Elizabeth Aniskevich is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group.
Ms. Aniskevich plays in instrumental role in building case investigations, including reviewing market analyst reports, interviewing stakeholders, and drilling down on the nature, significance and value of the fraud.
Ms. Aniskevich was involved in the following notable matters:
- Intuitive Surgical Inc. Derivative Litigation: $20.2 million total settlement, consisting of cash and options, and requiring Intuitive to adopt extensive product safety, FDA compliance, and insider trading and corporate governance measures. Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in this securities derivative class action, asserting insider trading by officers and directors of Intuitive in connection with the cover-up of safety defects in the company’s flagship product, the da Vinci robotic surgery system. Ms. Aniskevich briefed numerous procedural motions in what was a long, hard-fought legal battle.
- IntraLinks: $14 million settlement. Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in the class action securities fraud litigation, and one of the first securities class actions to be certified following the Supreme Court’s decision in Halliburton II. Ms. Aniskevich was involved in the class certification briefing and played a critical role in fact discovery, which included preparing for and taking more than 20 depositions and propounding extensive written discovery.
- ITT Educational Services Securities Litigation: $16.96 million settlement. Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in a class action lawsuit against ITT Educational Services and two officers for alleged material misrepresentations and omissions concerning ITT's liabilities under certain risk-sharing agreements it had entered into with third-party student lenders of ITT student loans. Ms. Aniskevich wrote the complaint and opposed the motion to dismiss.
Ms. Aniskevich is currently involved in the following notable litigation:
- New York State Common Retirement Fund, et al. v. Stephen A. Wynn, et al.: Cohen Milstein represents the New York State Common Retirement Fund and the New York City Pension Funds in a derivative shareholder lawsuit against certain officers and directors of Wynn Resorts, Ltd. in light 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 Wynn employees.The lawsuit seeks to preserve stockholder value in Wynn Resorts, Ltd. by strengthening procedures for responding to claims of harassment and creating stronger governance and risk management controls at the Board level.
- SanDisk Securities Litigation: Cohen Milstein represents shareholders in class action litigation alleging that SanDisk and certain individual defendants made false and misleading statements about SanDisk’s integration of a key corporate acquisition for its enterprise business, the breadth and quality of SanDisk’s enterprise business, and the strength of SanDisk’s enterprise sales team and strategy. The case is in discovery.
- Schwartz v. Opus Bank: Cohen Milstein is Lead Counsel in this putative securities class action, alleging that certain directors and officers of this commercial bank misled investors by portraying an image of a disciplined and conservative approach to credit, underwriting, and credit controls. In March 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted preliminary approval of a $17 million settlement, and a hearing on final approval of the settlement is currently scheduled for July 2018.
- Weiner v. Tivity Health, Inc.: Cohen Milstein is lead counsel in this putative securities class action, alleging certain directors and officers misled investors by misrepresenting the business performance of Tivity’s SilverSneakers program and contract renewals with insurance companies.
Ms. Aniskevich also maintains an active pro bono practice. Currently she is working on:
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, et al. v. Trump, and District of Columbia et al. v. Trump: Cohen Milstein is representing restaurant and hotel plaintiffs and the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia in lawsuits against President Trump, seeking to enjoin his ongoing receipt of emoluments in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Ms. Aniskevich is a member of the Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council of the DC Bar Foundation.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2012, Ms. Aniskevich served as the Pro Se Clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, where she managed the pro se prisoner dockets of the seven district court judges.
Ms. Aniskevich earned her B.A. at the University of Florida, graduating valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, graduating magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.
While in law school, Ms. Aniskevich was a Senior Staff Member of the American University Law Review, served as a Research Assistant to her criminal law professor, Professor Ira P. Robbins, and was the recipient of the Clair A. Cripe award for outstanding performance in correctional law, and interned at Cohen Milstein.