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Laurel S. Fensterstock

Laurel S. Fensterstock Senior Associate, Commercial & Business Litigation

Laurel is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on complex business disputes in both state and federal courts, including breach of contract, intellectual property, securities litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. She also has experience representing clients in foreign and domestic arbitrations and internal and government investigations.

Additionally, Laurel devotes time to pro bono work, serves as Executive Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer of The New York American Inn of Court and as a Director of the Columbia Law School Association, and co-authors the chapter on “The Complaint” in West’s New York Practice Series Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts. The following is a list of representative matters in which Laurel has assisted. 

Litigation & Arbitration

  • (S.D.N.Y.) - Representing oil and gas company in connection with a class action lawsuit
  • (S.D.N.Y.) - Represented publicly traded company in connection with a securities class action; helped to guide the client to a favorable confidential settlement
  • Represented an international oil and gas company as the claimant in a breach of contract case involving oil and gas interests in Argentina in an arbitration governed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules; helped to guide the client to a favorable confidential settlement
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a series of international arbitrations in London for indemnification under bespoke insurance policies responding to the risk of patent infringement damages in connection with the manufacture and distribution of generic drugs

Regulatory & Enforcement

  • Representing corporation in SEC investigation arising out of alleged violations of the federal securities laws 
  • Represented public company in internal investigation into allegedly improper revenue recognition procedures 
  • Represented private equity firm in an internal investigation into the company’s compliance with local permitting requirements
  • Represented Audit Committee of a public multinational technology company involved in an ongoing government investigation into the company’s compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Represented financial institutions as well as its officers and directors in response to inquiries by the Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Pro Bono

  • (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) – Obtained summary judgment from the bench on behalf of a Trust in an adversary proceeding seeking that a debt be declared non-dischargeable due to defalcation or fraud, embezzlement, and willful and malicious injury; argued appeal in which the court affirmed the decision from the bench
  • (2nd Cir.); (S.D.N.Y.) – Served as second chair in a week-long jury trial representing the author of the play Point Break LIVE! in a breach of contract and copyright infringement lawsuit that resulted in a verdict and $250,000 (net) damages award for the client; obtained affirmance of such decision by the Second Circuit on appeal
  • Successfully obtained insurance coverage for an individual whose home was demolished as a result of Hurricane Sandy

Contact Details

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New York, NY 10103
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Laurel's Practices

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2012 (Senior Editor, The American Review of International Arbitration)
  • University of Vermont, B.A., Psychology, 2009
  • Admitted to practice: New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
    • Selected to the New York Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016−2019
    • 2015 V&E Pro Bono Award Recipient
    • Director: Columbia Law School Association 
    • Executive Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer: The New York American Inn of Court
    • Member: New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, V&E Associate Advisory Committee