Taleah E. Jennings focuses on complex commercial litigation of all types, including securities litigation, litigation involving employment-related disputes and trust and estates litigation. Her clients include financial services entities, such as investment managers, private equity firms, interdealer brokerage firms, multi-employer pension funds and commercial real estate firms and fiduciaries of large trusts and estates. Taleah has litigated cases in various state and federal courts, as well as regulatory and arbitration forums, from the commencement of claims through trials and appeals.

Representations

Represents a major interdealer brokerage firm in various arbitrations and civil litigations arising out of a global corporate raid by a fierce competitor.

Represents a large private equity firm in a case alleging alter ego liability arising out of the alleged contractual breaches by a portfolio company.

Represents an investment manager in a dispute with a former employee who has claimed an ownership interest in millions of dollars of client revenues.

Successfully defeated brokerage claim on $1 billion sale of major New York office tower. GCP Capital Group LLC v. Monday Properties Investments, LLC (2010)

Serving as lead counsel on a nine-day trial, obtained a five-year Order of Protection for a client who suffered severe physical abuse by her husband, JJS v. TS (2011)

Publications

“Penalties, Short-Swing Profits, and Whistleblower Awards,” Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book (Practising Law Institute), 2014-2018

“Congress Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016,” SRZ Client Alert, May 2, 2016 (co-author) 

“Options When a Competitor Raids the Company,” New York Law Journal, May 13, 2015 (co-author)

“Bipartisan House Bill Provides Private Right of Action for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets,” SRZ Client Alert, Aug. 7, 2014 (co-author)

Speaking Engagements

“Avoiding Litigation in Workforce Cases,” Benchmark Women in Litigation East, New York, September 2017

“Corporate Partnerships: Helping Scholars Become Career Ready,” College For Every Student 19th Annual Conference, Burlington, Vt., October 2015

“Who Knows Your Secrets — Recent Trends and Practical Tips When Dealing with Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment ADR,” New York Law Journal and National Arbitration and Mediation Seminar, New York, September 2015

Memberships

  • LIFT, Advisory Board, 2008 - Present
  • Sanctuary for Families, Board of Directors, 2014 - Present

Distinctions

  • Benchmark Litigation Under 40 Hot List, 2016
  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, 2016
  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2014
  • New York Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2015-2017
  • Sanctuary for Families, Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy Award Recipient, 2011, 2015, 2017
  • Savoy magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers, 2018

Prior Experience

  • Sullivan & Cromwell, 2003-2007