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Dennis Auerbach
Dennis B. Auerbach
Of Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5226 dauerbach@cov.com Download V-card

Dennis Auerbach is a litigator, focusing principally on financial, white collar, valuation, and bankruptcy-related litigation. His cases have included representation of the former Chairman and CEO of IndyMac Bancorp in multiple cases arising out of IndyMac’s collapse during the 2008 financial crisis; representation of plaintiffs and defendants in breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer, accountant malpractice, and other disputes arising out of bankruptcy, receivership, and monitorship proceedings; representation of renewable energy companies in cash-grant litigation before the United States Court of Federal Claims; and representation of companies in sanctions proceedings before the World Bank.

  • Represented the former Chairman and CEO of IndyMac Bancorp in litigation arising out of IndyMac’s demise during the financial crisis, including prevailing against the SEC on two motions for partial summary judgment and successfully resolving a claim by IndyMac’s bankruptcy trustee. See, e.g., SEC v. Perry, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76018 (C.D. Cal. May 31, 2012); SEC v. Perry, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136596 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 24, 2012).    
  • Representation of clients in action brought by court-appointed monitor alleging receipt of fraudulent transfers and abetting fraud by payday lender.
  • Representation of clients in sanctions proceedings before the World Bank, in cases alleging fraud or corruption.
  • Representation of owners of California solar and wind facilities in litigation seeking payments due under the Section 1603 cash grant program.
  • Representation of minority shareholders of foreign bank in lawsuit alleging that controlling shareholders violated the Alien Tort Claims Act.
  • Represented directors and investor in breach of fiduciary duty, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation arising out of an internet provider bankruptcy.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer, and accountant malpractice litigation.
  • Representation of a former foreign official on U.S. financial fraud and money laundering charges.
  • Representation of victims of Madoff and Petters Ponzi schemes.

Pro Bono

  • Secured a preliminary injunction for a class of asylum-seekers, precluding the Department of Homeland Security from continuing to implement an illegal detention policy. See RILR v. Johnson, 80 F. Supp.3d 164 (D.D.C. 2015).
  • Secured a second, related preliminary injunction in which the court precluded DHS from detaining members of a class of asylum seekers absent an individualized determination that the asylum seeker is a flight risk or a danger to the community. See Damus v. Nielsen, 313 F. Supp. 3d 317 (2018).
  • Secured a $4.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a class of Filipino teachers brought to the U.S. under the nation’s guest worker program, based on a scheme by defendants to extract excessive and illegal fees.
  • Successfully represented clients in asylum proceedings in U.S. immigration courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers