Jolène LaVigne-Albert joined the firm in 2016. Her areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation, and white collar criminal and regulatory matters. During her time at the firm, Ms. LaVigne-Albert has appeared in state and federal court multiple times, including in two federal jury trials.
Prior to moving her practice to New York in 2013 to join Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Ms. LaVigne-Albert practiced with the law firm Stewart McKelvey in Canada, and in 2012-2013, she clerked for the Honorable Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada’s highest court.
Ms. LaVigne-Albert has advised national and international financial institution, small, medium and large companies, and individuals. In addition to clients based in the United States, Ms. LaVigne-Albert regularly advises Canadian clients in various matters, from commercial disputes to regulatory and criminal matters. Fluently bilingual in English and French, she has advised both English and French speaking clients from the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa in various matters.
Ms. LaVigne-Albert is a member of the New York Bar as well as the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is also a non-practicing member of the Law Society of New Brunswick (Canada). Ms. LaVigne-Albert is a member of The Wing.
Ms. LaVigne-Albert has advised clients on gender-based matters and matters involving sexual harassment and violence, namely:
- Discrimination under federal, state and local laws, including gender-based and pregnancy-based discrimination;
- Federal and state laws on parental leave;
- Sex trafficking laws;
- Sexual assault, including advising victims on reporting sexual assaults to criminal authorities, and both bringing and defending civil suits related to sexual assault;
- Defending claims by the New York Attorney General of gender-based hostile work environment; and
- Petition for legal status in the United States pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act.
Ms. LaVigne-Albert has defended individuals, corporations and financial institutions in state and federal criminal and regulatory prosecutions and investigations, involving various matters, namely:
- Wire and mail fraud;
- Obstruction of justice;
- Embezzlement from employee benefit plan;
- Money laundering;
- The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act;
- Tax evasion (income tax and sales tax);
- Price fixing;
- Investigations by state, national and international government agencies of financial institutions involving allegations of fraudulent mortgage underwriting practices, transactions with corporate insiders and related persons, market manipulation, antitrust violations, and money laundering;
- Investigation of violations of New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Law;
- The state crime of harassment; and
- The state crime of grand larceny.
Ms. LaVigne-Albert has advised clients in commercial litigation matters involving:
- Misappropriation of trade secrets;
- Conversion of corporate assets;
- Breach of fiduciary duties;
- Breach of contract;
- Fraudulent misrepresentation;
- Receivership application under state law; and
- Shareholder derivative lawsuit involving allegations of excessive executive compensation.