Ms Karin DeMasi > Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP > NEW YORK, United States > Lawyer Profile

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
WORLDWIDE PLAZA
825 EIGHTH AVENUE
10019-7475
United States
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Work Department

Litigation

Position

Karin A. DeMasi is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and serves as the Department’s Managing Partner. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, including class actions, in federal and state courts, primarily in the areas of securities, derivative, ERISA, antitrust and general commercial disputes.  Ms. DeMasi also represents companies, boards of directors and individuals in connection with SEC and other government inquiries, and shareholder demands. 

Although many of her cases have been successfully resolved for her clients on pre‑trial motions, Ms. DeMasi’s experience also includes several bench and jury trials, as well as domestic and international arbitrations. 

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York has a deep bench of ‘hardworking, thoughtful attorneys‘, who frequently handle complex, high-value and precedent-setting cases. With 24 partners handling securities litigation and enforcement, the team is not among the largest, but it has highly prominent lawyers such as Richard Clary, who is ‘someone that other defence lawyers look up to‘, Antony Ryan and head of litigation Daniel Slifkin. Slifkin, Ryan and regulatory enforcement specialist David Stuart acted for ophthalmic pharmaceutical manufacturer Akorn, Inc in a purported consolidated securities class action and a consolidated derivative action in which plaintiffs sought $150m in damages for alleged misrepresentations by the company concerning its business, operations and internal controls. For the same client, Robert Baron is handling a stock-drop class action arising from an investigation into data integrity issues. Among the other standout partners are Karin DeMasi, who is handling a class action concerning technology company Greensky’s IPO; Timothy Cameron; rising star Lauren Moskowitz; and Rachel Skaistis, who handled a stock-drop case for El Pollo Loco.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

The New York-based litigation team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acts for media and entertainment sector clients such as HBO, Hearst Communications and Time Warner; it recently advised the latter on antitrust issues in connection with its $109 billion sale to AT&T in a matter led by a team including Peter Barbur. In another work highlight, the group is representing ABC and ESPN as intervenors in the high-profile NCAA grant-in-aid cap antitrust litigation, in which the broadcasters are opposing the release of confidential broadcast, media and sponsorship agreements. Karin DeMasi and Evan Chesler are acting for The Weinstein Company in a books and records demand suit brought by Harvey Weinstein; the team also represented the client in a breach of contract lawsuit at the New York Supreme Court brought by Speedee Distribution. The practice frequently handles employment and intellectual property litigation and benefits from the addition of Hon. Katherine Forrest from her role as a district judge for the Southern District of New York. J Wesley Earnhardt is another key name to note.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

The advice provided by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s antitrust team is ‘practical and takes business realities into consideration‘. David Marriott and Lauren Moskowitz are currently representing Alcon Laboratories in over 50 putative class actions alleging violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act by the client’s pricing policies for its contact lenses. Also notable are Evan CheslerPeter Barbur, Rory Leraris and Kevin Orsini, who together secured a complete victory for American Express in the Second Circuit and US Supreme Court to end a longstanding dispute first brought by the DOJ then followed by several state attorneys alleging the client’s card agreement ‘non-discrimination’ provisions violated the Sherman Act. Clients also recommend Lauren Roberta Kennedy and Karin DeMasi, who are ‘both extremely responsive and give great legal counsel‘. Katherine Forrest joined the team from her position with the government, and Vanessa Lavely was recently promoted to partner.