Steven C. Bennett

Steven C. Bennett




  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1984
    • Cum laude

      Editor, N.Y.U. Law Review

  • Macalester College, B.A., 1979
    • Summa cum laude

      Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court (Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit, Sixth Circuit, D.C. Circuit)

Practice Description

Steven C. Bennett's practice focuses on complex domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, including bankruptcy, construction, corporate governance, data security, energy, privacy, real estate and other matters. Mr. Bennett gained extensive trial experience during six years at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Tax and Bankruptcy Unit, and nearly twenty years as a partner in a major international law firm.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Asian company in dispute with U.S. vendor
  • Service as arbitrator (chair) in commercial dispute
  • Counsel to corporate advisor in arbitration over equity grant, and petition to confirm award
  • Counsel to company in dispute with former executive over share grant
  • Counsel to Asian company in arbitration with U.S. manufacturer
  • Counsel to Asian company on appeal from restraint of assets
  • Counsel to Asian investors in dispute with U.S. manager of a company
  • Counsel to French company in dispute with investor
  • Counsel to investor in arbitration hearings, and on enforcement of award
  • Counsel to Chapter 11 Trustee in bankruptcy proceedings involving alleged financial impropriety
  • Counsel to hedge fund defendants in clawback litigation involving an alleged Ponzi scheme
  • Counsel to major creditor (and unsecured creditors committee member), in bankruptcy proceedings involving two evidentiary hearings regarding approval of multi-lateral settlement terms
  • Counsel to telecommunication company in defense of claims by terminated dealer, including week-long arbitration hearing
  • Counsel to multinational company in U.s. and South American litigation involving indemnification provisions in an acquisition transaction
  • Counsel to manufacturer on appeal from arbitration award involving former executives of the company
  • Counsel to American company bringing claims against foreign software provider, including week-long arbitration hearing
  • Special counsel to debtor in connection with claims against company based on foreign law, including two-day hearing on foreign law issues
  • Counsel to major creditor in support of plan confirmation, over valuation objections, including multi-day hearings
  • Counsel to company in defense of shareholder litigation focused on merger transaction
  • Counsel to manufacturer in defense of product liability and contract breach claims
  • Counsel to manufacturer in cost sharing and pricing dispute with co-venturer
  • Counsel to manufacturer in connection with tax-sharing agreement attendant to merger transaction
  • Counsel to debtor in connection with evidentiary hearings and expedited appeal on Section 363 sale of assets
  • Counsel to major creditor in opposition to plan exclusivity, including two-day hearing
  • Counsel to company on claims against service supplier for breach of contract
  • Counsel to developer on claim for breach of architect agreement
  • Counsel to American financial institution on claims of fraud against foreign financial institution
  • Counsel to debtor, rejecting request for rescission of plan confirmation
  • Counsel to real estate developer on claims by lender for rescission of lending/development agreement
  • Counsel to debtor on environmental, tax and employment claims, including multi-day evidentiary hearings
  • Counsel to power producer on claims against distributor, for breach of energy supply contract, including two-week trial, and appeal
  • Counsel to foreign manufacturer in defense of claims by American company for alleged breach of machinery supply contract
  • Counsel to entertainment company for alleged breach of buy-out agreement, including week-long trial, and appeal
  • Counsel to committee on debtor’s motion to modify wages and benefits, including multiday evidentiary hearing
  • Counsel to entertainment company, on claims against seller of real estate, for breach of contract
  • Counsel to foreign transportation company in defense of claims based on Alien Tort statute, including motion to dismiss and appeal
  • Counsel to private equity fund in defense of claims by shareholders in company arising out of investment in company
  • Counsel to interim receiver in cross-border insolvency proceedings
  • Counsel to foreign financial institution in defense of securities law claims arising out of financing at American company
  • Counsel to construction consortium on enforcement of arbitration award against foreign energy company
  • Counsel to architectural firm in defense of claims arising out of alleged defects in construction at manufacturing facility
  • Counsel to amicus in connection with Supreme Court proceedings on privacy claims

Professional Affiliations

  • Founding Member, Sedona Conference Working Group on International Data Security and Disclosure Issues
  • E-Discovery Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Dispute Resolution Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee, Cardozo Data Law Initiative
  • Editorial Advisory Committee, American Law Institute
  • Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator, American Arbitration Association
  • Adjunct Professor (E-Discovery), Hofstra Law School
  • Adjunct Professor (Business Law), Manhattan College


  • Bennett & Lopata, Commercial Settlement Agreements: Line By Line (Aspatore/Thomson Reuters 2012)
  • Bennett (ed.), A Privacy Primer For Corporate Counsel (Aspatore/Thomson Reuters 2009)
  • Bennett, Arbitration: Essential Concepts (Am. Law. Media Pubs. 2002)
  • Bennett, Constructing A Mediation System For Business Dispute Resolution, 63:3 Practical Lawyer 45-48 (2017)
  • Bennett, Is America Ready For The Right To Be Forgotten?, 88:1 NYS Bar Assoc. J. 14 (2016)
  • Bennett, EU Privacy Shield: Practical Implications For U.S. Litigation, 4/16 Practical Lawyer (60-64) (2016)
  • Bennett, Witness Preparation For Trial Testimony, 8/15 Practical Litigator 33-36 (2015)
  • Bennett, Proportionality And Cooperation In E-Discovery, 10/14 Practical Lawyer 5-6 (2014)
  • Bennett, How To Reduce The Risks Of U.S. Litigation: A Guide For Foreign Business, 6/14 Practical Lawyer 1-19 (2014)
  • Bennett, E-Discovery: Reasonable Search, Proportionality, Cooperation And Advancing Technology, 30 John Marshall J. of Info Tech. & Priv. L. 227-57 (2014)
  • Parver, Rakower, Boland & Cohen (eds.), New York State Bar Association Commercial And Federal Litigation Section Report On Proposed Amendments To Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure, 18 NYSBA New York Litigator 8-29 (2014) (contributor on discovery cooperation issues)
  • Bennett & Dutton, Modem Distinctions Between The U.K. And U.S. Commercial Legal Systems, 28:12, Mealey’s Int’l Arb. Report 50-57 (2013), reprinted in 11:10 Mealey’s Int’l Asb. Liab. Report 1 (2013)
  • Bennett, Confidentiality Issues In Arbitration, 68:2 Disp. Resol. J. 1-8 (2013)
  • Bennett, International Issues In Privilege Protection: Practical Solutions, 82:18 U.S. Law Week 708-14 (2013)
  • Bennett, Conflicts Between Arbitration Agreements And Arbitration Rules, 15:1 Cardozo J. Disp. Resol. 221-29 (2013)
  • Bennett, Does AT&T v. Concepcion Justify The Arbitration Fairness Act?, 4 Penn. St. Yearbook On Arb. & Med. 103-25 (2012)
  • Bennett, Daley & Gerlach, Storm Clouds Gathering For Cross-Border Discovery And Data Privacy: Cloud Computing Meets The U.S.A. Patriot Act, 13 Sedona Conf. J. 235-52 (2012)
  • Bennett, International Discovery Requests In Private Litigation Versus Government Investigation, 12 Dig. Discov. & E-Evid. 375 (Sept. 2012)
  • Bennett, Is An Arbitration Panel A “Tribunal?”, N.Y.L.J., Aug. 14, 2012