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
New Year Brings New Requirements For Calculating Tipped Employee Wages In Massachusetts
By Shawn N. Butte, Emily R. Fedeles, Melinda L. McLellan
January 2, 2019
Earlier this year, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive bill titled “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and the Sales Tax Holiday,” which brought a variety of new protections for employees in Massachusetts...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Reminder: NJ Sick Leave Act Becomes Effective This Month
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
October 22, 2018
Reminder – Earlier this year (as we reported in this post), the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (NJPSLA) was approved. The NJPSLA mandates that employees will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of...
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Employment Law Spotlight
State Court Asked to ‘Weigh In' on Whether Obesity Constitutes an Impairment Under Anti-Discrimination Law
By Jacob A. Bruner
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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