Deborah A. Elman

  • Title: Director
  • Phone: (646) 722-8534
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  • Education:

    University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2001)

    Columbia University, M.P.H. (1997)

    Columbia University, B.A., cum laude (1995)

  • Admissions:
    New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY, U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA

Deborah Elman is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer, where she represents clients in complex civil litigation in federal and state court, with a particular focus on antitrust and securities litigation.  She has represented institutional clients, both public and private, and individuals in class actions, opt-out litigation, derivative actions, and arbitrations.

Ms. Elman is currently serving as co-lead counsel in several cases, including In re Payment Card Interchange Fee & Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, In re London Silver Fixing, Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, and Fernandez et al. v. UBS AG et al., as well as class counsel in Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Bank of America Corporation et al. (“ISDAFix”) and In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litig.

Ms. Elman has litigated numerous cases related to the financial crisis, including more than fifteen actions arising out of wrongdoing involving the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) and other complex financial products, resulting in several substantial settlements. Additionally, Ms. Elman was a member of the litigation teams that successfully represented the lead plaintiff in a case dubbed “The Enron of India,” In re Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Securities Litigation, which settled for $150.5 million, and In re Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. Derivative Litigation, which settled for $27.5 million. She recently represented institutional investors in In re Merck and Co., Inc. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation and In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, resulting in substantial investor recoveries.

Prior to joining Grant & Eisenhofer, Ms. Elman represented clients before the SEC, DOJ, and state regulators, and participated in numerous appearances before federal and state courts as an associate at a leading New York law firm.

Ms. Elman served as a law clerk for the Honorable William L. Standish, United States District Judge, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, participating in all aspects of federal trial court practice.

Ms. Elman graduated cum laude in 2001 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was Lead Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce. She received a Masters of Public Health degree in 1997 from Columbia University, where she also graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995.