Lisa M. Mezzetti

Former Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Lisa M. Mezzetti

Lisa M. Mezzetti

Former Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Biography

Lisa Mezzetti, a Partner at Cohen Milstein, joined the Firm in 1984, and is a member of the Securities Fraud/Investor Protection and the Consumer Protection & Unsafe Products practice groups.

In her securities work, Ms. Mezzetti currently is Co-Lead Counsel in the In re: Oppenheimer Rochester Funds Group Securities Litigation (D. Colo.), which pursues claims for losses in municipal bond funds. She was Co-Lead Counsel in In re Parmalat Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y), in which $90 million was recovered in several settlements, and the Court issued far-reaching opinions concerning accounting firms’ liability for their foreign offices and, separately, the responsibility of a successor corporation for the actions of a bankrupt entity; In re VeriSign Securities Litigation (C.D. Cal.) (settled for approximately $78 million); Murphy, Derivatively On Behalf of Nominal Defendant National Health Laboratories Inc. v. Perelman (Cal. Super. San Diego Cty.) (global settlement of class and derivative litigations for total of $65 million); Flecker v. Hollywood Entertainment Corp. (D. Or.) ($15 million settlement, reached the day before trial was to begin); and Biben v. Card (W.D. Mo.)(93% of class members’ damages recovered in settlement). For private clients, Ms. Mezzetti represented the corporate plaintiff in a years-long private litigation alleging damages from the purchase of a healthcare technology company, and represented 1,900 plaintiffs in a series of 25 federal court suits concerning their purchases of municipal bonds. She also has represented parties in securities arbitrations (both as claimant’s counsel or defense counsel for the broker) and defended clients in investigations and enforcement actions of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In consumer cases, Ms. Mezzetti was one of the lead counsel in the Lupron Marketing (D. Mass.; $150 million combined settlement) and Synthroid Marketing litigations (N.D. Ill.; $123.5 million combined settlement) both of which were brought against pharmaceutical companies on their pricing policies and methods. In Howard v. Ford Motor Co. (Cal. Sup. Ct.) a class action with 30-million members, an order of the Court on an equitable count required the prospective recall of 1.7 million cars; she was on the Trial Team that achieved a settlement requiring major changes to auto warranties and full reimbursement of repair and replacement costs without the need for proofs of purchase, plus the creation of a $5 million research fund from which over 25 academic studies on auto safety have been sponsored. She was a Co-Lead counsel in Fischl v. Direct Merchants Credit Card Bank, N.A. (Henn. Cty. Minn.), brought by credit card consumers, alleging improper charges and payment processes; the settlement included credits for overpayments and changes in business practices.

Ms. Mezzetti has worked on ERISA litigations since the beginning of her career. Most recently she was a Co-Lead ERISA Counsel in In re Beacon Associates Litigation (S.D.N.Y) (combined $219 million settlement), which recovered all remaining lost principal for Madoff investors in a feeder-fund case and was on the litigation team for the In re Merrill Lynch ERISA Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) ($75 million settlement). She also was Lead Counsel on Bond v. Abbott Laboratories (N.D. Ohio), one of the first class actions filed under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Ms. Mezzetti is a public arbitrator for FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), hearing disputes between customers and brokers. She regularly speaks at legal education seminars and has been quoted in the media on issues concerning both consumer law and securities class actions. On securities issues, she has spoken on the Dodd-Frank statute’s effects on and benefits for institutional investors; qui tam cases’ benefits and processes; the protection of foreign shareholders in U.S. class actions; and class settlement issues and ethical concerns. She also speaks on corporate governance issues at conferences of institutional investors; her most recent article on this topic is Corporate Governance and the Impact of Controlling Shareholders, Corporate Governance Advisory, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan-Feb. 2010) (with D. Schlimm and B. Sharfman). She was an invited guest on a Washington, D.C. cable television show concerning advice on hiring and working with stock brokers and financial advisors. On consumer issues, Ms. Mezzetti has been a panelist at a Federal Trade Commission Workshop on Consumer Class Actions and at an annual conference of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America on unfair trade practices and deceptive trade practices statutes. The transcript of the FTC workshop, and her related article, The Coupon Can Be the Ticket: The Use of “Coupon” and Other Non-Monetary Redress in Class Action Settlements (co-authored with Whitney Case) are published at 18.4 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1431 (2005).

Before joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Mezzetti was a litigation associate of Shea & Gould of New York City.

For 2011, Ms. Mezzetti was Chair of the Corporate Affiliate Advisory Board of The National Association of State Treasurers; she also served four additional years on the Board and was appointed by the 2012 President to NAST’s Business Model Working Group, reporting to the Executive Committee on issues concerning NAST’s future. She was presented with the 2012 NAST Corporate Affiliate Award to commend her years of work and achievements for the organization.

Outside her practice, Ms. Mezzetti is a committed advocate of businesswomen. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors or Leadership Committee of two businesswomen’s networking alliances: The Financial Women’s Association (based in New York City; 9 years) and The International Alliance for Women (then comprised of more than 40 women’s networks on five continents; 13 years). Both organizations, among other projects, are active in mentoring systems and financial literacy programs for girls and women, and sponsor microfinance loan programs for women in impoverished areas. In 2009, TIAW honored Ms. Mezzetti with its Mandy Goetz Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to that group’s programs.

Ms. Mezzetti graduated from the Columbia School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1980, where she served as a Vice-Chancellor of the Moot Court Board. In 1986, she received a Master of Laws degree, with a specialty in Securities Regulation, from Georgetown University Law Center. Her bachelor’s degree was awarded by Stonehill College (B.A, English., magna cum laude, 1977).

Ms. Mezzetti is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York State.

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1984 - Prior
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2013

The mission of the Shakespeare Theatre Company is to present classic theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their work through a 21st-century lens.  Vision The Shakespeare Theatre Company endeavors to be an important resource to an expanded national and international community - as the nation's premier destination for classic theatre, as a training ground for the next generation of theatre artists and as a model provider of high-quality educational content for students and scholars.

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2011

The Catholic University of America (CUA) is a private university located in Washington, D.C. in the United States. It is a pontifical university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center following approval by Pope Leo XIII on Easter Sunday, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. It has been called one of the 25 most underrated colleges in America, one of the nation's best colleges by the Princeton Review, "one of the most eco-friendly universities in the country," and has been recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society.

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2011

The mission of the Shakespeare Theatre Company is to present classic theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their work through a 21st-century lens.  Vision The Shakespeare Theatre Company endeavors to be an important resource to an expanded national and international community - as the nation's premier destination for classic theatre, as a training ground for the next generation of theatre artists and as a model provider of high-quality educational content for students and scholars.

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Representative from New York's 12th Congressional District

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Representative from New York's 17th Congressional District

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Senator from New Jersey

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