Anthony J. Harwood

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Harwood Law PLLC
 | 260 Madision Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-867-6820
Fax: 212-937-3167
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    With extensive experience in representing individuals and businesses throughout the New York City metropolitan area, Anthony J. Harwood has built a reputation as a leader in commercial litigation, professional liability and white collar criminal defense. The founder of his own firm, Mr. Harwood has tried cases in both federal and state courts involving a variety of matters, including real estate disputes, intellectual property infringement and securities fraud.

    After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in history from Cornell University in 1983, Mr. Harwood went on to attend Fordham University School of Law. While in law school, he served on the Fordham Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1987. After graduation, Mr. Harwood served for a year as a clerk for a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before becoming an associate at a prestigious New York City law firm in 1988. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    Admitted to practice in New York, Mr. Harwood is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th and Federal Circuits. Active in a variety of legal organizations, he is a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York as well as a member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Harwood is also an active participant in the Federal Bar Council.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 20%Securities Litigation
    • 10%Professional Liability: Defense
    • 10%Intellectual Property Litigation
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Appeals

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020

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    About Anthony Harwood

    Admitted: 1988, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://www.aharwoodlaw.com/person/anthony-j-harwood/

    Honors/Awards:

    • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Ethics Committee, 2014-2017
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
    • New York State Bar Association, Member, Securities Law Committee, 2003-Present
    • American Bar Association, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 1995-1997
    • Conner Inn of Court, Group Leader, 2009
    • State of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
    • New York State Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, 2004-Present
    • American Bar Association, Chair, International Law Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 1995-97
    • Federal Bar Council
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • New York State Bar Association, Commercial, and Federal Litigation Section, Co-Chair, Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2004-Present
    • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Membership Committee, Section of International Law and Practice, 1998-2000

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ethical Issues in the Investigation of a Lawsuit, Part II, Panel Co-Chair, Presented at the Spring Meeting of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, May 2009
    • Ethical Issues in the Investigation of a Civil Lawsuit, Part I, Panel Co-Chair and Panelist, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, January 2009
    • Ethical Issues That Arise in Government Investigations of Alleged Corporate Wrongdoing, Panel Chair, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, January 2006
    • “The Elusive Definition Of Primary Liability Under Section 10(B) Of The Securities And Exchange Act of 1934” presented and published at the January 2004 Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • “Controlling Costs and Achieving Fairness Through Alternative Dispute Resolution,” published by the American Bar Association in June 2003 for its aviation law seminar in New York City
    • “Protecting Trademark Rights in Internet Domain Names in the United States,” presented and published at the 2000 Annual Congress of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats in Helsinki, Finland
    • “Provisional Remedies in the United States: the New York Model,” published for the 1998 Annual Congress of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats in Sydney, Australia (Received Past President’s Award)
    • “Taking Evidence Abroad for Use in Civil Litigation in the United States,” published in the International Practitioners’ Workshop Series, Vol. XIII (American Bar Ass’n 1997) Published and presented at the 1997 Spring Meeting of the Section of International Law and Practice in Washington, D. C.
    • International Service of Process, (with others) (American Bar Association, 1995)
    • “A Narrow Eleventh Amendment Immunity for Political Subdivisions; Reconciling the Arm of the State Doctrine with Federalism Principles,” 55 Fordham Law Review 101 (1986)
    • CLE Program on Legal Ethics in the Digital Age, "Protecting Clients' Confidences in Electronic Documents Under New York's Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers", Presenting Panelist, New York State Bar Association, 2016
    • CLE Program on Ethics of Outsourcing Legal Work, Presenting Panelist and Chair of Organizing Committe, New York State Bar Association, 2015
    • CLE on Data Securuty for Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms, "The New York Lawyer's Ethical Duties When Using the Cloud", Presenting Panelist, New York City Bar Association, 2015
    • Report of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section on Threatening Disciplinary Action Against Attorneys in New York, Author (with others), New York State Bar Association, 2015
    • Report on the Proposed Amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 Regulating Lawyers' Supervision of Undercover Investigations, Author (with others), New York State Bar Association, 2015

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Achieved a settlement for an executive that recovered severance payments, garden leave and attorneys' fees in the amount of $600,000., 2019
    • Achieved a settlement for an employee of a technology company on a disability discrimination claim that recovered the full amount of the employee's lost wages, attorneys' fees and other compensation., 2019
    • Argued an appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department in a defamation case on behalf of a hedge fund against Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal., 2019
    • Argued an appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department in a defamation action on behalf of celebrities., 2019
    • As co-counsel with Fein & Jakab, obtained a $4 million settlement for a former pharmaceutical executive who brought claims for wrongful termination under a federal whistleblower statute., 2017
    • Obtained an arbitration award against a broker in a securities arbitration which, combined with the settlement amount received from the settling brokerage house, gave the investor a full recovery of his investment losses., 2018
    • As co-counsel with Rakower Law, after a 5-day bench trial in November 2016 before Judge Oetkin in the Southern District of New York, obtained a judgment for failure to pay pension benefits valued at approximately $14 million, based upon a lump sum payment of approximately $3.4 million, a lifetime stream of monthy cash payments, and life insurance benefits of approximately $3.2 million.  The judgment was entered on June 1, 2017., 2017
    • Obtained a settlement in the amount of $175,000 for a real estate broker who served as marketing agent for a housing redevelopment program in Brooklyn., 2017

    Transactions:

    • Negotiated the dissolution of a medical practice., 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Cornell University, B.A.in History, 1983
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    Comments

    • “Tony has had vast experience in a variety of complicated areas of the law. His multi-disciplinary approach has enabled him to become a uniquely well-rounded lawyer with a deep understanding of the law's intricacies.”
    • “Tony is a thorough and clear thinker. His wisdom and experience make him a formidable foe.”
    • “Few lawyers have the breadth of experience and technical expertise that Tony has. He has an excellent legal mind and approaches issues with a thoroughness that enables him to catch what even the savviest practitioners will oftentimes miss.”
    • “Tony is an excellent lawyer who analyzes commercial disputes to the best advantage of his clients while recognizing the cost and likely outcome should a litigation proceed. He is fair minded and practical.is”
    • “Tony Harwood is an experienced trial lawyer and ethics scholar. He understands evidence and spots issues with a degree of skill with which few lawyers can compete.”
    • “Tony is intelligent, friendly, and strategic.”
    • “Tony is experienced, even-keeled and deadly in his legal insights.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    260 Madision Avenue
    16th Floor
    New York, NY 10016

    Phone: 212-867-6820

    Fax: 212-937-3167

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