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Shiva Eftekhari


Shiva Eftekhari is a counsel in O'Melveny’s New York office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. She has experience representing individuals and companies in corporate internal investigations and criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, including investigations by the United States Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, the New York State Attorney General's Office, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Represented a financial institution in auction-rate securities investigations.
  • Represented executives of a financial institution in mortgage-backed securities investigations.
  • Represented financial institutions and executive in criminal tax shelter investigation.
  • Represented executive in price-fixing investigation.

Shiva also has broad experience representing clients in civil litigation, including securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, civil RICO actions, mass tort litigation, insurance litigation, and consumer class actions.

  • Represented financial institution in bankruptcy litigation related to Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Represented airline in putative class action concerning its frequent-flyer program.
  • Defended college preparatory school and school leadership against tort claims relating to misconduct by former school employee.
  • Represented airport authority in wrongful death and property damage litigation arising out of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Represented financial institution in putative class action alleging manipulation of a pharmaceutical company’s stock price through false or misleading research reports that allowed hedge funds to reap billions in short-selling profits.

Shiva has also represented clients pro bono in a variety criminal and civil matters in federal court and before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including bankruptcy proceedings, criminal defense, prisoners' rights litigation, and Violence Against Women Act immigration petitions. She has also counseled clients pro bono in contractual matters related to employment and intellectual property.

Professional Activities

Admitted to Practice, US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Author, "France and the Algerian War: From a Policy of 'Forgetting' to a Framework for Accountability," 34 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 413 (2003)
Fellowship, Leonard H. Sandler Fellow, Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, New York (2003-2004)
Languages, French; Farsi

Columbia University, J.D.:  Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Managing Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Brown University, A.B.:  magna cum laude

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