EDUCATIONNew York University School of Law – Juris Doctor – 1999
State University of New York at Binghamton – Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Politics and Law (1995)
ADMISSIONSU.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York
New York State Courts
Sevan co-founded Hine & Ogulluk LLP after practicing for 20 years at the Manhattan office of Jones Day, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world, where he was a partner for many years engaged in a diverse commercial and tort litigation practice.Throughout his career, Sevan has litigated high-stakes and highly-publicized domestic and cross-border business disputes of all kinds in the state and federal trial and appellate courts of New York, as well as across the U.S., including before the Delaware Court of Chancery (widely recognized as the nation's preeminent forum for business disputes).
He also has extensive experience representing businesses and executives in connection with international/domestic arbitrations and mediations, class actions, government enforcement actions, internal investigations, administrative proceedings, and government/white-collar actions such as FBI, DOJ, SEC and Attorneys General investigations and civil/criminal case.
Sevan represents numerous clients across various industries and market segments in cases involving a wide range of complex commercial disputes such as fraud and other business torts, shareholder and partnership disputes, business/asset acquisition disputes, real estate, construction litigation, intellectual property (trademark, trade secret, and copyright), insurance coverage, securities litigation, accounting fraud, malpractice, employment law, and bankruptcy.
His domestic and international clients span various diverse industries such as banking/finance, manufacturing, automotive, energy, real estate, technology, arts, and entertainment. For example, he successfully represented international clients in several high-profile intellectual property actions, including two banks in a weeks-long trademark infringement trial. He recently represented a Connecticut power plant in multiple actions related to a catastrophic construction explosion, causing numerous fatalities and losses in excess of a billion dollars. He represented Hollywood movie studio Relativity Media in bankruptcy court and in multiple related lawsuits. He also was lead trial counsel in a FINRA arbitration relating to investments in auction rate securities where all claims against his clients, several Lehman executives, were dismissed after a two-week evidentiary hearing.
Sevan recently served, by invitation, on a select panel to screen judicial candidates for New York state courts. He regularly publishes articles about developments in business litigation; one was recently described by the New York State Bar Association as “essential reading for all New York business lawyers.” He co-authored a chapter in the leading authoritative treatise, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (ed. R.L. Haig). Sevan is also an Adjunct Professor of Law (teaching civil litigation techniques).
Sevan was born in Istanbul, and speaks Armenian and Turkish.
Work ExperienceJones Day, NY – Partner/Associate, Business & Tort Litigation Dept. (1998-2018)
Touro Law School – Adjunct Professor of Law