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Lori Van Auken is a noted complex commercial litigator with extensive first-chair experience in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, internal investigations, restructuring and M&A disputes. She has deep experience in all phases of state and federal court litigation and arbitration, including trials and appeals. Lori specializes in litigating high-profile cases affecting Fortune 50 companies across multiple business sectors, including financial services, insurance and telecommunications.

She has more than 30 years’ experience with matters involving financial crisis securities litigation, complex insurance fraud litigation, SEC regulatory proceedings, corporate M&A/governance counseling, nationwide antitrust class actions, intellectual property litigation, employment and whistleblower claims, and workout and debtor/creditor litigation.

In December 2020, Lori expects to be awarded certification in cybersecurity from the Harvard University Extension School following her successful completion of a two-year graduate program there, as well as certification as an information privacy professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Lori also maintains a strong pro bono practice supporting death penalty, domestic violence, immigration and nonprofit work. She is a former Thurgood Marshall Award winner from the New York State Bar Association in recognition of her pro bono work on behalf of a death row inmate in Tennessee, and a Thomas L. Sager Award recipient by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for creation of a successful diversity initiative with a client company.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • New York State Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award, 2008
    • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Thomas L. Sager Award, Commending Creation of Diversity Initiative with Client, 2000
    • Wandell School Education Foundation, 2006-2011; Vice President, 2010-2011, Secretary, 2009-2010, Trustee, 2006-2011, Parent Leadership Award, 2010
    • SR Residents – NJ, A Nonprofit Corporation, Secretary and Trustee, 2020-Present
    • Wandell School Education Foundation, 2006-2011; Vice President, 2010-2011, Secretary, 2009-2010, Trustee, 2006-2011, Parent Leadership Award, 2010
    • SR Residents – NJ, A Nonprofit Corporation, Secretary and Trustee, 2020-Present
    • SR Residents – NJ, A Nonprofit Corporation, Secretary and Trustee, 2020-Present
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York City Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Council, Sustaining Member
    • Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA)
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    • New York City Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Council, Sustaining Member
    • Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA)
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    • Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA)
    • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
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Representative Experience

  • Lead defense counsel for global investment banks in multiple residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities fraud cases.
  • Represented major telecom company in landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, dismissing nationwide antitrust consumer class action.
  • Recovered record amount of insurance proceeds from insurers of Fortune Five conglomerate in complex litigation, arbitration, and regulatory proceedings in the U.S., U.K. and Bermuda stemming from company’s environmental cleanup and other long-tail liability exposures.
  • Lead counsel for top annuity and life insurance company in corporate governance, employment, and related matters involving recent spin-off.
  • Obtained permanent injunction following three-week bench trial for major telecom company banning competitor’s nationwide false advertising campaign.
  • Defended broker-dealer in FINRA arbitration and federal court action alleging restrictive covenant violations and trade secrets theft.
  • Defeated SOX whistleblower claims against brokerage firm in parallel federal court and OSHA proceedings.
  • Defended entrepreneur in high-profile DOJ criminal prosecution under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving oil industry privatization in Azerbaijan.
  • Won several patent, trademark and copyright infringement actions for clients in the retail, food and CPG industries.
  • Represented public companies and private equity firms in bankruptcy, loan workout, and foreclosure litigation.