Biography

Jesse Townsend is an associate in the firm's litigation department. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Townsend served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and to the Hon. Barrington D. Parker in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Also prior to joining the firm, he was selected as the Oscar M. Ruebhausen South Asia Teaching and Research Fellow and spent one year teaching in India.

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

Representation of financial guaranty insurer in prosecuting breach-of-contract and fraudulent inducement case involving mortgage-backed securities in New York State Supreme Court.

Representation of Mauritius corporation in prosecuting international arbitration concerning an investment dispute governed by Indian law.

Representation of financial guaranty insurer in prosecuting breach-of-contract case involving mortgage-backed securities in S.D.N.Y.

Advised corporation on litigation strategies concerning counterparty’s breach of a global asset transfer and related agreements. Client ultimately obtained a settlement without initiating litigation.

Law Firm Defense

Defense of law firm and attorney against malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims in New York State Supreme Court stemming from a severance negotiation and subsequent litigation and arbitration.

Defense of law firm and attorney against malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims in New York State Supreme Court stemming from a multi-year litigation over a call option.

Defense of law firm and attorney against malpractice claims in New York State Supreme Court stemming from the representation of employee benefit funds.

Other

Representation of institutional fiduciary firm in probate litigation, related AAA arbitration, and in opposing petition to enforce out-of-state third-party subpoenas in New York.

Defense of not-for-profit foundation in civil asset forfeiture proceedings in S.D.N.Y. and the Second Circuit.

Pro Bono

With firm colleagues and co-counsel, represents a group of nursing home residents challenging constitutional and statutory violations in the administration of the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver Program by the New York State Department of Health and its contractor. The matter is ongoing.

With firm colleagues, represented Hurricane Sandy victims paid too little by their flood insurer. The case settled successfully in advance of mediation.

With firm colleagues, served as court-appointed counsel for several individual defendants in a Section 1983 action. The Patterson Belknap team identified a liability insurer with the duty to defend the clients and arranged for insurer-provided counsel to assume responsibility for the clients’ defense.

On behalf of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, argued for the affirmance of a narcotics-related conviction and sentence before the Appellate Division of the First Department of New York Supreme Court. The First Department affirmed the conviction and sentence unanimously after oral argument.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York

Professional Activities

Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York