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Masha Heifetz represents institutional investors in litigation against issuers and underwriters of mortgage-backed securities and mortgage servicers. She has also represented a sovereign wealth fund in an international arbitration, as well as consumer goods companies in product liability and trademark disputes. In her pro bono practice, Masha has represented incarcerated clients in deportation proceedings. Masha is fluent in Russian and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French.
Kristina Mentone specializes in complex securities and commercial litigation. Ms. Mentone currently represents the FDIC in its role as receiver for several failed banks in litigation against issuers and underwriters of residential mortgage-backed securities.
Previously, Ms. Mentone represented plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes disputes related to a variety of financial investments. Ms. Mentone also has experience with internal and regulatory investigations related to securities and accounting regulation.
Silvia Ostrower currently represents the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and other institutional investors in RMBS litigation. She also represents health plans and out-patients in an antitrust class action for monopolization against a major laboratory testing company.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Ostrower represented leading companies in antitrust, RICO, breach of contract, tort, and estate disputes. She also represented a foreign government in an international arbitration. Ms. Ostrower is bilingual (Spanish/English).
Jisun Park represents the FDIC on a number of RMBS actions, one of which resulted in a favorable settlement shortly before trial. She is also a member of the team representing the Federal Home Loan Banks of San Francisco and Seattle. Ms. Park has experience in all phases of civil litigation, from discovery through trial. Before joining the firm, Ms. Park represented corporate clients in a wide variety of matters in state and federal courts, ranging from securities class actions to breach of contract cases to antitrust matters.
Michael M. Pomerantz represents clients in a broad range of high-stakes, complex commercial disputes, with a focus on financial products and markets. Mr. Pomerantz has represented an international finance company in litigation over interest rate and currency swap transactions; international trading conglomerates in litigation over foreign exchange transactions and other derivatives; a well-known commodities expert in litigation over the transfer of assets from a commodities index fund; a broker-dealer in an industry-wide dispute involving the “when-issued” securities market; and an international trading conglomerate in litigation over long-term fixed-price fuel contracts. He also has represented clients in multi-million dollar litigations involving complex contracts, tax, antitrust, bankruptcy, and product liability.
Mr. Pomerantz currently is part of the teams representing the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and the FDIC in their multi-billion dollar actions against securities dealers to rescind the purchase of certificates backed by residential mortgage loans.
Leanne Wilson advises investors and other financial institutions in litigation arising out of complex financial transactions. She represents a trustee of two RMBS trusts on a loan repurchase case in the Supreme Court of New York. She advises distressed credit funds on their rights under transaction agreements for ABS and CDOs and has helped to negotiate favorable out-of-court settlements on behalf of those clients. Ms. Wilson is also a member of the team representing the Federal Home Loan Banks of San Francisco and Seattle. Before joining the firm, Ms. Wilson represented companies in cases on appeal to appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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