Lewis J. Liman


New York
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Lewis J. Liman is a partner based in the New York office.

Mr. Liman's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, securities class action lawsuits, and white-collar defense matters and investigations. Among other matters, he has represented a large number of clients in federal securities class action lawsuits, including Sanofi, 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. He has also represented numerous companies in governmental and internal investigations, including Tyco, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, IMAX, Bear Stearns, Pall Corporation, and numerous other companies that have not been disclosed. 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 Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Federal Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit, and in the courts of New York State, and has represented amici in numerous cases on appeal.

Mr. Liman maintains an active pro bono practice.

Mr. Liman has been named one of the country's best litigation lawyers by Chambers USA; one of the nation's "star" general commercial and white-collar crime lawyers in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; a leading lawyer in commercial litigation by The Best Lawyers in America; a leading lawyer in New York securities litigation and criminal defense white-collar by Super Lawyers magazine; a leading lawyer in securities litigation by The Legal 500 U.S.; and was named a leading litigator and business crime defense lawyer by Who’s Who Legal 2014. In 2013, he was named a "Most Valuable Practitioner" by Law360, and was also named the 2012 New York City Litigation - Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Mr. Liman is a Vice President of the Federal Bar Council and serves as the Chair of the Public Service Committee of the Federal Bar Council. He is also a director of the New York Legal Assistance Group. Previously, he served as a member of The Chief Judge's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century and of the Task Force on The Role of Attorneys in Corporate Governance of The New York City Bar Association. He has been a Director of the Legal Aid Society and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Liman joined the firm in 2003 as a partner. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987, an M.Sc. in Economics, with distinction, from the London School of Economics in 1984, and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1983.

Mr. Liman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Liman worked for over five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, during which time he was appointed Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney.

Mr. Liman is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before The United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of International Trade, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Michigan.

Honors and Distinctions

Chambers USA - Litigation: Securities. Litigation: White-Collar Crime.

Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - General Commercial. White-Collar Crime.

Law360 - "Most Valuable Practitioner" in Securities Litigation.

The Best Lawyers in America - New York City Litigation - Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year.

The Best Lawyers in America - Bet-the-Company Litigation. Commercial Litigation. Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Litigation: Banking and Finance. Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy). Litigation: Securities.

New York Super Lawyers - Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Securities Litigation.

The Legal 500 U.S. - Financial Services: Litigation. Securities: Shareholder Litigation. White-Collar Criminal Defense.


  • Yale Law School
    (J.D., 1987)
  • University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science
    (M.Sc., 1984)
  • Harvard University
    (B.A., 1983)

Bar Admissions

New York - 1988

Areas of Law