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Jaroslaw and Neils Named by Chambers as Leading Litigators for White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

EKLJN partners Ilene Jaroslaw and Lynn Neils have been ranked by Chambers and Partners for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, USA. Chambers rankings are known for their extensive research and accuracy, providing decision-makers with impartial intelligence to choose the most qualified legal talent in the country. Both Ilene and Lynn are known to their …

Prominent Lawyer Lynn Neils Joins EKLJ as a Name Partner, Expanding White Collar Defense & Litigation Practice

Lynn A. Neils

Lynn A. Neils has joined the firm as a name partner, expanding our nationally recognized white-collar defense and government investigations, and dispute resolution practices. The firm will now be known as Elliott Kwok Levine Jaroslaw Neils LLP, or EKLJN. The move reunites Neils with Mark Elliott, Ilene Jaroslaw, and Matt Levine, all of whom worked …

Levine Quoted in “New York Law Journal” on Cybersecurity Regs

Matthew Levine

New New York cybersecurity rules requiring financial services firms to report reasons for noncompliance go into effect April 15, spurring a discussion in “New York Law Journal” on how DFS will approach enforcement. According to EKLJ partner Matthew Levine, a former head staffer of enforcement with DFS, “cybersecurity professionals should be interfacing with their firm’s …

Qiu Quoted on “Uninvestable” China

Benjamin Qiu partner at Elliott Qwok Levine & Jaroslaw

“The predicament of TikTok and ByteDance, with potential repercussions that could mean a divestment, or even more likely, a failure, are additional reminders reinforcing the idea that today’s China is ‘uninvestable,’” said Benjamin Qiu on Law. com. Read the full article.

EKLJ Secures Second Department Victory in Fiduciary Duty Case

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In a case argued by EKLJ partner Mark Elliott involving fiduciary duties, dividend policies, and executive compensation, the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed the Surrogate’s Court ruling in favor of EKLJ’s clients. Specifically, the Second Department affirmed the lower court’s ruling that a trustee controlling a corporation breached his duties by failing to cause the …

Kwok and Qiu Talk China and EKLJ at Harvard

Dennis Kwok and Benjamin Qiu at Harvard

Dennis Kwok and Benjamin Qiu attended the GSP Leadership Dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club, which was organized by The Global Success Partnership. They also participated on a panel by the Harvard Asia Law Society at the Harvard Law School discussing the implications of the shift in geopolitics on China-related legal practice. “It was a …

Jaroslaw Joins Rewire News Group Board

Ilene Jaroslaw

Ilene Jaroslaw joined the board of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media organization Rewire News Group. “I’m honored to join the board of this important media organization,” Jaroslaw says. “Rewire News Group is the only national publication exclusively dedicated to reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. RWG is the source for repro news based …

Kwok and Qiu Pen Opinion on China and AI for Nikkei Asia

EKLJ’s Benjamin Qiu and Dennis Kwok authored an opinion article for Nikkei Asia, titled, “China’s Tightening Grip on AI Puts Other Nations at Risk.” “Chinese laws and regulations today are designed to institutionalize the primacy of politics,” they wrote. “The will of the top leader is being implemented through the creation and enforcement of laws …

EKLJ Sponsors Annual WWCDA Awards Gala

Ilene Jaroslaw and Sara Probber at WWCDA Awards Gala.

For the second year in a row, Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP was a proud Women’s White Collar Defense Association Awards Gala Supporting Sponsor. WWCDA’s mission is to promote the common business and professional interests of women attorneys and other professionals who specialize in white collar and criminal and defense. “This is always the …

Qiu Speaks at MIT on “Geopolitical Shifts: The Pivotal Role of China in Global Mobility”

Benjamin Qiu joined thought leaders on the MIT Mobility Initiative Vision Day lunch panel Nov. 3, 2023, to discuss “Geopolitical Shifts: The Pivotal Role of China in Global Mobility.” Moderated by the MIT Mobility Initiative executive director, the panelists discussed how Chinese companies have come to dominate the global EV and EV batteries market, especially …

WSJ Quotes Ilene Jaroslaw on New House Speaker Whom She Faced Off Against in Baton Rouge Courtroom

Ilene Jaroslaw

On Oct. 29, Ilene Jaroslaw recounted to The Wall Street Journal the June 2015 trial she conducted with opposing counsel Mike Johnson, the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, who fought to shut down abortion access in Louisiana. In June Medical Services v. Russo, Ilene represented health-care providers seeking an injunction against Louisiana’s …

Jaroslaw Quoted By Reuters on Bankman-Fried Trial

Ilene Jaroslaw

EKLJ partner Ilene Jaroslaw was quoted by Reuters on Oct. 25 about Sam Bankman-Fried testifying at his own trial. Jaroslaw shares additional thoughts on Bankman-Fried’s testimony: “The decision of whether to testify in one’s defense is fraught, and the client’s situation must be carefully analyzed in the context of the evidence that has been presented …

Jaroslaw Speaks on London White Collar Defense Association Panel

Partner Ilene Jaroslaw was a panelist at the annual London Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) Fall Luncheon in October, courtesy of the London WWCDA Chapter. The event was graciously hosted by Brown Rudnick LLP, London, in the firm’s beautiful offices. The panel, which was moderated by Alison Geary, discussed what “white collar” means in …

Jaroslaw Moderates ABA London White Collar Crime Institute Panel

Partner Ilene Jaroslaw moderated a panel Oct. 9 at the ABA London White Collar Crime Institute titled, “The Extradition Waiver Credit: Myth or Reality?” The panel featured extradition experts Rebecca Niblock of London, UK; Sören Schomburg of Berlin, Germany; Jaime Campaner of Madrid, Spain; and Lisa Cahill and Florian Miedel of New York, USA. Whether …

Levine Published on NYU Law School’s “Compliance & Enforcement”

Matthew Levine

EKLJ partner Matt Levine was published on “Compliance & Enforcement,” the blog of NYU Law School’s Program for Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. Levine’s post, “Reading the Fine Print: The NYDFS Assessment of Comments on its Proposed Cybersecurity Amendments,” discusses the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (“DFS”) long-awaited proposed revision to “Part 500,” the …

Sara Probber Joins EKLJ

Sara Probber

EKLJ welcomes Sara Probber as counsel. Sara’s diverse litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, white collar defense, and international arbitration. She has an impressive breadth of experience serving clients in a variety of sectors, including media and telecommunications. Sara counsels individual and business clients navigating internal and government investigations and defends them in enforcement actions …

Qiu Pens Op-Ed in WSJ on International Business in China

Benjamin Qiu partner at Elliott Qwok Levine & Jaroslaw

Partner Benjamin Qiu wrote an op-ed titled, “China Prepares to Crack Down on ‘Hurt Feelings,’” about a new law that is causing outrage among the Chinese people. “If passed, the legislation — amendments to an existing law — could result in fines up to $680 or detention for 15 days in police custody for wearing …

EKLJ Partners Named to NY Super Lawyers

EKLJ partners Ilene Jaroslaw, Mark Elliott and Matt Levine were named to 2023 New York Metro Super Lawyers. Published annually, Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys with a high degree of peer recognition and outstanding expertise in their practice areas. Fewer than 5% of lawyers in the state are named to this list.

Benjamin Qiu Joins EKLJ as Partner

Benjamin Qiu partner at Elliott Qwok Levine & Jaroslaw

Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP Expands China Corporate Advisory Practice  Benjamin Qiu Joins as Partner New York – Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP will expand its China Corporate Advisory Practice with the addition of Benjamin Qiu, who joined the firm as partner on September 5, 2023. Qiu will co-lead the practice with founding …

Jaroslaw Moderates ABA Panel on Ethical Issues in Government Investigations

Ilene Jaroslaw speaking at ABA

Partner Ilene Jaroslaw moderated a stellar presentation on professional responsibility at the 2023 ABA Annual Meeting in Denver earlier this month. Gabrielle Friedman, Andrea Moseley, Andrea Surratt, Jana Volante Walshak, and Jaroslaw presented an ethics CLE on a topic that was ripped from the headlines: “The Ethics of Simultaneous Representation: Navigating Pool Counsel Waters.” If …

Jaroslaw Quoted in Law360 About Trump Attorney-Conspirators

Ilene Jaroslaw

EKL&J Partner Ilene Jaroslaw was interviewed by Law360 on what’s next for the as-yet unindicted co-conspirators in the January 6 insurrection and why attorney-conspirators’ communications with the former president are admissible at trial: “While attorney-client privilege broadly works to keep communications between lawyers and their clients private, the crime-fraud exception to that privilege ensures that …

Elliott Secures Trial Win in Fiduciary Duty and Executive Compensation Case

Mark Elliott

After a bench trial spanning three months, EKLJ partner Mark Elliott secured a significant victory for trust beneficiaries in Nassau County Surrogate’s Court in a case pertaining to fiduciary duty and executive compensation. The court ordered that the trustee be removed and pay significant damages to the trust at issue. The trust’s assets primarily consist …

Kwok Speaks at Parliament Hill

Kwok Speaks at Parliament Hill

While speaking at the Parliament Hill in Ottawa to celebrate the launch of Hong Kong Watch Canada, Dennis Kwok emphasized the need to respect and honor human-rights defenders in the global fight against authoritarianism, and to cherish the deep bonds between Hong Kongers and the Canadian society.

Kwok Speaks at U.S. Capitol Against Authoritarianism

Kwok Speaks at U.S. Capitol Against Authoritarianism

Dennis Kwok recently spoke at the U.S. Capitol, inside the Mike Mansfield Room, as part of a bipartisan conference organized in defense of democracies and the rule of law around the world. As the international rule-based order is under threat by the rise of authoritarianism, Kwok drew on his Hong Kong experience and called on …

Kwok Featured on ABA Podcast About New Legal Risks in China and Hong Kong

Hong Kong has historically served as an important base of operations for international companies working in media, financial services, manufacturing, and distribution. Attorney and former Hong Kong legislator Dennis Kwok talks about the new risks posed by recent legislative and political developments in China and Hong Kong with Alicia Downey on the American Bar Association …

Elliott Secures Dismissal for Grievance Committee Chief Counsel

Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott and Rachel Rodriguez secured the dismissal from an SDNY lawsuit of our client Diana Kearse, chief counsel to the New York State Grievance Committee for multiple judicial districts. The suit was brought to mandate that New York State make public grievance complaint proceedings against prosecutors. The case also claimed Kearse and others violated …

New Corporate Crime Policies Announced at ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime

New Corporate Crime Policies Announced at ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco this morning announced new corporate crime policies at the ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime. The Department of Justice is expanding its 2021 Corporate Criminal Enforcement Policies beyond Main Justice to all 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, increasing predictability in enforcement and outcomes. Particularly striking is the DAG’s announcement …

Jaroslaw Gains Win for Courageous Figure Skater

Craig Maurizi achieved what the U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Figure Skating could not or would not. Thanks to Maurizi, his former figure skating coach, Richard Callaghan, a known child sexual predator, will never again coach figure skaters under the age of 18. Callaghan was protected by organized sport for decades because of his …