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Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager


Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

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Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager is a partner in S&C’s Litigation Group, a member of the Firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and co-head of the Labor and Employment Law Group. Ms. Ostrager has a diverse practice, which includes regulatory and internal investigations, employment litigation, securities litigation, and representations of a number of individuals in criminal matters.  Her clients include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Volkswagen, among others.

In one of the most closely-watched employment cases of recent years, Ms. Ostrager succeeded in narrowing claims against Goldman Sachs in a class action alleging that it discriminated against more than 3,300 women in pay and promotions. She also convinced the court, over plaintiffs’ objection, to rule that Goldman Sachs could file a motion to compel more than half the class to arbitration.

Ms. Ostrager represented Kinross Gold Corporation in a high-stakes FCPA matter regarding criminal and civil investigations into activities involving the company’s gold mines in Africa. Ms. Ostrager helped Kinross settle a civil probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission for $950,000, which stands as one of the ten-lowest FCPA settlement penalties in the last five years.  Previously, she helped convince the Department of Justice to close its criminal probe in 2017 without taking action.

In a criminal defense matter, she represents the former CEO of SBM Offshore in connection with alleged corruption in numerous African and South American countries.

Ms. Ostrager’s other recent representations include a securities fraud case for a major energy company; an internal investigation of alleged gender pay discrimination and retaliation; securities and bankruptcy litigation on behalf of a major financial institution, which followed a DOJ investigation that she successfully resolved without any action against her client; and an arbitration on behalf of a financial and bank holding company involving executive pay.

Ms. Ostrager clerked for the Honorable Dennis Jacobs and the Honorable Richard C. Wesley, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Recent Recognitions
  • New York Law Journal - Rising Star (2019)
  • International Financial Law Review - Euromoney Legal Media Group Rising Star: Best in White Collar Crime (2019 finalist) and Best in Labor & Employment (2018 finalist)
Recent Publications
  • Co-authored the article “Bias Case Gives Justices Chance to Rethink Title VII” for Law360 (January 2020).
  • Co-authored the article “#MeToo and Separating Arbitration from Non-Disclosure Agreements” for the Labor and Employment Law Journal (December 2019).
  • ‚ÄčAuthored the article “DOJ’s 2019 Enforcement Activities Demonstrates a Continued Commitment to FCPA Enforcement” for Anti-Corruption Report (August 2019).
  • Co-authored the article “Whistleblowers Increasingly Shape SEC, CFTC Enforcement” for Law360 (July 2019).
  • Authored the article “Will the SEC Take an Expansive Approach to the Extraterritorial Reach of Its Jurisdiction?” for the New York Law Journal (April 2019).
  • Authored the practice note “Statutes of Limitations: Agreements to Shorten Limitations Periods on Employee Claims” for LexisNexis (January 2019).  
  • Co-authored the article “The Limitations of NY’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Law” for Law360 (September 2018).
Pro Bono Work
Ms. Ostrager’s pro bono work has included a matter involving the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment, litigation involving the foster and adoption practices of the State of Michigan, as well as a representation of an individual pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act.

Professional Activities
She is a member of the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Courts Committee, the New York City Bar Association’s Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee, S&C’s Women’s Initiative Committee and Associate Experience Committee, Friends of Mount Sinai Hospital and also serves as a member of the Alumnae Board of The Spence School and on the Alumni Schools Committee for Princeton University.