JEFFREY POWELL has been practicing law since 1985. He concentrates his practice on commercial litigation for individuals and small to mid-size clients, including partnership disputes and breakups, corporate dissolution, shareholder oppression, breach of contract, unfair competition, employee non-compete and non-disclosure covenants, overtime wage claims and other employment law matters.
Mr. Powell began his professional life teaching science in the New York City school system for three years before leaving to form an educational publishing company. After law school, he worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and was in-house counsel and executive vice-president for a biotechnology company from 1985 to1995. He has been in private practice since 1996.
“My diverse business background gives me a perspective on my clients’ business needs that I use on a daily basis when counseling and when litigating matters. My highest priority is reaching the result that makes the most economic sense for each of my clients.”
In his own words:
“I’m an aggressive and creative litigator, but I know from my work as a lawyer and my own business experience that litigation should be the last resort. I try to avoid litigation by early counseling or by pre-litigation positioning and by compromise where practicable. I look for innovative solutions to resolve conflicts. I gain as much personal satisfaction from avoiding litigation as from winning a case.
“Commercial litigation requires meticulous attention to the facts. My observational skills and scientific background have helped me to place facts in context and piece together complex causation factors. I have used these skills to obtain long term disability benefits for clients from recalcitrant insurance companies, and recently to creatively engineer a delicate multiparty settlement in the third week of a trial in the commercial division.”
University of Rochester (B.A. 1968).
Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1984, graduated with distinction)
New York State
United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts.