Partners David Schwartz, Irina Vasilchenko, and Ned Weinberger have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot list. The list recognizes the most notable up-and-coming litigation lawyers in the United States. Honorees were chosen based on their recent case work, peer review, and client feedback.
David Schwartz focuses on event driven and special situation litigation to enhance clients’ investment return, and has extensive experience prosecuting against securities and corporate governance actions for hedge funds, merger arbitrage investors, pension funds, mutual funds, and asset management companies. He played a pivotal role in several securities class action cases, including against investment management firm Virtus Investment Partners, which resulted in a $22 million settlement. David has also done substantial work in mergers and acquisitions appraisal litigation, and direct action/opt-out litigation.
Irina Vasilchenko focuses on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases. She has been part of the Firm’s teams that have litigated major securities class actions against Massey Energy ($265 million all-cash settlement), Fannie Mae ($170 million settlement), Amgen ($95 million settlement), and Hewlett-Packard ($57 million settlement). Currently, she is actively prosecuting In re Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Securities Litigation, In re SCANA Corporation Securities Litigation, and Vancouver Alumni Asset Holdings, Inc. v. Daimler AG. Irina is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Women in the Courts Task Force.
Ned Weinberger leads Labaton Sucharow’s Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights Litigation Practice. Ned is currently prosecuting In re Dell Technologies Inc. Class V Stockholders Litigation, which alleges Dell’s controlling stockholders expropriated billions of dollars in value from Dell stockholders in connection with a $14 billion stock swap transaction. He recently led a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit challenging a series of decisions made by the board of AGNC Investment Corp., a mortgage REIT, including paying exorbitant annual fee payments to the company’s external asset manager, and then, acquiring that manager for an inflated price. The case settled for $35.5 million.