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.

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  • 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
Massachusetts Enacts Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave and Sets Sights on $15 Minimum Wage
July 19, 2018
On June 28, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive bill requiring employers in the state to provide workers with paid family and medical leave. The bill, titled “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Have Your FMLA Forms Expired?
By Fanny A. Ferdman
July 16, 2018
As many of you know by now, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) maintains model forms to help employers meet the notice requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). What some of you may not know is that the forms you are...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Groundbreaking Austin Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to Take Effect This Fall
By Austin J. Brayley
July 9, 2018
In February 2018, the City of Austin, Texas became the first major southern city in the United States to enact a private sector paid sick and safe leave ordinance. The ordinance, which takes effect on Oct. 1, 2018, for employers with five...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Reminder: Beginning July 18, NYC Employers Are Required to Accommodate "Personal Events"
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo, Amy J. Traub
June 8, 2018
Most New York City employers are probably familiar with the Fair Workweek Law that went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, but surely not all New York City employers are. That is likely because until now, that law applied only to fast-food...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act Imposes Requirements That Must Be Implemented by June 4
By Saima Z. Sheikh
May 24, 2018
As we previously discussed in our earlier blog post, an amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect on May 5. That amended act, renamed the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, implements two major changes...
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