Albert G. Lin

Counsel

Columbus
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Overview

Albert Lin’s practice focuses on complex litigation, with notable experience in financial services, government regulation and enforcement, and appeals. Albert often leads teams in material litigation where liability exceeds $10 million or challenges a company’s right to do business. He works closely with clients to develop and implement a focused and cost-effective litigation plan to achieve excellent business results. These strategies vary depending on the client’s goals, and can range from pre-complaint settlement, pairing litigation with government advocacy, or decision at trial.

Albert’s practice is informed by his understanding of government. As General Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, Albert was the primary manager for securities litigation involving the State of Ohio. While with the A.G.’s office, Albert negotiated the resolution of two of the largest securities class actions in U.S. history, In re Marsh & McLennan Sec. Litig. ($400 million) and In re AIG Sec. Litig. ($1.01 billion). In private practice, Albert often works with local, state and federal officeholders to help achieve the client’s business goals.

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Corporate Litigation
  • Represented hedge funds in complex securities litigation and fraudulent conveyance actions relating to investments in a Ponzi scheme. Case settled favorably.
  • Represented large regional bank in multiple major bank fraud matters, including theft by a senior executive, stolen tax refunds and counterfeit checks. Enjoined dissipation of assets and successfully sought recovery from defendants, their assets and fraudulent conveyees.
Government Enforcement and Regulation
  • Defended mobile ride-sharing company in litigation seeking to prevent operation within major Ohio city. Coordinated litigation with lobbying efforts, obtained a favorable resolution and enjoined city from disclosing proprietary information to the media.
  • Represented casino company in regulatory proceedings before Ohio Casino Control Commission and Ohio Lottery Commission, including casino licensure, employee licensure, administrative hearings and regulatory appeals.
Appeals
  • Represented casino company in appeals challenging constitutionality of gaming regulations in Ohio. Won 2017 “Best Brief” Award in the Ohio Supreme Court. Cases dismissed at the pleadings stage.
  • Defended large financial services company in class action alleging consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices in management of mortgage loans. Primary brief writer before Sixth Circuit. Case dismissed at pleadings stage.
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Experience

Corporate Litigation
  • Represented hedge funds in complex securities litigation and fraudulent conveyance actions relating to investments in a Ponzi scheme. Case settled favorably.
  • Represented large regional bank in multiple major bank fraud matters, including theft by a senior executive, stolen tax refunds and counterfeit checks. Enjoined dissipation of assets and successfully sought recovery from defendants, their assets and fraudulent conveyees.
  • Defended international vehicle equipment manufacturer in litigation brought by business consultant relating to competitive bidding process for global supplier base.
  • Represented audit committee of publicly traded manufacturer in internal investigation relating to allegations of improper earnings management and accounting fraud.
Government Enforcement and Regulation
  • Defended mobile ride-sharing company in litigation seeking to prevent operation within major Ohio city. Coordinated litigation with lobbying efforts, obtained a favorable resolution and enjoined city from disclosing proprietary information to the media.
  • Represented casino company in regulatory proceedings before Ohio Casino Control Commission and Ohio Lottery Commission, including casino licensure, employee licensure, administrative hearings and regulatory appeals.
  • Represented government agency in litigation against operating companies in dispute over landfill that was not compliant with environmental regulations.
  • Routinely provide regulatory advice regarding Bank Secrecy Act, consumer finance, gaming, public records, and other federal, state and local compliance.
Appeals
  • Represented casino company in appeals challenging constitutionality of gaming regulations in Ohio. Won 2017 “Best Brief” Award in the Ohio Supreme Court. Cases dismissed at the pleadings stage.
  • Defended large financial services company in class action alleging consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices in management of mortgage loans. Primary brief writer before Sixth Circuit. Case dismissed at pleadings stage.
  • Represented international pharmaceutical manufacturer in multi-district product liability action in the Sixth Circuit. Case settled favorably.
Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • Led securities litigation team, which negotiated settlements in excess of $2 billion, and initiated shareholder claims against companies involved in the 2008 financial crisis.Cases include: In re AIG Sec. Litig. ($1.01 billion settlement); In re Marsh & McClennan Sec. Litig. ($400 million settlement); and In re Bank of Am. Sec. Litig. (case initiated; $2.45 billion settlement in subsequent administration).
  • Oversaw investigation relating to allegations of criminal contempt and improper suppression of evidence arising under prior administration.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Ohio: Appellate Practice (2018 to present)
    • Ohio: Litigation -- Securities (2019)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Supreme Court Best Brief Award: State ex rel Walgate v. Kasich (2017)
  • Ohio Asian Awards, Business Leader Award (2015)

Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Supreme Court Best Brief Award Committee: Co-Chair (2016 to 2018)

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Executive Committee (2014 to present)

  • Columbus Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee (2009 to present)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio: Founder, Board Member (2006 to 2011)

Community

  • American Red Cross, Buckeye Region: Board Member (2015 to present)

  • Clinton for Ohio: State Authorized Representative (2015 to 2016)
  • Obama for Ohio: State Liaison Counsel (2011 to 2012)

Pro Bono

  • Representing indigent defendants in trial, intermediate, appellate and Ohio Supreme Court proceedings, usually relating to criminal or government regulatory matters.

Prior Positions

  • Ohio Attorney General’s Office: General Counsel (2009 to 2011)
  • The Honorable R. Guy Cole Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit: Law Clerk (2004 to 2005)
  • The Honorable Ann Aldrich, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio: Law Clerk (2000 to 2001)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • California
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2000; Stanford Journal of Intenational Law, Publishing Chair; Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association, Co-President
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, 1996, summa cum laude

Blog

In The Blogs

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
State Court Adoption of Comcast v. Behrend
By Albert G. Lin, Rand L. McClellan
June 11, 2018
In Comcast v. Behrend, 569 U.S. 27 (2013), the United States Supreme Court clarified the requirements for establishing that classwide injury and damages predominate over individual issues for the purposes of FRCP 23(b)(3). In particular...
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