Katherine A. Eskovitz
Areas of Practice
Yale Law School, J.D., 1995; Articles Editor, Yale Law Journal
Cornell College of Arts & Science, B.A., Japanese, Government, 1991
Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1995-1996
California and New York
United States Courts of Appeals: Second, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits.
United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Katherine Eskovitz, a former Partner in the firm's New York office, moved to Los Angeles and serves as Counsel to the firm. A former federal prosecutor, Ms. Eskovitz has conducted numerous jury trials in federal court and arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits. She has handled significant antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, intellectual property, contract, securities, and First Amendment matters. Ms. Eskovitz's broad practice has included the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in, among other industries, entertainment, finance, insurance, cable, agriculture, gaming, and real estate.
Representative cases in which Ms. Eskovitz has been involved include:
- Successfully prosecuting an antitrust lawsuit involving price-fixing allegations against Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses, which resulted in a $512 million settlement, described as "the most outstanding result . . . in the history of the antitrust laws, "In re Auction Houses Antitrust Litig., No. 00 Civ. 0648, 2001 WL 170792, *6 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 22, 2001);
- Defending Adelphia in connection with a major corporate scandal, the related government investigations and settlements, and the prosecution of several complex litigations involving billion-dollar claims for, among other things, securities fraud, RICO, and accountant malpractice;
- Successfully representing a high-net-worth individual in a securities fraud case, first in the federal district court and later on appeal, Caiola v. Citibank, 295 F.3d 312 (2d Cir. 2002) (redefining a "security" to include synthetic options );
- Successfully defending Philip Morris USA against antitrust challenges to its Retail Leaders program, obtaining summary judgment where claimed damages exceeded $1 billion; and
- Currently representing a major studio in multi-million dollar licensing dispute.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Eskovitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, tried several cases to juries, and argued appeals to the Second Circuit. Before that, she served as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice's Federal Programs Branch. There, Ms. Eskovitz handled constitutional challenges to federal laws, including trial and appellate work across the country. In particular, Ms. Eskovitz defended the United States in a lawsuit seeking compensation under the Fifth Amendment Takings Clause for President Nixon's White House tapes, photographs, and documents. For her government work, Ms. Eskovitz received Letters of Commendation from the Attorney General and Associate Attorney General. Her legal experience also includes working in the corporate department at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
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Government ServiceTrial Attorney, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, United States Department of Justice
Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York