Karin A. DeMasi is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and serves as the Department’s Managing Partner. She has been a litigator at Cravath for 21 years and a partner for over 13 years. She has extensive experience representing clients in class action litigation, including a number of securities cases, most recently representing GreenSky and its officers and directors in putative class action securities litigation alleging disclosure deficiencies in connection with GreenSky’s initial public offering; First Solar in a securities class action and a related opt-out action; Juno Therapeutics in a securities class action alleging defendants failed to disclose the side effects associated with an immunotherapy drug, resulting in a stock price drop when the clinical trial was halted; Merck in multidistrict litigation, which contained numerous class actions, individual securities actions, derivative suits and ERISA class actions, all of which Karin defended for more than a decade, including in the trial court, the Third Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court; DreamWorks Animation in two separate securities class action lawsuits concerning the animated film Turbo and sales of the company’s Shrek 2 DVD; Tetragon Financial Group in separate putative securities class actions; and Charm Communications and a special committee of its board of directors in a securities class action concerning the company’s going-private sale. Karin also represented an underwriting syndicate led by Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers in a securities class action alleging misrepresentations and omissions in connection with the initial public offering of Anchor Glass Container Corporation; Morgan Stanley in securities litigation, as well as related class action litigation, regarding alleged misrepresentations and disclosures relating to Guaranteed Investment Contracts marketed and sold by the financial services company ARM Financial Group; and Tyco International in a consolidated, multidistrict shareholder fraud class action, and related individual securities actions. In the past 10 years, Karin has had 14 similar cases successfully resolved on motions and 24 similar cases that ultimately settled.
Ms. DeMasi was elected in 2013 to serve as a member of The American Law Institute. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. She is the author of several articles, and has spoken on several panels relating to securities and class action litigation.
Ms. DeMasi received a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1993, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, where she was Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. After a clerkship with Hon. D. Brock Hornby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, she joined Cravath in 1997 and became a partner in 2005. Ms. DeMasi has served as the Managing Partner of the Litigation Department since September 2016. From 2014 to 2016, she served as the Hiring Partner for the Firm’s Litigation Department.