Paullette Christine Deruelle, Esq.

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P. Christine Deruelle is head of the firm’s complex litigation practice group. Christine has represented individuals, private and public companies in various state courts, federal district courts, bankruptcy courts and arbitrations around the country over the last ~20 years.

Christine spent the first 15 years of her practice as a complex commercial litigator at a preeminent worldwide law firm, where she routinely represented Fortune 500 companies in “bet-the-company,” high stakes litigations and arbitrations across the United States. Her practice includes general civil litigation, complex business litigation, class action litigation and employment litigation. Christine also has extensive appellate experience in both state and federal courts, including two class actions that went before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Christine has worked primarily on large scale multi-million to multi-billion dollar litigation matters implicating a broad range of issues and substantive areas of the law, including RICO, ERISA, lender liability, constitutional law, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and liability under complex financial transactions and instruments. She has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation settings, including patent enforcement and infringement actions, debtor and non-debtor adversary and core proceedings in bankruptcy, alternative dispute resolution proceedings for multi-billion dollar derivatives transactions, emergency proceedings for the enforcement of executive non-competition agreements and the return of confidential trade secret information, the initiation of actions seeking the replevy of commercial aircraft, a multi-billion dollar multidistrict litigation involving RICO conspiracy claims, a litigation assessing corporate liability for cyber-attacks involving consumer credit card information, and cases implicating constitutional issues.

Representative clients include American Airlines Inc., ExxonMobil Corp., First Data, Inc., Fiserv, Inc., GE Capital Commercial Finance, Inc., GE Capital Commercial Aviation Services, Inc., General Motors Corporation, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Lehman Brothers, Inc., PDL BioPharma, Inc., Tekni-Plex, Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated.

Christine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2001, where she served as an editor of The University of Miami Law Review, participated on the International Moot Court Board, and earned distinctions for her trial advocacy (at state, national, and American Trial Lawyers Association trial skills competitions), including as winner of the University of Miami School of Law intraschool trial skills competition.

Christine has dedicated herself to helping those in need, including in her handling of various pro bono matters, including (i) a well-publicized representation of a nationwide class of consumers against a notorious South Florida pet store for deceptive and unfair trade practices in its puppy sales, (ii) representation of a prison inmate in a § 1983 civil suit against City of Miami and Miami-Dade County police officers as part of the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project for the Southern District of Florida, (iii) drafting of a portion of a judicial bench book for children with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, and (iv) representation of an accused in a criminal misdemeanor matter as a Special Assistant Public Defender as part of the Ensuring Equal Justice Initiative with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office.

Christine has received a variety of professional awards and recognition, including: (i) Stakeholder 100 “Top Performing Law Firm Associate” (one of the top 100 performing associates of color in the nation); (ii) IFLR 1000 “Future Star” in the Florida market; (iii) Benchmark Litigation “Future Star”; and (iv) “Super Legend” status for the Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP Pro Bono Service Award (10+ consecutive years of service).

Representative cases:

Martin County, Florida v. Medalist Building Group, LLC, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Case No. 19-0376 (Jan. 30, 2020)

Representative Publications & Speaking Engagements:

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