Eliot Lauer, treasurer of RJC and a long time RJC board member, is a litigation partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
He is a highly skilled and sought after trial lawyer and appellate advocate representing clients in complex civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts. He has tried multiple jury and bench trials involving securities and commodities fraud market manipulation, accountants’ liability, false advertising and contract and agency disputes. He also represents clients in domestic and international arbitration and before state and federal administrative agencies.
For over twenty years Lauer served as pro bono counsel to Jonathan Pollard eventually securing his release on parole in 2015 and then securing the termination of that parole in 2020, which then allowed for Pollard to emigrate to Israel.
For many years Lauer has chaired the board of Keren Or, a New York not-for-profit that runs a unique school and therapy center in Jerusalem for blind multi-disabled children and young adults. He is a long serving board member of Yeshiva University High School and an advisor and former board member of Halachic Educational Center, now known as Sulamot, a board member of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, and an advisor and active supporter to City of David Foundation and Hebron Fund among other Israeli institutions.
He received his law degree (cum laude) from the Fordham University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva College.
Eliot and his wife Marilyn have four married children with many grandchildren, three of whom live in Israel.