Jim Beha is a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense Group. He focuses on securities litigation and M&A litigation.
Jim defends public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, M&A litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and other complex business disputes, as well as in securities-related regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and various other federal and state regulators. He also advises corporate boards and special committees in connection with internal investigations and responses to shareholder demands and advises directors, officers, and in-house counsel on disclosure and corporate governance matters.
Jim represents clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country and in various arbitral forums. He has particular experience in New York federal and state courts and in the Delaware Chancery Court.
Jim has extensive trial experience, including as lead trial counsel in contested hearings in both state and federal court. In recent years, he has been a member of multiple trial teams that successfully defended against claims of over $200 million. He has also briefed and argued appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including the Second Circuit and the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division.
Jim represents clients in a broad range of industries, including accounting, financial services, insurance, computer software and hardware, health care, energy and natural resources, gaming and hospitality, and real estate.
Jim is a frequent author on topics related to securities litigation, M&A litigation, and other business litigation and corporate governance issues. His articles have been published in The New York Law Journal, Law360, The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Wall Street Lawyer, Deal Lawyers, and other leading legal publications. He is also a contributing author of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s “white paper” on managing shareholder derivative litigation and the co-author of several book chapters in leading treatises, including “Settling a Class Action” in Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes: Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business); “Securitization and Structured Finance Litigation” in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (Thomson Reuters); “Director and Officer Liability” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Thomson Reuters); and “Insider Trading Laws and Employee Stock Compensation” in Insider Trading Law and Developments (ABA).
Jim is an active member of the Federal Bar Council, currently serving on its Second Circuit Courts Committee and as a barrister in the Council’s Inns of Court program. He also serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Litigation and Arbitration Committee.
In 2008 and 2009, Jim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, Senior United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York. He received his A.B. with honors from Princeton University in 2002, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2006.
Federal Securities Class Actions
Regulatory Enforcement Matters
Legal500 recommended Jim for Securities Litigation – Defense in its 2018 and 2019 editions. He was also recognized in Super Lawyers as a Securities Litigation Rising Star from 2016 to 2019.
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