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Stephen C. Leckar

Shainis & Peltzman, Chartered

Washington, DC, USA


Stephen C. Leckar began his legal career in 1973 as a Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Herman E. Talmadge. He then served as a trial attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in Washington, D.C. He was principally responsible for investigating and prosecuting commodity futures and commodity options fraud cases, typically against “boilershop” operators, and a market manipulation case. These cases were litigated in federal courts across the country, as well as before agency administrative law judges.

Since entering private practice in 1978, Mr. Leckar has concentrated on federal commercial litigation and business counseling.
His litigation expertise includes handling complex and sensitive cases which involved injunctive actions and concurrent administrative proceedings, congressional oversight inves-tigations, and/or grand jury probes. These cases frequently have involved extensive media publicity. He has represented individuals whom the Federal Trade Commission accused of illegally obtaining customers= confidential financial information. He has extensive litigation experience in civil RICO, securities and commodity anti-fraud, and administrative review matters. For example, he successfully defended three directors of a failed New York bank whom the FDIC had accused of mismanagement.

Mr. Leckar also represented a senior official in the House Post Office investigation. He steered his client through the congressional investigative and subsequent oversight hearing process, minimized the substantial potential adverse press scrutiny, and ultimately negotiated a plea to two misdemeanor counts.

In addition, Mr. Leckar has served as lead counsel and argued over 20 complex criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as well as several civil appeals. Several reported cases raised issues of first impression before the court. He also argued the case of U.S. vs. Antoine Jones, a potential landmark decision on the limits of warrantless GPS surveillance, before the Supreme Court last year.

Other representative federal court actions that Mr. Leckar has overseen include representing a coalition whose suit caused an agency regulation to be refashioned in a manner consistent with industry objectives and representing a radio station whose broadcasting permit was restored by the United States Court of Appeals after the FCC had arbitrarily revoked it. He has advised a Member of Congress in connection with a contested election proceeding and represented a judge whose ability to continue service was questioned.

Mr. Leckar has represented both employees and businesses in employment and discrimination claims in the federal and state courts and before federal, state and local anti-discrimination agencies. He has resolved and/or litigated to conclusion numerous matters arising under federal and state anti-discrimination laws and regulations. He also has been retained by a private entity to conduct an internal equal employment opportunity investigation and has served as an Examiner for the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Further, Mr. Leckar has extensive experience in transactional matters and commercial leasing on behalf of a national supermarket chain. As outside counsel to that firm, he also has defended it in a class action, as well as in commercial, landlord-tenant and trademark litigation, and has provided it counseling in antitrust and employment matters.

Mr. Leckar is a member of the District of Columbia, Georgia and Illinois bars. He graduated with academic honors from Georgia State University, B.S. in Urban Studies (1970), and Duke University Law School, J.D. (1973), where he served on the Moot Court Board.

Mr. Leckar has served for seventeen years as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, District of Colorado, Eastern District of Michigan, and Northern District of Illinois, as well as the Court of Federal Claims, the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court.
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