Kathryn M. Zunno

Partner

New York
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Overview

A skilled and energetic litigator, Katie focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense. She has myriad experience in high-profile matters involving financial fraud, including representation of the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), as well as clients in significant securities-related government investigations and securities fraud class actions. She understands the "big picture" issues facing her clients and proactively crafts practical and creative strategies to support their large-scale litigations. She continuously earns her clients' trust with her confidence, sound judgment, and ability to synthesize and master complicated facts quickly and efficiently.

Involved in diversity, development and recruiting initiatives across the firm, Katie is an active member of the New York office's Diversity, Women's Steering, Mentorship and Recruiting committees. Katie devotes her time to the New York City Bar's Women in the Legal Profession Committee, the Federal Bar Council and its First Decade Committee, and activities within the St. John's Law School Alumni network. She also serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Ali Forney Center, a New York City nonprofit and the nation's largest and most comprehensive program dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth.

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  • Currently representing a former London-based J.P. Morgan managing director whose cooperation was sought in the investigation related to a multibillion-dollar trading loss for the bank. To represent the client effectively, developed an understanding of complicated credit derivative instruments and utilized her expertise in investigating complex financial fraud. When the client was facing investigations by three U.S. agencies and U.K. authorities, helped the client navigate through all investigations and develop a strategy to resolve all aspects of the matter. Through aggressive defense of the client, the team secured a rare nonprosecution agreement with the Justice Department and agreements with other regulatory authorities, which enabled the client to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the continuing investigations.
  • Currently representing Irving H. Picard, SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of BLMIS, in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel in one of the largest financial frauds in recorded history. Has been an integral member of various legal teams working on the global investigations and litigations seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers for equitable distribution to defrauded customers filed against financial institutions, money managers, insiders and other sophisticated investors. Has also been working on behalf of the SIPA Trustee on litigations involving good-faith investors; many of the litigations have been successfully resolved through mediations and settlements.
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Experience

  • Currently representing a former London-based J.P. Morgan managing director whose cooperation was sought in the investigation related to a multibillion-dollar trading loss for the bank. To represent the client effectively, developed an understanding of complicated credit derivative instruments and utilized her expertise in investigating complex financial fraud. When the client was facing investigations by three U.S. agencies and U.K. authorities, helped the client navigate through all investigations and develop a strategy to resolve all aspects of the matter. Through aggressive defense of the client, the team secured a rare nonprosecution agreement with the Justice Department and agreements with other regulatory authorities, which enabled the client to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the continuing investigations.
  • Currently representing Irving H. Picard, SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of BLMIS, in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel in one of the largest financial frauds in recorded history. Has been an integral member of various legal teams working on the global investigations and litigations seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers for equitable distribution to defrauded customers filed against financial institutions, money managers, insiders and other sophisticated investors. Has also been working on behalf of the SIPA Trustee on litigations involving good-faith investors; many of the litigations have been successfully resolved through mediations and settlements.
  • On the eve of trial in federal district court, secured the dismissal of a multibillion-dollar securities fraud class action against a former Pfizer medical director named as an individual defendant.
  • Represented one of the world's largest financial institutions in litigation and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration against former employees involving breaches of contract and misappropriation of proprietary information.
  • Was a member of the trial team representing a global mass media corporation and an individual defendant in a large securities class action in federal district court.
  • Represented one of the "big three" tobacco companies in domestic arbitration against 46 states regarding payments required under the Master Settlement Agreement.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2012 to 2017)

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Council: First Decade Committee
  • NYC Bar Committee on Women in the Legal Profession

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Community

  • Ali Forney Center (AFC): Board Member

Pro Bono

  • Represented the Humane Society of the United States in the first nationwide class action complaint of its kind filed against a Florida seller of sick dogs obtained from "puppy mills." Following a Florida court's denial of the defendant seller's motion to dismiss the case, the seller immediately filed for bankruptcy, resulting in the shuttering of the store and the sale of its assets.
  • During an externship with Legal Services New York, advocated on behalf of low-income clients in a number of matters related to securing their essential needs and challenging any systemic injustices they faced.
  • Obtained a rarely granted writ of habeas corpus for a capital defendant in Florida following effective appellate advocacy.

Prior Positions

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Intern for the Honorable Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, Criminal Division: Intern

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 2006; cum laude; Executive Notes and Comments Editor, St. John's Law Review
  • B.A., Columbia University, 2002