Eric Lawson is of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Investigations + White Collar Defense groups. He has experience representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters and in appeals in federal and state courts throughout the country.
Eric regularly defends clients in securities and shareholder litigation, complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense matters, and investigations, including those brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Before joining MoFo, Eric was a senior associate at an AmLaw 50 firm. He recently served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted numerous felony cases, including a jury trial on charges of attempted murder. He also previously served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Eric earned his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. While in law school, he was the senior executive editor of the Journal of Law and Liberty.
- Represented a syndicate of investment banks in a securities class action relating to tens of billions of dollars of securities offerings conducted in connection with the merger of two of the world’s largest petroleum companies. Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice.
- Represented a corporate executive of a multinational flavors, fragrances, and cosmetic company in a securities class action relating to allegations that the company participated in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme. Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice.
- Represented a leading information technology solutions company and certain of its current and former directors and officers in shareholder derivative actions in federal and state court in New Jersey, a securities class action in federal court in New Jersey, and various shareholder demands in the Delaware Court of Chancery resulting from the company’s announcement of an internal investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in India.
- Represented a sustainable biotechnology company in a securities class action challenging various disclosures relating to the company’s operations.
- Represented a hedge fund using algorithmic trading strategies in an investigation into market manipulation brought by the SEC.
- Represented a UK-based trader in connection with an antitrust class action relating to supranational, sovereign, and agency (SSA) bond trading. Successfully obtained dismissal, which was affirmed by the Second Circuit on appeal.
- Represented a former analyst of a leading financial institution against allegations of conspiracy, insider trading, and wire fraud charges. Won a rare defense victory in insider trading cases.
- Represented a global educational institution in a state-law contract and torts case. Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims.
Eric also has experience in appellate matters and maintains a robust pro bono practice. Some examples of his work include:
- Served as lead counsel for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in briefing and arguing a criminal appeal before New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department. Successfully secured the appellant’s top-line convictions for murder, attempted murder, and first-degree burglary.
- Co-authored the briefing and served as second-chair in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the proper interpretation of the Prison Litigation Reform Act.
- Co-authored numerous briefs at the certiorari stage in the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Co-authored a brief in the Second Circuit challenging a district court’s revocation of a pro bono client’s in forma pauperis status. Successfully obtained reversal of the district court’s order.
- On a pro bono basis, successfully challenged under the First Amendment a city’s ban on charitable solicitation in public.