Lambrina Mathews

Special Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 6806

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate & Securities Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Financial Products Litigation
  • Investment Management Litigation
University City University of New York, B.A., cum laude/with departmental honors, 1991; Adelphi University, M.S., with honor/distinction, 1994
Law SchoolSt. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1999 Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Commentary
Admitted2000, New York ; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of International Trade

Lambrina Mathews principally represents financial institutions, investment advisors and other public and privately-held companies and their officers and directors in financial services, corporate and securities litigation and other complex business litigation matters. Lambrina has represented clients in securities and derivative class actions, M&A litigation and other corporate control contests, investigations, litigation involving structured financial products and investments, and other complex civil litigation before various federal and state courts as well as the Delaware Chancery Court, including in connection with mediations and at trial.

In June 2014, The Legal 500 US recognized Lambrina as a Key Individual in the Securities and Shareholder Litigation bar, describing her as an attorney who [c]lients and peers praise and as 'fantastic.' The Legal 500 US also recognized Cadwalader's Securities Litigation Group as a practice that delivers a level of service [that] is exemplary and is all about value.

In addition, Lambrina develops and presents CLE programs for clients and other attorneys on various topics, including ethics and privilege issues, and is an author of numerous articles that have been published by The New York Law Journal, Harvard Law School's Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and various firm publications. She is also currently representing pro bono a landmark New York City cultural institution in litigation pending in federal court, and is an active member of the firm's Women's Leadership Initiative, where she serves as Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Prior to joining Cadwalader, Lambrina served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Richard K. Eaton of the United States Court of International Trade. Lambrina received her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Commentary. Lambrina received her undergraduate degree, cum laude and with departmental honors, from the City University of New York and her master's degree, with honor and distinction, from Adelphi University while pursuing a prior career in the field of education.

Lambrina serves or has served on various non-profit boards, including GlamourGals Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering female teens and promoting the well-being of women living in senior homes across the country.

Lambrina is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.


Lambrina has played key roles in a variety of corporate, securities and other complex business litigation matters, including in connection with mediations and at trial. Her representations include:

•Bank of America in litigation relating to the origination, underwriting or closing of certain CMBS loans.
•An SEC-registered investment advisor and its affiliate in CDO litigation involving allegations of breach of contract and gross negligence in connection with the management of the CDO's underlying reference portfolio.
•A national defense contractor in cases litigated in California state court involving significant contract disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets and related claims, including a lawsuit involving claims by former employees alleging breach of oral contract and unlawful termination.
•Deutsche Bank in litigation involving alleged violations of state securities laws and RICO in connection with certain allegedly illegal short-selling activities.
•The Chairman and CEO of a Fortune 100 company in internal and SEC investigations and parallel securities class action litigation relating to options timing.
•A government-sponsored enterprise in connection with the global resolution of SEC and other parallel enforcement and regulatory proceedings involving alleged violations of federal securities laws and breach of fiduciary duty.
•The largest commercial operator of fitness centers in North America in a proxy contest litigated concurrently in Delaware federal court and Delaware Chancery Court involving claims relating to the company's takeover defense plan and Williams Act violations.
•The official committee of unsecured creditors of a multinational automotive parts manufacturer in connection with certain bankruptcy proceedings and concurrent securities litigation, and related claims against the company's former parent in connection with its spin-off.
•The outside directors of a privately-held Forbes 500 company in corporate control litigation involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, oppression and waste.
•The underwriters of multiple securities offerings issued by The Williams Companies in a securities class action alleging violations of Sections 11 and 12(a) of the Securities Act.
•An American regional airline in concurrent federal court and Delaware Chancery Court litigation arising from its tender offer for another airline and involving claims and counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust violations and federal securities law violations.
•The underwriter of certain loans in connection with a dispute concerning the then-record sale of the General Motors building.
•Bank of America in connection with certain claims relating to the Enron litigation.
•The CFO of a digital services and internet provider in a securities fraud class action involving alleged violations of Section 10(b) and control person liability under the Exchange Act.
•A major shareholder of an information technology services provider in concurrent federal and state chancery court proceedings arising from a contested election of directors and related claims for breach of fiduciary duty and Williams Act violations.
•The directors of a regional wireless cellular services provider in a derivative action filed in Delaware Chancery Court alleging breach of fiduciary duties by the directors in connection with the company's acquisition by AT&T Wireless.

News & Resources


News Releases

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014 Jun 27, 2014


Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014 Jun 27, 2014


Clients & Friends Memos

Before The Whistle Blows: Understanding And Addressing The Expanding Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Sarbanes-Oxley And Dodd-Frank May 12, 2014


Privilege and Work Product Doctrine: Noteworthy Developments Mar 05, 2014


SEC Enforcement Advisor

Second Circuit Holds that Anti-Retaliation Provisions of Dodd Frank Act Have No Extraterritorial Application Aug 20, 2014


Hon. Richard K. Eaton
U.S. Court of International Trade

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Lambrina Mathews

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