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Shalia M. Sakona

Area of Focus: Litigation
Shalia M. Sakona
As a Partner in Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Group, Shalia has represented clients in precedent-setting mortgage repurchase and indemnification cases that have had a huge impact on loan originators across the country. She also has significant experience in multidistrict antitrust cases involving price-fixing conspiracies and has worked on many other complex, high-stakes cases.

Shalia plays a primary role in developing successful litigation strategies and is highly valued by the clients she represents.
Q & A
What experiences have shaped your career?
In addition to my legal practice, I am an avid musical theater performer. As an actress, my goal is ultimately to persuade the audience to react in a certain way to my character and her objectives and experience. A large part of that process is being able to anticipate how the audience will respond to my presentation, and to deliver the material in a manner that encourages the audience to see things from my character's perspective. 

I approach my legal advocacy in a similar manner, and my acting experience enables me to tell the client's story in a credible and convincing way to obtain the desired results.
How do you work on complex cases?
At every step of the litigation, I am very mindful of developing facts and admissions to support our big-picture case strategy. Whether drafting discovery requests and responses, taking depositions, writing briefs, or making oral arguments, I am always thinking about how each individual task can help accomplish our overall objectives and facilitate our theory of the case.
Defense of ten loan originators and sellers in the RFC and ResCap Liquidating Trust Litigation. More than eighty suits comprising the consolidated action were brought by the successor to one of the largest private purchasers of mortgage loans, seeking repurchase and indemnification arising out of th...
Defense of mortgage loan originators against claims brought throughout the country asserting over $500 million in cumulative damages. The cases were initiated by major financial institutions seeking repurchase of or indemnification for large volumes of residential mortgage loans sold before the 2008...
Representation of major opt-out plaintiffs in the prosecution of federal antitrust price fixing claims against the major world-wide manufacturers of aluminum, tantalum, and film capacitors. The Bilzin Sumberg Antitrust team alleged that the capacitor manufacturers participated in a global conspiracy...
Defense of Canadian franchisor in suit by former principal of Master Franchisee for breach of franchise agreement and defamation.
Representation of the owners and developers of a major Miami Beach, Florida hotel in complex construction defect and lien claim litigation. After extensive litigation, the jury returned a verdict of $3.7 million in damages. The court thereafter awarded the client $2.5 million in attorneys' fees and ...
Representation of the finance division of a major U.S. homebuilder in defense of a purported $80 million lawsuit filed by a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Chase(now in bankruptcy) in the United States. This lawsuit is part of one of the largest, longest-running, and possibly most complex bankruptcy proce...
Representation of leading New York-based capital management company in defense against a $1.0 million novel "conspiracy to defraud" lawsuit asserted in the context of a failed joint venture to acquire and develop Marriott hotel properties in the United States.
Representation of former officers and directors of Florida Career Colleges ("FCC") in defense of charges brought by a trustee in bankruptcy which is representing the creditors of the failed college. FCC owned and operated 41 for-profit schools in 14 states and, as such, was one of the largest operat...
Defense against contractual indemnification claims by Residential Funding Company LLC, the successor to a major financial services company, which went bankrupt in 2012, in seeking indemnification against dozens of companies, post-bankruptcy. The case included cutting-edge legal issues such as indemn...
Blog December 23, 2014
Earlier this month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) ordered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin making contributions to the Housing Trust Fund (“HTF”) and the Capital Magnet Fund (“CMF”). The HTF is a formula block grant provided to states to increase ...
  • Boston College, J.D., Notes and Comments Editor, Boston College International & Comparative Law Review, cum laude, 2013
    American University, B.A., Law and Society; Musical Theater, summa cum laude, 2010
  • Florida Shakespeare Theater
    Board of Directors
    Miami Acting Company
    Board Member, 2019
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Complex/Business Litigation finalist, 2016