Alum of the Month

February 2013

February 2013
Larry Byrne

B.A. '81

Q & A:

  • What was your favorite class, who was your favorite professor, or what is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
    American Studies with Professor Jack Salzman… a great learning environment.
  • What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
    My first job after graduation was at the Law School at New York University, and then a federal judicial clerkship. The most valuable thing I learned while at NYU was that my writing skills from Hofstra were, and are, essential.
  • What is your field of specialty?
    I am a litigation lawyer.
  • What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
    Work hard and enjoy your time at such a great school.
  • In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
  • How has your degree from Hofstra helped you?
    My economics degree from Hofstra prepared me well for the commercial world.
  • You seem to be heavily involved with legal cases. How do you balance work and life?
    You need to make time for family, friends and important non-work activities.
  • What is the single most exciting case that you’ve worked on?
    Prosecuting organized crime members in the Pizza Connection case.
  • Aside from winning a case, what is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
    Helping clients get justice and fair results.
Larry Byrne

Larry Byrne (B.A. ’81) handles complex white-collar criminal, government regulatory and civil litigation matters, including the Pizza Connection case,  the longest criminal jury trial in the federal courts in U.S. history. He is a litigation partner at the New York office of Linklaters LLP.

Larry has particular experience in antitrust, securities, class action defense, commercial, bankruptcy, and First Amendment and media litigation. He also has extensive experience representing clients involved in all types of government and internal investigations, as well as related trial and appellate matters. Larry is a former federal prosecutor who previously served with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the Criminal Division of U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Larry’s recent experiences include representation of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, a global pharmaceutical company involved in the largest criminal antitrust matter ever prosecuted criminally by the U.S. Department of Justice; Royal Ahold, the international food provider, in its historic, precedent-setting settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice (through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan), where no monetary fines were imposed; the joint administrators of Lehman European Group Administration Companies in U.S. Chapter 11 cases of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and related debtors and Securities Investor Protection Act proceeding of Lehman Brothers Inc.; and Lloyds TSB in their settlements with U.S. federal and state criminal and regulatory authorities related to U.S. sanctions programs that are administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control

Larry was recently recognized for a fourth consecutive year in a row in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations section. He was also featured in Legal 500 for his work in white-collar and criminal defense.

In March 2012, Larry received the Robert M. Morgenthau Award from the Police Athletic League of New York at its 14th annual Legal Profession Luncheon in recognition of his distinguished legal career.