/ / Regina M. Calcaterra

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 federal and state litigation representing public entities and labor funds in matters of corporate fraud, market manipulation and class actions. She also counsels on federal civil rights matters and complex state transactional litigation.

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.


  • Represents sophisticated institutional investors in complex federal securities litigation and antitrust matters when seeking to recover losses suffered due to securities and/or antitrust violations.
  • Represented minority business owners in a recently settled federal civil rights action that resulted in mandates intended to advance minorities countywide. See the settlement here.
  • Provides securities litigation advice and counsel to public and labor pension funds throughout the US.
  • Provides counsel on alleged federal civil rights violations.
  • Provided general counsel on benefit administration to a $38 billion public pension fund.
  • Served on the litigation teams that recovered over $8 billion for investors in the matters of In re WorldcomIn re McKesson  representing the NYS Common Retirement 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.


Public entities and Taft-Hartley funds in matters related to complex federal and state litigation including parties to alleged federal civil rights violations, securities and antitrust violations.


Ms. Calcaterra is a member of the various institutional investor associations such as the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Institutional Investors. She has lectured on matters related to the state of U.S. public pension funds, complex federal litigation, SEC regulations and corporate governance.

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 first vice chair to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board; on the Board of Believers to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works to get older foster youth adopted; on the Advisory Board of The Felix Organization, which provides impactful opportunities and experiences to youth growing up in foster care; and on the Advisory Committee of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.




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