SBR is a leading advocate for victims of terrorism. We have served as trial and appellate court counsel for the servicemen killed and injured in the 1983 terrorist attack upon the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon and the family members of those servicemen. We also represent hundreds of American citizens killed and injured in suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks in Israel.
In the Marine Barracks litigation, SBR obtained a trial court ruling requiring Iran’s central bank and its bankers to surrender nearly $1.9 billion in assets to the victims of Iranian terrorism. SBR’s clients are the first victims of terrorist attacks who have succeeded in recovering assets held in the name of the central bank of a state sponsor of terrorism. SBR successfully briefed and argued the appeal from the Marine Barracks ruling in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and helped to defend that ruling in the United States Supreme Court.
In Linde v. Arab Bank, SBR’s lawyers were part of a trial team that secured the first jury verdict ever against a financial institution for providing material support to a terrorist organization. The Arab Bank case then produced a landmark settlement on behalf of Americans killed and injured in terrorist attacks in Israel.
SBR and its co-counsel were named 2016 “Trial Lawyers of the Year” by Public Justice for their work on the Arab Bank matter. The award “recognizes the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered injustice and harmful abuse.”
The firm’s partners continue to serve as counsel for hundreds of plaintiffs who are pursuing recoveries against banking institutions that served as the financial intermediaries for supposed charities that funneled funds to terrorist organizations. Those cases have produced a number of significant trial court opinions as well as a landmark victory for the plaintiffs in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.