Nicole Joy Leibman

Nicole Joy Leibman

Of Counsel

Nicole Joy Leibman, CIPP/US, is resident in the Firm's New York office and focuses her practice on the provision of outside general counsel services, and litigation and dispute resolution.  Ms. Leibman has counseled major national and international clients on a variety of complex legal issues ranging from litigation strategy to corporate formation to intellectual property rights. She has extensive experience handling commercial, intellectual property and real estate litigations, as well as AAA arbitrations.

In addition, Ms. Leibman has developed extensive experience in the ever-growing electronic payment space, advising clients at the merchant, ISO, processor and sponsor bank levels on new developments in the law.  Her work has included drafting and negotiating ISO Agreements, BIN Agreements and Merchant Agreements, as well as resolving disputes with the card networks, such as VISA.  

With an impressive courtroom presence early in her career, Ms. Leibman frequently argued appeals and motions before the Southern District of New York, New York First Department and New York Supreme Court. Most notably, while a junior associate with Nixon Peabody, she independently argued an Eighth Amendment pro bono appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before a three-judge panel, which then included current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  

Ms. Leibman speaks conversational French and Italian, and is proficient in Spanish.

Before joining the Firm, Ms. Leibman was a Partner at Aschettino Struhs where she worked with the firm’s Managing Partner to establish its electronic payments practice. She began her career with Nixon Peabody as an Associate in the Business Litigation and Arbitration Group.

Expand All

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2003
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2003


International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) Designation   
Member, Electronic Transaction Association
Member, Professional Liability Underwriters Society 
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York 
Member, New York State Bar Association