Ms. Ross is involved in a variety of the firm’s litigation practice areas, focusing in particular on securities fraud, shareholder rights and other complex commercial matters. She has two decades of experience as a civil and criminal litigator, and represents the firm’s institutional investor clients as counsel in a number of major pending actions.
A key member and leader of trial teams that have recovered billions of dollars for investors, Ms. Ross is widely recognized by industry observers for her professional achievements. Euromoney/Legal Media Group named BLB&G partner Hannah Ross as one of the top female litigators in the country (one of nine finalists for its “Best in Litigation” category). Named a “Future Star” and one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in the nation by Benchmark, she has earned praise from Legal 500 US for her achievements, and is one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America," part of an exclusive list of the top practitioners in the nation as compiled by leading legal journal Lawdragon.
Ms. Ross was a senior member of the team that prosecuted In re Bank of America Securities Litigation, which resulted in a landmark settlement shortly before trial of $2.425 billion, one of the largest securities recoveries ever obtained. She was also a senior member of the trial team that prosecuted the litigation arising from the collapse of former leading brokerage MF Global, which recovered $234.3 million on behalf of investors. In addition, she led the prosecution against Washington Mutual and certain of its former officers and directors for alleged fraudulent conduct in the thrift’s home lending operations, an action which settled for $208.5 million and represents one of the largest settlements achieved in a case related to the fallout of the subprime crisis and the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities class action in the Western District of Washington. Ms. Ross was also a key member of the team prosecuting In re The Mills Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $202.75 million, the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities class action in Virginia and the second largest recovery ever in the Fourth Circuit.
Ms. Ross is currently prosecuting a number of high-profile securities class actions, including the litigation arising from the failure of major mid-Atlantic bank Wilmington Trust as well as a securities fraud class action against home healthcare and pharmaceuticals company, BioScrip, Inc.
She has been a member of the trial teams in numerous other major securities litigations which have resulted in recoveries for investors in excess of $2 billion. Among other matters, Ms. Ross prosecuted the securities class actions against Nortel Networks, New Century Financial Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”), as well as In re Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. Securities Litigation, In re DFC Global Corp. Securities Litigation, In re Tronox Securities Litigation, In re Delphi Corporation Securities Litigation, In re Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. Derivative Litigation and In re OM Group, Inc. Securities Litigation.
Ms. Ross serves on the Corporate Leadership Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation and has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the trial advocacy program at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Before joining BLB&G, Ms. Ross was a prosecutor in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office as well as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County (Massachusetts) District Attorney’s Office.