Jack Yoskowitz is a partner in Seward & Kisselís Litigation Group. Mr. Yoskowitz has been practicing law since 1992 and joined the Firm in 1996.
Mr. Yoskowitz focuses his practice on complex commercial and corporate litigation, including securities litigation, civil RICO and fraud claims, project finance and asset securitization litigation. He also regularly represents clients in investigations by self-regulatory organizations and the SEC. Mr. Yoskowitz has tried cases in both Federal and State courts and has been involved in arbitrations before various organizations including the AAA, NASD and NYSE. He also has experience in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes. His experience includes:
Jack and Mike McNamara were lead counsel for RBC Capital Markets Corporation in a thirteen day trial, a jury in the Southern District of New York. In the action, entitled, Highland Capital Management, L.P. v. Leonard Schneider, et al., the jury returned a verdict for RBC, and a co-plaintiff, Highland Capital Management, in an amount in excess of $40 million (before interest) for breach of an oral contract in connection with the sale of high yield notes that had been issued by a public company. The jury awarded RBC a total of $17.7 million, including $5 million in lost business profits, and awarded Highland Capital, the third-party beneficiary of the contract, $22.4 million and found that pre-judgment interest should be awarded as of June 19, 2001. On March 10th, a Judgment was entered (including pre-judgment interest) in favor of RBC in the amount of $28.4 million and in favor of Highland Capital in the amount of $36.1 million for a total of just under $64.5 million to the plaintiffs.
Trial counsel in a $25 million lawsuit brought in the Southern District of New York by a financial insurer alleging fraudulent conveyance. After one week bench trial, case was favorably settled for the client.
Trial counsel for VIP Community Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in the Bronx, in an action brought in Bronx County Supreme Court by a general contractor alleging breach of contract. The case went to trial and the jury denied the general contractor's claims and awarded damages to VIP.
Arbitration counsel for money manager in an NASD arbitration brought by investor claiming $2 million in lost profits. Arbitration hearings were held and a favorable decision was reached.
Defense counsel for large financial institution in investigation by Commodities Futures and Trading Commission. All penalties were dropped and a letter closing the investigation was issued.
Trial counsel for a Norwegian Bank in action brought to foreclose on multi-million mortgage held on a 400 foot chemical tanker. The ship was seized in Wilmington, North Carolina and action brought in federal court. Case went through discovery and was successfully settled.
Counsel for a financial institution in multiple actions brought related to $69 million trade in promissory notes. Litigation in Southern District of New York went through expert and fact discovery. After favorable decisions in the Second Circuit and New York Court of Appeals, the action is proceeding to trial. Related arbitration against broker-dealer was settled successfully on eve of arbitration hearings.
Successfully argued appeal before Second Circuit Court of Appeals on issue involving collateral statements in admissions against interest.
Member of the defense team for a financial institution in the Enron securities class action and related litigations. Conducted discovery of expert witnesses, defended fact witnesses and assisted in case management.
Counsel for financial institution in multi-jurisdictional dispute over proceeds of financial product involving actions in Bahamas, Southern District Bankruptcy Court, and New York State Supreme Court. A mediation was held and case was successfully settled.
Mr. Yoskowitz received a B.S. degree in psychology, with distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989. In 1992, he received a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. While at Columbia, Mr. Yoskowitz was a staff member and contributor to the Journal of Law and Social Problems and authored the article entitled The War on the Poor: Civil Forfeiture of Public Housing.
Mr. Yoskowitz is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.