Rebecca M. Katz
Rebecca Katz brings to Motley Rice's Securities and Consumer Fraud team more than 20 years of complex litigation experience, including experience as a former senior counsel for the SEC's Enforcement Division and an extensive background in both qui tam and SEC whistleblower cases. Rebecca currently represents individuals in SEC whistleblower litigation, as well as institutional investors in securities fraud class and individual actions. She is the managing member of the firm's New York office and leads its SEC whistleblower practice.
Prior to joining Motley Rice, Rebecca was a partner at a large New York firm, where, as a whistleblower attorney, she played a central management role in a number of major cases. She represented the Republic of Iraq and the Iraqi people in Republic of Iraq v. ABB AG, et al., No. 08-CV-5951 (S.D.N.Y.), a case alleging corruption of the Oil-for-Food Programme that was established by the United Nations in 1995 to help provide basic necessities to Iraqi citizens. As a member of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, No. 21-MC-92 (S.D.N.Y.), which ultimately settled for $586 million, she oversaw the hundreds of coordinated actions involved in the litigation. In addition, Rebecca has represented the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico and the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board in individual securities cases against numerous defendants, including Wells Fargo & Company, for their alleged breach of contract and fiduciary duty in connection with certain investments in a securities lending program.
Rebecca is a regular guest speaker at legal conferences throughout the country, including public pension and Taft-Hartley fund conferences, and has presented on issues that include emerging developments in securities litigation and the SEC whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as complex and class action litigation. As a former faculty member at the Practising Law Institute's Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute, she explored a variety of issues impacting securities law and lectured at the Fordham University School of Law's Eugene P. and Delia S. Murphy Conference on Corporate Law -Corporations, Investors and the Securities Markets. Rebecca has published numerous articles, including "Plaintiffs' Perspective: The SEC's Final Rules for Whistleblowers Offer a Balanced Approach to an Important New Program," Securities Litigation Report (with James M. Weir), July/August 2011; and "The Dodd-Frank Act: New Life for Whistleblowers and the SEC," Securities Litigation Report (with David B. Harrison), September 2010.
Rebecca's securities litigation experience earned her recognition in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Plaintiff, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys, which honored her as a "Local Litigation Star" in the New York rankings in securities. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers® and in the 2011 Super Lawyers® Business Edition in the litigation practice area. She was also recommended in the 2012 Litigation edition of The Legal 500 United States for her work in mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation - securities.
Rebecca earned a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association Securities Litigation Committee.
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