of corporate board members; and the protection of trade secrets and other confidential or proprietary information.  Steve also has considerable experience litigating and arbitrating real estate and related disputes.  He has represented real estate developers, building owners, architectural firms and general contractors in such matters as financing-related disputes, construction defects, breach of contract disputes, and professional malpractice.

Before joining Braverman Greenspun, Steve was a litigation partner at Katsky Korins in New York and, before that, was a partner for almost 25 years at the boutique litigation firm Levi Lubarsky Feigenbaum & Weiss.  Steve began his practice at Proskauer Rose, a premier international law firm at which he litigated a wide range of commercial cases.  Steve has been selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers, in area of Business Litigation, every year since 2013.

Fun Facts: Steve is an avid world traveler who has visited more than 50 countries throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East, and who intends to visit many more.  He is an equally avid amateur photographer, having chronicled his foreign travels with myriad photographs of countries’ architecture and cultures.

  • New York, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals (Second and Eleventh Circuit)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Columbia Law School, 1985, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, 1981, B.S., magna cum laude

The breadth of Steve’s experience makes him qualified to handle a wide range of banking and other business-related disputes. Some of the more notable results he has achieved include the following:

  • Obtained a judgment from the Southern District of New York confirming under the Hague Convention arbitral awards rendered in China in favor of a major European private equity firm.
  • Obtained an order from the Southern District of New York holding that certain enforcement provisions under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act lack extraterritorial effect, a ruling of major significance to the U.S. correspondent banking sector.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, dismissing claims against a major U.S. bank to attach $1.7 billion in bond proceeds alleged to have been held in a correspondent account at the bank of an international service provider for the global financial industry.
  • Obtained summary judgment, on appeal to the First Department of New York’s Appellate Division, dismissing multi-million dollar claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, brought by a private banking client against a major financial institution, that arose from the bank’s handling of certain of the client’s investment accounts held outside the bank.
  • Served as co-lead counsel for the investment banking division of a major commercial bank in its successful defense, after a multi-week federal bench trial, against a corporate borrower’s claims that the bank had engaged in the commercially unreasonable disposition of the borrower’s stock collateralizing its loan from the bank.
  • Represented a major investment bank, in an investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, that served as a financial advisor to a leading communications company in connection with a highly publicized merger within the communications industry.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement, on behalf of the prime brokerage division of a major financial institution, of claims in a FINRA arbitration brought by an investor against the prime broker for its allegedly negligent execution of certain multi-million dollar mutual fund trades.
  • Won an arbitration on behalf of venture capital investors who acquired a majority interest in an outdoor advertising company and were later sued by the former principal of the company for the alleged breach of employment and financing agreements entered into as part of the acquisition.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement, after three months of hearings before the AAA, on behalf of a prominent architectural firm of claims for malpractice brought by the owner of a high-end residential unit in a then-highly publicized condominium development in Manhattan.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the outside directors of a film production company in a federal litigation brought against them by the company’s primary institutional lender, for breach of fiduciary duty, based on their alleged lack of oversight of the company’s management and financial affairs.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction and later a successful settlement on behalf of a major investment banking firm in a federal litigation brought by the firm against a former managing director who had misappropriated confidential information upon resigning from the firm.
  • Obtained a highly favorable arbitral award, after five weeks of hearings, on behalf of the owner of one of New York City’s largest commercial properties, which was sued by a prime contractor for the alleged breach of a construction contract entered into as part of a multi-million dollar renovation of the property.
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Prior NYC Bar Association Committees:
    • Arbitration Committee
    • Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (including subcommittee on Mediator Quality Assurance)
    • Committee on International Arms Control and Securities Affairs
    • Committee on International Law