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.
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Last Updated: 4/14/2017