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Lorin L. Reisner


Tel: 212-373-3250
Fax: 212-492-0250

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

Lorin L. Reisner, a former federal prosecutor and senior Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement official, is a partner in the Litigation Department. His practice emphasizes white collar matters, government investigations and complex business litigation.


From January 2012 through June 2014, Mr. Reisner served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he supervised the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes by a team of more than 160 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The areas under his supervision included securities and commodities fraud, complex fraud and cybercrime, public corruption, terrorism and violent crime.

From 2009 until his appointment as Chief of the Criminal Division, Mr. Reisner served as the Deputy Director of the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that position, he helped set enforcement priorities, supervised the work of the Division's more than 900 investigative professionals nationwide, made enforcement recommendations to the Commission and oversaw the trial and related litigation activity of the Enforcement Division. While at the SEC, Mr. Reisner helped oversee and implement the most significant reorganization of the Enforcement Division in more than thirty years and helped lead the Commission's most significant enforcement matters.

Mr. Reisner served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1990-1994, where he investigated and prosecuted financial crimes, public corruption and racketeering crimes. As an AUSA, Mr. Reisner received the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Some of Mr. Reisner's significant and publicly reported representations have included:

  • Successfully represented a leading U.S. pharmaceutical company in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations involving financial reporting, resulting in a landmark deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Successfully represented a leading retailer in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations into financial reporting and accounting issues.
  • Successfully represented a major U.S. manufacturing and financial services company in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations into various securities trading activities by employees and others.
  • Successfully represented a leading NYSE specialist firm in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations into various securities trading activities.
  • Successfully represented a financial services company in defeating purported class action litigation challenging a substantial corporate transaction. (Gayman v. Principal Financial Services, Inc., 311 F.3d 851 (7th Cir. 2002)).
  • Successfully represented a financial services company in successfully defeating a purported class action challenge to a major corporate transaction (Kertesz v. The Phoenix Companies, Inc., Index No. 01/601887 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2002)).
  • Successfully represented the National Hockey League in various litigation matters, including defending use of the "Minnesota Wild" trademark by the NHL's Minnesota franchise (Minnesota Specialty Crops, Inc. v. Minnesota Wild Hockey Club, LP, 2002 WL 17639999 (D. Minn. 2002)).
  • Successfully represented American Lawyer Media in various litigation matters, including defeating defamation claims on motions for summary judgment that strengthened First Amendment protections for the media. (Burton v. American Lawyer Media, 847 A.2d 1115 (Conn. App. 2004); Fowler v. American Lawyer Media, Inc., 282 A.2d 1 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000)).
  • Successfully represented Gap Inc. in various litigation matters, including copyright litigation that resolved important issues of copyright law and resulted in the successful dismissal of substantially all claims. (On Davis v. Gap Inc., 246 F.3d 152 (2d Cir. 2001)).
  • Successfully represented entertainer Mariah Carey and others in defeating an attempt to re-litigate in state court alleged claims previously rejected in federal court. (Selletti v. Carey, 2003 WL 21744245 (2d Cir. 2003)).
  • Successfully represented the Washington Post Company in obtaining access to sealed court files in matters of substantial public interest. (Danco Laboratories, Ltd.  v. Chemical Works of Gedeon Richter, Ltd., 274 A.D. 2d 1 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000)).
  • Successfully represented the National Football League in various litigation matters, including winning an injunction against an ambush marketing campaign that infringed NFL trademarks. (National Football League  v. Coors Brewing Company, et al., 99 Civ. 4627 (DC), aff'd, 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 32547 (2d Cir. 1999)).
  • Successfully represented a leading U.S. radio broadcast company in obtaining the dismissal of copyright and other claims arising from a broadcast of the "Howard Stern Show." (Personal Publications, Inc.  v. Sagittarius Broadcasting Corp., 42 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1089 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)).

Mr. Reisner has been recognized as a leader in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Media & Entertainment Litigation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also recommended by The Legal 500 in White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Internal Investigations
Media, Sports & Entertainment
Securities Litigation
White Collar & Regulatory Defense
Pro Bono


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1986

A.B., Brandeis University, 1983


Hon. Milton Pollack, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions

New York

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