Joel Haims is co-chair of the firm’s global Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense Group. His practice focuses on securities litigation, including class actions, shareholder derivative cases and corporate control litigation, and SEC enforcement proceedings and corporate internal investigations. He also has substantial experience litigating complex commercial cases, including real estate disputes and contested bankruptcy proceedings.
Mr. Haims represents public companies, their officers, directors and board committees in cases before trial and appellate courts throughout the country, and in mediation to facilitate settlement. He has represented financial institutions and their executives in litigation and other regulatory matters arising from the recent financial crisis, including in matters related to residential mortgage-backed securities. He regularly defends clients from a diverse range of industries, including financial services, real estate, life sciences, technology and consumer products, and has extensive experience advising foreign-based companies, particularly in China, Japan, Israel, and Bermuda, in connection with securities and compliance issues related to their cross-border and U.S. operations.
Mr. Haims also works closely with the firm’s Business & Finance Department lawyers on a variety of corporate and securities transactions. For example, he has worked closely with the firm’s real estate group advising banks and commercial real estate developers on the securities law aspects of real estate financing transactions involving the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.
Mr. Haims has extensive experience litigating religious rights cases, particularly under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). He served as lead trial counsel for the Westchester Day School in its landmark litigation against the Village of Mamaroneck and its Zoning Board of Appeals under RLUIPA, and he successfully defended the USTA in a religious discrimination lawsuit.
Mr. Haims is a frequent author and lecturer on topics involving securities litigation, and arbitration/mediation. He is recognized by Legal 500 for his work in Securities: Shareholder Litigation, and is considered a “Future Star” in New York by Benchmark Litigation.
Securities Class Actions/Individual Cases
Shareholder Derivative Litigation
RLUIPA/Religious Rights Cases
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