Shalia M. Sakona

Associate
305-351-7216
Area of Focus: Litigation
GET TO KNOW Shalia
As an associate in the 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.
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Shalia's PRACTICES
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE

Defense of eight loan originators and sellers in the RFC and ResCap Liquidating Trust Litigation. The six dozen 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 the sale of billions of dollars' worth of mortgage loans which were pooled by the plaintiff into mortgage-backed securities.


INSIGHTS
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 and preserve the supply of rental housing and increase homeownership for extremely low-income families and individuals.

“Delving deep during the discovery phase is key to ensuring that we develop a strong factual record that protects our clients and supports their most important strategic objectives, no matter what the opposing party throws at us."

CREDENTIALS
  • Boston College, J.D., cum laude, Notes and Comments Editor, Boston College International & Comparative Law Review, 2013
    American University, B.A., Law and Society; Musical Theater, summa cum laude, 2010
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Complex/Business Litigation finalist, 2016
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