Vern Cassin

Partner

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Washington, D.C.

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New York

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Vernon Cassin

Vern Cassin helps to solve complex problems for clients in high-value litigation, often involving claims of $1 billion. He has led or had a senior role in litigation on behalf of major U.S. and foreign companies, as well as foreign states litigating in U.S. courts. Mr. Cassin's litigation experience covers a wide range of sectors, with particular focus on the media and energy sectors. His cases often involve working closely with subject matter experts on technical issues, including financial analysis, engineering, and construction.

Mr. Cassin has considerable experience counseling clients in disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions, including shareholder class actions and securities fraud litigation. In addition to representing clients in court, Mr. Cassin frequently advises corporations on risk mitigation during corporate transactions that may face shareholder action.

Mr. Cassin has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018. He is Vice President of the U.S. Court Tennis Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Court Tennis Preservation Foundation.

Related Experience

Litigation

  • Defense of directors of public media company in shareholder class action litigation over merger with another public company.
  • Defense of public media companies and their directors in shareholder class action litigation over related-party transaction.
  • Defense of directors and major shareholders of public media company in class litigation over private share repurchase.
  • Defense of public media/entertainment company and its directors in merger-related class action litigation.
  • Claim on behalf of public media company in breach of contract dispute with another public media company arising from private share swap transaction.
  • Defense of entertainment company in class action arising with related-company merger.
  • Defense of foreign government-owned entity in litigation regarding alleged expropriation of energy assets.
  • Defense of U.S. energy producer in discovery action under 28 U.S.C. 1782.
  • Defense of U.S. non-prime lender in case arising from 2008 housing crisis.
  • Defense of U.S. government-owned agency in domestic arbitration arising from bank failure.
  • Defense of U.S. government-owned agency in federal court litigation arising from bank failure.
  • Claim on behalf of natural gas producer in dispute regarding defects in natural gas pipeline.
  • Defense of foreign oil company in dispute with U.S. investors in U.S. court.
  • Defense of foreign sovereign entity in commercial dispute with U.S. corporation.
  • Claim on behalf of foreign country in Delaware federal court action seeking enforcement of foreign arbitration.
  • Claim on behalf of U.S. investor in Washington, D.C. federal court in dispute arising from airport construction project in South America.
  • Defense of foreign company and foreign individuals in U.S. civil forfeiture proceedings.
  • Defense of U.S. whisky producer in consumer class action alleging deceptive marketing.
  • Defense of foreign oil company in disputes in multiple countries involving allegations of expropriation.
  • Defense of U.S. company in enforcement of UNCITRAL award against Government of Belize.
  • Defense of U.S. private equity fund and foreign bank in fraud and breach of contract dispute with U.S. hedge fund.
  • Defense of U.S. oil company in class action arising from workplace exposure to particulates.

Counseling

  • Counseled media companies, boards of directors, and special committees on litigation risk in more than a dozen public company transactions.
  • Counseled foreign oil company in coordination of litigation regarding alleged expropriation of energy assets.
  • Counseled foreign oil company in multiple international energy transactions with respect to litigation or jurisdictional risk.
  • Counseled U.S. energy company in relation to enforcement risks associated with potential acquisition of assets from state-owned company.
  • Counseled foreign oil company in relation to litigation risk arising from Marshall Islands transactions.

Awards & Community

Recognized as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2017 & 2018

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