Steven Wolowitz is an accomplished litigator whose practice focuses on financial services litigation, antitrust matters and complex commercial cases.
Steve represents commercial and investment banks, corporations, directors and officers in securities, commodities and antitrust litigations, including class actions, and in complex cases involving derivatives, foreign exchange, structured investment vehicles, securitizations, insurance, asset management and fixed-income instruments.
US and foreign banks rely on Steve in connection with cross-border issues and disputes involving corporate spin-offs, lender liability, equitable subordination, letters of credit and operational matters.
In the area of enforcement and compliance, Steve represents bank, securities and issuer clients in SEC, DOJ, CFTC and state attorneys general investigations and proceedings. He also conducts internal investigations and reports to boards of directors and audit committees for public companies.
Beyond these areas, Steve regularly represents corporate and individual clients in cases involving contract, entertainment and fiduciary duty disputes.
In 2014, the authoritative Chambers USA professional directory commented that Steve "has broad civil expertise" and noted that in-house sources describe Steve as having "a gravitas about him that is very helpful with clients." In the area of securities litigation, the highly-regarded Legal 500 US 2014 noted that Steve is "strong in this area of law" and is known for "important cutting-edge work." In 2013, Chambers USA noted that Steve "draws on extensive experience in representing financial institutions in a range of commercial and securities disputes," and in 2012 commented that clients describe Steve as "forceful in a positive way when needed." In 2011, Chambers noted that Steve "is a respected litigator and trial lawyer" who "focuses primarily on representations in the financial services sector." In 2010, Chambers USA noted that clients recommend Steve for his "superb interpersonal skills and judgment," and in 2009 Chambers commented that Steve is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer who "is, according to clients, 'great at getting to the heart of the matter.'" In 2008, Chambers USA noted Steve as "an accomplished commercial litigator and trial lawyer whom peers describe as 'client-friendly, yet aggressive in court,'" and in 2007 commented that his "'thoughtfulness and insight' in litigation most frequently benefits members of the financial sector." In 2006, Chambers commended Steve for his "breadth of vision in the preparation and execution of cases: 'He is telescopic when identifying problems on the horizon, wide-angled in his ability to see who is coming at us sideways and microscopic when picking up on trial-winning details.'"
Steve joined Mayer Brown in 1988. Previously, he was a partner with another prominent law firm in New York.