HELENE R. HECHTKOPF

About

Helene R. Hechtkopf joined Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, in 2008.  During her time at the firm, she has been involved in a wide range of litigation (both commercial and employment); appellate litigation; white collar criminal matters; representation of individuals in investigations by FINRA and other regulatory agencies; and internal investigations. Ms. Hechtkopf’s recent engagements include:

  • Representing a state agency in a multimillion dollar software and construction litigation against a defense contractor in the Southern District of New York, culminating in a five week bench trial.
  • Representing an international testing company in a class action litigation brought in the District of Puerto Rico involving an oil facility explosion.
  • Successfully concluded a bench trial in the Southern District of New York on a multimillion dollar claim involving disputed ownership of property.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a state agency in an employment discrimination case brought in the Southern District of New York.
  • Successfully representing an officer and head US dollar swaps trader at a major international bank in an investigation by the Department of Justice, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other regulating agencies into the setting of LIBOR Rates.
  • Representing the head energy trader of a major international bank in a FINRA investigation into the receipt and use of rumor/inside information subsequently found to be untrue.
  • Submitted a brief on behalf of a foreign energy company to the New York State Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully represented a state agency in a criminal mental health proceeding.
  • Successfully represented an international testing company in a case brought in New York State court for breach of contract.
  • Won summary judgment on a claim brought against a state agency by an employee under the Federal Employers Liability Act. Ortiz v. MTA, 2013 WL 55990 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 4, 2013).

Ms. Hechtkopf is an active member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on New York’s Civil Procedure Law and Rules, which monitors the state of, and proposed amendments to, New York’s procedural law. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and its Trial Evidence committee, where she has been involved in analyzing the use of the Daubert standard by various state courts.

Ms. Hechtkopf was previously a litigation associate at Heller Ehrman LLP in New York. Helene is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction).  She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, State of New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Ms. Hechtkopf graduated in 2007 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Recognizing that protections for the accused vary is critical in representing clients facing transnational criminal investigations,” the International Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Business Crime Newsletter, Volume 8 Number 1, May 2015, co-authored with John Curley.
  • “What Public Safety Officials Need to Know About Technology Contracts & Disputes” presented at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ (APCO) Atlantic Conference, October 2015.
  • Beyond Daubert: How to Exclude An Expert Witness,” published in Law360 on August 25, 2016.

Education

University of Virginia (B.A. 2004)

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. 2007)

  • cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Cardozo Law Review
  • Dean’s Distinguished Scholar

Public Service &
Professional Activities

  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, subcommittee on New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Star”- General and Appellate Litigation (2015)
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Nine Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Lawyers Selected to 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers®

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s attorneys were selected for 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers® lists.  Partners Laura B. Hoguet, Dorothea W. Regal, John J. Kenney, and Richard M. Reice have been named as Super Lawyers in the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers® Magazine.  Ms. Hoguet and Mr. Kenney have been recognized in the area of Business Litigation.  Ms. Regal has been recognized in the area of Insurance Coverage.  Mr. Reice has been recognized in the area of Employment & Labor.  These attorneys are among an elite group of New York attorneys to receive this honor, which is awarded to no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the State.

In addition, partners Joshua Blosveren, Andrew N. Bourne, Damian R. Cavaleri and Helene R. Hechtkopf, and counsel Marc Aaron Melzer, were named to the 2016 New York Metro Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers® Magazine.  Mr. Blosveren and Mr. Bourne have been recognized in the area of Insurance Coverage.  Mr. Cavaleri has been recognized in the area of Business Litigation.  Ms. Hechtkopf has been recognized in the area of General Litigation.  Mr. Melzer has been recognized in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation.  “Rising Stars” recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 or fewer years, and is awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Helene Hechtkopf Publishes Article in Law360

Partner Helene Hechtkopf published a piece on August 25, 2016 titled “Beyond Daubert: How to Exclude an Expert Witness” in Law360.  The article include many useful tips for practitioners on ways to prevent non-scientific expert witnesses from being allowed to testify at trial.

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Wins Summary Judgment On Behalf of Investment Bank Client

As set forth in a December 15, 2015 order, we won summary judgment for investment bank/strategic advisory firm Marlin & Associates Holding LLC in an action to recover an investment banking fee and other contractual payments from telecommunications provider Perseus Telecom Limited. Marlin & Associates Holding v. Perseus Telecom Limited, Index No. 652498/2015 (New York County, Oing, J.).

The Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney team consisted of attorneys Joshua Rievman and Helene Hechtkopf.

Ira Lipton and Helene Hechtkopf Present at the APCO Atlantic Conference
 Ira Lipton and Helene Hetchkopf presented about “What Public Safety Professionals Need to Know About Technology Contracts and Disputes” at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ (APCO) Atlantic Conference on October 27, 2015 in Burlington, Vermont.
Eight Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Lawyers Selected to 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers®

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP is pleased to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys were selected for 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers® lists.  Partners Laura B. HoguetDorothea W. RegalJohn J. Kenney, and Richard M. Reice have been named as Super Lawyers in the 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers® Magazine.  Ms. Hoguet has been recognized in the areas of Business Litigation and Employment and Labor.  Ms. Regal has been recognized in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation.  Mr. Kenney has been recognized in the areas of Business Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar.  Mr. Reice has been recognized in the area of Employment and Labor.  These attorneys are among an elite group of New York attorneys to receive this honor, which is awarded to no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the State.

In addition, partners Andrew N. Bourne and Helene R. Hechtkopf, and associates Marc Aaron Melzer and Damian R. Cavaleri, were named to the 2015 New York Metro Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers® Magazine.  “Rising Stars” recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 or fewer years, and is awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Names John Curley and Helene Hechtkopf as Partners

We are pleased to announce that John Curley and Helene Hechtkopf have become partners of the firm.

Mr. Curley’s practice includes complex business litigation and white collar enforcement proceedings.  Recent matters include defending individuals before FINRA and the SEC as well as representing an international bank in trade secrets litigation and a testing company in litigation arising from an explosion and fire at an oil refinery.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joanna Seybert, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and before that he was a litigation associate at an international law firm.  He graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law.

E-mail- jcurley@hnrklaw.com 

Ms. Hechtkopf’s practice involves a wide range of commercial and employment litigation, appellate litigation, and white collar criminal matters. She has represented individuals in investigations by FINRA and other regulatory agencies. She recently concluded a five-week bench trial in the Southern District of New York representing a state agency in a contract dispute with a large defense contractor.  Ms. Hechtkopf is admitted to practice in the State of New York, State of New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   She graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and earned a B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia.

E-mail- hhechtkopf@hnrklaw.com

Laura Hoguet, Dorothea Regal, John Kenney, Juan Skirrow, Marc Melzer, and Helene Hechtkopf named New York Superlawyers

Laura Hoguet, Dorothea Regal and John Kenney have been named as Superlawyers in this year’s New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine. Laura Hoguet has been recognized in the areas of Business Litigation and Employment & Labor. John Kenney has been recognized in the areas of Business Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar. Dorothea Regal has been recognized in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation. Juan Skirrow, Marc Melzer, and Helene Hechtkopf have been named “rising stars”. The Superlawyer ranking is based upon peer nominations and evaluations, and independent third party research. The firm does not solicit or pay for the designation.