Kendra S. Canape


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  • Biography

    Kendra Canape is an established business attorney with a practice that includes a wide variety of civil litigation and advisory work for corporate clients. Ms. Canape’s unique and varied skill set allows her to work comprehensively in multiple areas and industries of commercial law, including specializations in financial services litigation, technology and cyber risk management and labor and employment.

    Ms. Canape has been responsible for representing clients in financial services law, employment law and technology and cyber risk management. She has significant experience in financial services litigation representing national and regional banks, brokerage firms and registered representatives. Ms. Canape has also defended employers in judicial, arbitration and administrative proceedings and has litigated and counseled corporations on cybersecurity and technology issues, including emerging cybersecurity and data privacy-related issues, which include incident planning and breach response.


    New York


    Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
    International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Securities Litigation: Ms. Canape regularly defends brokerage firms, clearing firms and associated persons in both enforcement and individual actions, class action and mass action litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitrations before the securities industry’s self-regulatory organizations. In representing financial services firms, Ms. Canape has defended over one hundred regulatory investigations and customer claims before the SEC, FINRA, AAA and ADR.  Ms. Canape’s practice includes virtually all types of claims involving a myriad of financial services and products. Ms. Canape’s experience includes defense of Rule 10b-5 claims, conflicts of interest involving firm research departments and individual research analysts, improper mutual fund sales practices, unfair business practices, retail customer suitability and breach of fiduciary duty claims involving publicly traded equities, mutual funds, ETFs, municipal bonds, private placements, initial public offerings, secondary offerings and PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) transactions.  Ms. Canape’s regulatory experience includes investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and FINRA.  She has advised and successfully defended numerous individuals and entities, as subpoena recipients, subjects/targets of SEC and FINRA enforcement inquiries, as well as full blown litigation with governmental regulatory authorities.

    Banking & Finance: Ms. Canape represents the firm’s banking clients in various types of consumer-based litigation, including mortgage banking, consumer protection, privacy, unfair business practices, and debt collection. Ms. Canape handles both loan level and class action litigation in state and federal courts for banking clients. Her practice includes representations in a wide variety of matters including claims concerning predatory lending, deceptive practices, statutory consumer lending violations, wrongful foreclosure and fraud claims, claims involving promised or failed loan modifications, RESPA, TILA, FDCPA, state consumer protection laws, eminent domain issues, and lien priority disputes.

    Labor & Employment: In her employment practice, Ms. Canape defends employers in judicial, arbitration and administrative proceedings. She has defended cases involving claims of wrongful termination, constructive discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, defamation, fraud, discrimination, harassment, failure to pay wages, reasonable accommodation and interactive process, CFRA/FMLA leave, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violations of the California Labor Code. Ms. Canape also provides advice to employers on a wide range of topics, including disability and protected leaves, employee privacy, wage and hour considerations and retaliation and whistleblower concerns, as well as other hiring, promotion, demotion and termination issues.

    Cybersecurity and Privacy: Ms. Canape has considerable experience in technology and cyber risk management. She has been involved with e-discovery, technology and cybersecurity initiatives. Ms. Canape represents clients in a broad spectrum of litigation and counseling, including emerging cybersecurity and data-privacy-related issues involving incident planning and breach response.

  • Education


    J.D., University of San Diego Law School

    B.A., Political Science, University of California, San Diego


    Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Securities Litigation and Employment Litigation: Defense (2018, Law & Politics)