Lena Hughes, a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, handles appeals and critical motions in federal and state courts across the country. She has presented oral arguments in multiple federal courts of appeals as well as in New York state appellate courts.
Lena’s practice encompasses many issues important to businesses, including restructuring, class actions, securities, false advertising, arbitration, and trade secrets. She has briefed dozens of appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second, Third, Fifth, Ninth, Federal, and D.C. Circuits, and the New York and California state courts. For example, Lena has secured multiple appellate wins on behalf of defendants in putative class actions in the federal courts of appeals. And she successfully petitioned the Supreme Court for review on an important securities-law statutory interpretation question.
Lena has particular experience in the Second Circuit, where she clerked on both the appellate and district courts, and in the New York state appellate courts. In one of her New York Appellate Division arguments, she successfully secured vacatur of a trial court order denying a permanent stay of arbitration.
Lena also has played substantial roles in major restructuring matters. For example, she represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors on appeal in one of the most successful reorganizations of a coal company in recent times, and she currently represents the Ad Hoc Group of Constitutional Debtholders in the Puerto Rico bankruptcy.
Lena is an editor of Morrison & Foerster’s Left Coast Appeals blog, which keeps tabs on the Ninth Circuit and its decisions.
Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Lena served as a law clerk to Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lena also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she participated in litigation by the United States in the Supreme Court, advised on government appeals, and presented a successful oral argument in the D.C. Circuit. Before her fellowship, Lena clerked for Judge Gerard Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York.
Lena earned her J.D. in 2012 from Columbia Law School, where she received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize for academic achievement and the Wilfred Feinberg Prize for Federal Courts work. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.
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