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Anne F. O'Berry

Of Counsel

Anne F. O'Berry

Since joining the firm in 2000, Anne F. O’Berry has focused primarily on securities class action litigation, helping to achieve substantial recoveries for institutional investors and individual shareholders. She has also assisted in the firm’s antitrust and consumer protection cases.

Ms. O’Berry began her legal career as a commercial litigation associate at the New York firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. She subsequently served as a staff attorney for a federally funded agency representing indigent death row inmates in state and federal post-conviction litigation, as co-director of a non-profit agency seeking executive clemency for incarcerated battered women, and as a central staff attorney at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. She also taught “Race and the Law” and “Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating” as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University Law School.

Ms. O’Berry is a graduate of New York University School of Law where she was an Articles Editor on the Annual Survey of American Law, the director of the Women in Prison Project at Rikers Island, and a member of the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. She also interned for Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Following law school, Ms. O’Berry served as a Law Clerk to Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and then as a research and teaching associate to Judge Higginbotham.

Experience

  • Acted as a principal brief writer in complex securities and antitrust cases that resulted in significant settlements for plaintiffs and class members, including the Bear Stearns, Lernout & Hauspie, International Rectifier, Reliant Energy, Sykes and WorldCom securities litigations and the DeBeers antitrust litigation.
  • Participated as trial counsel in the Citrus Canker consumer litigation in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida, which culminated in favorable jury verdicts for the class members, and successfully appealed the dismissal of the AOL consumer privacy litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer with community groups serving undocumented immigrants, the poor, and homeless in South Florida
  • Co-founder of community organic garden at domestic violence shelter

Publications, Presentations & Appearances

  • Authored book review of Rendition to Torture, National Lawyers Guild Review, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Winter 2012)
  • Co-authored with Manuel John Dominguez and William B. Lewis, The Plausibility Standard as a Double-edged Sword: The Application of Twombly and Iqbal to Affirmative Defenses, The Florida Bar Journal (June 2010)
  • Authored Prisoners’ Rights: Judicial Deference to Prison Administrators, Annual Survey of American Law (1985)
  • Co-authored, with Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., The “Law Only As An Enemy”: The Legitimization of Racial Powerlessness Through the Colonial and Antebellum Criminal Laws of Virginia, 70 North Carolina Law Review 969 (1992)
  • Lectured on Clemency for Incarcerated Battered Women before the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Spring Conference, Orlando, Florida, 1996
  • Lectured on Strategies For Dealing With Clients Who Seek Their Execution at the Life Over Death Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Winter 1994
Anne F. O'Berry Of Counsel
Boston
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Boston, MA 02109

Since joining the firm in 2000, Anne F. O’Berry has focused primarily on securities class action litigation, helping to achieve substantial recoveries for institutional investors and individual shareholders. She has also assisted in the firm’s antitrust and consumer protection cases.

Ms. O’Berry began her legal career as a commercial litigation associate at the New York firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. She subsequently served as a staff attorney for a federally funded agency representing indigent death row inmates in state and federal post-conviction litigation, as co-director of a non-profit agency seeking executive clemency for incarcerated battered women, and as a central staff attorney at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. She also taught “Race and the Law” and “Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating” as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University Law School.

Ms. O’Berry is a graduate of New York University School of Law where she was an Articles Editor on the Annual Survey of American Law, the director of the Women in Prison Project at Rikers Island, and a member of the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. She also interned for Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Following law school, Ms. O’Berry served as a Law Clerk to Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and then as a research and teaching associate to Judge Higginbotham.

Education
  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1986)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Sociology and Political Science, summa cum laude, 1983)
Experience
  • Acted as a principal brief writer in complex securities and antitrust cases that resulted in significant settlements for plaintiffs and class members, including the Bear Stearns, Lernout & Hauspie, International Rectifier, Reliant Energy, Sykes and WorldCom securities litigations and the DeBeers antitrust litigation.
  • Participated as trial counsel in the Citrus Canker consumer litigation in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida, which culminated in favorable jury verdicts for the class members, and successfully appealed the dismissal of the AOL consumer privacy litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Honors & Distinctions
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
Admissions
  • State Bar of New York State Bar of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Affiliations
  • Southern Region Vice President, National Lawyers Guild, 2011-2013
  • Member, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Member, National Lawyers Guild Animal Rights Activism Committee and Environmental Human Rights Committee
  • Secretary, Civil Rights Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1989-1991
Education
  • Volunteer with community groups serving undocumented immigrants, the poor, and homeless in South Florida
  • Co-founder of community organic garden at domestic violence shelter
Publications, Presentations & Appearances
  • Authored book review of Rendition to Torture, National Lawyers Guild Review, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Winter 2012)
  • Co-authored with Manuel John Dominguez and William B. Lewis, The Plausibility Standard as a Double-edged Sword: The Application of Twombly and Iqbal to Affirmative Defenses, The Florida Bar Journal (June 2010)
  • Authored Prisoners’ Rights: Judicial Deference to Prison Administrators, Annual Survey of American Law (1985)
  • Co-authored, with Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., The “Law Only As An Enemy”: The Legitimization of Racial Powerlessness Through the Colonial and Antebellum Criminal Laws of Virginia, 70 North Carolina Law Review 969 (1992)
  • Lectured on Clemency for Incarcerated Battered Women before the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Spring Conference, Orlando, Florida, 1996
  • Lectured on Strategies For Dealing With Clients Who Seek Their Execution at the Life Over Death Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Winter 1994