James J. Beha II

Partner | New York
(212) 336-4079


(Southern District of New York). Representing BlackBerry Limited and its former officers in securities class action related to BlackBerry’s accounting for its sales of BlackBerry 10 devices.

(District of Colorado). Representing Farmland Partners—a real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the New York Stock Exchange—and its CEO and CFO in securities class action related to its disclosures of loans made through its loan program.

(Northern District of California). Representing underwriter defendants (including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup) in securities class action related to Portola Pharmaceuticals’ disclosures in connection with secondary stock offering.

(Southern District of New York). Successfully defended the former CEO and CFO of Canadian telecom Nortel Networks in securities class action related to Nortel’s bankruptcy. Won motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice.

(Southern District of New York). Successfully defended semiconductor supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. and its officers in a federal securities class action. Won motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice.

Represented several former Bear Stearns employees in various securities class action cases relating to Bear Stearns’ residential mortgage-backed securities business.

Represented the following companies and/or their officers and directors in shareholder derivative litigation: AmREIT, Boyd Gaming, Cirrus Logic, Farmland Partners, LeapFrog Enterprises, UnitedHealth, Vringo, and Yahoo!

(Delaware Chancery Court). Successfully defended Japanese technology giant SoftBank Corporation against claims challenging Sprint Corporation’s $3.1 billion acquisition of Clearwire Corporation, completed in connection with SoftBank’s $21.6 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Sprint. Clearwire stockholder plaintiffs sought more than $250 million in damages from SoftBank for allegedly aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty in the transaction. Following a two‑week trial, Chancery Court found the Sprint/Clearwire merger entirely fair to Clearwire stockholders and entered judgment in SoftBank’s favor.

(Delaware Chancery Court). Successfully defended Evercore Group as financial advisor to ExamWorks Group, Inc. in litigation arising from ExamWork’s $2.2 billion acquisition by an affiliate of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners.

(Northern District of California); Hoppy v LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (California Superior Court, Alameda County). Successfully defended LeapFrog Enterprises and its directors in shareholder litigation arising from LeapFrog’s acquisition by Vtech Holdings. Won motion to dismiss seven consolidated state court actions and defeated plaintiffs’ motion for expedited proceedings in federal action, allowing the transaction to close as scheduled; post-closing, won motion to dismiss federal action.

(Boulder City Colorado District Court). Represented Boulder Brands, Inc. and its executives and directors in a shareholder class action resulting from allegations of breach of fiduciary duty in its acquisition by a packaged foods company. Secured favorable settlement.

(King County Washington Superior Court). Defended Ernst & Young in litigation related to its audits of the financial statements of Bernard Madoff “feeder funds,” in which the plaintiffs sought to recover over $110 million for losses from the Madoff fraud. After a five-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on the plaintiffs’ securities law claims, found the plaintiffs contributorily negligent on their common law negligence claims, and awarded the plaintiffs less than 10% of their claimed damages.

Represented Big Four accounting firms before the Public Companies Audit Oversight Board and state boards of accountancy.

(Bankruptcy, Southern District of New York). Defended the liquidating trust for MF Global Holdings, Ltd. and affiliated debtors in class action adversary proceeding under the WARN Act.

(Bankruptcy, Southern District of New York). Represented the joint official liquidators of three Cayman Islands investment funds in cross-border proceedings in the Cayman Islands and the United States, including investigation into potential fraudulent transactions and mismanagement by the funds’ former managers and directors, which ultimately led to appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee over the funds’ U.S. estates.

(Bankruptcy, Southern District of New York). Represented ResCap LLC, one of the largest residential real estate finance companies, in connection with the successful settlement of billions of dollars of residential mortgage-backed securities claims (and more than two dozen securities cases) as part of ResCap’s bankruptcy proceedings.

(District of Rhode Island). Successfully defended Bermuda insurance company Argus Group Holdings in litigation with deferred variable annuity policyholder relating to premium account investment loses. Won motion to dismiss all claims on jurisdictional grounds.

(Southern District of New York). Successfully defended the USTA in litigation relating to the 2014 Eastern Sectional Championships; plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed action challenging the format of the Eastern Sectionals after Court denied motion for preliminary injunction.

Legal 500 2018-2019

Recommended Lawyer for Securities Litigation – Defense

Super Lawyers 2016-2019

Securities Litigation Rising Star