Loretta M. Gastwirth

Loretta M. Gastwirth: Attorney with Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP


Loretta, a member of the Litigation Group, is a seasoned litigator primarily involved in commercial, intellectual property, Indian gaming law, trade secrets, construction, securities and employment litigation and arbitration. She has been admitted to the AAA's prestigious Commercial Arbitration Panel and Long Island Business News has honored Loretta as one of Long Island's Top 50 Business Women in 2005.

Loretta served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Cardozo Law Review and was a member of its Editorial Board while at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. After graduating from law school, magna cum laude, Loretta clerked for United States District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer in Dallas, Texas. Loretta started her career on Wall Street at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, litigating large securities fraud matters and class actions. Loretta moved to a premiere entertainment litigation firm and represented such clients as Mick Jagger, Luther Vandross and Leona Helmsley. Returning to the practice of commercial litigation, Loretta left Manhattan and joined Meltzer Lippe in 1993.

While at Meltzer Lippe, Loretta has developed an expertise in the area of Indian gaming law, representing a developer and manager of an Indian casino in actions against an Indian tribe and a major gaming company. A number of important Indian gaming law decisions were issued in her cases. She has also litigated many cases on behalf of technology companies including telecommunications equipment manufacturers, an airplane parts manufacturer, chip manufacturers, computer software and online trading companies in areas of software copyright infringement, patent infringement, domain name, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition disputes. Her practice has taken her into various federal and state courts and arbitration before domestic and international panels of the American Arbitration Association and the NASD. Her commercial litigation experience is varied, encompassing actions involving breach of contract, trade secrets, construction matters, zoning law, equipment leasing, securities, licensing disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, petroleum pollution, wetlands issues, employment matters, Indian gaming law and intellectual property litigation.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Indian Gaming Law
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Employment Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
516-747-0300 Ext. 119  Phone
University Attended:
State University of New York at Albany, B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, magna cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1982
Year of First Admission:
1984, New York; 1984, U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

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Mineola, New York

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