Ona T. Wang

Partner

New York
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Ona Wang focuses her practice on civil, regulatory, and criminal matters, with an emphasis on matters related to finances and untangling and defending against charges of fraud. She is a problem-solver and takes a measured approach to her defense of clients. An active member of the legal community, Ona has developed a strong network of peers and has earned her reputation as a committed litigator.

Committed to public service and diversity initiatives, Ona is Vice Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and a member of the firm’s Women’s Committee.

Select Experience

  • Ona is a member of the legal team handling the investigation and litigation arising from BakerHostetler’s court-appointment as counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Since 2009, she has led multiple legal teams that have commenced avoidance actions—against certain insiders, former BLMIS employees and other related individuals—seeking to recover assets for the BLMIS Customer Fund, for the benefit of the defrauded customers of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
  • Since 2011, has been part of the team representing John J. Carney, the court-appointed Receiver of the Michael Kenwood Group, LLC, an international investment advisor (SEC v. Illarramendi et al., 11–CV–00078 (D. Conn.)). As counsel to the Receiver, is responsible for investigation and recovery of misappropriated investor assets from what has been characterized as the largest Ponzi scheme in Connecticut history.
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Experience

  • Ona is a member of the legal team handling the investigation and litigation arising from BakerHostetler’s court-appointment as counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Since 2009, she has led multiple legal teams that have commenced avoidance actions—against certain insiders, former BLMIS employees and other related individuals—seeking to recover assets for the BLMIS Customer Fund, for the benefit of the defrauded customers of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
  • Since 2011, has been part of the team representing John J. Carney, the court-appointed Receiver of the Michael Kenwood Group, LLC, an international investment advisor (SEC v. Illarramendi et al., 11–CV–00078 (D. Conn.)). As counsel to the Receiver, is responsible for investigation and recovery of misappropriated investor assets from what has been characterized as the largest Ponzi scheme in Connecticut history.

Recognitions

  • New York Law Journal "Lawyers Who Lead by Example" (Pro Bono) (2014)
  • New York "Super Lawyer" (2014)

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association: Secretary and Executive Committee
    • Federal Legislation Committee
    • Former member of the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law

Pro Bono

  • Involved in putative class action addressing the way in which the State of Mississippi delivers mental health services to underprivileged children.
  • Represented individuals in capital post-conviction litigation at state and federal levels with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama.

Services

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1998 to 2000)
  • Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Programming Committee: Member

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001
  • New York, 1999
  • Connecticut, 1998

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1998, cum laude;  Executive Editor, New York University Review of Law and Social Change
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1995
  • A.B., Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, 1988,  cum laude