Abby F. Rudzin

Partner

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Abby Rudzin has more than two decades of experience defending financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation matters, primarily in the securities and antitrust arenas. Her clients range from large financial institutions and investment banks to small private equity firms.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Crain’s New York Business “Notable Women in Law” (2019)
  • Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, January 4, 2018
  • US Supreme Court victory for China Agritech named a National Impact Case by Benchmark Litigation California, March 2019

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
  • US District Courts, District of Colorado, Northern District of Illinois, and the Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York

Education

  • The University of Chicago, J.D., 1995: with honors; Order of the Coif; Olin Foundation Fellowship in Law and Economics; Staff Member, The University of Chicago Law Review
  • Cornell University, A.B., Mathematics and Economics, 1991: cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Cornell Club of Maryland Scholarship
  • Oxford University, Oriel College, Oxford, England, 1989-1990

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1996–1997)
  • Honorable Elaine P. Bucklo, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1995–1996)

Publications

  • “Winner’s Playbook: Behind the Scenes of China Ag v. Resh,” Law360 (August 22, 2018)
  • “From Chancery Court to Federal Court: The Obstacles to a Post-Trulia Migration,” The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (February 22, 2017)
  • “Protecting Financial Advisors in M&A Litigation,” The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (June 4, 2014)
  • “Loss Causation and Damages Defense Strategies,” Inside the Minds: Managing Securities Fraud Claims, Aspatore Books (2009)
  • “Loose Lips Sink Ships: The Importance of Director Confidentiality Programs,” Corporate Counsel Magazine (September 1, 2009)
  • “Future of Advancement and Indemnification Rights,” Securities Law360 (July 10, 2009)
  • “When Plaintiffs Overreach: Attacking Flawed Evidence of Loss Causation and Damages in Securities Class Actions (Parts One and Two),” Andrews Securities Litigation and Regulation Reporter (June 2, 2009, and June 16, 2009)
  • Represented Chinese company in successful U.S. Supreme Court case about class certification and statute of limitations tolling in securities fraud cases. This is the only known case in which a Chinese company has taken a securities fraud case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Representing controlling shareholders of Chinese auto parts company in litigation arising out of their take-private transaction.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for footwear company and its executives in a securities fraud class action arising from statements about the company’s growth prospects.
  • Lead counsel for Chinese on-line game operator in securities fraud class action challenging going-private transaction.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for China’s leading on-line book sellers in securities fraud class action challenging going-private transaction.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for footwear company and its executives in a securities fraud class action arising from statements about the company's expenses, primarily to grow China business.
  • Counsel for underwriters in securities fraud suit arising out of technology company’s initial public offering.
  • Defending private equity firm in securities fraud class action arising out of secondary offering to sell firm’s shares.
  • Lead counsel for investment bank accused of aiding and abetting special committee’s breach of fiduciary duty in approving related-party transaction.
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