This program, taught by Deborah Renner, the Principal at Renner Law PLLC, focuses on the why, when, and how to mediate a class action settlement successfully. Unlike individual settlements, class action settlements require judicial approval. Mediating a settlement with a third party neutral often can provide the parties with a preview of the issues a court may consider in approving a settlement. In addition, approaching a court with a mediated settlement may provide the court with some preliminary assurance that a fair settlement was reached. This course will provide practical advice on preparing for a class action mediation and examine common issues in class settlements.
Deborah Renner focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, consumer fraud, false advertising, data breach, ERISA, and securities class actions. Deborah has successfully represented numerous companies in nationwide, multidistrict and state class actions. Deborah frequently advises companies on class action issues and regulatory inquiries. Among her areas of knowledge and experience, Deborah is certified in information privacy.
Kimberly Kalmanson is an attorney with a private practice in New York City. Concentrating her practice on business and commercial litigation and transactions, Ms. Kalmanson represents a variety of clients in commercial lawsuits, primarily involving contract, securities, and fraud disputes in both federal and state court, as well as before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association.
Prior to establishing a solo practice, Ms. Kalmanson prosecuted and managed complex securities fraud cases against national and international companies and banking institutions on behalf of institutional investors at Labaton Sucharow LLP. There, Ms. Kalmanson’s primary focus was on residential mortgage-backed securities and the subprime mortgage lending and securitization industries. In addition, Ms. Kalmanson was primarily responsible for, and coordinated and managed multiple bankruptcy claims in a high profile federal bankruptcy. Before joining Labaton Sucharow, Ms. Kalmanson was an associate at Dentons US LLP (formerly, Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal LLP and SNR Denton US LLP) where her practice focused on complex civil litigation, as well as white collar criminal and government investigations work. At Dentons, Ms. Kalmanson represented banks, institutional lenders and insurance companies in a variety of suits arising out of defaulted and distressed assets. Ms. Kalmanson has represented a variety of clients in breach of contract and fraud actions. One notable matter involved obtaining a $76 million summary judgment award on behalf of a European banking group in a suit in in New York federal court against loan guarantors, a judgment that was affirmed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition, Ms. Kalmanson represented an insurance carrier in a suit to adjudicate the obligations of a financial institution managing a reference pool of assets underlying a series of credit swap transactions. Ms. Kalmanson has also represented a variety of institutions and individuals in government and internal investigations.
Lydia Keaney Reynolds is Of Counsel to Wolf Haldenstein and is a member of the Firm’s Investor Protection and Consumer Protection practice groups. Ms. Reynolds has substantial experience litigating complex class actions in a variety of practice areas, including consumer fraud and securities litigation.
Ms. Reynolds joined Wolf Haldenstein as an associate in 2011. In 2015, she left Wolf Haldenstein to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau of the Office of the New York Attorney General, and returned to the Firm in 2017. As an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Reynolds investigated and litigated actions against financial services corporations and manufacturers and retailers who engaged in unfair or deceptive practices.
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Great to see an all-female panel.
Knowledgeable panel and effective interplay of experience areas in terms of presentation—highly recommend
Very interesting topic. I don't practice in this area, but class actions are very interesting to learn about.