Josef Trachtenberg


Josef Trachtenberg
Josef Trachtenberg is an associate in Weil’s Litigation Department, where he focuses on a broad range of complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts, including class actions, antitrust, and breach of contract matters.

Josef’s experience includes serving on Weil teams representing:

  • Simon & Schuster in winning the dismissal of a pair of industry-wide antitrust class actions in the S.D.N.Y. relating to the markets for e-books and print books.
  • The Israel Museum in obtaining the dismissal of a replevin action brought in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court seeking turnover of a 14th-century manuscript known as the Birds’ Head Haggadah.
  • A group of lenders in a breach of contract dispute involving approximately $750 million in Senior Notes.

Josef also maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on civil and religious rights. His recent experience has included working on Weil teams to secure a settlement for tenants whose cooperative was discriminating against them on the basis of religion, and representing a religious institution in bringing a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) claim against a Rockland County (New York) town arising from the town’s discriminatory efforts to prevent the institution from opening a school.

Josef received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. During law school, he also served as a legal intern to the Honorable Robert W. Lehrburger, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Touro College.

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