Monica Hanna is a senior associate in the firm’s New York office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and class action defense. She has lead associate experience developing complex case strategy and managing high-value, high-profile matters at all stages of civil litigation, from pre-service settlement negotiations to appellate proceedings.
Assist Commercial Division Advisory Council Chair Robert L. Haig, 2015
Trials and Arbitrations
Part of the trial team representing Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract claim brought by a former licensee which alleged that the licensee’s rights to use certain trademarks was prematurely terminated. Case settled during trial.
International arbitration counsel in telecommunications breach of contract dispute.
Trial defense counsel to American Integrated Oil Company in case alleging property damage due to a spill of fuel oil from underground storage tanks.
Coordinating trial counsel in multi-party federal turnover action against defendants alleged to be alter egos of Iran. The court granted summary judgment on the eve of anticipated six week trial.
Member of trial and appellate team representing high net worth individual in director’s breach of fiduciary duty action.
Complex Commercial & Civil Litigation
Successfully moved to dismiss commercial litigation sounding in fraud and negligence on behalf of an American sportswear retailer.
Counsel in multiple New York real estate litigations, through several interlocutory appeals, against corrupt managing agent, resulting in settlement valued over $200 million.
Appellate counsel to a major oil company in bankruptcy matter impacting the manner in which crude oil is traded in the United States.
Mediated highly favorable settlement in bankruptcy matter relating to the subprime mortgage crisis.
Represented victims of terrorism in several federal turnover actions to enforce judgements valued over $1 billion against the Islamic Republic of Iran at the trial and appellate levels.
Assisted in representation of reinsurer in an action seeking to enforce an arbitration award revisited by the underlying arbitration panel through appellate proceedings.
Lead associate in class action defense of several multinational financial institutions against contested fees and marketing promotion terms and alleged privacy right infringements.
Defended multinational financial services corporation in class action relating to gift cards and designed and coordinated successful national, second-round notice program for final fairness approval of settlement.
Currently assisting in the defense against multiple claims of employment discrimination, harassment and negligent supervision and retention.
Representing national testing laboratory in its defense against claims for medical malpractice and negligence in the reporting of blood test results.
Advised multiple public figures on matters relating to the Hatch Act.
Assisted in the representation of large municipal union in contract arbitrations and other administrative proceedings.
Assisted in the representation of a coalition of unions, community groups, and elected officials in an action contesting the improper closure of schools.
Currently assisting in representation of habeas petitioner.
Appointed Assistant District Attorney in Kings County for participation in appellate proceedings.
Successfully represented indigent individual in an action to dismiss excessive fines imposed by an administrative agency of New York City on Eighth Amendment grounds.
Trial representation of community development non-profit organization, evicting deadbeat commercial tenant and winning over $100,000 in overdue rent.
Monica was selected for inclusion in the 2015-2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars lists, issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.
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New York City Bar Association, New Lawyer Practice and Skills Committee Member
The Denis McInerney NYCLA American Inn of Court
New York State Bar and New York County Lawyers’ Associations