Securities & Shareholder Litigation

Our Securities & Shareholder Litigation Practice Group has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America©, BTI Litigation Outlook and Chambers USA for its experience and success in corporate and securities litigation, including:

  • Securities fraud class actions
  • Shareholder derivative litigation
  • Merger-related litigation
  • SEC investigations/enforcement proceedings
  • Internal investigations
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Securities-related arbitrations

Our clients include more than 35 publicly traded companies, some of the country’s largest privately held companies and their officers, directors, issuers, underwriters, special committees, financial and investment advisers. In recent years, we have represented these clients in connection with corporate transactions valued at more than $75 billion, as well as dozens of litigation matters related to sub-prime structured investment products. Our team has significant experience resolving insurance coverage disputes, including working with D&O insurance carriers and their counsel on securities litigation matters filed against corporate and director/officer clients.  We also routinely defend clients in securities-related arbitrations, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution, throughout the U.S.

Our experience also includes serving as lead counsel for Special Litigation Committees to effectively and efficiently investigate derivative claims and allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties.

While we take great pride in our record of favorably resolving cases through both dispositive motions and favorable settlements, we have an equally impressive record of success in taking these complex litigation matters to trial. For example, in one of the first credit crisis-related trials in the country, we obtained an order of specific performance for our client, Genesco Inc., in connection with a proposed $1.6 billion merger with The Finish Line, Inc.

Allison Wiseman Acker
Associate
Elaina S. Al-Nimri
Associate
Ryan R. Baker
Member
Michael A. Brady
Member
Kevin J. Butler
Associate
James H. Cheek, III
Member
Shayne R. Clinton
Member
Joseph B. Crace, Jr.
Member
Nicholas A. Deuschle
Associate
Wallace W. Dietz
Member
Margaret Dodson
Associate
Harry L. Goldsmith
Senior Advisor
Brian Irving
Associate
Britt K. Latham
Member
Christopher G. Lazarini
Member
W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.
Member
Glenn B. Rose
Member
John C. Speer
Member
Amy Worrell Sterling
Senior Litigation Attorney
Shepherd D. Tate
Member
Overton Thompson III
Member
Virginia Maynard Yetter
Associate