Steven R. Popofsky

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Steven R. Popofsky is a partner in Moses & Singer's Litigation group. He handles a wide variety of complex litigation matters for corporations and partnerships, and provides ongoing business advice and counseling for individuals and family entities regarding a wide range of issues, including employment relations. Steve’s focus is on exercising sound and creative judgment on behalf of his clients, resolving matters cost-effectively to the extent possible and litigating them aggressively as appropriate.

Steve represents defendants and plaintiffs in federal district and bankruptcy courts, the New York state courts, and before both the American Arbitration Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration tribunals. He has successfully argued appeals before the Second Circuit and First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division.

As a testament to Steve’s concentration on client service, he has been recognized with a listing in New York Super Lawyers® since 2010. Prior to joining Moses & Singer, Steve was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and a partner at Gersten Savage LLP.

Law School Activities/Honors
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Editor, Columbia Law Review

Representative Matters

Representative successful matters include:

  • Litigated in federal court and arbitration to obtain a multimillion-dollar price reduction from Saab International due to fraud and material adverse changes in connection with the purchase of a jet-engine repair company.
  • Obtained a million-dollar summary judgment award against a national parking-garage operator on behalf of a former executive.
  • Played a key role in winning a seven-figure arbitration award for a hedge fund against its prime broker.
  • Defended an arbitration against a global financial services firm on behalf of a small company for which he not only avoided all liability but also recovered money on its counterclaim.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of a Swiss investment advisor sued in the U.S. for securities fraud and related claims in connection with allegedly inadequate due diligence on Madoff investments.
  • Defended an oil company against creditors who failed to defeat its reorganization plan despite several alleged breaches of contract.
  • Represented an individual art collector in obtaining relief against a major international auction house in connection with a dispute over the manner of exhibition of the art.
  • Represented a family with extensive real estate holdings in connection with various litigations in federal and state court and estate proceedings, including obtaining relief on breach of fiduciary duty claims against a general partner.
  • Represented a club operator in invalidating a general release on the grounds of duress.
  • Handled various adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court including successfully representing an individual supermarket operator alleged to have participated in auction bid-rigging.
  • Represented modeling agencies in various litigations and was later hired by former adversaries.
  • Obtained substantial relief on behalf of a minority member and former employee asserting claims of individual liability against a managing member of an LLC.
  • Litigated successfully on behalf of several small companies in various fields such as contracting, recruitment, cosmetics, information technology, and non-profit and for-profit preschools.
  • Represented various individuals in connection with diverse matters including favorably resolving wrongful-death action; retaining proceeds claimed by client's ex-wife from sale of Martin Johnson Heade painting; defense of holdover proceeding and return of deposit for purchase of coop apartment; minimizing liability on personal guarantee in connection with textile imports from Far East; and obtaining substantially outdated expenses incurred by fashion photographer.
  • Represented a Danish bank in collecting on undelivered oil warrants purchased from two global financial services firms.
  • Obtained substantial arbitration awards and settlements in favor of employees and former principals seeking damages for claims including discrimination, relief from non-compete commitments, and avoidance of forgivable loan from a global financial services firm.
  • Defended broker-dealers and their principals and employees successfully in multiple arbitration contexts.
  • Represented hedge fund in arbitration defending against failure to redeem investments over prolonged period and obtained the right to make most of the redemptions in kind rather than in cash.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims in action brought against entity which borrowed money to construct mobile power units which did not get built.
  • Obtained declaratory relief against an insurer wrongfully refusing to defend its insured.
  • Represented a restaurant/tenant in protracted efforts to avoid eviction proceedings and handled other litigations and negotiations on behalf of other restaurants and its principals.
  • Represented various car service companies in the UK in successful litigation and negotiations with U.S. partner firms.
  • Negotiated resolutions of financial disputes within matrimonial proceedings.
Biography

Steven R. Popofsky is a partner in Moses & Singer's Litigation group. He handles a wide variety of complex litigation matters for corporations and partnerships, and provides ongoing business advice and counseling for individuals and family entities regarding a wide range of issues, including employment relations. Steve’s focus is on exercising sound and creative judgment on behalf of his clients, resolving matters cost-effectively to the extent possible and litigating them aggressively as appropriate.

Steve represents defendants and plaintiffs in federal district and bankruptcy courts, the New York state courts, and before both the American Arbitration Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration tribunals. He has successfully argued appeals before the Second Circuit and First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division.

As a testament to Steve’s concentration on client service, he has been recognized with a listing in New York Super Lawyers® since 2010. Prior to joining Moses & Singer, Steve was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and a partner at Gersten Savage LLP.

Law School Activities/Honors
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Editor, Columbia Law Review
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., magna cum laude)
Bar/Court Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Representative Matters

Representative successful matters include:

  • Litigated in federal court and arbitration to obtain a multimillion-dollar price reduction from Saab International due to fraud and material adverse changes in connection with the purchase of a jet-engine repair company.
  • Obtained a million-dollar summary judgment award against a national parking-garage operator on behalf of a former executive.
  • Played a key role in winning a seven-figure arbitration award for a hedge fund against its prime broker.
  • Defended an arbitration against a global financial services firm on behalf of a small company for which he not only avoided all liability but also recovered money on its counterclaim.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of a Swiss investment advisor sued in the U.S. for securities fraud and related claims in connection with allegedly inadequate due diligence on Madoff investments.
  • Defended an oil company against creditors who failed to defeat its reorganization plan despite several alleged breaches of contract.
  • Represented an individual art collector in obtaining relief against a major international auction house in connection with a dispute over the manner of exhibition of the art.
  • Represented a family with extensive real estate holdings in connection with various litigations in federal and state court and estate proceedings, including obtaining relief on breach of fiduciary duty claims against a general partner.
  • Represented a club operator in invalidating a general release on the grounds of duress.
  • Handled various adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court including successfully representing an individual supermarket operator alleged to have participated in auction bid-rigging.
  • Represented modeling agencies in various litigations and was later hired by former adversaries.
  • Obtained substantial relief on behalf of a minority member and former employee asserting claims of individual liability against a managing member of an LLC.
  • Litigated successfully on behalf of several small companies in various fields such as contracting, recruitment, cosmetics, information technology, and non-profit and for-profit preschools.
  • Represented various individuals in connection with diverse matters including favorably resolving wrongful-death action; retaining proceeds claimed by client's ex-wife from sale of Martin Johnson Heade painting; defense of holdover proceeding and return of deposit for purchase of coop apartment; minimizing liability on personal guarantee in connection with textile imports from Far East; and obtaining substantially outdated expenses incurred by fashion photographer.
  • Represented a Danish bank in collecting on undelivered oil warrants purchased from two global financial services firms.
  • Obtained substantial arbitration awards and settlements in favor of employees and former principals seeking damages for claims including discrimination, relief from non-compete commitments, and avoidance of forgivable loan from a global financial services firm.
  • Defended broker-dealers and their principals and employees successfully in multiple arbitration contexts.
  • Represented hedge fund in arbitration defending against failure to redeem investments over prolonged period and obtained the right to make most of the redemptions in kind rather than in cash.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims in action brought against entity which borrowed money to construct mobile power units which did not get built.
  • Obtained declaratory relief against an insurer wrongfully refusing to defend its insured.
  • Represented a restaurant/tenant in protracted efforts to avoid eviction proceedings and handled other litigations and negotiations on behalf of other restaurants and its principals.
  • Represented various car service companies in the UK in successful litigation and negotiations with U.S. partner firms.
  • Negotiated resolutions of financial disputes within matrimonial proceedings.