Regina Calcaterra is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein and a member of the Firm’s Investor Protection, Social Justice and Business Practice litigation groups. Ms. Calcaterra specializes in complex class actions representing institutional investors such as public and labor pension funds, labor health and welfare benefit funds, and private institutional investors who suffered losses due to corporate fraud. She also represents clients who have been subject to federal civil rights violations.
Prior to joining Wolf Haldenstein she served as Executive Director to two of New York State Governor Cuomo’s statewide investigatory commissions, Deputy General Counsel to the New York State Insurance Fund, Chief Deputy to the Suffolk County Executive, Deputy General Counsel to the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, Director of Intergovernmental Relations to the New York City Comptroller and a partner in a securities litigation firm.
- Provides securities litigation advice and counsel to public and labor pension funds throughout the US.
- Provides counsel to those subject to federal civil rights violations.
- Served on the litigation teams that recovered over $8 billion for investors in the matters of In re Worldcom, In re McKesson and In re Merrill Lynch representing the NYS Common Retirement Fund and the Ohio state pension funds respectively.
- Represented shareholders in state court when seeking executive board, executive compensation and corporate governance changes in publicly traded companies.
- Provided general counsel on benefit administration to a $38 billion public pension fund.
- Drafted and successfully advocated for passage of state laws providing for more flexibility in investing public pension and treasury funds.
- Directed a statewide investigation into all of New York’s power utility companies around their response, preparation and management with respect to several major storms.
- Managed a statewide investigation into public corruption that resulted in the adoption of new laws meant to strengthen the states penal law and provide greater oversight of the state election law.
- Published three reports of all investigatory findings with statutory and regulatory recommendations which were later implemented.
- Reduced a financially challenged county’s deficit by several hundred million through vendor outlay reductions, streamlining and restructuring government services and obtaining state authority to implement revenue generating initiatives.
- Provided advice and counsel on contracts, procurements, project development and implementation to state and city agencies.
Institutional Investors such as public pension funds, Taft-Hartley funds and health & welfare benefit funds. Individuals subject to federal civil rights violations.
Ms. Calcaterra is a member of the various institutional investor associations such as the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, the Council of Institutional Investors and the National Conference on Public Employees’ Retirement Systems.
She has lectured to institutional investor leadership on matters related to securities fraud, SEC regulations, corporate governance and the mutual fund industry.
Books & Community Affiliations
Ms. Calcaterra’s memoir Etched in Sand, A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (HarperCollins, 2013) is a #1 international best-seller and a New York Times best-seller. As a result of Etched in Sand’s messages of resilience, optimism, the plight of foster children and how we can all positively impact the life of a child in need, it has been integrated into college and high school curricula throughout the U.S. She is also co-author of Etched in Sand’s sequel, Girl Unbroken, A Sister’s Harrowing Journey from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho, (HarperCollins, 2016).
Ms. Calcaterra speaks nationally on issues related to foster care, specifically the plight of older foster youth and childhood poverty, abuse and homelessness.
Ms. Calcaterra serves as the second vice chair to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board; as an Ambassador to Library for All, a global effort to eradicate childhood illiteracy in third-world countries; and, on the Advisory Committee to the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. For close to ten years, she served as a board member to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works to get older foster youth adopted.