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From the Trenches: High Profile Trials 2013

 
Author(s): Reed Brodsky, Maria E. Douvas
Practice Area: Litigation
Published: Dec 2013
PLI Item #: 52168
CHB Spine #: H934, H935

Maria Douvas is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and vice chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice. She is a former federal prosecutor with more than fifteen years of experience in a wide variety of criminal and civil enforcement matters. Ms. Douvas’s practice focuses on representing entities and individuals in connection with regulatory, white-collar criminal, and securities litigation matters. She also advises clients on compliance matters and internal investigations. Ms. Douvas has in-depth experience representing domestic and foreign companies (as well as their directors, officers and employees) in investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, theft of trade secrets, price-fixing, and money laundering. She has also represented clients in securities and other complex commercial litigation.

Recent Representations

  • A large Korean conglomerate in an internal investigation into the misappropriation of trade secrets
  • A former portfolio manager of the hedge fund division of a U.K. alternative investment management company in an SEC and FCA investigation
  • An options trader in connection with the investigation by the CFTC for alleged price-manipulation of ISDAfix
  • A foreign exchange trader in connection with the investigation by the FCA and DOJ into alleged currency market manipulation
  • An officer of a public company against SEC allegations of accounting fraud
  • A chief compliance officer of a registered broker dealer in connection with an investigation by the SEC regarding compliance issues around dark pools
  • A foreign bank in litigation involving structured asset-backed securities
  • A bank in connection with allegations of money laundering and internal control deficiencies by banking regulators and the DOJ
  • A foreign bank in connection with a FINRA investigation involving allegations of mismarking
  • An individual against allegations of price-fixing and bid rigging in an investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Individuals in insider trading cases conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA
  • Recognized by New York Super Lawyers as a leading attorney in Manhattan
  • Recognized as one of New York Law Journal's 2014 Rising Stars

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Spoken before various bar associations and trade groups, including the Practicing Law Institute, the American College of Investment Counsel, the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and Lawline
  • Co-Chair, "From the Trenches: High Profile Trials 2013," PLI, New York, NY, December 2013
  • Moderator, “The Law of Insider Trading In Today’s Regulatory Environment,” ACIC 2011 Annual Meeting and Education Conference, New York, NY, October 2011
  • Panelist, “Parallel Investigations and Proceedings by the SEC and the DOJ,” Lawline.com, New York, NY, October 2011
  • Panelist, “Compliance Challenges with the New and Current Anti-Corruption Legislation,” 2011 AML Compliance Conference, New York, NY, June 2011

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force
  • Served in the Southern District of New York’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property group
  • Member of the American Bar Association and its FCPA Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section’s White-Collar Crime Committee
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association
  • Member of the Federal Bar Council
  • Admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Columbia University, B.A., 1995


Reed Brodsky is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office.  He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and litigator best known for his success as lead trial counsel in two of the most high-profile white collar criminal cases in recent memory, United States v. Raj Rajaratnam in 2011, and United States v. Rajat Gupta in 2012.  Within the last year at Gibson Dunn, Mr. Brodsky was a lead trial attorney in two high-profile complex commercial trials, representing Chevron Corporation in Chevron v. Donziger et al. in 2013 and AlixPartners in AlixPartners v. Thompson et al. in 2014.  Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Brodsky spent eight years serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he won all seven of his white collar criminal trials and many non-white collar trials.  Mr. Brodsky is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Crisis Management, Securities Enforcement, and White Collar Defense and Investigations Groups. 

Mr. Brodsky is a seasoned trial lawyer with an outstanding track record.  He has been called a “tenacious” and “tireless” advocate by commentators, colleagues and adversaries alike.  The New York Times described Mr. Brodsky as an “animated” “work horse” who “endear[s] himself to juries with impassioned, eloquent presentation.”  The Wall Street Journal noted Mr. Brodsky has a “legendary work ethic” and “string of victories.”  Reuters described Mr. Brodsky as “a commanding presence in the courtroom” who impresses with his “blistering cross-examination.”  The New York Post said Mr. Brodsky is “known for winning … and ferocity.”  And The New Yorker described him as an “ebullient and aggressive” “trial animal.” 

Mr. Brodsky’s areas of practice include trial work, white collar crime, securities enforcement proceedings, corporate internal investigations, compliance counseling and complex civil litigation.  Mr. Brodsky has extensive experience representing institutions, hedge funds, issuers of securities, board committees and individuals in connection with investigations, litigation and SEC enforcement proceedings under the federal securities laws.  Mr. Brodsky has counseled numerous hedge funds on securities trading and compliance matters. 

Mr. Brodsky has received national recognition and many awards for his achievements and litigation skills.  In 2012, Mr. Brodsky received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service; and in 2013, Mr. Brodsky received the Executive Office of U.S. Attorney’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team.  Lawdragon Magazine cited Mr. Brodsky among the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” in 2012.  Ethisphere Magazine named him one of 14 “Government Stars” in 2011.