Theresa Trzaskoma is a highly accomplished trial lawyer and trusted adviser with two decades of experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil and white collar criminal matters. She brings sound judgment and creativity to bear in each of her cases, and obtains excellent results for her clients through powerful advocacy and strategic decision making.
For many years, Ms. Trzaskoma has been identified as one of Manhattan’s top white collar attorneys by Super Lawyers. She defends individual and corporate clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions, and in proceedings before regulatory agencies, including the SEC and FINRA. Her white collar cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, money laundering, accounting fraud, insurance fraud, antitrust violations, OFAC violations, improper trading practices, embezzlement, insider trading, market manipulation and tax-related fraud. She has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of companies and municipalities.
In civil matters, Ms. Trzaskoma represents corporations of all sizes, limited liability companies, partnerships and individuals in federal and state courts across the country, as well as in international and domestic arbitrations. She has litigated a range of commercial cases, including securities and other class action litigation, and complex contract disputes.
Ms. Trzaskoma attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Classical Archaeology. She attended the University of Texas School of Law as a prestigious Townes-Rice Scholar, and received numerous academic awards, including being inducted into the Chancellors honors society. She served as Articles Editor on the Texas Law Review. She graduated from Texas with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Thereafter, Ms. Trzaskoma clerked for the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Trzaskoma is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and various other federal district courts across the country. Ms. Trzaskoma is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and serves on the Judiciary and White Collar Crime Committees. Ms. Trzaskoma is also an active member of the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association and is currently serving a three-year term on its Executive Committee.
Representation of financial institution employees in investigations relating to OFAC violations and AML compliance issues;
Representation of public company accountant in connection with DOJ accounting fraud investigation and SEC enforcement action;
Representation of senior bond trader in connection with CFTC investigation into bid rigging and market manipulation;
Representation of ratings agency employees in investigations relating to RMBS models and ratings;
Representation of a private banker in Switzerland in connection with DOJ tax evasion investigation;
Representation of former officers and directors of financial institutions in lawsuits relating to mortgage-backed securities investments;
Representation of major financial institution in arbitration relating to an investment in a major real estate brokerage company;
Conducted an investigation on behalf of a municipal government into undisclosed conflicts of interest and financial improprieties;
Representation of chief financial officer in connection with an SEC accounting fraud investigation;
Representation of former hedge fund manager in multiple civil lawsuits related to mortgage-backed securities investments;
Representation of brokers in multiple civil cases related to tax fraud allegations;
Defense of a national media company in putative class action under the Telephone Communications Protection Act;
Representation of hedge funds in connection with SEC investigations into possible securities law violations;
Representation of securities brokers in FINRA insider trading investigation;
Counsel to future claimants’ representative in a large asbestos personal injury trust;
Representation of corporate client in a private arbitration related to substantial investments in principal protected notes.