Tania T. Taveras
Tania T. Taveras joined the Firm in 2005. She received her B.A. cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Economics. She received her J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law in 2004, where she served as an editor on the Fordham Environmental Law Journal and as a legal intern in the Securities Arbitration Clinic.
Ms. Taveras’s practice concentrates on complex commercial and class action litigation, involving a wide range of legal issues, including antitrust, consumer protection, landlord-tenant law, qui tam/whistleblower, and securities fraud.
Ms. Taveras is currently working on several antitrust cases including In Re: Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-MD-2328 (E.D. La.); In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation, No. 10-MD-02196 (N.D. Ohio); and In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 08-MD-2002 (E.D. Pa.) ($25 million partial settlement approved). Ms. Taveras is also representing New York City tenants on individual and class actions arising from the Court of Appeals’ decision in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P., 13 N.Y.3d 270 (2009), challenging landlord deregulations of their rent-stabilized apartments while simultaneously receiving New York City’s J-51 tax benefit. She was also a member of the team working on the Roberts case, which recently settled for $146.85 million settlement ($68.75 million cash) on behalf of the tenants of the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village rental apartment complexes in Manhattan for rent overcharges stemming from the landlord having illegally charged market-rate rents for apartments that should have been rent stabilized under New York City’s Rent Stabilization Law.
Ms. Taveras was a member of the trial team in the consumer fraud class action, Artie’s Auto Body Inc. v. Hartford Fire Insurance Co., No. 08-CV-03-019161415 (Conn. Super. Ct.), in which the Firm won a $14.7 million jury verdict, and the Court awarded the class $20 million in punitive damages. Ms. Taveras also has been actively involved in several securities fraud class actions including In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, No. 04‑CV‑1639 (D.D.C.); and In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Securities Litigation, No. 04‑374 (JAP) (D.N.J.) (U.S. settlement with a minimum cash value of $138.3 million and a contingent value of more than $180 million, in addition to a $350 million European settlement that the Firm was substantially responsible for obtaining).
Ms. Taveras is a volunteer attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Pro Bono Appeals Program.
Ms. Taveras is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey, and also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.