Rob Steiner is the managing partner of Kelley Drye’s New York office. A proven litigator and trial attorney with two decades of experience in complex business litigation, Rob has handled a wide variety of jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and appeals in federal and state courts around the country. Rob’s compelling record of success in resolving even the most complex disputes spans a diverse range of substantive commercial law disciplines, including breach of contract, class actions, insurance coverage, employment disputes, unfair competition, restrictive covenants and trade secret misappropriation, among others.
Rob frequently serves as lead counsel on claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars, and is often asked to get involved in difficult matters that require a creative solution or novel approach. Ranked among the premier lawyers in insurance law in the U.S. Legal 500 and as a New York Super Lawyer in the business and employment litigation category, Rob’s clients include both domestic and international businesses, financial institutions, retailers, consumer product manufacturers and a national testing laboratory.
Rob’s approach to the practice of law is completely client-centric. He is valued for taking on and resolving the most difficult cases his clients face, and for exceptional client service. Rob’s pragmatic yet innovative style of advocacy has concluded in favorable results to high-stakes claims.
Trial counsel for an international fashion retailer in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract claim brought by a former licensee, which alleged that the licensee’s rights to use certain trademarks was prematurely terminated. The case settled during trial.
Trial counsel in the defense of a multimillion-dollar claim arising out of a joint venture for the development of a call center facility in India. Obtained an arbitration award dismissing all claims brought against our client and an award of damages and attorneys’ fees on our counterclaim.
Trial counsel for a major chemical company in a fraud, unfair competition and breach of contract case arising out of the purchase of a company. Obtained a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in the action and successfully prosecuted a contempt application against the defendant.
Successfully defended a major financial institution in a National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration brought by a claimant who sought more than $100 million in alleged damages.
Defended a breach of contract claim against a French publishing company for its alleged failure to purchase handheld electronic devices from a U.S. manufacturer. The case settled for a small fraction of the amount claimed.
Successfully represented a national testing laboratory at the New York Court of Appeals, which answered two certified questions from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals concerning whether a duty of care was owed and whether a fraud claim was stated in favor of the laboratory.
Prosecuted an appeal for a multinational banking institution, which resulted in the appellate court overturning a trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a letter of credit dispute.
Represented a major supplier of aviation fuel in a dispute with a commercial airline. Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the supplier in the full amount of its claim.
Counsel for an industrial chemical manufacturer in the prosecution of a breach of contract and unfair trade practices act claim arising out of our client’s purchase of a power generation facility.
Represented a managed care provider in a claim by a plan participant that it negligently denied the plaintiff certain medical care. Obtained a dismissal on ERISA preemption grounds.
Counsel for a medical equipment supplier in the defense of claim by a manufacturer for tortious interference with contract. The case was dismissed on personal jurisdiction grounds.
Successfully defended a major financial institution against claims that it breached a brokerage agreement with the plaintiff.
Successful defense, including obtaining numerous dismissals on behalf of a national testing laboratory, against allegations that the lab was negligent in reporting drug test results.
Currently defending a major retailer in a putative wage and hour class action alleging the failure to pay a commissioned sales representative overtime.
Lead counsel for a national testing laboratory named as a defendant in a class action lawsuit that alleged negligence and consumer fraud. The court dismissed the matter on our pre-discovery motion.
Counsel for one of the world’s largest financial institutions in its defense of a class action securities claim arising out of our client’s role as an underwriter of an initial public offering. The matter settled on terms favorable to our client.
Defeated a class certification motion relating to the closing of a division of a Fortune 500 company.
Defended a class action brought against an Indian company alleged to have violated wage and hour laws and breached employment contracts with its employees.
Restrictive Covenants/Trade Secrets
Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought against an international consulting firm for allegedly breaching a “no hire” clause in a contract with its subcontractor. The plaintiff dismissed the case with prejudice after the motion was denied.
Following a hearing, obtained a permanent injunction enforcing the non-compete and non-solicitation provisions of a restrictive covenant against a former executive level employee.
Lead counsel for a manufacturing company in a theft of trade secret matter against a former employee and his competing company. After successfully defeating summary judgment, obtained a judgment of more than $30 million in favor of our client.
Lead counsel in the defense of a financial services company, its president and one of its employees accused of stealing a competitor’s trade secrets and interfering with the competitor’s present and prospective business relationships. Successfully obtained a pre-discovery dismissal of the trade secret claims and the claims against our client’s president. Following extensive discovery, the court granted our clients’ summary judgment motion and dismissed the remaining claims in their entirety.
Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement and additional relief on behalf of a company arising out of the company’s purchase of a business which included the seller’s agreement to certain restrictive covenants as part of the sale. The matter settled just prior to a preliminary injunction hearing.
Defended a national testing laboratory and its employee against allegations that the employee violated various restrictive covenants with his former employer, including a non-compete agreement. The court denied the plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.
Counsel for a consumer products company in a lawsuit brought by a competitor arising out of our client’s hiring of a former executive of the competitor. The plaintiff’s demand for injunctive relief was denied, and the case was dismissed.
Obtained a summary judgment in favor of a medical diagnostic testing company, dismissing the plaintiff’s claims under federal and state law for alleged pregnancy discrimination.
Received a defense jury verdict rejecting the plaintiff’s claims that she was subject to a hostile work environment based on race and national origin, and that she was retaliated against for complaining about the alleged discrimination.
Obtained a summary judgment for a telecommunications company alleged to have discriminated against one of its employees on the basis of gender.
Obtained a summary judgment for a national retail company, dismissing claims for age discrimination.
Obtained a summary judgment for a hospital dismissing claims for age discrimination brought by one of its phlebotomists.
Obtained a summary judgment in favor of a college in a claim of race discrimination filed by one of its professors.
Represented a hedge fund defending claims brought by its former CFO for age discrimination. Following an arbitration hearing, the discrimination claims were dismissed.
Representation of numerous companies alleged to have acted in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act for failing to provide access to disabled patrons.
Represented a high-end fashion magazine in an insurance coverage dispute involving the theft of jewelry following a photo shoot. The action was resolved in the early stages of the litigation with little cost to the client.
Represented a famous female vocal artist in a lawsuit against eight international insurance companies to recover nearly $10 million in damages for their refusal to pay for losses sustained when a portion of her tour was cancelled.
Prior to filing suit, favorably settled an insurance coverage dispute on behalf of a multi-Grammy award winning artist arising out of the cancellation of a portion of the artist’s tour.
Represented a female vocalist in claims against several insurance carriers for recovery of insurance proceeds after numerous shows were cancelled by the performer.