Eugene R. Licker

Of Counsel
New York

Eugene Licker has more than 35 years of experience as a New York-based civil and criminal trial attorney who litigates a variety of matters spanning consumer financial services, securities litigation and enforcement, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. He has handled a wide variety of complex, high-profile cases in civil, criminal, and administrative forums nationwide.

Eugene's experience in a broad range of civil litigation includes defense of consumer class actions, and he has successfully defended numerous high-stakes securities-related claims as well as myriad other claims involving fraud allegations. He has represented clients in various investigations and actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), encompassing a broad range of securities law issues, as well as other agency investigations and actions. In addition, Eugene counsels clients on design, implementation, and review of corporate compliance programs. He has conducted frequent internal and independent investigations and has counseled clients that were the subjects of independent investigations.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Obtained dismissal on motion for summary judgment of SEC investigation and action against client for alleged insider trading.
  • Obtained early-stage dismissal of federal securities class action against pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented Fannie Mae in action to recover $44 million lost in a fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a mortgage lender, including successful motions for appointment of a receiver and summary judgment.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Organized and participated in program with My Sister’s Place, of White Plains, New York, assisting victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking in obtaining visas and thereby remaining in the United States, and countering their abusers’ threats that they would be deported.

Wrote and submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in the case of Brooke B., heard by the New York Court of Appeals in June 2016, presenting the issue of the standing of a domestic partner who is not the biological parent of a child to petition for custody or visitation over the objection of the biological parent after the relationship with the non-biological parent has ended.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, criminal defense: white collar, 2013-2021

Super Lawyers, New York Metro Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2007-2012, 2014-2015; New York Metro Super Lawyers, Business Litigation and Consumer Law, 2013 and 2015

Board Memberships & Community Service

New Rochelle Economic Development Corporation, former Director

Publications

Co-author, "Virtual Depositions in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic," The Legal Intelligencer, April 14, 2020

Credentials 

Education

American University Washington College of Law (J.D. 1978)
Note and Comment Editor, American University Law Review

Emory University (B.A. 1975)

Admissions

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York