Galia Porat is an associate in the litigation department. She focuses her practice on white collar and securities litigation matters. Ms. Porat represents corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of litigation and enforcement matters, including governmental, civil and criminal investigations, regulatory compliance, securities litigation, M&A litigation, class actions, internal investigations, bankruptcy matters and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Porat has represented clients in the financial services (banks, hedge funds, private equity funds and mutual funds), insurance, healthcare, retail and technology industries.
Ms. Porat regularly provides strategic advice to boards of directors regarding contract disputes and counsels companies on anti-corruption policies and procedures. She also works with key employees to conduct internal investigations and prepare for possible litigation. Ms. Porat has extensive trial court level experience including taking depositions, preparing witnesses for government interviews and depositions and managing large-scale eDiscovery projects. She has drafted dispositive motions and briefs in litigation, arbitration and appeals. Ms. Porat also has experience in co-chairing a federal jury trial and second chairing a federal bench trial.
- Representing a major bank’s chief currency dealer in connection with U.S. and U.K. investigation into foreign exchange market.
- Representing a former director of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in an SEC investigation, federal criminal investigation and civil litigation regarding allegations of bribery.
- Representation of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company in shareholder class action litigation regarding its merger with another insurance company.
- Representation of a president of a division of Johnson & Johnson in a federal criminal investigation.
- Representation of a hedge fund in an internal investigation in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “expert networks” insider trading investigation.
- Representation of directors of a manufacturing company in expedited shareholder litigation in connection with its acquisition by a global paper manufacturing company.
- Representing a hedge fund in sovereign debt litigation that resulted in a trial and enforcement efforts.
- Advising private equity fund board of directors on possible litigation risks associated with its current investment strategy.
- Representation of a Swiss bank in connection with tax and regulatory compliance issues raised by governmental entities.
- Representing an international company in multiple appeals of arbitration awards and enforcement matters.
- Defense of the estate of J. Howard Marshall (the deceased husband of the late Vickie Lynn Marshall, a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith) from claims brought by Vickie Lynn Marshall’s estate before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cornell University, B.S., 2005, with honors
Cornell University, M.S., 2006
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2009, Senior Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, Co-Director of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Law Project, President of the Jewish Law Students Association, Member of the American Inns of Court, Research Assistant to Professor Stuart Diamond
Judicial intern, the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (June-August 2007)
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Steering Committee, the ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee Young Lawyers Subcommittee
American Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association