Daryl Libow

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BornSeptember 22, 1959
Westport Connecticut
DiedNovember 7, 2018
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
Alma mater
  • Harvard College
  • Staples High School in Westport Connecticut
  • London School of Economics
  • Cornell Law School
  • Lawyer
  • Philanthropist
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Wait
ChildrenJessie and Claudia
  • Sanford and Adelyn Libow
  • Brother Marc
  • Sister Lindsey

Daryl A. Libow (September 22, 1959 – November 7, 2018) was an American lawyer and philanthropist.

Personal Life

Daryl Libow was born and raised in Westport, Connecticut, by his parents, Sanford and Adelyn Libow, who also raised a brother, Marc, and a sister, Lindsey.[1] Libow was married to Elizabeth Wait, a fellow Cornell Law School classmate. He had two daughters with his wife, Jessie and Claudia.


Libow was a 1977 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, where he was captain of the tennis team and an accomplished debater.[1] He studied political science at Harvard College where he received his B.A. in 1981. One of his freshman roommates at Harvard was the TV comedy writer Al Jean.[2] Libow then attended the London School of Economics and Cornell Law School,[3] where he graduated with a J.D. in 1986 after serving as an Editor on the Cornell Law Review.


Libow spent his entire legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, first as an associate in their New York and London offices and later as a partner in Washington, D.C. starting in 1994.[4] By all accounts, Libow wanted to be an establishment law firm litigator from an early age. Owen Prell, a classmate and housemate of Libow's in law school, observed that Daryl kept a framed, personally signed letter from famed D.C. lawyer Edward Bennett Williams on the bedroom wall of his childhood Westport home, when other kids might have displayed a picture of a pro athlete or rock star.[5] Libow served as managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell's D.C. office as well as co-head of the firm’s antitrust practice group.[6] Libow represented President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch over a legal defense fund set up to pay the Clintons' legal expenses during their time in the White House. The lawsuit was dismissed in 1995.[7][8] Libow acted as lead counsel on a broad range of matters, especially antitrust issues for clients such as British Airways and Microsoft.[9] [10] [11] Libow defended British Airways when the flag carrier was sued by Laker Airways for alleged monopolistic practices.[12] and when sued by the U.S. government for anti-competitive price-fixing.[13][14] Libow helped to prepare Bill Gates for his videotaped deposition in the mammoth United States v. Microsoft Corporation antitrust case.[15][16] Despite Gates's "evasive and nonresponsive" deposition, Microsoft prevailed on appeal to avoid being broken up by the trial court,[17] and the case was subsequently settled with the Department of Justice. Libow defended British Petroleum in a case in which British investors sought damages for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Plaintiffs argued that BP misled investors about the severity of the oil spill after BP's Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010. Libow argued in federal court that allowing the securities case against BP to go forward in Texas could expose the U.S. legal system to a slew of foreign securities lawsuits because the U.S. courts are viewed as a more favorable venue for investors in such disputes.[18] Libow successfully handled the complex settlement of all legal claims against BP stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Daryl A. Libow, 59". Westport Now. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. Teller, Sam (2006-06-05). "Al Jean & Mike Reiss". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  3. https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/3600689
  4. "Michael Breen Reflects Passing of Daryl Libow". 19 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. Owen Prell (9 July 2020). "Gather Ye Rosebuds Indeed". Medium. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. "Law Firm News". New York Times. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  7. Jeff Clabaugh (19 June 2006). "Former Clinton lawyer to head Sullivan & Cromwell D.C. office". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  8. "Handling Complex Mergers". Leaders Magazine. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. https://bartolicainwason.com/files/Washingtonian%20December%202007.pdf
  10. "Snapshot Sullivan & Cromwell in DC". Law 360. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  11. https://bannerwitcoff.com/media/_docs/library/articles/superlawyers_washingtonDC2014-1398314124000dd7d59b60d-pp%5B1%5D.pdf
  12. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-11th-circuit/1279810.html
  13. https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/plea-agreement-44
  14. "Handling Complex Mergers". National Law Journal. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  15. https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/84/9/2497700/
  16. https://archive.vn/20120524145641/http://news.com.com/2100-1023-214993.html
  17. https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/atr/legacy/2006/04/11/msjudge.pdf
  18. Collin Eaton (25 July 2014). "BP asks Texas judge to dismiss British lawsuits". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  19. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=daryl-libow&pid=190710653

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