A. Mackenna White

Associate

New York
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Overview

Mackenna White draws on her diverse experience working domestically and throughout a number of foreign jurisdictions to inform her current litigation practice. She has a broad understanding of the complexities of domestic and international legal systems, which makes her a strong asset to clients navigating their way through a multitude of courts.
Mackenna additionally focuses her practice in the areas of employment and labor law. She assists clients in a variety of matters, including advising clients on their obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour law. Mackenna is a contributor to BakerHostetler’s Employment Law Spotlight blog.

Select Experience

  • Mackenna focuses on the investigation of, and litigation against, international banks and feeder funds for the return of assets to the debtor estate in connection BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel to the SIPA Trustee in the ongoing liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Mackenna has extensive experience working with foreign prosecutors, including prosecutors in Austria and Liechtenstein, in their investigation of certain banks and individuals for violations of foreign securities laws, bank fraud, and money laundering.
  • Assisted in the defense of a hospital in an action alleging unauthorized disclosure of protected health information.
  • Mackenna has experience representing a guarantor in an action to enforce a guaranty brought by a U.S. government agency providing funding to businesses in the private sector.
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Experience

  • Mackenna focuses on the investigation of, and litigation against, international banks and feeder funds for the return of assets to the debtor estate in connection BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel to the SIPA Trustee in the ongoing liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Mackenna has extensive experience working with foreign prosecutors, including prosecutors in Austria and Liechtenstein, in their investigation of certain banks and individuals for violations of foreign securities laws, bank fraud, and money laundering.
  • Assisted in the defense of a hospital in an action alleging unauthorized disclosure of protected health information.
  • Mackenna has experience representing a guarantor in an action to enforce a guaranty brought by a U.S. government agency providing funding to businesses in the private sector. 
  • Mackenna assisted a not-for-profit university in determining the compliance of their unpaid internship program under the Fair Labor Standard Act. 
  • Mackenna drafted employee compensation policies for a national shipping logistics and worldwide transport company. 
  • Mackenna is working with an international NGO on constitutional class actions pending before the Nairobi High Court of Justice for violations of constitutional and international human rights. She worked with the client to determine standing and retroactive application of laws against crimes against humanity. She assisted the client in preparing an amicus brief recommending the amendment of national law in Kenya and, further, in bringing allegations of injury against prominent Kenyan individuals without fear of repercussions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2013 to 2016)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association 
  • New York City Bar Association: International Human Rights Committee 
  • Subcommittee to End Human Trafficking in New York City
  • Subcommittee on Human Rights in Iran 

News

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Community

  • Through work with inMotion, an organization that provides free legal services to low-income women, Mackenna handled an uncontested divorce matter.

Prior Positions

  • International corporate firm: Tokyo, Japan 
  • United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • New York, 2010

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2008,
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004,

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
State Court Asked to ‘Weigh In' on Whether Obesity Constitutes an Impairment Under Anti-Discrimination Law
October 16, 2018
On Sept. 17, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether obesity qualifies as an “impairment” and thus a “disability” under the state’s anti-discrimination law. The case...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Employers Speak Out on Proposed Changes to FLSA Overtime Rule
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
October 10, 2018
On Sept. 14, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) conducted a fourth public listening session on proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemption. The session was one of four public listening sessions offered by...
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Employment Law Spotlight
What Is the State of Joint Employment?
By Todd H. Lebowitz
October 7, 2018
Each January, the President gives a State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Throughout the speech, as the President touts his agenda and vision, half the audience cheers wildly, while the other half makes frowny faces...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Sexual Harassment Guidance Finalized
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo, Amy J. Traub
October 2, 2018
UPDATE – On Oct. 1, 2018, the state of New York released final guidance on the anti-sexual harassment measures that were passed in the 2018-2019 New York state budget. Perhaps the most important (and welcomed) change in the guidance is...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York Attorney General's Office Reaches Another Settlement Over Non-Competes
By Saima Z. Sheikh
September 25, 2018
Last week, the Office of the New York Attorney General (NYAG’s Office) reached a settlement with WeWork, a New York City-based company that provides shared “co-work” spaces nationwide and internationally – and, notably, is one of the...
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