Cynthia Hanawalt focuses her practice on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors.She is currently prosecuting In re MF Global Holdings Limited Securities Litigation and In re Chesapeake Energy Corp. Securities Litigation (Weinstein et al. v. McClendon et al.).Recently she played a key role in litigating In re Computer Sciences Corporation Securities Litigation, where the firm secured a $97.5 million settlement (pending court approval) on behalf of lead plaintiff Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, and she has been active in Labaton Sucharow's prosecution of fraudulent activity in the securitization and sale of mortgage-backed securities on behalf of domestic and international investors. She also has substantial appellate experience. She is the co-author of "The Evolving Legacy of Fait v. Regions Financial," New York Law Journal, May 3, 2013.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Cynthia was an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP and McKee Nelson LLP, where she represented clients in state and federal securities litigation, typically involving asset-backed securities or CDOs, and in other complex commercial litigation matters. She co-authored the articles "Theory of Implied Misrepresentation in Securities Fraud Cases," New York Law Journal, April 5, 2010 and "Dodd-Frank: Rating Agencies and the ABS Market," Law360, January 25, 2011. She was also honored for her pro bono work at the firm, which included representation of a Texas inmate's federal habeas proceedings in a capital case.
Cynthia began her career as an associate at The Boston Consulting Group, where she identified new venture opportunities and developed business plans for a variety of consumer goods and biotechnology clients.
Cynthia received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned a Masters Degree in Law and Economics from Università di Bologna in Italy. Cynthia received a B.A., cum laude, in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, where she was presented with the William J. Griffith University Service Award.