For more than 25 years, Lee Armstrong has successfully litigated and tried some of the most complicated bet-the-company disputes across the country in matters involving banking and finance, bankruptcy, construction, consumer class actions, employment, M&A, and securities.
Lee's representations, present and former, illustrate the breadth of his practice. Presently, Lee's docket includes: defending a financial institution against claims of structured finance trade secret misappropriation; defending a high-profile billionaire in a defamation lawsuit; and co-leading SiriusXM's national defense against various consumer class actions, including the recent successful resolution of a $100 billion TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) class action. In addition, Lee recently successfully defeated a preliminary injunction sought by an Indian drug distributor against pharmaceutical company Celgene and obtained dismissal for Citizens Bank against securities class actions, a relationship that began more than a decade ago when Lee led the successful defense of then-parent RBS in the multibillion dollar securities class action arising from Enron's collapse. Other bank defendants paid billions; RBS paid nothing.
Lee has acted as trial counsel in the most complex financial institutions cases and has litigated one of the most complex bankruptcies in history, Chrysler LLC: a 42-day nonstop effort that involved multiple evidentiary hearings and appellate practice. Lee also has tried trademark disputes (e.g., securing a trial verdict exonerating Citizens Bank against infringement claims and successfully arguing the Sixth Circuit appeal), defended movie producers at the highly publicized jury trial involving Woody Allen, and secured an employment litigation jury verdict for famed jewelry company Harry Winston.
- Fordham University (J.D. cum laude 1993; Order of the Coif); New York University (B.S. in Finance cum laude 1990; Theodore Racoosin Scholar)
- New York
- Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation (2019 and 2020)