Aurora Cassirer is a Business Litigation partner at Troutman Sanders, whose leadership roles have included several terms on the firm’s Executive Committee and service as New York office managing partner. An experienced trial attorney, Aurora has had substantial experience in securities fraud class actions, breach of contract, qui tam, fraud, and privacy actions.
She has counseled pharmaceutical companies, cyber security firms, private equity funds, start-ups, medical technology companies and various financial institutions on compliance, FCPA, privacy, and whistleblower issues.
In the area of professional liability, she has defended professional liability claims against actuaries, attorneys, and consultants. Among her international clients, she has represented clients based in Israel, Korea, India, and China in disputes before U.S. courts or in arbitrations.
Aurora serves as co-chair of the International Corporate Compliance Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and has frequently lectured and written on cyber security issues, securities litigation against pharma and medical device companies, whistle-blower claims, internal investigations and attorney-client privilege issues.
Representative Matters :
- Acted as Receiver in SEC v. Kenneth Ira Starr, Starr Investment Advisors, LLC, and Starr & Co, LLC, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 10 Civ. 4270 (SHS), a fraud case involving numerous claimants and at least $59 million in damages. June 2010-January 2012.
- Acted as Monitor in SEC v. Kenneth Ira Starr, Starr Investment Advisors, LLC, and Starr & Co, LLC, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 10 Civ. 4270 (SHS) from June 1 to June 7, 2010.
- Represented a publicly traded company in a derivative action brought by a minority shareholder, who alleged that the Board had, inter alia, breached its fiduciary duties by entering into a merger transaction and focusing on a patent infringement strategy. The Court granted the motion to dismiss in its entirety. See Lapin v. Fagenson et al., Index No. 504707 – S. Ct. Kings Co. February 2016).
- Representation of Board in connection with special investigation under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of actions relating to the sale of medical devices in Nigeria.
- Representation of consulting subsidiary of Fortune 50 insurance broker in connection with claim by union that it had rendered negligent advice which had resulted in under funding of the health and welfare plan.
- Representation of Fortune 50 insurance broker in connection with employee embezzlement and bank negligence issues.
- Representation of foreign diamond dealer in connection with partnership dispute and charges of IP infringement in a three-week arbitration proceeding.
Professional and Community Involvement :
- Member, Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department (Supreme Court Appellate Division) (2008-2013)
- New York State Bar Association’s International Section Co-Chair, International Corporate Compliance Committee (2014-to date)
- Member, Commission on Fiduciary Appointments (Birnbaum Commission) (2004-2005)
- New York State Bar Association
- New York State Women’s Bar Association
- New York University School of Law, J.D.
- Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A.
BAR ADMISSIONS : New York, New Jersey
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
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