Claudine Columbres | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Claudine Columbres
Claudine Columbres

Claudine Columbres

Partner, New York

T + 1 212 819 8421 / + 1 212 819 8200

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Overview

Claudine Columbres is a partner in the Firm’s commercial litigation practice, with a wide range of experience in complex business disputes, securities litigation, merger litigation, and bankruptcy related litigation.

Claudine’s work has spanned a broad range of industries including financial services, foodservice distribution, energy, oil and gas. She has worked with clients including JPMorgan Chase & Co., US Foods, Hess Corporation, the Votorantim Group, and Major League Baseball.

Dedicated to helping her clients to achieve the best possible outcomes, Claudine has also successfully represented defendants in numerous pro bono cases involving family and matrimonial law.

Bars and Courts

  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Columbia University School of Law
  • BA, Georgetown University

Languages

  • English

Experience

JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Represented JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a lawsuit alleging contract, restitution, and reformation claims challenging amounts allegedly owed by JPMorgan Chase under a chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The case raised complex tax issues and involved multiple discovery disputes before it was successfully resolved via settlement.
US Foods
Represented US Foods in In re USF Pricing Litigation, a multi-district RICO and breach of contract class action consolidated in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, which challenged foodservice industry pricing practices.
Fibria Celulose (the Votorantim Group)
Represented Fibria Celulose, a Brazilian pulp and paper company, in a federal securities class action alleging violations arising from foreign exchange derivative pricing practices.
Major League Baseball
Represented the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, doing business as Major League Baseball in the unique bankruptcy of the Los Angeles Dodgers and in connection with the sale of the team.
Hess Corporation
Defended Hess Corporation against numerous putative shareholder class action lawsuits filed in state and federal courts in Nevada and Colorado, challenging Hess' acquisition of American Oil and Gas. We consolidated the cases in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and then negotiated a disclosures-only settlement that resolved all the cases, and Hess' acquisition of American Oil and Gas closed without any changes to the merger's terms or price.

Publications

  • Targeting Retail Discrimination with Parens Patriae, 36 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Probs. 203, 2003

Awards & Recognition

Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2014