Anna G. Kaminska is an Associate in the Litigation Department, resident in the New York office. Her practice focuses on appellate litigation, criminal defense, and complex civil litigation at both the state and federal levels.
As a member of the Appellate Group, Anna has handled matters in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts in a wide variety of cases, including most recently the following:
Secured a substantial victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Hill/United States v. Dorsey, No. 11-5721/No. 11-5683 (2012), which held that the ameliorating amendments in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 apply to defendants who were sentenced after its passage even though their offenses pre-dated the law
Successfully represented electronic publishers before the U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous victory in Reed Elsevier Inc. v. Muchnick, No. 08-103 (2010) (involving jurisdiction over settlement agreements under the Copyright Act), which Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named the “U.S. Copyright Case of the Year”
Persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Hunter v. United States, No. 09-122 (2010), which had barred a habeas petitioner from challenging his erroneous sentence on appeal
Achieved a unanimous favorable ruling in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division in Matter of Christian E., No. NN 05336-06, as Law Guardian on behalf of a neglected child
In addition, Anna has filed numerous amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts in cases testing the boundaries of criminal sentencing law, the attorney-client privilege and state sovereign immunity.
As a member of the Corporate Defense & Investigations Group, Anna has represented clients in prosecutions involving a broad array of federal crimes, including securities, bank, mail, wire and tax fraud, as well as false statements and unauthorized computer access. Recently, she was part of the defense team in United States v. William H. Shirk III, No. 09 Cr. 696, representing an FBI Special Agent who was wrongly accused of tipping a confidential source that he was under investigation, which yielded a rare mid-trial Judgment of Acquittal in the Southern District of New York.
Anna also has partnered with the Federal Defenders of New York and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in representing indigent criminal defendants. In particular, she has been extensively involved in the field of federal sentencing law, where she has represented clients at sentencing and on appeal in a diverse range of white-collar crime cases and pro bono matters as a participant in the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In the civil context, Anna has represented clients in a host of different matters ranging from complex commercial litigation to false advertising and international law.