Francesca Perkins Austin

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Francesca Perkins Austin is a litigation associate who focuses her practice on civil litigation in state and federal courts. She has represented clients in complex business litigation involving business torts, breach of contract actions, and product liability lawsuits. Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Francesca clerked for the Honorable Andrew L. Carter, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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  • Serving as one of the attorneys for the Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Securities LLC under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA). Involved in litigation seeking worldwide asset recovery from hedge funds, funds of funds, investment banks, financial institutions, investment managers and others. This representation is ongoing.
  • Defended a corporate housing provider in a multi-party action involving tortious interference of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and alleged violations of the Texas Theft Liability Act.
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Experience

  • Serving as one of the attorneys for the Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Securities LLC under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA). Involved in litigation seeking worldwide asset recovery from hedge funds, funds of funds, investment banks, financial institutions, investment managers and others. This representation is ongoing.
  • Defended a corporate housing provider in a multi-party action involving tortious interference of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and alleged violations of the Texas Theft Liability Act.
  • Defended a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a case including allegations of design, manufacturing and marketing defects associated with the manufacture of a skid-steer loader.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2015 to 2017)
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Memberships

  • Houston Black Lawyers: Co-Founder
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Women in the Profession Committee
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Professionalism Committee
    • Houston Lawyer Editorial Board
  • Houston Lawyers Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Council of Urban Professionals
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • Association of Black Women Attorneys

Community

  • Spouses of Houston Barristers
  • Carleton College
    • Alumni Admissions Representative

Pro Bono

  • Represented a grandparent in a visitation matter in New York State Supreme Court. Matter was settled on terms favorable to client.
  • Argued an appeal of a prior criminal conviction for negligent homicide and illegal gun possession before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department.

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Andrew L. Carter for the Southern District of New York
  • New York City Department of Education: Appeals Attorney
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis for the Southern District of New York

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, Dewey Ballantine Scholarship Recipient; Patricia M. Hynes Scholarship Recipient
  • B.A., History, Carleton College, cum laude