Catherine Pratsinakis is Senior Counsel at Chimicles & Tikellis where she represents institutional investors in complex corporate governance and securities litigation.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Pratsinakis spent seven years at the Wilmington office of Grant & Eisenhofer concentrating on institutional investor rights. Notably, Ms. Pratsinakis represented lead plaintiffs in In re Parmalat Sec. Litig., MDL 04-1653 (S.D.N.Y.) which resulted in nearly $100 million in settlements with Parmalat and its former officers, directors, banks and auditors. One of the highlights from this case included Ms. Pratsinakis successfully advocating for lead plaintiffs to prosecute Parmalat in the securities class action despite being a protected debtor in bankruptcy court. Ms. Pratsinakis also represented lead plaintiffs in In re Hollinger Int’l Sec. Litig., 04-CV-0834 (N.D. Ill.), which led to the recovery of $37.5 million in one of the most infamous cases of insider self-dealing.
Ms. Pratsinakis has also achieved significant results for investors in the Delaware Chancery Court with litigation such as TRSL v. Greenberg, et al., No. 20106 (Del. Ch.). Overcoming a special litigation committee review of the self-interested transactions at issue, Ms. Pratsinakis went on to help secure one of the largest settlements in the Delaware Chancery Court ($115 million) on the eve of trial.
She represented lead plaintiffs in In re Cablevision Systems Corp. Options Backdating Litigation; Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana v. Scrushy; the Mattel Inc. derivative litigation; Barnes & Noble derivative litigation; and Covad Communications derivative litigation. She also assisted the trial team in In re Safety-Kleen Securities Corporation Bondholders Litigation.
Immediately out of law school, Catherine joined the litigation and bankruptcy departments of one of the largest defense firms in Philadelphia, where she spent her time representing Fortune 500 companies in an array of commercial litigation, including antitrust, malpractice, shareholder, consumer and creditor actions.
During law school, Ms. Pratsinakis served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and served on the Rutgers Law Journal as a Notes and Casenotes Editor.
Ms. Pratsinakis has participated in the Volunteer for the Indigence Program (VIP) in Philadelphia and has served on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter. Today she volunteers her time in the community through her participation as advisor to two youth organizations at her Church. She lives in Queen Village, Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.