Senior Staff Attorney
Laurence Borten joined Children’s Rights in 2009. Mr. Borten was formerly an assistant attorney general in the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. His matters there included the civil fraud prosecution of the manager of a multi-billion dollar Madoff feeder fund and investigations of several major financial institutions of their fraudulent practices in the marketing of auction-rate securities, leading to settlements that returned tens of billions to investors nationwide. Previously, Mr. Borten was a litigation associate at Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman LLP, where, in addition to representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes, he successfully represented several refugees pro bono in asylum proceedings. Mr. Borten also clerked for the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch of the Southern District of New York (now on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals).
Mr. Borten holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a master’s degree from Columbia, both in physics. He taught physics at Hunter College High School for fourteen years before receiving his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2002, where he was a James Kent scholar and articles editor of the Columbia Law Review.