Genevieve G. York-Erwin

Associate

Seattle
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Overview

Gen York-Erwin focuses her practice on securities litigation, representing and counseling clients in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, SEC investigations, and related matters.

Drawing on a broad background in complex litigation, Gen combines strong writing skills with thoughtful storytelling to defend the honesty and good faith of her clients from the get-go, frequently achieving early dismissal of all claims against them.

Intellectually curious and analytically creative, Gen has a knack for distilling complex matters into simple, compelling legal narratives, and for coming up with creative solutions to legal problems. Gen believes that effective advocacy always begins with good listening, and she approaches her matters with a strong commitment to understanding her clients’ perspective, goals, and concerns, and keeping those front and center as they evolve.

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  • Represented outside director in large consolidated securities class action, obtaining early voluntary dismissal, based on strong motion to dismiss, of all claims against client.
  • Defended publicly traded company and corporate officers in securities class action and derivative suit, obtaining early voluntary dismissals of both actions, based on strong motion to dismiss.
  • Represented corporate directors/officers and related parties in derivative securities suit brought against major retailer, securing dismissal on motion to dismiss, and affirmance in Ninth Circuit.
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Experience

  • Represented outside director in large consolidated securities class action, obtaining early voluntary dismissal, based on strong motion to dismiss, of all claims against client.
  • Defended publicly traded company and corporate officers in securities class action and derivative suit, obtaining early voluntary dismissals of both actions, based on strong motion to dismiss.
  • Represented corporate directors/officers and related parties in derivative securities suit brought against major retailer, securing dismissal on motion to dismiss, and affirmance in Ninth Circuit.
  • Advised publicly traded company in responding to shareholder demand on Board of Directors.
  • Represented multiple officers and directors in connection with SEC investigations, and prepared clients for testimony before SEC.
  • Negotiated and managed third-party and government subpoena responses for multiple clients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Sanctuary for Families, Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Award (2013)

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Represented woman applying for asylum in the United States. Drafted client affidavit and brief, filed application, prepared client for, and accompanied client to, asylum interview, and ultimately secured asylum for client and her children.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Lewis A Kaplan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York: Law Clerk

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Washington
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2009; New York University Law Review, Articles Editor; OUTLaw LGBT Organization
  • B.A., Yale University, 2002, cum laude