Neil J. Oxford is a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Litigation department. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, international arbitration, internal investigations and compliance advisory work. Originally from Scotland, Neil graduated from law schools at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Cambridge, and practiced law at a major firm in Scotland, before moving to Hughes Hubbard in 2001. He represents US and foreign clients in a broad range of civil litigation and regulatory matters, including commercial disputes, international arbitration and compliance issues. He advises clients in matters involving anti-corruption legislation, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), international trade controls, securities and accounting investigations.
Neil has significant experience in complex cross-border litigation, including representing the insolvency administrators for Nortel entities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in a first of its kind cross-border trial over the allocation of over $7 billion, and representing the trustee for the liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc. in defense of multi-billion dollar international claims. Neil also has extensive experience representing companies in the defense of complex mass tort litigation.
Founder and vice-president, Scottish Bar Association of New York
Member, Law Society of Scotland
Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard & Reed in 2001, Neil qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and practiced commercial litigation at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in Glasgow.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In re Nortel Networks Inc. (US Bankruptcy Court, Delaware; Superior Court, Ontario, Canada), Representation of insolvency administrators of Nortel Group’s European, Middle Eastern, and African affiliates in a first of its kind cross-border trial over allocation of $7.3 billion in proceeds of asset sales
In re Lehman (US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.)), representation of trustee in trial of claims arising from the sale of Lehman Brothers’ broker-dealer business to Barclays Capital. In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc., 445 B.R. 143 (Bankruptcy Court S.D.N.Y. 2011); In re Lehman Bros. Inc., 478 B.R. 570 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) “Lehman’s Trustee Set for Windfall After Court Ruling on Barclays Deal,” Financial Times, Feb. 24, 2011 ($4.8 billion award in favor of Lehman trustee), currently on appeal
In re Lehman (US Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y. 2013), representation of trustee in litigation and settlement of over $30 billion in claims by insolvency administrators of Lehman Brothers’ European broker-dealer
BBX Capital Asset Management LLC v. Catalfumo, et al. (17th Judicial Circuit, Florida 2013), representation of Royal Bank of Canada (Channel Islands) Limited in defense of fraudulent conveyance claims
USA, ex rel. John Raynor v. National Rural Utilities Co Op, et al. (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals 2012), representation of the auditor of an electric utilities co-op in a whistleblower action under the False Claims Act, resulting in dismissal of all claims relating to alleged auditing fraud
In Re: National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation et al. (District of Delaware 2013), representation of the auditor of an electric utilities co-op in a RICO action, resulting in dismissal of all claims, and currently on appeal
Wilmington Trust Co. and ORIX Aviation Systems Ltd. v. Rolls-Royce PLC and IAE International Aero Engines AG (Court of Session, Scotland 2011), opinion on New York law in connection with litigation in Scotland regarding aircraft lease and liens
Bernshtein v. City of New York and Brockmann (S.D.N.Y. 2011, 2d. Cir. 2012), defense verdict at a jury trial of claims of civil rights violations by the City of New York and the arresting NYPD officer (directed verdict dismissing claims against the City and jury verdict dismissing claims against officer; upheld on appeal)
Travelex v. Jackson (New York Supreme Court 2010), judgment against employee for multimillion-dollar embezzlement
Weiss v. Deloitte Tax LLP (NY Supreme Court, Second Dept. 2009), briefed and argued appeal resulting in a decision affirming dismissal of professional negligence claims against a tax advisor
DeCrane Aerospace Inc. v. Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (NY Supreme Court 2009), dismissal of a professional negligence claim against forensic accountants and award of a counterclaim
In re Scottish Re Group Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y. 2008), dismissal of securities fraud claim against the auditor of a reinsurance company, leading to a favorable settlement on the remaining claim
Old Ladder Litigation Co., LLC v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (S.D.N.Y. 2008), dismissal of a professional negligence claim against the auditor of a manufacturing company
Representation of Merck in Vioxx and Fosamax product liability litigation, and related congressional and governmental investigations into Vioxx
Heel Stone v. Evisu (S.D.N.Y. 2004), dismissal of a temporary restraining order and complaint against a clothing manufacturer
Pro bono representation of a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including Riverside Language Program