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Securities Litigation

Morrison & Foerster is recognized as having one of the leading Securities Litigation practices in the country. We have defended hundreds of companies and their officers, directors, underwriters, lawyers, and accountants in more than 1,000 securities litigation matters, including hundreds of class actions. We are one of the few firms that has taken a securities class action to trial and won. We also have achieved scores of dismissals and victories at the class certification and summary judgment stage.

We have defended companies and their officers and directors in federal and state derivative actions, in corporate governance cases brought in Delaware Chancery Court, in litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions, and in other securities cases and arbitrations. We are a leader on the most urgent securities issues, including litigation arising from alleged Ponzi schemes, the financial crisis, and stock option backdating.

In an era when companies and individuals face an unprecedented level of legal risk, we have the expertise, experience, resources, and global presence necessary to represent our clients effectively.

With more than 125 attorneys in 17 offices worldwide working on securities matters, we can handle virtually any kind of case, anywhere. We directly represent over 30 issuer defendants and serve as court‑appointed liaison counsel for more than 300 issuers in the IPO Securities Litigation (Southern District of New York), the largest set of consolidated securities class actions ever brought.

Our group includes prominent attorneys with decades of experience, former SEC enforcement attorneys, more than a dozen former prosecutors, and current Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Trial Advocates, which makes us well-equipped to protect our clients in parallel enforcement and criminal proceedings. We also have an in-house forensic accounting services group, led by a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and former Big Four audit partner, which provides ready access to in-depth accounting expertise in securities cases.

Our Securities Litigation clients come from all industry sectors, including financial services, life sciences, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, and consumer products.

Our clients include Altera Corporation, Argus Group, Atmel Corporation, Barnes & Noble, Capital One Financial Corporation, The Clorox Company, Crocs, Inc., The Hartford, Infineon Technologies AG, JDS Uniphase Corporation, Level 3 Communications, LLC, Novartis AG, Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc., and Pharmos Corporation.

“It is an excellent firm to work with and has very capable attorneys. They are very customer service-oriented.”
(Chambers USA 2013)

"They provide very insightful, spot-on legal advice."
(Chambers USA 2012)

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