James B. Kobak, Jr. serves as the firm's general counsel, is a member and former chair of its Antitrust practice group, and is a member of its Corporate Reorganization, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation departments.
A Hughes Hubbard & Reed partner for 35 years, Jim 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.