Louis B. Antonacci

PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1875 Connecticut Ave, NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
P: +1 (202) 545 7590

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EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2004, Managing Editor, Wisconsin International Law Journal, Wisconsin Moot Court Board - Philip C. Jessup International Law Finalist, 2004

Loras College, B.A., Business/Classical Studies,
cum laude, 1999

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

District of Columbia

Maryland

The Commonwealth of Virginia

Wisconsin

US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Louis B. Antonacci began his legal career in federal practice, representing the United States on construction projects throughout the country and around the world. Lou came out of law school as an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the lead attorney for its global chemical demilitarization program. Lou represented the United States in mediation at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, successfully resolving a contract dispute with a contractor processing chemical munitions at Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele, Utah. Lou also negotiated executive-level agreements with the Russian Ministry of Defense concerning our demilitarization assistance program there. Lou is a certified trial attorney for the U.S. Army and he presented his paper on International Government Construction Contracting at the 2005 Chemical Weapons Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lou was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he reviewed hundreds of reconstruction contracts for legal sufficiency, and further advised the Contracting Directorate in developing prudent contracting policies to achieve successful outcomes in a contingency environment.

Lou utilizes his federal perspective to add value to his private clients’ business relationships. He has successfully represented owners, contractors, start-up companies, local governments and individuals in private and public disputes in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration and mediation. Lou’s litigation experience ranges from the successful protest of a multi-billion dollar IDIQ contract before the U.S. Comptroller, to the Supreme Court of Virginia’s reversal of a trial court’s setting aside of a $70,000 jury verdict in his client’s favor. In addition, he successfully prosecuted civil RICO and conspiracy claims in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lou advises and represents clients in a wide variety of private and public commercial transactions as well, focusing on government contracts, construction, and corporate governance.

Lou regularly assists pro bono clients in the District of Columbia’s Small Business Assistance Program. He has successfully provided pro bono assistance to Iraqi refugees seeking admission to the United States as well.

Lou's student research for the Center for Problem-Oriented policing was later published by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Editor: West’s Federal Administrative Practice, Chapters 18 (Court of Federal Claims) and 19A (Attorneys’ Fees) (2007 to 2010).

John D. Lovi

MANAGING PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

1201 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
P: +1 (212) 779 3070 x 104

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EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D., 1986, Editor, Law & Policy Review

Columbia University, B.A., Philosophy/Economics,
cum laude, 1983

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Northern District of New York

US District Court for the Western District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

US District Court for the District of Arizona

US Tax Court

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States Supreme Court


Mr. John D. Lovi has been a litigator and trial lawyer at major “white shoe” law firms in New York City for 30 years.  For the past 12 years, Mr. Lovi had been a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s New York office, which he opened in 2004 as its Managing Partner.  Before that, he was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in New York for 10 years.  He also spent eight years as an Associate in the Litigation and M&A Groups at Sullivan & Cromwell.  

Mr. Lovi has successfully tried jury cases to a verdict in state and federal court in New York, as well as litigated matters in state and federal courts across the United States.  He has also conducted major international arbitrations in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  In addition, he has handled appeals in various appellate courts where he is admitted.

Mr. Lovi’s practice is as a general commercial litigator, with a specialty in securities, derivatives, and M&A law, as well as complex litigations involving international components.  For example, he represented the Korean Government and many of its largest financial institutions following the fallout of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.  He obtained settlement payments for or saved clients from paying more than $800 million in derivative liabilities.  He has handled national debt crises for clients with interests in Venezuela, Argentina, and Puerto Rico.  His clients include many major companies, financial institutions, and hedge funds in the United States, Korea, Singapore, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.  

Some of Mr. Lovi’s significant victories include: Won a defense verdict in a $47 million jury product fraud case in New York federal court for a Korean manufacturer doing business in China; Successfully defended a $400 million securities class action case for a large New York hedge fund in N.M. federal court; Defended a $610 million arbitration against a large French mobile phone company.

A significant part of Mr. Lovi’s practice has involved risk management and analysis for financial clients and hedge funds.  Mr. Lovi has developed cutting-edge methods and metrics for analyzing litigation risk and litigation strategies to help clients reduce litigation expenses and liabilities, and to avoid liabilities in their business and commercial transactions.  He has developed this expertise through many years representing some of the top investment banks, venture capital firms, and hedge funds, as well as utilizing skills learned through classes taken at Yale’s School of Management while studying law there.

Mr. Lovi has many years of experience representing clients on an “alternative fee basis” and has headed his firms’ committees in this area for more than 10 years.  He has successfully worked with well-known “litigation funding firms” on several matters and has developed his own funding arrangements for clients with great success.

Justin B. Perri

PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

1201 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
P: +1 (212) 779 3070 x 102

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EDUCATION

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2002, Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Intellectual Property Law Journal

Emory University, B.A., History, 1999

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New York

New Jersey

District of Columbia

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the District of New Jersey

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Supreme Court


Mr. Justin B. Perri is a multifaceted and seasoned litigator with over 10 years’ experience in the Litigation Department of Steptoe & Johnson. Justin played a lead role in the national defense of complex multi-state litigation, crafting both defensive and offensive strategies for a Fortune 50 company. He also served as counsel for a wide range of corporate and institutional clients in federal and state courts across the nation at both the trial and appellate level, and is particularly well versed with best practices to manage the risk of litigation. In 2017, Justin's trial team at Blackstone secured two plaintiffs' verdicts on behalf of victims of financial fraud.

Justin has extensive experience in protecting his clients' domain spaces from infringers either seeking to capitalize on a client's trademark or mounting a phishing campaign against the client.

Justin’s national security and appellate experience includes successfully representing, before the US Supreme Court, American prisoners of war, their family members, and members of the media, who were tortured in Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War.

Mr. Perri is licensed to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey (inactive), as well as the District of Columbia (inactive). He is admitted before U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Parietti v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 140 A.D.3d 1039 (2d Dep't 2016) (granting Wal-Mart's motion for summary judgment against plaintiff in a matter involving a slip-and-fall in a Wal-Mart store)
  • Blumenstein v. Waspit Group, Inc., 140 A.D.3d 620 (1st Dep't 2016) (unanimous reversal of lower court entitling client to immediate judgment under CPLR 3213 on a valuable promissory note used to secure a loan to a technology company)

Alexander J. Urbelis

PARTNER

 

 

 

 

 

1201 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
P: +1 (212) 779 3070 x 101

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EDUCATION

New College, Oxford University, B.C.L., 2008, Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005, Technology Editor, Vermont     Law Review

Stony Brook University, B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2002

 

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

Chief Judge Andrew Effron,     US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2005–2007

Justice Denise R. Johnson,     Vermont Supreme Court,       2004 (judicial extern)

 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New York

District of Columbia

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Mr. Alexander J. Urbelis is an experienced attorney who has also been part of the information security community for more than 20 years and who has truly varied experience as a C-level officer, in-house counsel, private practice litigator, and a federal attorney.

Based in both New York and London, Alex was the Chief Compliance Officer of one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates. As such, Alex handled all aspects of worldwide legal compliance, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts, whistle-blowing matters, internal and external investigations, and ensured that employees and partners understood and adhered to strict standards of business conduct and corporate social responsibility. Prior to his role as CCO, Alex was in-house information security counsel, charged with responsibility for mitigating information security risk, managing investigations, and developing policies and procedures to go beyond industry standard best practices.

At Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York and Washington, DC, Alex’s practice centered around several issues at the intersection of law and technology. Counseling companies both domestically and abroad, Alex provided data security and privacy advice, and assisted some of the world’s largest technology companies and non-profit organizations with issues of Internet governance and the expansion of the Internet through ICANN’s new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Alex personally worked on the drafting and submission of nearly 200 gTLD applications during the first application round.

Alex has advised domainers, brand owners, and registrars, on the management of Internet domain name portfolios.  He has considerable experience with Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceedings, and national Dispute Resolution Proceedings (DRPs) by which country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) arbitrate domain name disputes. Drawing on his many years of information security experience, Alex has been able to successfully investigate and reclaim valuable hijacked domain names by presenting forensically sound and thoroughly collected evidence and intelligence, and using the same to negotiate with registrars.

With respect to commercial litigation and arbitration experience, Alex has been involved in complex commercial disputes, encompassing international and cross-border components. In many of these matters, Alex has provided strategic advice involving information security and technical issues, such as the spoliation of electronic evidence and international disputes involving technology­-related contracts.

As an appellate lawyer, Alex has represented US service members and civilians in claims for compensation for torture before the US Supreme Court and has successfully argued for Convention Against Torture protection for potential deportees in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

An active member of several privacy and security-related organizations, Alex frequently lectures on the subject of cyber security, and has provides strategic legal and technical advice in proceedings involving technology, privacy, national security, and international disputes involving technology-related contracts.  In addition, Alex was recently selected as a Member of the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Security Council for the 2017 - 2020 term.  

Alex’s federal service includes working for the the Office of General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Army JAG Corps, and as a Research Associate in the Technical Analysis Group of Dartmouth College’s Institute for Security Technology Studies, a national center for information security and counterterrorism research and analysis. Alex also served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Effron of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and as a judicial extern to Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Alex is regularly called upon by the media to opine on matters both legal and technical, and his published writings range from scholarly works, to bar journals, to op-editorials.  Alex is also a correspondent for the Oxford Martin Cybersecurity Capacity Portal, a pioneering and interdisciplinary research center of the University of Oxford.

Public interest work is of great importance to Alex. His pro bono matters have included appellate representation in immigration and death penalty proceedings, and extensive litigation on behalf of indigent tenants in New York. 

 Select Appearances and Publications

  • Breaking the Blockchain, Washington, DC (Mr. Urbelis will be speaking at this day-long forum for security, defense, and intelligence professionals across government and commercial sectors) (9 Mar. 2018)
  • Morning Show, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (30 Nov. 2017) (Mr. Urbelis discussed net neutrality, activism, and the legal challenges that will arise from the passage of the FCC's Restore Internet Freedom Order)
  • Financial Times, Intellectual Property: Taking the Fight to the Fakers (16 Nov. 2017) (quoting Mr. Urbelis about using smart technology to track and trace counterfeiters)
  • CNBC, Nightly Business Report (2 Aug. 2017) (Mr. Urbelis discussed the privacy and security concerns arising from the growing online gaming industry with a particular focus on the augmented reality app 'Snatch')
  • Pacifica Radio, Nationally Syndicated Broadcast on Pacifica Radio Stations and Affiliates (27 June 2017) (Mr. Urbelis read aloud his CNN op-ed, How '1984' Can Decode Trump's First 100 Days.)
  • Coast to Coast AM, Nationally Syndicated Radio with Mike Siegel (22 June 2017) (Mr. Urbelis discussed information security, the Russian hacking investigations, politics, and his 1984 CNN op-ed.)
  • On The Money, CBC Business News (16 May 2017) (Mr. Urbelis discussed ransomware and the role that software and operating system developers should play to mitigate this threat)
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed ISPs' ability to monetize customer data and ongoing litigation about Bitcoin licensing requirements) (30 Mar. 2017)
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed his CNN op-ed on the parallels between 1984 and the practices of the Trump Administration) (1 Feb. 2017)
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence, UCMJ procedures, and the distinctions between Manning and Snowden) (18 Jan. 2017) 
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis discussed electoral college reform and voting security implications) (16 Nov. 2016) 
  • Hacking the Vote, BRIC TV, BK Live (Mr. Urbelis debated election information security with the Executive Director of the Board of Elections of NYC) (22 Sept. 2016) 
  • Off the Hook, WBAI, 99.5 fm (New York) (Mr. Urbelis was a guest speaker discussing sanctions litigation against Mossack Fonseca in the aftermath of the Panama Papers breach) (10 Aug. 2016)