Jennifer X. Luo
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Jennifer focuses her practice on commercial litigation and criminal defense. She has successfully represented businesses and individuals in high-stakes cases and investigations by regulatory authorities in both U.S. and international jurisdictions. Fluent in Mandarin, she has advised Chinese companies and individuals facing litigation in the United States.
Jennifer counsels and represents clients in complex litigation and investigations conducted by the SEC and the DOJ. Praised by a federal district court judge for her “terrific” writing in an “excellent” motion, she brings the same clarity and thoughtful analysis to her trial arguments and client communications.
Jennifer draws on her experience navigating a broad range of legal venues to devise effective legal strategies and creative, persuasive arguments and appeals. She has worked with multinational corporations on litigation and investigations by the DOJ, the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. An experienced appellate litigator, she has won precedent-setting motions covered by the national media. She also maintains a robust pro bono practice representing individuals whose civil rights have been violated.
Before joining Sher Tremonte, Jennifer was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she represented large institutional clients and Fortune 500 companies in disputes involving antitrust, securities, and complex civil litigation. She also served as a judicial clerk to Judge Barrington D. Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she represented clients in internal investigations and regulatory matters.Read more
Disclosure of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) internal documents: While representing criminal defendants alleging racial bias by the DEA, she successfully argued that the agency should turn over 10 years of records about its reverse sting operations using statistical data. The motion was the first of its kind to succeed in the Second Circuit and forced the DEA to share internal documents about how it selected targets for reverse sting operations. The Washington Post and other news media covered the win.
A precedent-setting appeal: Won an appeal involving a woman’s claim of age-based employment discrimination against her former employer. When the woman was represented by different counsel, the trial court had dismissed her case on the grounds that she could not bring an employment discrimination claim because she had resigned voluntarily. Jennifer successfully argued before the Second Circuit that the circumstances of the client’s resignation showed that she was constructively discharged.
Obtained early dismissal in white collar cases: Convinced the DOJ not to bring charges against a white collar client facing inquiries into potential money laundering. In a separate case, Jennifer defended multiple white collar clients facing investigation by the SEC for accounting fraud. No charges were brought.
A favorable outcome to a contract dispute: Represented a medium-sized company that sued a major New York City landlord for breach of contract. The case was favorably settled.
Prevailed in lawsuit over hedge fund compensation: Represented the estate of a hedge fund manager when his former hedge fund sued to recover compensation. The case was successfully dismissed.
Selected to the Rising Stars in Business Litigation list, Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers (2021)
New York State Bar Association’s Hon. Judith S. Kaye Commercial Litigation Academy Scholarship (2018)
Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll (2015)
News and Publications
“Decoding Pandora’s Box: All Writs Act and Separation of Powers,” Harvard Journal on Legislation (Spring 2019)
Co-Author, “Second Circuit Review: Certified Questions to State Court,” New York Law Journal (April 27, 2018)