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Irina Vasilchenko is a Partner in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP and head of the Firm’s Associate Training Program. Irina focuses on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors and has over a decade of experience in such litigation.
Irina is recognized as an up-and-coming litigator whose legal accomplishments transcend her age. She has been named repeatedly to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under List” and also has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation and a “Rising Star” by Law360, one of only six securities attorneys in its 2020 list. Additionally, Lawdragon has named her one of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America.”
Currently, Irina is involved in prosecuting the high-profile case against financial industry leader Goldman Sachs, In re Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Securities Litigation, arising from its Abacus and other subprime mortgage-backed CDOs during the Financial Crisis, including defending against an appeal of the class certification order to the U.S. Supreme Court and to the Second Circuit. She is also actively prosecuting Weston v. DocuSign, Inc.; In re Teladoc Health, Inc. Securities Litigation; and Meitav Dash Provident Funds and Pension Ltd. v. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.
Recently, Irina played a pivotal role in securing a historic $192.5 million settlement for investors in energy company SCANA Corp. over a failed nuclear reactor project in South Carolina, as well as a $19 million settlement in a shareholders' suit against Daimler AG over its Mercedes Benz diesel emissions scandal. Since joining Labaton Sucharow, she also has been a key member of the Firm's teams that have obtained favorable settlements for investors in numerous securities cases, including In re Massey Energy Co. Securities Litigation ($265 million settlement); In re Fannie Mae 2008 Securities Litigation ($170 million settlement); In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation ($95 million settlement); In re Hewlett-Packard Company Securities Litigation ($57 million settlement); Vancouver Alumni Asset Holdings Inc. v. Daimler A.G. ($19 million settlement); Perrelouis v. Gogo Inc. ($17.3 million); In re Acuity Brands, Inc. Securities Litigation ($15.75 million settlement); and In re Extreme Networks, Inc. Securities Litigation ($7 million settlement).
Irina maintains a commitment to pro bono legal service, including representing an indigent defendant in a criminal appeal case before the New York First Appellate Division, in association with the Office of the Appellate Defender. As part of this representation, she argued the appeal before the First Department panel. Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Irina was an Associate in the general litigation practice group at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she focused on securities litigation.
She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association.
Irina received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Boston University Law Review and was the G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar, the Paul L. Liacos Distinguished Scholar, and the Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. Irina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University.
Irina is fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish.
2008, New York
2021, U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals
2019, Second Circuit
2020, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court
2011, Southern District of New York
2011, Eastern District of New York