A Hughes Hubbard & Reed partner for 35 years, James B. Kobak, Jr has had a long and varied career. He currently serves as lead counsel to the trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidations of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global Inc., and has served in similar roles for other liquidations almost from the inception of the SIPA statute.
Jim litigates in many forums at every level, including state and federal courts, from Bankruptcy Court to the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as arbitral bodies.
He has lectured and written widely, particularly on antitrust and intellectual property matters, has taught substantive antitrust and intellectual property courses at leading law schools for nearly two decades, and is a former president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
Jim served in various roles, including as the firm’s general counsel, a member and former chair of its Antitrust practice group, and a member of its Corporate Reorganization, Arbitration and Litigation departments.
- Lecturer, University of Virginia Law School (antitrust and intellectual property) (1988 – 2001)
- Adjunct associate professor, Fordham Law School (patents and antitrust) (1988 – 2008)
- New York County Lawyers’ Association:
- President (2010 – 2011)
- Executive Committee (1996 – 1997, 2002 – 2013)
- Chair, Task Force on Professionalism (2006 – 2010)
- Co-chair, Justice Center (2014 – present)
- Member, Ethics Institute and Ethics Committee (1998 – present)
- President, New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) Foundation (2005 – 2010)
- Member by appointment, ABA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Legal Education (2013 – 2014)
- Member by appointment, Chief Judge’s Advisory Committee on the Justice Gap (2013 – 2015)
- University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B, 1969, Order of the Coif, The Associate Editor, Virginia Law Review
- Harvard University, A.B., 1966, magna cum laude
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