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Dahlia Fetouh is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Business Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice. Her practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, including representing public and private companies in connection with contract disputes, business torts, internal investigations and related issues. Ms. Fetouh works on a wide variety of significant civil cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level throughout the country.

Ms. Fetouh has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” every year since 2008. She serves on Goodwin Procter’s Hiring Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice, with a focus on housing and poverty issues.

Ms. Fetouh conducts complex business litigation for clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to emerging companies in a wide range of disputes. Her work focuses on complex civil and commercial matters including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation claims. She also has significant experience with federal securities litigation and investigation matters. In addition to engaging in active litigation on behalf of clients, Ms. Fetouh routinely advises clients on managing and avoiding litigation risk.

Ms. Fetouh’s recent matters include representing:

  • A leading financial institution in four multi-billion dollar disputes alleging fraud and breach of contract arising from residential mortgage-backed securitizations, resulting in favorable settlements
  • A global investment services company in two business litigation lawsuits with pension systems over valuation of complex derivative instruments, resulting in helpful rulings on dispositive motions and favorable settlements
  • A leading financial institution in a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial mortgage-backed securitizations, resulting in a favorable settlement
  • A leading mortgage servicing company in a putative multi-district class action concerning home loan modifications, that led to the denial of the plaintiffs’ class certification motion
  • A preeminent insurance company in a fast-paced investigation concerning claims alleged in five cases pending against various real estate portfolios and employees concerning complex real estate joint ventures
  • A nonprofit student loan organization in connection with a Chapter 11 proceeding and related adversary proceedings, arising out of securitizations of student loans
  • An asset servicing company in a putative shareholder dispute, including successful representation through a books and records request
  • A fund of funds pursuing claims in the United States and Bermuda against a hedge fund manager related to the mismanagement of client assets
  • A public relations agency in pursuit of a breach of contract action against a significant global smartphone provider that led to a quick and favorable settlement
  • An energy technology public company in breach of contract and misrepresentation litigation that settled favorably just before trial
  • An emerging technology company in a shareholder derivative lawsuit claiming breach of fiduciary duties arising out of a Series D financing, resulting in a favorable settlement and the successful approval of the settlement following a contested hearing
  • A nonprofit academic organization in response to subpoenas issued in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation; led to the court’s adoption of a novel privilege to protect the organization’s academic work and an award of legal fees to the organization
  • A national, nonprofit land conservation organization in multiple litigation matters, including a significant summary judgment win in federal district court that was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Ms. Fetouh also focuses in the area of appellate litigation. She has briefed appeals before federal appellate courts and authored amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Ms. Fetouh has repeatedly been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer "Rising Star" by Law & Politics and Boston magazine (2008 – 2014) and was named one of “America’s Most Honored Professionals” by the American Registry. While attending law school, she was a notes development editor for the New York University Law Review.

From March 2005 through October 2005, Ms. Fetouh served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County (MA), where she tried a variety of jury and non-jury misdemeanor and felony cases and argued numerous dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Ms. Fetouh is a member of the Boston and American Bar Associations.

Ms. Fetouh supervises Goodwin Procter’s pro bono project with the Volunteer Lawyers’ “Lawyer for a Day” program in the Boston Housing Court, which provides opportunities for firm lawyers to represent indigent individuals in landlord/tenant disputes. In addition to that project, Ms. Fetouh’s pro bono activities include representing indigent criminal defendants as well as a national, nonprofit land conservation organization.

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