Leo Milonas is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the New York office. His practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, appeals and in alternative dispute resolution where he has acted in various capacities as counsel, arbitrator and as mediator. His efforts have achieved significant victories for his clients in major litigations, particularly in New York State Supreme Courts, in the New York Appellate Divisions, in the U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Milonas has had 26 years of judicial experience, including 16 years of service as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department and as Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York, where he managed the operations of all of the courts of New York State, and was instrumental in the achievement of many significant court reforms, including the revamping of the jury system and the creation of the Commercial Divisions of the Supreme Court, the Community Courts and Problem Solving Courts.
His clients have included GE, Viacom, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, Bombardier, Inc., Deutsche-Bank, Bank of New York, Marubeni America Corporation, American Express, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. and The Bank of Cyprus.
Mr. Milonas is a past president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. His other activities include: American Bar Association (Fellow); Appellate Div. of the NYS Supreme Court, First Dept. Pre-Argument Conference (Chair); Commercial Courts Task Force (Co-Chair); Governor's Departmental Judicial Screening Committee, First Judicial Dept.; New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination; Legal Aid Society (Director); Commission on Fiduciary Appointments; Fund for Modern Courts (Director); Judges & Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (Director); NYS Bar Association (Federal and Commercial Litigation Section – Executive Committee); NYS Office of Court Administration (ADR Advisory Committee); NY Urban League (Board); National Center for State Courts (Board); New York State Board of Law Examiners; Fund for the City of New York (Board); Federal Bar Council Inn of Court (Master).
- Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2007-2015)
- Inducted into the National Center for State Courts' Warren E. Burger Society
- The New York Area's Best Lawyers, New York Magazine (2007-2011)
- Super Lawyers (2007-2011)