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Shaila Rahman Diwan is a trial lawyer who represents a range of Fortune 500 consumer product, technology, financial services and pharmaceutical companies in product liability and complex commercial litigation. Shaila develops precisely crafted litigation strategies to deliver top results for clients facing public scrutiny in difficult jurisdictions. She has handled a significant number of high-stakes trials nationwide, with a focus on notoriously difficult jurisdictions.  Shaila is Deputy Chair of the firm’s award-winning Consumer Products Litigation Team.

Shaila has been recognized for her talent in defending clients across a wide range of industries.  She was recently recognized as a Rising Star for Product Liability by Law360 and was listed as a Notable Woman in the Law by Crain's New York Business.  Shaila was also recently named a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation.  She has been recognized by Legal 500 for Product Liability Defense in both Consumer Products and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation.

Shaila also has substantial experience representing companies in high-stakes litigation arising out of complex commercial disputes.  Her recent work in this area includes representing major companies in wide variety of contractual disputes in the areas of cryptocurrency, telecommunications, real estate, banking and healthcare.

Shaila is committed to pro bono work and serves on the Board of Directors for the New York City Bar's Justice Center.

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Credentials

J.D., Fordham University School of Law

B.A., SUNY at Binghamton, magna cum laude

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

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 Southern District of New York

Board of Directors for the City Bar Justice Fund

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Consumer Products


Legal 500

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices


Legal 500

Editorial Board, Product Liability


Law 360, 2021

Notable Women in the Law


Crain's New York Business, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Fellow


Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2020

Rising Star, Product Liability


Law 360, 2020

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Recognition

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Consumer Products


Legal 500

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices


Legal 500

Editorial Board, Product Liability


Law 360, 2021

Notable Women in the Law


Crain's New York Business, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Fellow


Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2020

Rising Star, Product Liability


Law 360, 2020

Matters

Complex Commercial Disputes

Represent LIHTC investors in affordable housing properties in dispute against their developer partners where developers seek to force the investors to relinquish their property interests for amounts that are tens of millions of dollars below fair market value.

Represent EarthLink LLC in an action against Charter Communications LLC for breach of contract, defamation and other claims in connection with Charter the parties’ agreement concerning the provision of high-speed Internet services and IP addresses.

Represent major healthcare system in connection with multiple contract disputes with public companies.

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Complex Commercial Disputes

Represent LIHTC investors in affordable housing properties in dispute against their developer partners where developers seek to force the investors to relinquish their property interests for amounts that are tens of millions of dollars below fair market value.

Represent EarthLink LLC in an action against Charter Communications LLC for breach of contract, defamation and other claims in connection with Charter the parties’ agreement concerning the provision of high-speed Internet services and IP addresses.

Represent major healthcare system in connection with multiple contract disputes with public companies.

Product Liability

Represent various Fortune 500 companies, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in products liability litigation as trial counsel and national coordinating counsel.

Represent chemical manufacturer in connection with litigation alleging products cause illness.

Represent the Dow Chemical Company's subsidiary Union Carbide as trial counsel in consumer product litigation.

Represent Coloplast as counsel in product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.

Represent Johnson & Johnson as trial counsel and national coordinating counsel in litigation alleging that asbestos contamination in talcum powder caused mesothelioma.

White Collar, Securities, Investigations

Represented a fintech company in breach of contract, fraud and civil RICO action.

Represented Barclays Bank PLC as plaintiff in actions against defaulted foreign derivatives counterparties and secured prediscovery summary judgment on behalf of the client in multiple actions.

Represented various investment banks in federal litigations and arbitrations involving premium-financed life insurance policies.

Represented Ernst & Young LLP in connection with its audit of Allied Deals, Inc., a privately owned company that was accused of orchestrating a $600 million international Ponzi scheme.

Represented a Fortune 100 company in a major FCPA internal investigation that was self-reported to the SEC. Represented several executives in connection with various ongoing FCPA investigations involving activity in Asia. Created, presented and implemented anti-corruption and compliance policies for several Fortune 500 companies.

Represented The Bank of New York Mellon as trustee of residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) trusts in a variety of matters, including litigation seeking the approval of an $8.5 billion proposed settlement with Bank of America Corp. in connection with 530 RMBS trusts.

Represented The Bank of New York Mellon in all aspects of litigation as well as SEC and CFTC investigations, in connection with the bankruptcy of Sentinel Management Group, resulting in a trial victory for The Bank of New York Mellon.

Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets

Represented Microsoft in multiple patent licensing disputes with mobile device manufacturers.

Represented LG in connection with breach of patent licensing agreement.

Represented cloud computing start-up in connection with trade secret and employment litigation.

Represented semiconductor manufacturer in connection with trade secret and employment litigation. Secured injunctive relief preventing the dissemination of trade secrets and breach of noncompete.

Member of team that secured summary judgment for YouTube and its parent Google in a billion-dollar copyright infringement suit brought by Viacom.

Matters

Complex Commercial Disputes

Represent LIHTC investors in affordable housing properties in dispute against their developer partners where developers seek to force the investors to relinquish their property interests for amounts that are tens of millions of dollars below fair market value.

Represent EarthLink LLC in an action against Charter Communications LLC for breach of contract, defamation and other claims in connection with Charter the parties’ agreement concerning the provision of high-speed Internet services and IP addresses.

Represent major healthcare system in connection with multiple contract disputes with public companies.

See more
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Matters

Complex Commercial Disputes

Represent LIHTC investors in affordable housing properties in dispute against their developer partners where developers seek to force the investors to relinquish their property interests for amounts that are tens of millions of dollars below fair market value.

Represent EarthLink LLC in an action against Charter Communications LLC for breach of contract, defamation and other claims in connection with Charter the parties’ agreement concerning the provision of high-speed Internet services and IP addresses.

Represent major healthcare system in connection with multiple contract disputes with public companies.

Product Liability

Represent various Fortune 500 companies, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in products liability litigation as trial counsel and national coordinating counsel.

Represent chemical manufacturer in connection with litigation alleging products cause illness.

Represent the Dow Chemical Company's subsidiary Union Carbide as trial counsel in consumer product litigation.

Represent Coloplast as counsel in product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.

Represent Johnson & Johnson as trial counsel and national coordinating counsel in litigation alleging that asbestos contamination in talcum powder caused mesothelioma.

White Collar, Securities, Investigations

Represented a fintech company in breach of contract, fraud and civil RICO action.

Represented Barclays Bank PLC as plaintiff in actions against defaulted foreign derivatives counterparties and secured prediscovery summary judgment on behalf of the client in multiple actions.

Represented various investment banks in federal litigations and arbitrations involving premium-financed life insurance policies.

Represented Ernst & Young LLP in connection with its audit of Allied Deals, Inc., a privately owned company that was accused of orchestrating a $600 million international Ponzi scheme.

Represented a Fortune 100 company in a major FCPA internal investigation that was self-reported to the SEC. Represented several executives in connection with various ongoing FCPA investigations involving activity in Asia. Created, presented and implemented anti-corruption and compliance policies for several Fortune 500 companies.

Represented The Bank of New York Mellon as trustee of residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) trusts in a variety of matters, including litigation seeking the approval of an $8.5 billion proposed settlement with Bank of America Corp. in connection with 530 RMBS trusts.

Represented The Bank of New York Mellon in all aspects of litigation as well as SEC and CFTC investigations, in connection with the bankruptcy of Sentinel Management Group, resulting in a trial victory for The Bank of New York Mellon.

Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets

Represented Microsoft in multiple patent licensing disputes with mobile device manufacturers.

Represented LG in connection with breach of patent licensing agreement.

Represented cloud computing start-up in connection with trade secret and employment litigation.

Represented semiconductor manufacturer in connection with trade secret and employment litigation. Secured injunctive relief preventing the dissemination of trade secrets and breach of noncompete.

Member of team that secured summary judgment for YouTube and its parent Google in a billion-dollar copyright infringement suit brought by Viacom.

Credentials

J.D., Fordham University School of Law

B.A., SUNY at Binghamton, magna cum laude

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

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 Southern District of New York

Board of Directors for the City Bar Justice Fund

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Consumer Products


Legal 500

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices


Legal 500

Editorial Board, Product Liability


Law 360, 2021

Notable Women in the Law


Crain's New York Business, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Fellow


Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2020

Rising Star, Product Liability


Law 360, 2020

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Recognition

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Consumer Products


Legal 500

Recognized for Product Liability Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices


Legal 500

Editorial Board, Product Liability


Law 360, 2021

Notable Women in the Law


Crain's New York Business, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Fellow


Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2020

Rising Star, Product Liability


Law 360, 2020