Brenda Szydlo joined Pomerantz in January 2016 as Of Counsel. She brings to the Firm more than twenty-five years of experience in complex civil litigation in federal and state court on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, with a particular focus on securities and financial fraud litigation, litigation against pharmaceutical corporations, accountants’ liability, and commercial litigation.
Ms. Szydlo played a leading role in the Firm’s securities class action case in the Southern District of New York against Brazil’s largest oil company, Petrobras, arising from a multi-billion dollar kickback and bribery scheme, in which the Firm, as sole Lead Counsel, achieved a precedent-setting legal ruling and a historic $3 billion settlement for the Class.
Ms. Szydlo has represented investors in class and private actions that have resulted in significant recoveries, such as In re Pfizer, Inc. Securities Litigation, where the recovery was $486 million, and In re Refco, Inc. Securities Litigation, where the recovery was in excess of $407 million. She has also represented investors in opt-out securities actions, such as in In re Bank of America Corp. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation. In addition, Ms. Szydlo has experience in mergers and acquisitions litigation. She played a significant role in obtaining a ground-breaking order enjoining not only the shareholder vote on the merger, but the merger agreement’s termination fee and other mechanisms designed to deter competing bids, in In re Del Monte Co. Shareholder Litigation.
Prior to joining Pomerantz, Ms. Szydlo served as Senior Counsel at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., where she represented plaintiffs in securities and financial fraud litigation, and litigation against pharmaceutical corporations and accounting firms. Ms. Szydlo also served as Counsel in the litigation department of Sidley Austin LLP in New York, and its predecessor, Brown & Wood LLP, where her practice focused on securities litigation and enforcement, accountants’ liability defense, and commercial litigation.
Ms. Szydlo is a 1988 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, where she was a St. Thomas More Scholar and member of the Law Review. She received a B.A. in economics from Binghamton University in 1985.
Ms. Szydlo is admitted to practice in the State of New York; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court.