Lynn K. Neuner is an experienced trial lawyer and was named as one of the 2019 “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in the United States by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. She focuses on litigation involving securities, mergers, insurance coverage and false advertising. She has tried cases in federal and state court and conducted dozens of hearings before the National Advertising Division and the Networks. Her work involves the representation of large financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, mega insurers, domestic manufacturers and individual directors and officers.
Her representative experience includes:
- Pfizer, Wyeth and Pharmacia in 10b-5 securities cases asserting misrepresentations of the side effects of blockbuster drugs for arthritis, pain and depression
- Travelers in a mega insurance coverage case against Northrop Grumman involving pollution at several sites in Long Island
- Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. in defeating Solus’s efforts to enjoin a refinancing transaction between Hovnanian and GSO Capital Partners, LP
- Ingersoll-Rand in a complex commercial trial involving an employee stock plan
- Toronto-Dominion Bank in litigation arising out of the second largest Ponzi scheme in the U.S. involving Stanford Bank in Antigua
- Corp Group in a significant shareholder dispute regarding the sale of a Colombian bank
- Bayer, Merck and Pfizer in advertising matters impacting Claritin, Advil, Coppertone and Centrum
- Weight Watchers in securities class action and derivative suits relating to competition with online apps
- Veterans seeking disability benefits in landmark class action litigation
Lynn joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 1994. She serves as the Firm’s Co-Administrative Partner and is a member of the Executive Committee. Lynn received her J.D. in 1992 from Yale Law School, where she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation and the Director of the Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Williams College in 1989. In 1992–93, she clerked for the Hon. H. Lee Sarokin of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and in 1993–94 she clerked for the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Lynn is a past Vice-President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a former Chair of its Executive Committee. She is a former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Yale Law School Alumni Fund. She is currently a member of the Commercial Division Advisory Council and currently serves on the Lawyers’ Committee of the Inner City Scholarship Fund. She is also a former Panel Chair of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department in New York.
Lynn was honored as a 2018 “Distinguished Leader” by New York Law Journal, which recognizes New York lawyers in leadership roles who have achieved impressive results in the last year. She was recently named to Crain’s New York Business’s “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC,” an inaugural list that recognizes women lawyers “who juggle both distinguished careers and exceptional civic and philanthropic activities.” Lynn is consistently recognized as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, and she is also recognized as a National and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation. A Benchmark source described Lynn as “one of the most talented lawyers I have seen in my career. She is amazingly adept at predicting client’s needs and is very diligent, works well with other firms, is great on overall legal strategy as well as the day-to-day, offers amazing client service and puts together teams that work efficiently to deliver high-quality work product within a reasonable fee.” Another source said, “Lynn is a mastermind, she's everyone's first choice.” Lynn is recognized by Chambers USA in Advertising: Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Insurance, where a source described her as “extremely smart, not just academic but also business-savvy.” Lynn is also recommended in several areas by The Legal 500, where she is described as an “experienced trial attorney,” and “smart, charming but tough.” Lynn was also recognized as one of the New York County Lawyers Association’s “Outstanding Women in the Legal Profession.” The American Lawyer named Lynn one of the nation’s top “45 Under 45” women attorneys in the country and separately as one of the nation’s top litigation “Rising Stars” in “The Young Litigators Fab Fifty.” She was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow and is regularly listed in the New York Super Lawyers Metro Edition.
Lynn comes to New York from a large family in Rhode Island. She lives in Connecticut with her family. She has represented the City of New York pro bono in several cases, including a jury trial involving the shooting of a teen, a false arrest case and a Section 1983 case alleging excessive use of force.