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Eli Yampel

Eli Yampel

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Eli provides guidance to individuals, public company and private equity clients in commercial litigation and internal and governmental investigations. With experience managing all stages of the litigation process, he delivers strategic and effective advocacy on behalf of his clients.

Eli focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and investigations, serving portfolio and public companies of all sizes. He has trial experience, including pre- and post-trial briefing and preparing witnesses to testify, and a demonstrated history of successful outcomes, including monetary awards, injunctions, defense verdicts, and the recovery of attorneys’ fees.

Eli has represented clients across a range of industries, including technology, finance and banking, healthcare and pharmaceutical, media, and real estate. He has handled matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants involving breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud, among others.

Before joining Finn, Dixon & Herling, Eli practiced in the litigation group at Kirkland & Ellis in New York. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as symposia editor and election committee co-chair of the Cardozo Law Review. In law school, Eli also worked at the Filmmakers Legal Clinic to provide pro bono representation to aspiring filmmakers from underrepresented communities.

Representative Matters
  • Defended software-as-a-service portfolio company and its private equity owner against claims that a post-acquisition reorganization entitled multiple former executives to millions of dollars in severance benefits.*
  • Represented joint venture in dispute against one of its members for breaches of contracts related to pricing terms and restrictive covenants.*
  • Obtained an injunction on behalf of a mortgage originator against its competitor and several former employees for misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.*
  • Investigated multiple newly acquired portfolio companies of private equity firm to determine viability of claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against sellers.*
  • Defended chief executive officer against claims that his acceptance of the role breached restrictive covenants with his prior employer; defeated plaintiff’s request for an injunction.*
  • Represented civil liberties group pro bono to obtain police disciplinary records pursuant to New York’s Freedom of Information Law.*

*This experience was at a prior law firm.

  • Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (2021, 2022)
  • Order of the Coif; Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2021)