A partner in the Litigation Department, Liza Velazquez has extensive experience representing corporate clients, prominent banks, insurance companies, investment management firms and other financial institutions in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, specializing in complex commercial matters as well as class and collective action employment litigation.
Liza has represented clients before state and federal courts
across the country as well as in arbitrations and before federal
and state regulatory authorities.
Liza's diverse client list includes Citigroup, JPMorgan
Chase, ING, NBCUniversal, MacAndrews & Forbes and
Prudential Insurance. Significant trial and major
case representations include:
- Citigroup in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy
- Citigroup's brokerage unit, Smith Barney, in a
Title VII nationwide employment discrimination class action;
- NBCUniversal in employment class action
litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
- Prudential Insurance in a litigation
challenging the prior settlement of hundreds of employment
- ING in litigations arising out of ING's $1.5
billion sale of certain Mexican subsidiaries and the investment of
a client account during the subprime crisis;
- A trial victory in Colorado state court for a national
bank in a lawsuit concerning the conduct of an independent
mortgage foreclosure review;
- JPMorgan Chase and JP Morgan
Investment Management in litigations arising out of the
investment of client accounts during the subprime crisis;
- BankOne/JPMorgan Chase in all mutual fund
market timing regulatory investigations and civil litigation in
connection with the One Group mutual funds;
- The successful trial of a landmark human
rights case brought under the Alien Tort Statute.
Liza serves by appointment on the New York State Bar's
Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the
First Judicial District. She has contributed to two reports by the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York on human rights
standards applicable to the treatment of detainees post-9/11. She
has also successfully represented numerous asylum clients. She is a
member of the Practical Law Litigation Advisory Board.
Liza was an executive editor for the Civil Rights-Civil
Liberties Law Journal and a staff editor for the Human
Rights Law Journal.