Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University School of Law.
Graduate of New York University School of Law.
Admitted to Practice:
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Federal Claims Court
Leslie Bennett is a seasoned litigator with more than 35 years experience in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Bennett has prosecuted and defended clients in a wide array of litigation in state and federal courts, including commercial, employment, real estate and land use, toxic tort, and environmental matters. He has also represented clients in administrative proceedings, including environmental, energy, and employment matters.
As a counterpoint to his litigation practice, Mr. Bennett has counseled banks, businesses, municipalities and individuals on litigation and regulatory matters, including constitutional, employment, environmental and land use issues. He also participated in the development and implementation of a program for the treatment and disposal of medical waste for Long Island’s non-for-profit hospitals.
Mr. Bennett’s private practice experience includes the defense of a major chemical company in the “Agent Orange” litigation with principal responsibilities for coordination of proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation; preparation and supervision of the significant submissions to the District Court, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court; management of the company’s document production and computer litigation support program; and development of claims against the United States.
In the public sector, Mr. Bennett served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted and defended claims on behalf of the United States and its agencies, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry E. Kalodner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Bennett has also represented numerous municipalities in connection with litigation and regulatory matters.