Steve Pesner represents major private equity and investment management funds, domestic and international entrepreneurs, and public and private companies in connection with solving complex litigation, corporate, securities, regulatory and other issues, including class actions, securities actions, bankruptcy issues, RICO claims, and other complex litigations, disclosure issues, FCPA issues, and regulatory issues. He also has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.
Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan in January 2018, Steve practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner for 24 years and served on the firm’s executive, management, strategic planning, litigation steering and other committees. Prior thereto, he was a partner at Anderson Kill P.C. where he chaired the firm’s management and hiring committees.
During his more than 50 years of practice, he has supervised the preparation of global multi-defendant strategies, argued dispositive multi-defendant motions, and coordinated large, factually and legally complex, multi-defendant cases, arbitrations, trials and settlements. He has also advised clients in connection with many types of domestic and international business transactions involving public and private entities in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, the CIS, South Korea and Western Europe, among others.
Outside the Office
Steve is an active member of the New York and global communities and an avid supporter of the arts. He was Vice Chairman of The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (which supports dance and other performing arts in New York) for eleven years and continues to serve on its Board of Trustees. He is also a trustee of the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York). He has been a trustee of L.A. Dance Project (a global company based in Los Angeles), the American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet (New York and Paris), the Center for Khmer Studies (New York and Siem Reap, Cambodia) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York).
New York University School of Law, J.D. (1971)
University of Virginia, B.A., with honors (1967)
State of New York
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York and District of Colorado
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
Honors and Awards
BTI Client Service All-Star, 2022
New York Super Lawyers List, 2006 - 2011