Anna Erickson White

Anna Erickson White

Education

University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1985)
Stanford Law School (J.D., 1992)

Bar Admissions

California

Anna Erickson White has more than 20 years of experience in securities and other complex, high-stakes civil litigation. She has represented companies, as well as their officers and directors, in securities class actions, derivative suits, internal investigations, merger and acquisition litigation, SEC investigations, and general commercial disputes. She has represented clients across a range of industries including technology, renewable energy, gaming, and financial services.

In addition to her practice, Ms. White currently serves on the firm’s executive committee and board of directors. She has also twice served as a firmwide managing partner, from 2006 to 2009 and 2012 to 2015.

Ms. White has been named a Client Choice Award winner which recognizes the ability to add real value to clients’ businesses above and beyond other players in the market. She is recommended by Legal 500 US for shareholder litigation. She was also named a 2014 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Ms. White received her J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 1992. She received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, in 1985.

Before attending law school, Ms. White was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Representative Matters

Ms. White's representations have led to significant victories for her clients. Ms. White's representative matters include the following:

  • Yahoo! Inc. and its directors and/or officers in a federal securities class action and derivative actions pending in the Northern District of California. The federal securities class action was dismissed with prejudice, In re Yahoo! Sec. Litig., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113036 (N.D. Cal. 2012).
  • Yahoo! Inc. and its directors and/or officers in a federal securities class action, Brodsky v. Yahoo! Inc., et al., 630 F. Supp. 2d 1104 (N.D. Cal. 2009); a derivative action in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Jacobs v. Yang, No. 206-N, 2004 Del.Ch. LEXIS 117 (Del. Ch. Aug. 2, 2004); and a derivative action in the Northern District of California. All three actions were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Yahoo! Inc. and its directors in a consolidated class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery resulting from its merger with interCLICK, Inc. 
  • Zynga Inc. and its directors and officers in a federal securities class action, a state class action, and various derivative actions pending in California and Delaware.
  • First Solar, Inc., and its directors and officers in a federal securities class action and derivative actions pending in Arizona and Delaware.
  • Former directors and officers of UCBH Holdings, Inc., in a federal securities class action pending in the Northern District of California, a shareholder derivative action, FDIC claims, a bankruptcy action, and related investigations and proceedings.
  • Novellus Systems, Inc., and its directors in a consolidated class action in Santa Clara Superior Court arising from its merger with Lam Research Corporation.
  • Former outside directors of Countrywide Financial Corp. in various securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions.
  • Altera Corporation and current and former officers and directors in derivative suits concerning stock option practices. The action was dismissed with prejudice in 2011.
  • Wonder Auto Technology, Inc., in a federal securities class action in the Southern District of New York, and derivative actions in state and federal court in Nevada.
  • Former officers of Wachovia and Wells Fargo in a derivative action in the Northern District of California.
  • Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Cisco Systems, Inc., in investigating derivative shareholder claims against directors and officers, and related derivative litigation. 
  • Oracle Corporation in related derivative actions in Delaware and California. Summary judgment was granted for defendants in the Delaware action.
  • JDSU and former officers in a securities class action, and related derivative suits. Defendants received a jury verdict in their favor in a case seeking $20 billion for alleged securities violations and insider trading.
  • CIENA Corp./ONI Systems, Inc., and its officers and directors in a consolidated class action in Santa Clara Superior Court arising out of a merger. The case was dismissed with prejudice.

Ms. White has been named a Client Choice Award winner which recognizes the ability to add real value to clients’ businesses above and beyond other players in the market. She is recommended by Legal 500 US for shareholder litigation. She was also named a 2014 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

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