Experience

    • NRG Yield in a securities class action litigation.
    • MetLife, its Board of Directors and certain officers in securities class action and derivative litigation arising from the company’s practices with regard to unclaimed life insurance benefits.
    • Barrick Gold Corporation, a Canadian mining company, and three of its current and former executives in a securities class action arising from alleged misrepresentations regarding the predicted cost, timing and production estimates of a multibillion dollar gold and silver mining development in South America.
    • Syncora Holdings (previously Security Capital Assurance, Inc.) and four former executives in the successful dismissal of a securities class action alleging that Syncora misrepresented and failed to disclose its exposure to subprime-related risk.
    • Providence Equity Partners in winning summary judgment in the Delaware Court of Chancery, affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court, in a shareholder class action lawsuit challenging Providence’s $1.9 billion acquisition of SRA International.
    • The Board of Directors of Monsanto in its $66 billion sale to Bayer.
    • The Special Committee and independent members of the Board of Directors of Dell in defeating requests for a preliminary injunction and obtaining dismissal of 26 stockholder class actions challenging $25 billion going-private transaction.
    • Independent directors of News Corporation in allegations relating to phone-hacking in the United Kingdom.
    • Providence Equity Partners in winning summary judgment in a shareholder class action lawsuit arising from Providence’s $1.9 billion acquisition of SRA International.
    • Security Capital Assurance in the successful dismissal -- on a motion to dismiss -- of securities class action claims alleging that SCA misstated, or failed to disclose, information on a registration statement and a prospectus concerning its alleged exposure to subprime- and CDO-related risks.
    • A major global insurer in multiple shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits challenging practices with regard to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefits.
    • Barrick Gold and seven of its current and former officers and directors in a securities class action arising from the development of a mining project in South America.
    • Disney, NBC Universal and CBS Broadcasting in a copyright dispute with Aereo, which intercepts their over-the-air broadcast signals, converts them and retransmits those broadcasts over the internet.
    • Protective Life in its $5.7 billion merger with a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life, a life insurance company listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.
    • Juan Sebastian Montes, a former executive of Petroleos de Venezuela, in litigation involving the Michael Kenwood Group.
    • CIFG Assurance North America as a plaintiff in a successful action – won on an early, pre-discovery summary judgment motion – for breach of a reinsurance contract.
    • The former Chief Financial Officer of Hertz in securities class action litigation arising from restatement of Hertz’s financial results.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, 2005, J.D.
  • University of California at Berkeley, 2001, Ph.D.
  • Wesleyan University, 1994, B.A.