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, defending public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, M&A litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and other complex business disputes.
In addition to his securities litigation experience, Mr. Beha frequently represents accountants and accounting firms in litigation and regulatory enforcement actions, and represents debtors, creditors, and other interested parties in bankruptcy litigation. He also has extensive commercial litigation experience, including contract, partnership, real estate, and employment disputes.
Mr. Beha has served as lead trial counsel in contested hearings in both state and federal court and has briefed and argued appeals in federal and state appellate courts.
Mr. Beha represents clients in a broad range of industries, including financial services, insurance, computer software and hardware, health care, energy and natural resources, gaming and hospitality, and real estate. He has represented many foreign-based companies, including recent representations of clients based in Canada, Asia, Europe, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Beha 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 (with Jack Auspitz and Joel Haims) of “Settling a Class Action” in Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes: Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business) (2015 ed.).
Mr. Beha 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 on the Securities Litigation and Arbitration Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.
Mr. Beha served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, Senior United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York, during 2008 and 2009. He received his A.B. with honors from Princeton University in 2002, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Annual Survey of American Law, in 2006.
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