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Charlotte A. Pontillo

Special Counsel | New York
T (212) 506-1972
F (212) 506-1800
Charlotte A. Pontillo represents clients in a variety of commercial matters, and has experience developing and managing all aspects of complex commercial litigation cases.  She has successfully  represented corporate clients and individuals in state and federal courts throughout the country and in domestic and international arbitrations, including actions for fraud, breach of contract, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Charlotte’s practice also includes intellectual property counseling and licensing.  She is the former co-chair of the firm’s training program for incoming associates.  Prior to joining Kasowitz, Charlotte practiced at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in New York.
Notable Representations

  • A commercial finance company pursuing fraud and securities claims in Texas state court, in connection with a subordinated credit agreement.
  • A hedge fund in a case against an investment bank involving breach of contract and fraud claims.
  • The founder and chairman of an international gaming and racing company, in a defamation action brought by a competitor in Maryland state court.  The claims against this individual were dismissed. 
  • A real estate company in multiple trademark and copyright disputes.
  • A leading international sewing machine company, in a wrongful-termination arbitration brought by a former dealer (and alleged franchisee).  Obtained full judgment for client, including on counterclaims for unpaid invoices.
  • A hedge fund defending a copyright-infringement suit.
  • A major bond insurer in a New York state action brought by many of the world’s largest financial institutions, which challenged as a fraudulent conveyance the restructuring of the client’s structured finance and municipal bond insurance businesses.
  • A hedge fund in connection with negotiating and drafting a financial-software licensing and services agreement.
  • An international bank in an action arising out of the bank’s purchase of notes securitized by insurance-agency franchise loans.
  • A not-for-profit company in a domain-name arbitration before the World International Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center; arbitrator awarded client the disputed domain name.
  • A not-for-profit company in multiple intellectual property matters, including the negotiation and drafting of trademark licenses, and counseling.
  • A public interest group in an amicus brief opposing the Google Books Settlement.
  • A Fortune 500 telephony company defending patent-infringement claims concerning computer-software and internet technology, in the Eastern District of Texas. Charlotte developed the non-infringement strategy; the client won after a jury trial.

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