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As a Litigation senior counsel, Laura Stafford focuses her practice on complex business disputes, with a particular emphasis on bankruptcy litigation. Recently, she has had a lead role in representing the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in litigation involving the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s finances. In that capacity, she has, among other things, managed the claims reconciliation process while litigating numerous other adversary proceedings and contested matters.

Laura has litigated a range of matters in the federal courts, including serving on the successful trial teams in MobileMedia Ideas v. Apple and ADREA v. Barnes & Noble, as well as before the International Trade Commission. She is experienced in all stages of the litigation process, including pre-suit due diligence, discovery, summary judgment and trial.

In addition, Laura maintains an active and diverse pro bono practice, with a focus on immigration law and gun control issues. She has secured permanent residency for numerous unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States.  She has also filed numerous amicus briefs in federal and state court supporting the constitutionality of legislation.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Laura worked for the New York County District Attorney’s Office as a paralegal in the Frauds Bureau.

Earlier this month, Proskauer filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons, such as the AK-47 or the AR-15, and large-capacity magazines.  We filed the brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Worman v. Healey, a case challenging the ban on Second Amendment grounds.  Partner Kimberly Mottley and I led the team, with Lindsey Olson Collins and Steven A. Sutro co-authoring the brief.

Since 1998, Massachusetts has banned the sale and possession within the state of military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.  These same weapons were used in some of America’s deadliest mass shootings:  Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut;  the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida;  the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada;  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; and most recently,  the Temple of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The popularity of such assault weapons among perpetrators led the New York Times to dub them the “rifles of choice for mass shootings.”