Ona T. Wang

Partner

New York
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Ona Wang focuses her practice at the intersection of civil, criminal and regulatory issues, with an emphasis on matters related to financial fraud. She is a problem solver who takes a measured and holistic approach to her representation of clients. An active member of the legal community, Ona has developed a strong network of peers and has earned her reputation as a thought leader and committed litigator.

Committed to public service and diversity initiatives, Ona is vice chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and a member of the firm's Women's Committee.

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  • Is a member of the legal team handling the investigation and litigation arising from BakerHostetler's court appointment as counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Since 2009, has led multiple investigative teams that have commenced, litigated and settled several avoidance actions – against certain insiders, former BLMIS employees and other related individuals – seeking to recover assets for the BLMIS Customer Fund for the benefit of the defrauded customers of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
White Collar and Investigations
  • Successfully represented an importer suspected of Arms Export Control Act violations. After a raid and an investigation by Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, no charges were filed.
Commercial and Securities Litigation
  • Represented a corporate officer in the In re Refco Inc. Securities Litigation securities fraud class action and related criminal and bankruptcy investigations; no civil or criminal charges were filed.
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Experience

  • Is a member of the legal team handling the investigation and litigation arising from BakerHostetler's court appointment as counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Since 2009, has led multiple investigative teams that have commenced, litigated and settled several avoidance actions – against certain insiders, former BLMIS employees and other related individuals – seeking to recover assets for the BLMIS Customer Fund for the benefit of the defrauded customers of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
  • Since 2011, has been a key part of the team representing John J. Carney, the court-appointed Receiver of the Michael Kenwood Group LLC, an international investment advisor that was the target of a $700 million enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC v. Illarramendi et al., 11–CV–00078 [D. Conn.]). As counsel to the Receiver, is responsible for the investigation and recovery of misappropriated investor assets from what has been characterized as the largest Ponzi scheme in Connecticut history.
White Collar and Investigations
  • Successfully represented an importer suspected of Arms Export Control Act violations. After a raid and an investigation by Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, no charges were filed.
  • Successfully represented an airline industry executive in connection with passenger and cargo airline antitrust investigations. Although the client was initially designated a target, no charges were filed.
  • Represented several employees of a national retailer in connection with an investigation of safety and security procedures after a nationally publicized death at one of the retailer's stores.
  • Represented several employees of a municipality in connection with a state and federal public corruption investigation.
Commercial and Securities Litigation
  • Represented a corporate officer in the In re Refco Inc. Securities Litigation securities fraud class action and related criminal and bankruptcy investigations; no civil or criminal charges were filed.
  • Represented a hedge fund in a criminal and civil investigation into alleged market timing practices; a favorable result was reached with all government agencies.
  • Successfully represented a small business in connection with a court-appointed receiver's investigation, resulting in no assets taken and no recovery actions filed.
  • Successfully defended a securities fraud action; all federal securities charges were dismissed after oral argument and briefing. Harborview Master Fund v. Lightpath Technologies, 601 F. Supp. 2d 537 (S.D.N.Y. 2009).

Recognitions

  • NYU Law Public Interest Law Center: Public Service Award (2016)
  • New York Law Journal "Lawyers Who Lead by Example" (Pro Bono) (2014)
  • New York "Super Lawyer" (2014 to 2016)

Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association: Secretary and Executive Committee 
    • Federal Legislation Committee, Former Chair
    • Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, Former Member
  • Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Securities Litigation Committee: Subcommittee Chair
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Programming Committee
  • First Department Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission

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Pro Bono

  • Twenty years' experience representing individuals in capital post-conviction litigation at the state and federal levels with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, including successful argument of constitutional violations at the Eleventh Circuit and several petitions and motions to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Partnering with Southern Poverty Law Center in a class action litigation challenging Mississippi's delivery of medically necessary mental health services to underprivileged children.
  • Litigated a civil rights action in conjunction with ACLU of Philadelphia in the Third Circuit concerning due process violations in connection with involuntary commitment proceedings.
  • Researched and assisted in drafting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of college educators in connection with United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996), resulting in the desegregation of Virginia Military Institute.

Services

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1998 to 2000)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York
  • Connecticut

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1998, cum laude;  Executive Editor, New York University Review of Law and Social Change
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1995
  • A.B., Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, 1988,  cum laude