ProfessionalsAaron S. Delaney
Aaron Delaney is counsel in the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on working with companies and individuals to manage complex and sensitive government investigations, criminal prosecutions and False Claims Act cases. He has experience representing clients in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) criminal and civil divisions, the DOJ Antitrust Division and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He also works with clients in a range of complex civil litigation matters.
Aaron has an active pro bono practice focusing on cases involving discrimination and civil rights. As part of this practice, he is currently acting as co-counsel with the Center for Reproductive Rights in challenging a Mississippi law that would close the last abortion clinic in the state. He also recently first chaired a trial in federal court where he won a significant result for a client, including punitive damages, in an employment discrimination case.
White collar, regulatory and False Claims Act representations have included:
- Senior executives of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in connection with civil and criminal investigations into off-label marketing practices;
- Two leading pharmaceutical manufacturers in separate investigations into marketing practices by the DOJ, the FDA, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and related qui tam proceedings;
- A Japanese executive in connection with an investigation by the DOJ's Antitrust Division into the auto parts industry;
- Several financial services companies in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations; and
- A major parking company in a qui tam action involving government contracts
Complex civil litigation representations have included:
- Various financial services companies in connection with securities fraud, RMBS and CDO litigation, breach of contract, and fraud and fraudulent transfer claims;
- A class of music publishers in one of the largest copyright settlements in history in connection with litigation over the Napster file sharing service;
- Music publishers in a trial over royalty fees under Section 115 of the Copyright Act;
- An international shipping company in a securities class action; and
- A major New York developer in connection with the appropriate use of a heritage building.
Aaron's pro bono practice has included:
- Currently acting as co-counsel with the Center for Reproductive Rights in an effort to strike down a law that would close the last free-standing abortion clinic in Mississippi;
- Acting as lead trial counsel in an action by former restaurant workers in connection with sexual harassment by a manager. The court awarded compensatory and punitive damages after a 13 day bench trial;
- Achieving a settlement on behalf of a group of restaurant workers in an action to recover unpaid wages and overtime;
- Achieving a settlement on behalf of a client in connection with sexual harassment by her landlord; and
- Drafting amicus briefs, including to the U.S. Supreme Court, in cases involving unlawful detention.
While in law school, Aaron served as senior editor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review and was also a member of student government and the International Human Rights Clinic. From 1998-2001 he served as political staff in the British Columbia government, handling media relations, legislative strategy and policy issues, including for the Minister of Children and Families and the Minister of the Environment.
Aaron is on the Board of Trustees of the Montclair Cooperative School. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.