OverviewSerena Hallowell focuses on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors. Currently, she is actively prosecuting In re Intuitive Surgical Securities Litigation, In re Genworth Financial, Inc. Securities Litigation, and Schaffer v. Horizon Pharma PLC et al. In addition to her litigation responsibilities, Serena also serves as Co-Chair of the Firm's Women's Networking and Mentoring Initiative.
Recently, Serena was named as a 2016 Class Action Rising Star by Law360 and recommended by The Legal 500 in the field of Securities Litigation. In In re Barrick Gold Securities Litigation, Serena was part of a highly skilled team that reached a $140 million settlement against one of the world's largest gold mining companies. Playing a principal role in prosecuting In re Computer Sciences Corporation Securities Litigation in a "rocket docket" jurisdiction, she helped secure a settlement of $97.5 million on behalf of lead plaintiff Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, the third largest all cash settlement in the Fourth Circuit. She was also instrumental in securing a $48 million recovery in Medoff v. CVS Caremark Corporation, as well as a $41.5 million settlement in In re NII Holdings, Inc. Securities Litigation.
Serena also has broad appellate and trial experience. Most recently, she participated in the successful appeal of the CVS matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In addition, Serena previously played a key role in securing a favorable jury verdict in one of the few securities fraud class action suits to proceed to trial.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Serena was an attorney at Ohrenstein & Brown LLP, where she participated in various federal and state commercial litigation matters. During her time there, she also defended financial companies in regulatory proceedings and assisted in high profile litigation matters in connection with mutual funds trading investigations.
Serena received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she served as the Note Editor for the Journal of Science & Technology Law. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College.
Serena is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Federal Bar Council, and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), where she serves on the Women's Initiatives Leadership Boot Camp Planning Committee. She also devotes time to pro bono work with the Securities Arbitration Clinic at Brooklyn Law School.
She is conversational in Urdu/Hindi.
Boston University School of Law
B.A., Political Science, 1999
Settled | Resolved Cases
- In re Barrick Gold Securities Litigation
- In re Coinstar Inc. Securities Litigation
- In re Computer Sciences Corporation Securities Litigation
- Massachusetts Bricklayers and Masons Trust Funds v. Deutsche Alt-A Securities, Inc., et al. (Deutsche Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Securities Litigation)
- Medoff v. CVS Caremark Corporation et al
- In re NII Holdings, Inc. Securities Litigation
2004, New York
U.S. Court of Appeals
2012, First Circuit
2011, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court
2006, Southern District of New York
2006, Eastern District of New York
In the News
- Press Release, Labaton Sucharow Achieves Recovery in Suit over Latin American Gold Mining Project (05/31/2016)
- Press Release, Labaton Sucharow Recovers $41.5 Million in Securities Class Action Against Multinational Communications Co. Executives (04/19/2016)
- Law360, Rising Star: Labaton Sucharow's Serena Hallowell (04/04/2016)
- Law360, What Associates Need to Do to Stand Out (01/14/2015)
- Law360, Judge Trims Intuitive Surgery Device Securities Class Action (08/22/2014)
Published & Presented
- National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), Women's Initiatives Leadership Boot Camp (Moderator) (05/01/2015)
- Labaton Sucharow, Trial Advocacy and Class Actions – Available Pre-Trial Tools To Deal with Evidentiary Issues of Admissibility and Authentication (Speaker) (09/30/2014)
- New York Law Journal, Does 'Dukes' Require Full 'Daubert' Scrutiny at Class Certification? (11/25/2011)