Mark focuses on representing public companies, their officers, and their directors in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, shareholder demands, and related investigations.
Mark routinely defends clients against investor lawsuits that allege violations of federal and state securities laws, breach of fiduciary duty, and insider trading. Mark has won dispositive pre-trial motions, prevailed on the merits at trial, and preserved victories on appeal. His arguments have broken new ground in several areas of the law. Mark routinely provides counsel to clients on disclosure issues, including those related to adverse events, executive compensation, and other corporate governance matters.
Mark has extensive experience with litigation under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, the California Corporations Code, and Delaware corporate law. He also has extensive experience responding to demands on boards of directors, including demands for action, investigations, and books and records.
While at Santa Clara University School of Law, Mark graduated first in his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he was a dean’s fellow with a full-merit scholarship, served as senior production editor of the Santa Clara Computer High Technology Law Journal, and earned American Jurisprudence Awards in seven subjects.
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