Judi has acted as lead counsel in complex business disputes for clients in industries as varied as telecommunications, financial services, real estate, aviation and mining. These matters include numerous commercial contract actions, joint venture and partnership disputes, disputes with independent sales agents, customers and vendors and involve claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and unfair trade practices. Judi has represented parties in disputes over real estate agreements, including commercial lease agreements, real estate purchase agreements and mezzanine loan agreements for real estate projects. She also has represented clients in whistleblower and employment disputes and investigations. She has acted as lead outside and in-house counsel on a number of litigation matters arising out of corporate transactions including mergers, asset purchases and financings (including in the aviation industry). For example, she was lead outside counsel for a subsidiary of a large European bank seeking to enforce a merger agreement with a U.S. company, including injunction proceedings and favorable settlement. Judi also acted as lead counsel for a US investment bank which invested in a number of overseas electricity projects in an international arbitration dispute with other investors over breach of representation and contract obligations.
Financial Services Litigation:
Judi has worked on a number of securities-related litigations and other cases involving the financial services industry. She is lead counsel for the court-appointed receiver of a large hedge fund involved in state and federal court litigation, bankruptcy proceedings and arbitrations. Judi also acted as lead counsel for a bank in its role as indenture trustee in an interpleader action, including counterclaims and third party claims involving disputes between bondholders/liquidity providers and others, which resulted in very favorable resolution on the eve of trial. She represented a private equity firm in litigation in two federal District Courts involving investment in real estate projects in the United States and Canada. She represented and advised a large European bank on litigation-related issues arising from its role as a liquidity provider to certain special purpose vehicles in a conduit structure involving subprime obligations.
She was lead in-house counsel responsible for a group of shareholder and ERISA class actions, including a large shareholder class action arising out of a company's revenue projections and another involving an IPO, the first of which resulted in favorable settlement after several weeks of trial in US District Court.
Judi also defended a large investment banking firm in a complex group of class action cases brought by limited partners and bondholders in real estate limited partnerships. She represented a major brokerage house in a case involving claims for commissions on thousands of municipal bond transactions, which settled on the eve of trial. She defended a major accounting firm in various disputes, including a tax malpractice action that resulted in a successful trial verdict after a four-week bench trial.
Telecommunications and Technology Litigation:
Judi has worked on numerous and varied telecommunications cases. She recently obtained summary judgment for a major telecommunications company in an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court involving ownership of network assets. Judi was lead counsel in a large FTC enforcement action involving telemarketing practices, defeating an application for TRO by the FTC and obtaining a favorable resolution for her clients. Judi has acted as lead counsel in successfully obtaining dismissal of a class action in two U.S. District courts (affirmed by two United States Courts of Appeals) against an owner of radio stations of a claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. She has also acted as lead counsel in a dispute between a long distance carrier with foreign telecommunications carriers over international telecommunications traffic, as well as cases involving claims of breach of contract by agents of telecommunications services.
Judi acted as first-chair in a large contract and trade secret dispute between competitors involving digital identity technology, which was tried to a three arbitrator panel of the LCIA. She represented a Latin American distributor of information systems in a fraud and contract matter tried to an ICDR arbitrator over a two week hearing, in which her client was the prevailing party.
Judi was lead in-house counsel responsible for a large number of telecommunications matters. These include the representation of a major telecommunications company in an arbitration with a competitor over attempted amendment of carrier agreement, resulting in unanimous decision in client's favor after an arbitration hearing; a large dispute with a competitor over improper routing of traffic to foreign countries, including proceedings in U.S. District and Bankruptcy courts, resulting in favorable settlement; litigation and regulatory proceedings across the country over telephone access charges; and various litigations involving pay phone compensation charges, including a successful D.C. Circuit appeal. She also oversaw investigations in connection with litigation matters.
Judi also represented a leading cable company in, among other matters, a series of lawsuits and disputes across the United States involving illegal pirating of cable boxes, with proceedings in various U.S. District Courts, Courts of Appeal and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
Judi has represented clients in various industries on intellectual property matters, including in the areas of trade secret, idea theft, copyright and trademark. Judi acted as lead counsel in successfully obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of a technology company to prevent use by a patent licensor of confidential information, and for a major record label in a copyright case against a hip hop artist and distributors of infringing work, including judgment and substantial award of damages and attorney's fees against the artist. She has also represented record companies in copyright and interpleader actions. Judi has represented clients in several cases involving theft of ideas.
Judi also acted as lead in-house counsel in the defense of a telecommunications company in a trademark action brought by a leading internet service provider over use of several marks in connection with internet service, resulting in summary judgment in U.S. District Court, affirmance in large part by the Court of Appeals and favorable settlement. She also achieved a 100 cents on the dollar settlement for a foreign film company in a dispute involving Spanish and Italian film distribution rights
Finally, Judi represented a leading television network, production company and individual defendants in a copyright infringement action over a late night comedy show, which resulted in summary judgment on all counts.
Entertainment Industry Litigation:
Judi has represented film, television and music industry clients on a variety of matters, including litigation and contract issues. She has represented the producer of a late-night television program on matters including existing or potential litigation, contract issues and content. She has advised celebrities on a wide range of issues, including the victim of an extortion attempt.
She has also represented a wide range of talent in connection with contract issues and disputes, issues over syndication and license fees and disputes with agents and employees. One such matter involved a very favorable settlement Judi obtained on behalf of writers/creators of a television series in an action against a studio over defendants' syndication practices, plaintiffs' net profits participation and other accounting practices.
On the film side, Judi has represented an independent film company in a breach of contract suit against a distributor for failure to distribute a foreign film in the United States, and an international film company in a contract dispute over foreign film rights acquired in connection with takeover of major U.S. film studio, resulting in a very favorable settlement.