Viktoriia De Las Casas is a practice attorney in the firm’s environment and natural resources practice.

Practice & Background

Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld  LLP, Ms. De Las Casas was a legal fellow at the Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, D.C. Her work there included preparing Freedom of Information Act requests; drafting petitions for review under environmental laws; preparing comments to the proposed rules under the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; conducting research of scientific and legal articles and case law on environmental issues; and preparing legal complaints.

A practicing lawyer in Ukraine, Ms. De Las Casas served as an in-house lawyer for Delta Projekt Consult in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she drafted and negotiated construction and design contracts and consulted with the technical team on legal issues. Ms. De Las Casas was a also a legal adviser for GLD-Invest-Ukraine, a real estate developer, where she conducted due diligence of real estate projects, negotiated land lease and sale contracts, advised on zoning issues, ensured project compliance with environmental standards and litigated land-related disputes.

Ms. De Las Casas received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law in 2015, where she was a member of the University of Richmond Law Review, the McNeill Honor Law Society and the Order of the Coif. Ms. De Las Casas was a semifinalist in the Moot Court and the Client Counseling and Negotiation (CCNB) competitions and served as an executive officer of the CCNB.

Ms. De Las Casas received her LL.B with honors in 2007 and her Specialist of Law with honors in 2008 from Kyiv T. Shevchenko University, Kyiv, Ukraine. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-lecturer, Legal writing in English, American Common Law Center at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Ukraine, Fall 2016
  • Speaker, “Pharmaceutical Regulation and Public Health Protection in the U.S.,” at the International Summer School at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Ukraine, July 18-22, 2016
  • Lecturer, Legal writing in English, American Common Law Center at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Ukraine, Spring 2016.

Languages

Ukrainian
Russian