Jennifer McDougall’s practice primarily focuses on commercial real estate, securities, and complex financial products litigation, where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitrations. She also has experience in matters involving creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. Jennifer has a successful track record of recovering or defending against claims for hundreds of millions of dollars for the firm’s clients.
Jennifer’s clients include some of the largest real estate developers, hotel owners and developers, and real estate and hospitality companies in the country, including JDS Development, Aman Resorts, OKO Group, and Hudson Realty Capital. Jennifer also works with Kasowitz’s Real Estate Transactions group to counsel clients concerning the litigation implications of their agreements.
Jennifer has been recognized as a Rising Star by Legal Media Group: Expert Guides in the area of Litigation and as a Rising Star by Crain’s New York Business, a list that celebrates real estate professionals for their professional achievements and their involvement in community and industry organizations.
Jennifer also devotes her time to pro bono work. She leads Kasowitz’s efforts in providing pro bono representation to marginalized and vulnerable Westchester residents through a partnership with the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. Jennifer has represented a number of Westchester’s most vulnerable families in eviction and foreclosure cases, preventing them from losing their homes.
- 111 West 57th Property Owner LLC in prevailing on appeal at the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, which unanimously dismissed claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and constructive trust involving the 90-story luxury condominium located at 111 West 57th Street in Manhattan, brought by AmBase, a former indirect equity investor in the project. The panel also affirmed the cancellation of a lis pendens filed against the property.
- JDS Development in the dismissal of state and federal RICO claims against developer related to a 90 story tower rising on 57th Street, upheld by the Second Circuit.
- Majority owner of Aman Resorts, a luxury hotel group with location in 15 countries, in a dispute relating to the acquisition of the company.
- A leading Russian industrial conglomerate pursuing securities fraud claims for insider trading and market manipulation against Morgan Stanley stemming from the liquidation of a more than $1 billion dollar stake in a Canadian auto parts manufacturer.
- International financial institutions seeking to recover more than $3.5 billion procured in breach of lending agreements involving variable funding notes.