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Lewis J. Liman

Lewis J. Liman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Lewis Liman’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, securities class action lawsuits, and white-collar defense matters and investigations.

Among other matters, Mr. Liman has represented a large number of clients in federal securities class action lawsuits, including sanofi-aventis, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, IMAX, Bear Stearns, and Pall Corporation and underwriters in connection with securities offerings of other public companies. He has also represented boards of directors in shareholder derivative litigation and securities litigation, including the boards of Dow Chemical and CA , Inc. Mr. Liman has also represented numerous companies and in governmental and internal investigations. He has represented individuals in securities litigation and governmental matters or investigations, including those involving Baker-Hughes Corporation, Cardinal Health, JP Morgan Chase, Alcoa, ImClone, Safety-Kleen, Tyco, CMS Energy, Lehman Brothers, United Rentals and UBS.

In 2013, Mr. Liman successfully argued Gabelli v. SEC in the United States Supreme Court, establishing that the general federal statute of limitations applicable to governmental civil penalty claims did not incorporate a discovery rule. He has also successfully argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Federal and the Ninth Circuits, and in the courts of New York State, and has represented amici in numerous cases on appeal.

He has been recognized as a top litigator by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S. and Law360, which named him a “Most Valuable Practitioner” in 2013. Mr. Liman is a vice president of the Federal Bar Council and chairs its Public Service Committee. He is also a director of the New York Legal Assistance Group.

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