Sarah Gibbs Leivick’s practice focuses on antitrust, securities, and complex civil litigation. She has extensive experience prosecuting the claims of large public companies in multi-district litigations and before international arbitration tribunals, and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of actions in federal and state courts.
Sarah has been named one of the Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in the U.S. for antitrust litigation by Lawdragon. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers in the areas of Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Antitrust Litigation. Sarah has also been recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.”
Sarah has also represented various clients in the hospitality and entertainment industries, including hotel managers in disputes with owners and lenders, and producers of a Broadway musical and the owner of Spanish language radio stations in actions alleging breach of contract.
Sarah coordinates the firm’s mentoring program, in partnership with the Justice Resource Center, with the Law Institute at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York. This program provides students with resources to encourage academic achievement, and exposes them to job options in the legal field.
Sarah is a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiatives Committee and Pro Bono Committee.
- Ford Motor Company in obtaining affirmative recoveries in connection with price-fixing, bid-rigging and customer allocation cartels involving more than 90 automotive parts suppliers, and impacted purchases in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, described by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as its largest criminal antitrust investigation, resulting in nearly $3 billion in criminal fines.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals and its individual directors and officers in defense of one of the largest securities class actions currently pending as well as the more than 20 related direct actions, filed on behalf of more than over 75 opt-out plaintiffs.
- Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Lloyds TSB Bank in actions against investment banks, indenture trustees, rating agencies and accountants, asserting violations of federal securities and New Jersey Blue Sky laws relating to losses on holdings of more than $250 million of financial instruments issued by National Century Financial Enterprises. The FBI has described this action as one of the largest corporate fraud cases ever brought involving a privately-held company.
- Workspace, a mixed-use cooperative corporation that owns two buildings in New York City’s SoHo, and certain members of Workspace’s board of directors, in securing the dismissal of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims. The court dismissed the complaint brought by a minority shareholder of Workspace, 106 Spring Street Owner, a portfolio company managed by 60 Guilders and funded by both Carlyle Realty Partners and 60 Guilders.
- Hilton Worldwide in a civil action alleging trade secret misappropriation and other business torts brought by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. This highly complex case, described by the media as "Grishamesque," settled after approximately one year of discovery.
- UniCredit Bank in an action against Textron, the servicer of securitized notes, for failure to properly monitor the underlying collateral.
- A special litigation committee charged with investigating the allegations in a shareholder derivative action.
- Members of a family partnership defending against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and other related claims.