Seanna R. Brown is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Litigation Group, where she focuses her practice on appellate and complex commercial litigation in federal courts, with an emphasis on the liquidation of brokerage firms and bankruptcy litigation.
She serves as a principal deputy in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, providing legal strategy and oversight of the Trustee’s multi-billion dollar recovery effort. Seanna manages the Trustee’s large, multi-party disputes with billions of dollars at stake, from the Bankruptcy Court to the United States Supreme Court.
She represents the Trustee on case-wide issues and in individual adversary proceedings, from complex motion practice and discovery through trial to final appeal. Seanna argued and won an appeal at the Second Circuit worth more than $1 billion to the BLMIS estate, and served as lead trial counsel on the first of the Trustee’s Madoff cases to go to trial.
A co-chair of BakerHostetler’s Pro Bono Committee, Seanna devotes a significant portion of her practice to pro bono service — particularly clients in need of appellate representation — and is currently representing two death row inmates in their post-conviction relief efforts in Georgia and Alabama. She is also the co-coordinator for unassigned associates in the firm’s New York office, providing younger attorneys with mentorship and training.
- Served as lead trial counsel on the first of the Trustee’s Madoff cases to go to trial, achieving a complete victory for the Trustee at trial. Before trial, Seanna deposed Mr. Bernard Madoff and several other former BLMIS employees.
- Served as lead counsel in resolving the cross-border insolvency issues relating to BLMIS’s London operation, including resolving proofs of claim filed in the liquidation of Madoff Securities International Limited (UK).
- Served as lead counsel to the SIPA Trustee in various evidentiary hearings, particularly those that impact “net equity” under SIPA.
- Serves as a key member of the Trustee’s team investigating and litigating the Trustee’s claims against hedge funds, investment banks and other financial institutions and fiduciaries involving complex derivative and financial products.
- Negotiated several significant settlements that resulted in large recoveries for the BLMIS estate.
- Represented a property owner in an appeal to the Second Circuit in a civil forfeiture case.
- Represented a global pharmaceutical company in class action litigation regarding certain drug products.
- Defended against fraudulent transfer and preference actions, including a recent case in the Delaware bankruptcy court.
- Represented restaurant industry investors in dispute with controlling members of limited liability company.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: Pro Bono Panel
- American Constitution Society: Board Member
- American Bar Foundation: Fellow
- Hunter College Pre-Law Advisory Board: Member
- 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, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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