Alice Buttrick is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group.
Ms. Buttrick is currently working on the following high-profile cases:
- Stock Lending Markets Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y): Cohen Milstein is Co-Lead Counsel, representing Iowa PERS, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Orange County Employees Retirement System and Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association in this ground-breaking lawsuit, in which plaintiffs allege collusion among six of the world’s largest investment banks to prevent modernization of the securities lending market, a critical component of a strong economy that enables trading activities like short selling and hedging while also ensuring that financial systems operate efficiently.
- Alphabet Shareholder Derivative Litigation (Sup. Crt. Cal., Santa Clara Cnty.): Cohen Milstein is Co-Lead Counsel, representing Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund in this shareholder derivative action seeking to hold Alphabet’s leadership accountable for covering up pervasive gender discrimination and sexual harassment, including through their approval of secretive, multi-million dollar payouts to high-level executives credibly accused of serious sexual misconduct against junior employees. In addition, plaintiffs allege that Alphabet’s “culture of concealment” extended to data breaches in violation of a Consent Decree the Company entered into with the Federal Trade Commission in 2011.
- Nieves v. Performance Sports Group Ltd. (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein is Lead Counsel in this high-profile, putative securities class action involving PSG’s failure to disclose that its purported financial success was not based on sustainable, “organic” growth as represented, but was driven by the company’s manipulative and coercive sale practices, which included pulling orders forward to earlier quarters and pressuring customers to increase their orders without regard for market demand. The SEC and Canadian authorities subsequently initiated investigations, and PSG filed for bankruptcy.
- Weiner, et al. v. Tivity Health, Inc. (M.D. Tenn.): Cohen Milstein is sole Class Counsel, representing Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, as the Lead Plaintiff, and other purchasers of Tivity Health stock, in a putative securities class action for violations of the Exchange Act related to Tivity’s misleading the public about its relationship with United Healthcare, Inc.
- GreenSky Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y): Cohen Milstein is Co-Lead Counsel, representing Northeast Carpenters Annuity Fund and the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund, in this putative securities class action involving fintech company GreenSky’s failure to disclose in documents related to its Initial Public Offering significant facts about the Company’s decision to pivot away from its most profitable line of business. In the months following the IPO, Defendants explained these facts to the market, and GreenSky’s stock plummeted, causing significant harm to investors.
Ms. Buttrick’s recent successes include:
- Wynn Resorts, Ltd. Derivative Litigation (Eighth Jud. Dist. Crt., Clark Cnty., Nev.): Cohen Milstein represented New York State Common Retirement Fund and the New York City Pension Funds as Lead Counsel in a derivative shareholder lawsuit against certain officers and directors of Wynn Resorts, Ltd., arising out of their failure to hold Mr. Wynn, the former CEO and Chairman of the Board, accountable for his longstanding pattern of sexual abuse and harassment of company employees. In March 2020, the Court granted final approval of a $90 million settlement in the form of cash payments and landmark corporate governance reforms, placing it among the largest, most comprehensive derivative settlements in history.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2018, Ms. Buttrick clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Ms. Buttrick attended Yale University and earned her B.A., cum laude. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While a law student, Ms. Buttrick served on the Board of Student Advisers and as President of the Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She also assisted low-income borrowers through the law school’s Consumer Protection and Predatory Lending clinic and co-founded the Harvard Law School Feminist Collective.
Prior to law school, Ms. Buttrick worked for a law firm in London.