Kelly Librera is a partner in the firm’s New York litigation group who advises clients in white collar criminal matters, arbitrations, complex commercial litigation, fraud and securities, parallel proceedings, SEC/FINRA investigations, internal investigations, RICO claims, and litigation associated with mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Librera has argued cases before FINRA, the American Arbitration Association, and international arbitration panels and tribunals, as well as state and federal courts throughout the country. She has also represented indigent clients in criminal and civil rights cases.
Representative Complex Commercial Litigation Matters
- Representation of Macquarie Terminal Holdings LLC in a high-stakes dispute arbitrated before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association. Secured a $221 million arbitration award.
- Representation of Deutsche Bank AG and its subsidiaries, affiliates and employees in civil litigation arising out of a series of allegedly fraudulent tax shelters.
- Representation of Brazilian corporation Sadia S.A. in class action alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10(b)(5).
- Representation of International Terminals Company, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Company (USA) Inc., in litigation with Vopak North America, concerning alleged anti-competitive conduct.
- Representation of an international manufacturer of construction and mining equipment in a $19 million dispute arbitrated before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association.
- Representation of USI Holdings Corp. and its special committee in putative class action brought to enjoin its US$1.4 billion acquisition by GS Capital Partners.
- Representation of The Talbots, Inc. in litigation brought to enjoin its US$75 million sale of the J. Jill business to Golden Gate Capital.
- Representation of The Finish Line Inc. in expedited litigation concerning the financing of the merger between Finish Line and Genesco, Inc.
- Representation of MONY Group Inc. in class action litigation involving the marketing of so-called “vanishing premium” policies.
- Representation of UBS in litigation arising out of collapse of National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc.
- Representation of clearing bank and its employees in litigation arising out of Lehman bankruptcy.
- Representation of Ovalar Makine Ticaret Ve Sanayi, A.S. in a landmark Second Circuit case defining the standards for arbitrator evident partiality.
Representative White Collar Matters
- Representation of Deutsche Bank AG, Taunus Corporation, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, and related entities in criminal proceedings and related government investigations alleging $29 billion in unlawful tax benefits.
- Representation of an international investment company in connection with a Department of Justice investigation into allegedly fraudulent investment strategies.
- Representation of global financial services company in New York State Insurance Department investigation of alleged unauthorized sale of insurance products.
- Representation of a law firm in an internal investigation of its marketing and promotion of allegedly fraudulent tax shelters.
- Representation of a bio-technology company in connection with an SEC investigation of insider trading.
Representative Pro Bono Matters
- Representation of an indigent petitioner in a federal habeas corpus case that resulted in a reconstruction hearing on Batson v. Kentucky issues.
- Representation of plaintiffs in Aguilar v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, landmark case involving constitutional challenges to ICE home raids in the New York area.
Ms. Librera was named a New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2011.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Librera received a B.A. in History and Spanish in 1994 from the University of Virginia. She received a J.D. in 2001 from Georgetown University Law Center.