Elaina Aquila


Elaina Aquila
Elaina Aquila is an associate in Weil’s Litigation Department, where she focuses on a broad range of complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts nationwide. Elaina has experience at every stage of litigation, including taking primary responsibility for pleadings, dispositive motions, managing discovery, and examining witnesses in depositions and at trial.

Some of her recent experience includes serving on Weil teams representing:

  • A major consumer products company in successfully resolving an environmental litigation in the Eastern District of New York.
  • A global technology company in successfully defending several consumer class actions in California regarding alleged defects in its laptops. The Weil team prevailed on motions to dismiss in both cases, and secured affirmation by the Ninth Circuit in one of them.
  • Multiple media companies in defending consumer class action suits regarding their subscription service platforms.
  • A large pharmaceutical company through investigating, negotiating, and potentially bringing breach of contract claims across three different matters, which ranged from a dispute as to whether a suspension agreement remained in effect related to a license of intellection property, to a commercial disagreement on and enforcing terms of various manufacturing and quality agreements with a third-party manufacturer.
  • Sears in connection with disputes arising as part of the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the S.D.N.Y., including winning a number of victories before the bankruptcy court and on appeal before the district court enforcing an asset purchase agreement.

Elaina is also deeply committed to her pro bono practice, which has included successfully representing a low-income tenant who was facing illegal housing conditions and harassment. Among her other victories in this matter, the court issued an order to correct and granted our client’s motion for contempt, with sanction.

Prior to joining Weil, Elaina served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Claire C. Cecchi of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Elaina received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, where she served as an Articles and Notes Editor of the Fordham Law Review. Upon graduation, she received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, magna cum laude, and the Ann Moynihan Award for her outstanding performance in the Law School’s Clinical Program, where she successfully advocated for a financial hardship exemption to New York State Tax Law § 171-v. During law school, Elaina served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Claire R. Kelly of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Elaina earned her B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Skidmore College.

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