LAURA B. HOGUET

About

Laura B. Hoguet, a founding partner of the firm, is a trial lawyer with wide experience in business, financial and employment matters. Since the inception of the firm in 1996, Ms. Hoguet has tried and won five jury cases (four federal, one state), and has argued successfully in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the New York Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division.

In recent years Ms. Hoguet has acted as lead counsel representing a major French company in the defense of an employment discrimination suit in Washington, D.C; won a motion in limine excluding expert testimony, which led to an eve-of-trial settlement of a suit for alleged destruction of corporate assets; successfully defended the right of the Board of Trustees of a synagogue not to renew the employment agreement of its rabbi under the Religious Corporation Law of the State of New York; and represented a former employee of a major New York City builder in successfully asserting the right to share in the profits of a division of that company. In other cases, Ms. Hoguet won a decision after a hearing denying a preliminary injunction against competition by investment consultants who started a new business following the acquisition of their employer by another company, and obtained the reversal of a trial court order that prevented daughters from exercising authority under a health care proxy given to them by their father.

In addition to conducting a diverse litigation practice, Ms. Hoguet regularly counsels clients in business ventures including employment agreements, employment separation agreements, and non-competition restrictions and covenants. Ms. Hoguet is one of a relatively small group of lawyers in New York who are called upon to provide advice to lawyers concerning partnership law and agreements. Ms. Hoguet represents both employers and employees in employment matters. Many, though by no means all, of her clients are executives and enterprises engaged in the financial services and asset management businesses.

Prior to starting the firm in 1996, Ms. Hoguet was for 28 years an associate and, beginning in 1974, a partner of the international law firm of White & Case. At White & Case Ms. Hoguet litigated banking, corporate and employment cases including In re American Continental Corporation (Lincoln Savings), Securities Industry Ass’n v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and In re New York City Municipal Securities Litigation.

Ms. Hoguet holds an AB degree magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and graduated in 1967 from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. She is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York and the District of Columbia, federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Columbia, and the US Supreme Court.

Ms. Hoguet is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and of the Federal Bar Council. She has written many articles on litigation practice and employment law topics over the years and is the author of Chapter 61 on Bank Litigation in West’s New York Commercial Practice series.

Education

Harvard University (A.B. 1964)

  • magna cum laude

The University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1967)

  • Law Review

Public Service &
Professional Activities

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers – Business Litigation, Employment & Labor
    Selected to Super Lawyers (2007 – 2017)
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Nine Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Attorneys Honored as Super Lawyers

Further highlighting Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP’s longstanding reputation as a litigation powerhouse, Super Lawyers today announced that it has tapped nine of the firm’s partners and counsel as 2017 Super Lawyers. Many of those recognized have received multiple Super Lawyer awards acknowledging their consistent dedication to client service and to furthering the profession.

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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.

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Wins Summary Judgment on Behalf of New York State Housing Finance Agency

On March 23, 2016, Senior Judge Norman A. Mordue of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York granted summary judgment to  our client New York State Housing Finance Agency (“NYSHFA”), along with two other defendants, dismissing with prejudice all of plaintiffs’ claims in Onondoga Hilltop Homes, Inc. et al v. Syracuse Housing Authority et al, 5:12-CV-626 (NAM/ATB).  Plaintiffs had sued under  Section 8 of the Housing Act claiming that under they were entitled to automatic annual rent increases, and that defendants’ failure to provide them was a breach of the Housing Assistance Payments Contract (“HAP Contract”) between them and NYSHFA.  Judge Mordue also denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.  Judge Mordue ruled that NYSHFA did not breach the HAP Contract by failing to provide annual adjustments in contract rents because plaintiffs failed to request such adjustments, which were required by a rider to the HAP Contract.  Judge Mordue held that the rider was a part of  the HAP Contract and that its requirement for a request created a condition precedent to any obligation of NYSHFA.  Finally, Judge Mordue ruled that enforcing this condition precedent did not result in a disproportionate forfeiture because the contract rents that plaintiffs received were always greater than the fair market rents published by HUD.

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP Partner Joshua Rievman led the defense in this case, with contributions from Laura Hoguet.

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.

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.

Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney Wins Federal Jury Trial

On May 13, 2013, a federal jury returned a verdict in favor of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP’s client, a transit agency, after a week-long trial in the Eastern District of New York.

The plaintiff, a transit employee, alleged that he was retaliated against by his employer and 10 of its present and former employees for making a safety report. Hoguet Newman represented the defendants.

The suit was brought under a federal whistleblower statute: the National Transit Systems Security Act (“NTSSA”), 6 U.S.C. § 1142, which was enacted in 2007 to protect the employees of public transportation systems from retaliation due to having made a safety-related report or complaint (See, Retaliation Claims in the Transit System Context). The plaintiff also brought a First Amendment Claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, which was dismissed by Judge John Gleeson at the close of the plaintiff’s case, and several other claims that were dismissed by Judge Gleeson on summary judgment (including a Due Process claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and a claim under the Family Medical Leave Act). All of the individual defendants were dismissed before the case went to the jury.

The jury determined that the transit agency did not retaliate against the plaintiff.

The Hoguet Newman team consisted of Laura Hoguet, Sarah Logue, Jared Jenkins, John Curley, Kathleen Lowden, and Natalia DiPalma.

Laura Hoguet, John Kenney, and Marc Melzer Recognized by Super Lawyers

For the sixth year in a row, Laura Hoguet and John Kenney have been named Super Lawyers in the New York metro region. Laura Hoguet has been recognized in the practice areas of Business Litigation and Employment & Labor, John Kenney in the areas of Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Corporate Governance & Compliance. In addition, Marc Melzer has been named a Rising Star, which recognizes the best up-and-coming attorneys in each state, in the areas of Business Litigation and Intellectual Property.

Super Lawyers 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 selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Laura Hoguet, John Kenney Named New York Superlawyers for Fifth Year

For five years running, both Laura Hoguet and John Kenney have been named as Superlawyers in the New York Metro area. Laura Hoguet has been recognized in two areas, Business Litigation and Employment & Labor. John Kenney has been recognized in three, Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Corporate Governance & Compliance. 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.