Steven Aquino


  (202) 869-0888 x 134

Steve delivers dedicated, calculated, and practical counsel to his clients — including global financial institutions, web3 enterprises, telecommunications and media companies, tech companies, private equity funds, secured lenders, and pharmaceutical companies — in all facets of litigation, arbitration, pre-dispute resolution, workouts, and restructuring proceedings.

To every matter, Steve brings a deep command of his clients’ businesses and a natural competitive spirit to achieve the absolute best result in every engagement, no matter the size, venue, or complexity. A reporter by training, Steve dives into every matter to develop a strong command of the facts to build his clients a persuasive and winning narrative.

Outside of the courtroom, Steve has extensive experience counseling clients in highly regulated industries on matters spanning from regulatory compliance and public policy to risk management.

Representative Matters

Obtained $15.1 million award on behalf of boutique investment bank and IPO underwriter in FINRA arbitration for recovery of engagement fees from securities issuer.

Represented Fortune 50 bank in groundbreaking Delaware Chancery Court litigation involving claims of breaches of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfers, and payment of illegal dividends against the former directors and officers of a defunct patent troll, an eight-figure judgment debtor to the bank.

Defended private equity fund in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York against fraud and related claims concerning purchase and sale of commercial real estate in Chapter 7 matter and related adversary proceeding. In the same matter, won unprecedented nunc pro tunc Bankruptcy Court approval of sale of premises to the client more than three years after closing took place.

Advised client on regulations in United States and Europe affecting the issuance of NFTs.

Represented private equity fund in Chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, related adversary proceedings, and the sale of $50 million commercial property that led to all creditors being paid in full and an exceptionally rare return of funds to equity.

Represented Fortune 50 bank in enforcement, restructuring, and drafting of inter-creditor agreements for nine-figure loan facilities involving high-profile borrowers and co-creditors.

Defended nation’s largest privately held importer of grocery and specialty deli against multi-seven-figure breach of contract claims against an international trade financier.

Defended nation’s largest telecommunications company in seven-figure breach of contract action brought by former enterprise business partner in New York County Supreme Court.

Represented Fortune 50 bank in Fifth Circuit appeal of order limiting the scope of client’s post-judgment discovery requests.

Represented a pharmaceutical company in contract and fraud litigation against an international competitor in the New York State Supreme Court, which resulted in an extremely favorable settlement.

Defended testamentary trustee against claims of fraud and breach of duty in complex, cross-border dispute.