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Aneca E. Lasley

Partner

Aneca E. Lasley focuses her practice on general and complex commercial litigation. She represents clients in complex commercial litigation cases involving insurance coverage disputes, product liability, trade secret misappropriation, commercial contract disputes and business torts. Her practice extends to US federal and state courts in California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin to US federal courts. In addition to representing clients in the courtroom, Aneca defends clients’ rights using alternative dispute resolution.

Aneca serves as both the Firmwide Hiring Chair and the Columbus Office Hiring Partner. As Firmwide Hiring Chair, Aneca provides leadership in determining and implementing the Squire Sanders’ hiring strategies. As a Squire Sanders associate she was on Columbus Office Hiring Committee and the Firmwide Associates' Committee.

Aneca has been selected each year since 2009 for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a distinction that recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for less than 10 years.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable David D. Dowd, Jr. of the US District Court, Northern District of Ohio in Akron.

Aneca is a past president of Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association where she formerly served on the Bar’s Ethics Committee, Federal Bar Association and Defense Research Institute. She is a Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation and a member of the United Way’s Young Leadership Group. Aneca is an active volunteer with the YWCA, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Flying Horse Farms and the National Hospice Foundation, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Columbus. Aneca is also a frequent presenter on a number of litigation topics including Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, Trial Evidence for the Ohio Practitioner and Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know.

Representative Experience

  • Defending a Columbus-based research company and its three founding scientists against claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract. Ultimately obtained a verdict on several counterclaims, including unfair competition, in the amount of
    US$19 million in compensatory damages and US$7.5 million in punitive damages, in addition to attorneys’ fees, placing it among VerdictSearch’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2008. The verdict was recently unanimously affirmed by the Tenth District Court of Appeals.
  • Representing a global book retailer in a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement under the Lanham Act. After persuasively arguing the merits of the case during an early case management conference and with very little discovery required, a confidential settlement was reached on very favorable terms to our client.
  • Represented the trustee and its corporate acquisition arm of a US-based promotional products company in litigation involving a series of breaches of agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Representing a global consulting company against a taxpayer lawsuit against taxpayers’ allegations that our client and the state of Ohio engaged in a fraudulent conspiracy in connection with the award of US$60 million of unbid contracts for a statewide computer system and workforce development program, and that the subsequent legal settlement was the product of a fraud. The taxpayers’ suit sought US$120 million in damages. After taking more than 40 depositions, the team obtained a summary judgment that was also affirmed on appeal.
  • Representing major pharmaceutical manufacturers, and a seatbelt and airbag manufacturer, in products liability litigation. and in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding against a US-based automobile manufacturer.
  • Defending a national insurance underwriter in a case resulting from a mortgage fraud Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a mortgage broker, who defrauded dozens of homeowners and companies out of several million dollars. The plaintiff, a mortgage broker who purchased loans to sell on the secondary market, alleged breach of a Closing Protection Letter. Following a week long trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Defending a big four accounting firm in litigation commenced by the Ohio Superintendent of Insurance alleging our client failed to conduct an audit of insurance company in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards resulting in deferred regulatory action and deepening insolvency of the insurance company.
  • Representing a physician-owned joint venture during a federal qui tam investigation that resulted in declination by the government and dismissal by the relator following a presentation made to the government. Neither a settlement nor a Corporate Integrity Agreement was required.
  • Obtaining a jury verdict for US$5,245,000 for breach of representations and warranties by the seller in a contract to sell a business.
  • Obtaining a US$5,685,798.29 judgment against a prominent educational institution for negligent misrepresentation made to a foreign investor in a technology development project sponsored by the institution.

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Education

The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, managing editor, The Ohio State Law Journal, 2000
Ohio Northern University, B.A., cum laude, 1997

Admissions

Ohio, 2000
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Colorado

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