Lori L. Pines is a Litigation partner in Weil’s New York office, where she is the Head of the Firm’s False Claims Act/Qui Tam group and is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation practice. With more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Pines has played a central role in managing the defense of some of the nation's most complex and public disputes, including one of the largest class action/multi-district litigation (“MDL”) proceedings. She has earned an outstanding reputation with clients for her case management and trial preparation skills, practical strategic judgment about complicated litigation issues, and responsiveness to client needs.
Ms. Pines has litigated cases spanning a broad range of substantive areas on behalf of major clients in numerous industries, including financial services, private equity, insurance, life sciences, managed care, telecommunications, energy, commercial power, professional services, publishing, and manufacturing.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Pines has been involved in a number of lengthy, complex jury trials in both state and federal court and has argued important appeals. She has also handled numerous government agency investigations, class actions, and employment disputes, as well as all aspects of many important settlements, focusing on what makes sense for her clients from both a business and litigation perspective. Ms. Pines also has extensive arbitration experience, including before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) where she played a significant role in coordinating the defense of one of the largest arbitrations ever filed.
Recent notable experience includes:
- Successfully defending American International Group in a complex qui tam complaint asserting claims for violations of the federal securities laws and the federal and New York State False Claims Acts, which the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed with prejudice in August 2017 and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in 2018;
- Representing and advising The Carlyle Group in insurance litigation and international arbitration matters;
- Securing a major victory for Schindler Elevator Corp. and a complete dismissal of all claims against Schindler in a federal False Claims Act qui tam action regarding Schindler’s government filings identifying the number of veterans it employs, in a case that was remanded from the U.S. Supreme Court and went up twice to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals;
- Defending Farmers Group in federal False Claims Act cases involving the entire insurance industry, which were dismissed with prejudice in 2016 and subsequently affirmed on appeal;
- Defending UnitedHealth Group in one of the first cases brought under the New York State False Claims Act;
- Representing the General Motors estate in an FCA suit brought against Allison Engine; and
- Serving as co-lead counsel for UnitedHealth in a major multi-district litigation in Florida federal court that challenged fundamental notions concerning the delivery of managed care in the U.S.
Ms. Pines has taught CLE-accredited classes on ethics and settlement strategies, discovery techniques, document production, trial-preparation, and witness examination. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as False Claims Act litigation, MDL strategies, expert retention, corporate depositions, and pleadings in complex cases, and is an editor of the Firm’s FCA Watch newsletter. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she served as the Chair of the Committee on Women in the Legal Profession for a three-year term that began in September of 2013. Ms. Pines is the Chair of the Firm's Litigation Training Program, a member of the Firm’s Task Force on Women's Engagement and Retention, a member of the Firm's Professional Development Committee, a Career Development Partner and an official Mentor to associates. She is also a chair of the Advisory Committee of the Sloane Hospital for Women at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Ms. Pines has been recognized since 2014 as a leader in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Ms. Pines received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a teaching assistant in the Lawyering Program and a member of the Moot Court Editorial Board. She has a Masters in Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.A. in Biology from Harvard College, where she graduated with Honors.