Leigh Barnwell is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation department. From 2015 to 2016, Ms. Barnwell served as a law clerk to the Hon. Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Representative Matters

Represents financial guaranty insurers in fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty actions concerning residential mortgage-backed securities.

Represents not-for-profit foundation in civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Government and in several private lawsuits brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

Defended a historic church in litigation under the Visual Artist Rights Act relating to the placement of a work of art.

Represented a home health care agency in connection with a putative wage and hour class action.

Pro Bono

Filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a group of faith organizations opposing a Mississippi abortion ban.

Represented a group of law professors as amici curiae in “sanctuary city” litigation.

Successfully obtained grant of I-730 follow-to-join petition on an expedited basis to allow individual to be reunited with her family in the United States and to escape persecution based on her race and HIV-status.

Successfully represented a special education student in seeking proper educational programs and reimbursement.

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York