Corporate and Securities/Shareholder Disputes

Our commercial litigation attorneys have vast experience litigating matters involving publicly held companies, closely held corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures on issues ranging from proxy fights and tender offers to alleged violations of federal and state securities laws. Our clients have included individual and corporate investors, parties to contested corporate takeovers, directors and officers, brokers and brokerage houses, and professionals who have rendered advice concerning securities transactions.

Some of our commercial litigation partners act as “general counsel” to closely-held corporations, advising them on shareholder issues and litigation avoidance techniques. We have handled securities-related class actions and derivative cases, and regularly represent corporate officers and directors against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. In connection with this practice area, our litigators have tried cases to judges, juries and panels of arbitrators.

Sample securities cases include:

  • Representation of a publicly-held corporation in an injunction proceeding concerning noncompliance with a corporate merger agreement
  • Representation of directors and officers of a former savings and loan association against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by RTC/FDIC
  • Representation of several brokerage firms in national class action “order flow” litigation
  • Representation of the shareholders of closely-held company in disputes concerning stock ownership