Joel Haims, co-chair of the firm’s global Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense Group, focuses his practice on securities litigation, including class actions, shareholder derivative cases and corporate control litigation, as well as 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 regularly 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 defends clients across 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, Canada, and Bermuda, in connection with securities and compliance issues related to their cross-border and U.S. operations.
Working closely with the firm’s Business & Finance Department lawyers, Mr. Haims also advises clients on a variety of corporate and securities transactions. For example, he works 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.
In addition, 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.
A frequent author and lecturer on topics involving securities litigation as well as arbitration and mediation, Mr. Haims is recognized as a thought leader in his field.
Mr. Haims currently serves as Chair and President of MATI USA – The Jerusalem Business Development Center, Inc. MATI USA supports the work of MATI Jerusalem in stimulating the economy of the city by boosting job and new business creation, and eradicating poverty and joblessness through encouraging and facilitating entrepreneurship. MATI, a not-for-profit NGO, has a successful track record of accomplishments through training courses, one-on-one mentoring and help in developing business plans and accessing loans. MATI bridges economic and social gaps through special outreach and support services targeted to people from all walks of life in the city of Jerusalem.
Securities Class Actions/Individual Cases
Shareholder Derivative Litigation
RLUIPA / Religious Rights Cases
He is recognized by Legal 500 for his work in Securities Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense, and is considered a “Future Star” in New York by Benchmark Litigation.
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