Joel, co–chair of Morrison & Foerster’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 U.S. SEC enforcement proceedings and corporate internal investigations. He also has substantial experience litigating complex commercial cases.
Joel regularly represents public companies and their officers, directors, and board committees in cases before trial and appellate courts throughout the United States, and in mediation to facilitate settlement. He defends clients across a diverse range of industries, and has extensive experience advising non–U.S. companies, in connection with securities and compliance issues related to their cross–border and U.S. operations. He also is frequently called upon by boards and senior executives to advise on directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance issues.
Joel also 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.
As Chairman and President of MATI USA – The Jerusalem Business Development Center, Inc., Joel leads a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate poverty and joblessness in Jerusalem by facilitating entrepreneurship and creating new jobs and businesses.
Mr. Haims is recognized by Chambers USA for his work in "New York, Litigation: Securities" and by Legal500 US for his work in "Securities Litigation: Defense."
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