Securities Litigation + Enforcement

Defending companies, boards and executives against shareholder litigation and SEC enforcement investigations

Why Cooley
  • 500+ securities cases in the last 10 years – one of the firms most frequently selected to defend issuers in shareholder litigation
  • Deep experience representing companies, boards and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and other regulators and law enforcement agencies
  • Team includes five Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and numerous former prosecutors and SEC officials, including the former Acting Associate Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice, a former Assistant Director and Senior Trial Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division and a former Regional Director for the Pacific Region of the SEC
  • Deep bench of trial lawyers and a proven track record at trial, including two rare jury trial victories against the SEC, an acquittal relating to stock option backdating charges and a complete defense verdict in a securities class action trial
  • Scored many victories in state and federal courts of appeal, and have experience before the United States Supreme Court - we try cases, win defense verdicts and have the verdicts upheld on appeal
  • Defended more life sciences companies in shareholder litigation filed over the past ten years than any other firm
  • Unparalleled record of getting securities class actions dismissed by pretrial motions, often before any discovery
  • Deep relationships with virtually every D&O insurance carrier, allowing us to bring matters to an early conclusion where others cannot
  • Substantial experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of management, boards, audit committees and special committees
  • Members of the AIG Securities Counsel Panel, ACE/Chubb Securities Counsel Panel, AIG Investigation Panel, Marsh D&O Panel, Monitor Liability D&O Panel and QBE Management Liability & Professional Lines Panel and are regularly recommended by other major D&O insurance carriers

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Recognition

  • US News Best Law Firms: Litigation – Securities Nationally (Tier 1)
  • US News Best Law Firms: Law Firm of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets
  • BTI: Securities and Finance Litigation Standout
  • Chambers USA: Litigation - Securities
  • Legal 500 US: Securities Litigation - Defense
  • Law360: Litigation Powerhouse
Able to achieve outstanding results in securities class actions.– Chambers USA
Group Contacts
Patrick Gibbs Partner Palo Alto
Peter Adams Partner San Diego
Ryan Blair Partner San Diego
Luke Cadigan Partner Boston
Christopher B. Durbin Partner Seattle
John C. Dwyer Partner in Charge – Palo Alto Palo Alto
Shannon Eagan Partner Palo Alto
Koji Fukumura Partner San Diego
Randall R. Lee Partner Los Angeles
Sarah Lightdale Partner New York
Stephen Neal Chairman Emeritus Palo Alto
Michael C. Tu Partner Los Angeles
Aric Wu Partner New York
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