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Paul D. Sarkozi

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Paul D. Sarkozi


Paul Sarkozi is the Co-Chair of Tannenbaum Helpern's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Recognized by Super Lawyers in the New York Times since 2012 as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Paul is a savvy litigator and negotiator who focuses on results for his clients. Equally adept in federal and state court, Paul has nonetheless developed a particularly strong reputation in New York's Commercial Division, the branch of the NY Court system that handles complex business disputes. He was selected by NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve on his Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century and serves on the Chief Judge's Commercial Division Advisory Council as Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Paul recently served as Chair of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, which regularly addresses critical issue affecting business litigation in both NY State and Federal courts.

A versatile advocate, Paul is called on by business entities and senior executives in a broad range of industries to counsel them on the best ways to prosecute, defend and resolve their disputes. He has represented hedge funds, private equity firms, REITs and developers, global media and public relations firms, a leading athletic clothing designer, international banking organizations, international pharmaceutical and food companies, a national accounting firm and even a Saudi prince.

Finally, Paul is an experienced, smart and effective negotiator. His knowledge and skill in this area have been recognized by Columbia Law School, where he has been appointed a Lecturer-in-Law to teach a Negotiation seminar. Paul also serves on the roster of mediators for the Commercial Division in New York County.

Significant Matters

  • Nike, Inc. et al v. Reebok International Ltd.,1:12-cv-02275 (S.D.N.Y.). Represented Nike in lawsuit asserting claims for violations of the Lanham Act (unfair competition), misappropriation of rights of publicity, and tortious interference with business relations, resulting in a TRO and a Preliminary Injunction barring the sale of Reebok's Tebow-NY JETS merchandise.
  • Successfully defended seller of commercial real estate against claims of breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and fraudulent concealment.
  • Successfully defended media company against claims of breach of contract and unjust enrichment brought by a satellite company arising out of an asset purchase agreement.
  • Confirmed arbitration award obtained by corporation against former CEO, who asserted panel had acted in manifest disregard of the law.
  • Successfully defended technology company against claims of breach of software development agreement and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Successfully mediated several business disputes that were being litigated in the Commercial Division, NY County.
  • Successfully represented media company in declaratory judgment action seeking declaration of rights in connection with the exercise of warrants following an acquisition of the company in which the warrants were held.
  • Successfully represented a French satellite company in an ICC arbitration against a US satellite company arising out of a failed joint venture.
  • Successfully represented a major defense contractor in a variety of commercial disputes.
  • Conducted internal investigation into sales and marketing practices at pharmaceutical company.

Paul Sarkozi has or will serve as a speaker, moderator, event chair or panelist for the following events:

Areas of Focus:

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Private equity and hedge fund litigation
  • Legal malpractice litigation
  • International business litigation and arbitration
  • Employment law matters
  • Governmental enforcement actions
  • Internal investigations
  • Media litigation



  • Yale University, 1987, B.A., summa cum laude

Law School:

  • Harvard Law School, 1991, J.D., cum laude

Prior Affiliations:

  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP (associate), 1991-1994;
  • Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Sheinfeld LLP (associate and partner), 1994-2002;
  • Hogan & Hartson LLP (partner), 2002-2009.



  • New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Chair, 2014-2015; Chair-elect, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Treasurer, 2009-2012 ; Executive Committee, 2006-2012 ; Chair, Committee on the Commercial Division, 2007-2013 ; Co-Chair, Commercial Division Law Report Committee, 2006-2009)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Secretary, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1997-2000)


  • Mediator, Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York County, 1997- .

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Award Recognition:

  • Super Lawyers Business Litigation: 2009-2018
  • Super Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers in New York Metro 2012-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
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