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Yelena (“Lena”) Konanova is a trial and appellate litigator who has worked on many trial and arbitration teams and has briefed and argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts.
Lena has represented clients in a variety of complex commercial litigations and arbitrations in the areas of securities, contract, antitrust, insurance, trademark, and Constitutional law. She has counseled numerous Fortune 500 companies on the prosecution and defense of high-stakes disputes, represented important players in the clean energy industry in proceedings against governmental and competitor entities, litigated complex financial products (including asset-backed securities and insurance), and advised plaintiffs on the recovery of billions of dollars in commercial matters. She was a key member of the appellate team that represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency in successfully defending a $806 million judgment against Nomura and RBS in landmark residential mortgage-backed securities litigation.
Examples of Lena’s experience include:
- U.S. Bank, N.A., et al. v. GreenPoint Mortgage Funding: In the Commercial Division of New York Supreme Court, represented plaintiff in obtaining $540 million settlement in breach-of-warranty suit over $930 million in losses on residential mortgage-backed securities trust.
- In Re ResCap Liquidating Trust: In numerous lawsuits in federal district court in Minnesota and bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York, represented plaintiff seeking to recover billions of dollars in indemnity and damages from correspondent lenders arising from the defendant lenders’ sale of defective mortgage loans that resulted in substantial losses and liabilities for the Trust’s predecessor, the Residential Funding Company.
- CIFG (now Assured Guaranty) v. Goldman: In litigation in the Commercial Division of New York Supreme Court and in FINRA arbitration, represented an insurer against Goldman Sachs in a successful action relating to fraudulent inducement of insurance policy and investment relating to a collateralized debt obligation.
In her public interest practice, Lena has represented plaintiffs in appeals of Section 1983 and sentencing matters and submitted amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of corrections professionals opposed to solitary confinement practices. She spent a year as a Litigation Fellow in the Racial Justice Program at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigated civil rights cases in the areas of indigent defense, school desegregation, school-to-prison-pipeline, and debtors’ prisons.
Lena earned her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review and won First Place and Best Brief in the Ames Moot Court Competition.
Harvard Law School
(J.D., cum laude, 2008)
Harvard Law Review: Articles Co-Chair
Ames Moot Court Competition: First Place and Best Brief
(B.A., magna cum laude, Legal Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, with Departmental Honors, 2005)
Phi Beta Kappa
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Law Clerk to the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008-2009
State Bar of New York
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit
United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York