Christine D'Auria

Associate

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  • JD, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2012; associate editor, Northwestern University Law Review 
  • BA (International Relations), magna cum laude, Brown University, 2008

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2015
  • Massachusetts, 2013
  • Honorable Francisco A. Besosa, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • Spanish

Christine D'Auria

Associate

Christine advises clients on an array of complex commercial litigation matters, including excessive fee claims brought against investment management firms, multi-district litigation and state-coordinated actions against pharmaceutical manufacturers in connection with the sale and distribution of prescription opioid products, and class actions involving price fixing allegations. She has also advised a range of companies regarding corporate risk, guiding clients through anti-corruption risk assessments and due diligence, as well as SEC enforcement matters.

Christine collaborates with colleagues across practices and has represented clients in state and federal courts. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, particularly representing a number of Iraqi and Afghan translators and contractors, hired by the U.S. military, to obtain Special Immigrant Visas and safely escape war zones.

Christine returns to Ropes & Gray after serving as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, Massachusetts in 2018. As a prosecutor, Christine appeared in court daily on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, arguing evidentiary motions to suppress, motions in limine, and motions to dismiss. Christine was lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials and focused in particular on financial fraud crimes, earning the award of Prosecutor of the Year from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators New England Chapter in 2018.

Experience

  • Currently defending a prominent pharmaceutical manufacturer in multi-district litigation involving more than 1,000 state and federal cases across the country in connection with the sale and distribution of prescription opioid products.
  • Defended investment advisers against claims of excessive fees, challenging the alleged differential between advisory and sub-advisory fees in various jurisdictions, including Western District of Washington, Central District of California, District of Maryland, and Central District of Illinois. 
  • Represented a Fortune 500 airline in defense of a class action involving allegations of price fixing in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Defended a leading retail grocery network against multidistrict litigation claims and regulatory inquiries stemming from unauthorized network intrusions suffered in 2014, and successfully obtained dismissal of the suit via a motion to dismiss in the District of Minnesota.
  • Represented an American cable television provider/multiple system operator in antitrust litigation in the Southern District of New York involving unlawful tying, and successfully defended against a motion to dismiss. Served as defense counsel in the District of New Jersey for the same client in a second antitrust matter.
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