Leo G. Kailas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in New York, NY

Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
 | 885 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-209-3012
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1974
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (50%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Greek
Attorney Profile

As the managing attorney of the litigation department at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC in New York, New York, Leo G. Kailas dedicates his practice to all types of business litigation with a focus on admiralty, maritime, transportation and arbitration matters, handling cases involving the negotiation of vessel sales and shipping as well as vessel construction contracts. He serves clients ranging from international conglomerates to small businesses, focusing on defense contractors, oil companies, trading firms and shipping companies, throughout the Eastern part of the United States.

In 1970, Mr. Kailas received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Columbia College, and in 1973, he earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Admitted to practice in New York, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 9th Circuits.

With more than 42 years of experience, Mr. Kailas has served as first chair in more than 100 trials and arbitration proceedings across the country, and he has also served as both an arbitrator and mediator in several commercial disputes. He obtained a $6.6 million verdict for a client in a contested income tax refund matter and successfully represented several high-profile clients in complex business litigation.

During his career, Mr. Kailas has maintained several notable memberships and received multiple honors. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Panel of Arbitrators, the New York American Inn of Court and the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and has served as both secretary and chairman of the Admiralty Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer both listed him as a top lawyer in business litigation, and Martindale-Hubbell has given him its prestigious AV Preeminent* rating.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (50%): Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

Business Litigation (40%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Transportation/Maritime: Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017

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About Leo Kailas

Admitted 1974, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.reitlerlaw.com/people/leo-g-kailas

Honors and Awards:

  • In my three years at law school, I maintained an average that place me in the top 18% of my graduating class at Columbia Law School.
  • 2012 "Top Rated Lawyers in Business Litigation" by The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer Publications
  • Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • I was Chairman of the Admiralty Committe of the New York City Bar Association from 1985-1988. I was Secretary of that Committee for the three years before that. I have since served two terms as a Member of that Committee. I have been a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1981. I presently sit as a Attorney Member of the Liaison Committee of the MLA Arbitration and ADR Sub-Committee. I also was a member of the American Inns of Court of the New York County Lawyer's Association, 1982
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States, ADR and Arbitration Committee
  • Member, American Inn of Court, New York Chapter
  • Member, American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators
  • Secretary, Association of the Bar of the City of New York , Admiralty Committee, 1984 -1985
  • Chairman, Association of the Bar of the City of New York , Admiralty Committee, 1985-1988

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Co-authored, Effects of the Supplemental Admiralty Rules on Proposed Amendments to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Educational Background:

  • Columbia College, B.A., cum laude, 1970

Industry Groups

  • Trading
  • Transportation And Defense
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    Office Location for Leo G. Kailas

    885 Third Avenue
    20th Floor
    New York, NY 10022

    Phone: 212-209-3012

     

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