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T. Jakob Sebrow

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Overview

Jakob Sebrow practices in the firm’s Litigation Department. He represents corporations, financial services firms, hedge funds and individuals in complex civil litigation, regulatory and white collar proceedings and internal investigations.

Prior to joining RK&O, Mr. Sebrow was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Experience

Civil Litigation

  • Defense of several interdealer brokers and their affiliates in seven class action lawsuits asserting antitrust, Commodity Exchange Act and RICO claims based on the setting of various financial benchmark rates. Succeeded in obtaining early dismissal of all but two of the lawsuits—one case settled favorably after the submission of class certification briefing; the other case was initially dismissed, subsequently reversed on appeal, and is currently subject to additional motion practice in the district court.
  • Defense of a South American sports marketing firm in a lawsuit in federal district court asserting antitrust and RICO claims based on alleged bribery of international soccer officials. Succeeded in obtaining dismissal of antitrust claims.  The remaining claims are currently stayed in the district court. 
  • Defense of an international law firm in a lawsuit filed in the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court asserting common law fraud and aiding and abetting claims based on alleged misrepresentations made by the law firm’s clients. Succeeded in obtaining dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Representation of an associate of an international law firm in litigation to overturn a personal sanction previously issued by a federal district court. Succeeded in reversing the sanction (and obtaining a supportive letter from the judge).  

Prior to joining RK&O:

  • Representation of a technology start-up and venture capital firm in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit against a national electronics retailer in federal district court in California. Succeeded in obtaining a $22 million jury verdict, plus punitive damages and attorneys' fees.
  • Defense of a Fortune 100 company in a shareholder derivative action in Delaware Chancery Court. Succeeded in obtaining early dismissal of the action in its entirety.
  • Representation of a tobacco company in a nationwide arbitration proceeding against numerous states and territories seeking a credit of more than $1 billion under the terms of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

White Collar Litigation and Regulatory investigations

  • Defense of a former executive of a global investment bank in a criminal fraud prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Client received a sentence of probation. 
  • Representation of a former compliance officer of a global investment bank in connection with an SEC investigation of possible violations of federal anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. The SEC declined to take action against the client.
  • Representation of a general partner of an investment fund in connection with an SEC insider trading investigation. The SEC declined to take action against the clients.
  • Representation of numerous former executives of a global investment bank in connection with a DOJ investigation concerning the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities. No action was taken against the clients.

Honors & Awards

Pro Bono Award, Kirkland & Ellis, 2011-2013

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Practice Areas
Clerkship(s)
  • Honorable Richard M. Berman, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2010
  • Brandeis University, B.A., summa cum laude with High Honors, 2007
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit