Because of my years of experience and the knowledge and judgment that come with it, I take a wide-angle view that allows me to size up situations quickly. I always take a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of every potential course of action and let clients know how I’d proceed if I were in their shoes. I tackle each matter aggressively in terms of legal tactics, but I’m not prone to drama or hyperbole. In fact, people tell me I’m easy to work with and cordial.
Bringing more than four decades of experience to his diverse commercial litigation practice, Gary Sesser advocates for clients in a variety of areas including trusts and estates disputes, art law, antitrust, maritime and transportation, and creditors’ rights. Gary also and has a stellar appellate record in complex and challenging cases.
Always meticulously prepared and quick on his feet, Gary relishes the competition and intellectual challenges inherent in litigation. He enjoys crafting creative strategies to counter adversaries’ plans and achieve client objectives. His ability to read the other side and his excellent writing and oral advocacy skills help him in generating and presenting compelling arguments that persuade courts and other tribunals. With a knack for spotting an opponent’s vulnerability, Gary never hesitates to exploit a weakness and pound away at it until it becomes part of the case’s narrative.
Outside of litigation and arbitration, Gary regularly advises clients on corporate compliance issues, including antitrust. During his career, he has also litigated many maritime cases involving contractual conflicts between ship owners and charterers. These matters were predominantly arbitrated and international in scope at a time when the legal world was still bound by national borders.
Gary co-chairs the firm’s Litigation Department, chairs the firm’s Ethics Committee, and acts as the firm’s General Counsel, and as a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, has received the highest ratings for professional competence and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been recognized for many years by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.