Tansy Woan focuses her practice on complex securities and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Woan represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals across a wide range of industries in a variety of disputes involving claims for securities fraud, antitrust violations, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and fraudulent transfer, both at the trial court level and on appeal. She also advises clients in a broad range of regulatory investigations conducted by the DOJ, the SEC and FINRA.
Select representations include:
- Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. in a federal securities putative class action;
- AXA Equitable in a series of putative class action lawsuits alleging that the company breached its contractual duties to variable annuity and variable life insurance policyholders by implementing a volatility management strategy in certain portfolios;
- Bank of America Corporation in a shareholder derivative action related to its acquisition of Countrywide Financial Group;
- FMR, LLC and Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC in a putative class action asserting securities claims related to high-frequency trading;
- JPMorgan Chase in various federal antitrust class actions alleging that foreign currency dealers conspired to manipulate benchmark currency exchange rates;
- The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a putative class action alleging fraud, negligence, unjust enrichment and breach of contract claims related to the withholding of FICA taxes;
- PG&E Corporation and certain of its directors in multiple shareholder derivative actions arising out of the September 2010 rupture of a natural gas transmission pipeline;
- PPL Corporation and certain of its current and former directors in an alleged fraudulent transfer dispute arising out of a spin-off of its coal-fired business; and
- UBS Securities LLC in a securities dispute arising out of its purchase of 22 residential mortgage-backed securities by two of NCUA’s member credit unions.
Ms. Woan devotes a portion of her practice to pro bono work, representing survivors of domestic violence in obtaining orders of protection and assisting with related custody disputes. In 2016, she was honored by Sanctuary for Families for her successful representation of a domestic violence survivor in an extensive trial that resulted in an order granting all of the relief requested.
She also maintains an active amicus practice, including:
- on behalf of law professors in Nasrallah v. Barr (U.S. Supreme Court 2020) (removal proceedings);
- on behalf of members of Congress in three district courts (2018-19) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2020) (administration of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program);
- on behalf of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program in Darweesh v. Trump (E.D.N.Y. 2017) (executive action on immigration restrictions); and
- on behalf of a coalition of businesses in Texas v. United States (Fifth Circuit 2015) (executive action on undocumented immigrants).
Ms. Woan is actively involved in the firm’s training and recruiting programs. She serves on the firm’s Summer Associate Committee and the steering committees for the Asian and Middle Eastern Affinity Network, as well as the Women’s Affinity Network. She also is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion panels for the Asian American Bar Association of New York and various Asian law student associations.