Jordan Leader is a senior counsel in the Litigation Department. He is a member of the Sports Law Group and International Arbitration Group.
Jordan regularly represents clients in a variety of complex litigation matters, including contract, joint venture, licensing, fraud, antitrust, and other commercial disputes. He handles cases in state and federal court, and in domestic and international arbitrations.
A significant portion of Jordan’s practice is dedicated to representing and counseling professional sports leagues and teams in a wide variety of areas, including antitrust and competition issues, arena leases, and general contractual issues. Among the firm’s industry clients he has represented are Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour, and the New Jersey Devils. He also co-authors a bimonthly column entitled “Letter from America” in Sports Law Administration and Practice, a leading industry publication in Europe.
Recent sports representations include:
Major League Soccer, obtaining summary judgment dismissing federal antitrust and RICO claims brought by a former promoter of international exhibition soccer matches.
ATP Tour, winning a full defense verdict on antitrust and state law claims after a two week federal jury trial, which was upheld on appeal by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jordan also focuses on complex cross-border commercial disputes, most of which are resolved through international arbitration and related litigation. He is the co-author of a chapter on post-arbitral award enforcement and challenges in Proskauer on International Litigation and Arbitration, a comprehensive e-book on cross-border litigation and arbitration.
Recent international arbitration representations include:
ABI Bank Ltd, a Caribbean bank, securing a complete victory for the bank in an ICC arbitration in Miami brought by Andrade Gutierrez, one of the largest Brazilian construction companies, which sought over $35 million in connection with an airport rehabilitation and corresponding long-term bond financing.
Satyam Computer Services, in numerous proceedings against its joint venture partner, Venture Global Engineering (VGE), including: a full victory in an LCIA arbitration in London, which was recognized and enforced by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; prevailing on three separate appeals brought by VGE to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; and most recently, in March 2012, obtaining the dismissal of a RICO and fraud suit brought by VGE.
sanofi-aventis, in a Swiss Rules arbitration in Zurich with U.S. pharmaceutical company Watson concerning the expiration of distribution and supply rights to a major drug that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually, prevailing on nine out of ten claims.