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Kay Ellsworth is a co-founder of the firm. She specializes in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including securities, franchise, and business tort litigation, as well as insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration.
Ms. Ellsworth currently focuses her practice on pursuing recovery on behalf of institutional investors for securities law and other violations relating to structured securities, especially mortgage-backed securities.
Previously, Ms. Ellsworth represented clients and won trials and arbitrations involving franchise disputes, reinsurance claims, alleged breaches of contract, claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and a variety of other commercial torts.
describes Ms. Ellsworth as a “sparkler” in the courtroom.
David Grais is a co-founder of the firm. He was one of the first litigators to focus on securities backed by subprime and Alt-A mortgage loans. He is a prominent advocate for investors in structured finance securities, especially mortgage-backed securities and has written and spoken widely on the issues.
calls Mr. Grais the “new nemesis” of the mortgage-backed securities industry.
In his three decades of practice, Mr. Grais has won several dozen trials and arbitrations, involving mainly reinsurance and the performance of complex computer, satellite, telecom, and other technical systems.
describes Mr. Grais as an “aggressive and proactive lawyer and a brilliant thinker.” He is a member of the American Law Institute.
Outside the office, Mr. Grais is a director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Westchester and Hudson Valley chapter, and a former director of the Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra and the Battery Dance Company.
Kate Matthews is an experienced litigator, specializing in complex commercial and securities litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Ms. Matthews currently represents the FDIC in its role as receiver for a number of failed banks in actions seeking to recover damages arising out of the banks’ investments in residential mortgage-backed securities.
Previously, Ms. Matthews represented clients in a variety of complex disputes, including investor suits arising out of alleged wrongdoing in the insurance placement process and a consolidation of more than 300 class actions alleging misconduct in the initial public offering of internet and other high technology companies. Ms. Matthews also has represented plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes disputes relating to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by directors and offers of a public company, the interpretation and enforcement of reinsurance contracts, and the bidding process leading to the award of a lucrative public contract.
Vickie Reznik represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including securities, corporate governance and counseling, regulatory investigations, M&A, and bankruptcy litigation. As trial counsel, Ms. Reznik has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. She has successfully litigated multi-million dollar cases for a variety of private and Fortune 500 companies and has represented clients in hearings and trials in federal and state courts across the country.
Ms. Reznik currently represents the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and The Charles Schwab Corporation in their litigation against securities dealers to rescind the purchase of certificates backed by residential mortgage loans. Also, Ms. Reznik recently represented the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle in connection with multi-billion dollar claims against leading Wall Street banks arising from the purchase of residential mortgage-backed securities, and the FDIC in its role as receiver for a number of failed banks in actions seeking to recover damages arising out of the banks’ investments in residential mortgage-backed securities.
Previously, Ms. Reznik represented a leading competitive energy company in its successful defense against a hostile takeover bid, including an expedited trial and related class action suits; an independent oil and gas exploration company in evidentiary hearings and an expedited adversary proceeding as part of its successful Chapter 11 restructuring; a leading financial advisory services firm in its successful defense against fraudulent misrepresentation claims arising out of a bankruptcy asset sale, and a global financial services firm in SEC investigations and arbitrations related to research conflicts.
Lourdes Slater is a seasoned litigator with over 25 years of experience in federal and state courts and various arbitration forums. Ms. Slater has extensive experience litigating securities, insurance, reinsurance, and complex civil cases. Ms. Slater has advised clients on the European Data Privacy Protection Act and its application in U.S. actions and has extensive experience with privacy law and compliance regulations, including in the implementation of proper procedures to handle and secure data implicating personally identifiable information.
Ms. Slater currently represents several plaintiffs in multi-billion dollar claims under federal and state securities laws arising from the purchase of residential mortgage-backed securities and, in that role, she leads the teams’ discovery management efforts.
Before her work on RMBS, Ms. Slater represented the Securities Investor Protection Corporation and oversaw all service, procedures, and discovery issues arising out of the 1,000 + actions filed by the Trustee in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
Ms. Slater is a pioneer in combining legal, technology, and project management knowledge to save time and money in e-discovery. A team builder and skilled negotiator, she has saved clients millions of dollars in everything from thorny discovery disputes to vendor procurement, auditing, and contracting. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei and a lecturer on ESI and data privacy topics at various law schools and panels.
Ms. Slater is also the Founder and CEO of Karta Legal LLC. Karta Legal is a new breed of consulting aimed at merging law and technology under the umbrella of lean process improvement and project management to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Visit kartalegal.com to learn more about it.
Outside the office, Ms. Slater is a Director of the Board and a Philanthropy Committee Member of Birch Family Services, Inc., a non-profit organization serving the needs of children and adults with disabilities in New York City.
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