Seanna R. Brown

Partner

New York
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Overview

An experienced member of the Litigation Group of BakerHostetler in New York, Seanna Brown focuses on complex business litigation. In her current role as part of the BakerHostetler team serving as counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Seanna has gained unique experience in bankruptcy proceedings, with particular experience in the liquidation of brokerage firms and bankruptcy appeals.

Seanna serves on the Pro Bono Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is also an adjunct professor of legal writing at Fordham Law School.

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  • Seanna represents the SIPA Trustee in the bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts, authoring numerous motions and appellate briefs on case-wide issues, including the definition of "net equity" and "customer" under SIPA, and the proper interpretation of section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code in the BLMIS liquidation. Seanna has handled significant motion practice for the Trustee, including the motions relating to the distribution of over $5 billion to former BLMIS customers. She is also a key member of several teams that investigate and litigate the Trustee's claims against hedge funds, investment banks, and other financial institutions and fiduciaries. Seanna has also been involved in the negotiations and related motion practice of settlements that resulted in large recoveries for the BLMIS estate.
  • Has substantial experience defending against fraudulent transfer and preference actions, including a recent case in the Delaware bankruptcy court.
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Experience

  • Seanna represents the SIPA Trustee in the bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts, authoring numerous motions and appellate briefs on case-wide issues, including the definition of "net equity" and "customer" under SIPA, and the proper interpretation of section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code in the BLMIS liquidation. Seanna has handled significant motion practice for the Trustee, including the motions relating to the distribution of over $5 billion to former BLMIS customers. She is also a key member of several teams that investigate and litigate the Trustee's claims against hedge funds, investment banks, and other financial institutions and fiduciaries. Seanna has also been involved in the negotiations and related motion practice of settlements that resulted in large recoveries for the BLMIS estate.
  • Has substantial experience defending against fraudulent transfer and preference actions, including a recent case in the Delaware bankruptcy court.
  • Has substantial experience in litigating business-related disputes, including contract, copyright and trademark disputes.
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in class action litigation regarding certain drug products.
  • Represented a qui tam relator against two New York hospitals regarding Medicaid fraud.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Law360 "Rising Star" in Securities (2016)
  • New York Law Journal "Rising Star" (2015)
  • New York Super Lawyer (2013 to 2016)
  • New York Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2011 to 2012)
  • Bar of the City of New York: Thurgood Marshall Award

Memberships

  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Federal Bar Council Bankruptcy Litigation Committee: Meetings Subcommittee Co-Chair

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Pro Bono

  • Serves on the Pro Bono Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Represents a death row inmate in his habeas corpus proceedings in Georgia state and federal courts and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Represents an indigent father seeking access to his nonbiological child in his appeal before the Appellate Division, Second Department.
  • Served as special assistant corporation counsel for the Law Department of the City of New York in 2014. Conducted and defended numerous depositions on behalf of the city of New York in various tort lawsuits.
  • Has represented various juveniles seeking special immigrant juvenile status in proceedings before the New York Family Court and the United States Immigration Court, and appeals to the Appellate Division, Second Department.

Prior Positions

  • Fordham Law School Legal Writing Program: Teaching Assistant (2005 to 2006)
  • Federal Judicial Intern to the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the Second Circuit (Spring 2005)
  • Legal Aide in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General  (Fall 2005)
  • Federal Judicial Intern to the Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak of the Eastern District of New York (Summer 2004)

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2006, Staff Member, Fordham International Law Journal
  • B.A., The City University of New York, Hunter College, 2003