Lyle Roberts is a partner in the Securities Litigation practice group and a member of the Litigation department. He joined the Firm in 2012 and is a resident of the Washington, DC office.
Mr. Roberts' practice focuses in the areas of securities litigation and regulation. He defends public corporations and individuals in class actions, derivative cases, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") enforcement actions. He also conducts corporate internal investigations and counsels clients with respect to securities regulatory issues.
Mr. Roberts' recent representations include the successful defense of Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks) in an SEC insider trading case. In a widely publicized trial victory, Mr. Cuban was found not liable on all claims. Mr. Roberts also represents a number of prominent companies – including CenturyLink, Lumber Liquidators, and Fidelity National Financial – in the defense of private securities litigation. His notable past representations include appellate victories in the PEC Solutions, Cree, and Frontier Insurance securities class actions, leading to the complete dismissal of the claims in those cases.
Mark Cuban discusses the SEC's enforcement activities with Lyle Roberts.
Mr. Roberts is a writer and lecturer on securities litigation topics and is often quoted in the media. He is the author of The 10b-5 Daily, a blog devoted to news and analysis related to securities class actions. Mr. Roberts also is co-chairman of the annual Practicing Law Institute securities litigation program. He frequently submits amicus briefs in securities litigation cases on behalf of clients, including recent briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation in the Halliburton case and SIFMA and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in the Matrixx case. Mr. Roberts is recommended by Legal 500 in the area of Securities Litigation - Defense and has been named a Washington, DC Super Lawyer for 2013 - 2015.
Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Roberts was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf. He also led the East Coast securities litigation practice of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati during his tenure with that firm.
Mr. Roberts received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was on the Law Review. Following law school, he was a judicial clerk for Judge Donald S. Russell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- In re CenturyLink, Inc. Securities Litigation, 2015 WL 500476 (W.D.La. February 3, 2015). Magistrate judge recommended that securities class action be dismissed with prejudice based on plaintiffs' failure to adequately plead fraudulent intent. District court adopted recommendation.
- City of St. Clair Shores General Employees' Retirement System v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., 2012 WL 1080953 (M.D.Fla. March 30, 2012). District court dismissed securities class action complaint against the nation's leading supplier of mortgage processing services.
- Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mark Cuban, 634 F.Supp.2d 713 (N.D. Tex. 2009). In a landmark ruling, district court invalidated an SEC rule and dismissed the insider trading claims against Mr. Cuban.
- Winn v. Schafer, 499 F.Supp.2d 390 (S.D.N.Y. 2007). District court dismissed derivative complaint filed against Scottish Re and its directors based on application of U.K./Cayman Islands law.
- In re Cree, Inc. Sec. Litig., 2005 WL 1847004 (M.D.N.C Aug. 2, 2005), aff'd 477 F.3d 162 (4th Cir. 2007). Appellate court affirmed dismissal of securities class action complaint against Cree and certain of its officers, with important rulings on the issues of corporate fraudulent intent and loss causation.
- In re PEC Solutions Sec. Litig., 2004 WL 1854202 (E.D. Va. May 25, 2004), aff'd 418 F.3d 379 (4th Cir. 2005). Appellate court affirmed dismissal of securities class action complaint against PEC Solutions and certain of its officers and established new law on the pleading of fraudulent intent.
- Kahler v. Tularik, No. CIV 438544 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Aug. 19, 2004). State court dismissed merger litigation.
- Ezra Charitable Trust v. Frontier Ins. Group, Inc., 2002 WL 87723 (S.D.N.Y. January 23, 2002), aff'd 318 F.3d 148 (2nd Cir. 2003). Appellate court affirmed dismissal of securities class action complaint against Frontier and certain of its officers based on statute of limitations.
- Graff v. Prime Retail, Inc., 172 F. Supp. 2d 721 (D. Md. 2001), aff'd 46 Fed. Appx. 140 (4th Cir. 2002). Appellate court affirmed dismissal of securities action complaint against Prime Retail and certain of its officers.
Selected Recent Activities
- Co-Chairman, Securities Litigation: From Investigation to Trial, Practicing Law Institute, New York (2009 to present)
- Speaker, NYCLA Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Conference: Insights for the Financial Services Attorney (April 2015)
- Speaker, American Conference Institute's National Forum on Securities Litigation and Enforcement (January 2015)
- Moderator, "Supreme Court's Morrison v. National Bank and ‘Foreign Cubed' Securities Fraud Actions," Practicing Law Institute (July 2010)
- Speaker, "The SEC and Securities Class Action Suits: Defining the Relationship Between the Commission and the Plaintiffs' Bar," WLF Web Seminar Series (July 29, 2008)
- Speaker, "What You Need To Know for 2008: Securities Litigation," Audio Webcast, Riskmetrics Group (January 2008)
- Moderator, "Stoneridge: Is there 'Scheme' Liability or Not?" Practicing Law Institute (January 2008)
- Moderator, "Tellabs v. Makor: Pleading Scienter in Securities Fraud Cases," Practicing Law Institute (July 2007)
- Moderator, "Dabit and the Application of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act," Practicing Law Institute (April 2006)
- Moderator, "Pleading Scienter in Securities Fraud Cases: What Investors, Companies, and Their Counsel Need to Know," Practicing Law Institute (January 2005)
- Moderator, "Pleading Loss Causation in Securities Fraud Cases: What Investors, Companies, and Their Counsel Need to Know," Practicing Law Institute (June 2004)
- Advisory Board, Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter
- Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law (2003-2005)
- "Being of One Mind: Corporate Scienter and Securities Fraud Liability," PLI's Securities Litigation 2015: From Investigation to Trial, Course Handbook No. B-2165 (April 2015)
- "Behind the SEC's Pursuit of Mark Cuban,"Wall Street Journal (November 18, 2013)
- "Understanding the New SEC Whistleblower Program," PLI's Handling a Securities Case 2013: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between, Course Handbook No. B-2021 (April 2013)
- "When is a Fraud 'In Connection With' a Securities Transaction under SLUSA?" PLI's Handling a Securities Case 2013: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between, Course Handbook No. B-2021 (April 2013)
- "The Mutual Fund 'Loophole:' Why Fund Investors Are Having a Difficult Time Maintaining Securities Class Actions," PLI's Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute 2011, Course Handbook No. B-1904 (September-October 2011)
- "Pleading in the Dark: The Use (And Potential Abuse) of Confidential Witness Statements in Federal Securities Fraud Complaints," PLI's Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute 2009, Course Handbook No. B-1762 (September-October 2009)
- "Is the PSLRA's Safe Harbor Becoming a Safe Puddle?," PLI's Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute 2008, Course Handbook No. B-1692 (September-October 2008) (co-author)
- "The Selection of Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel in Securities Class Actions," Class Action Watch (October 2008)
- "The Officer and the Janitor: 'Collective Scienter' in Securities Fraud Cases," The New York Law Journal (Feb. 8, 2008) (co-author)
- "End the Dual Approach," National Law Journal, Vol. 27 (October 24, 2005)
- "Lower Courts Will Determine Impact of Supreme Court's Securities Fraud Suit Ruling," Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 20, No. 22, Washington Legal Foundation (May 20, 2005) (co-author)
- "Pleading Loss Causation in Securities Fraud Cases: What Investors, Companies, and Their Counsel Need to Know," PLI's Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute 2004, Course Handbook No. B-1442 (September-October 2004) (co-author)
- "Individual Trading Plans Can Help Defend Securities Fraud Claims," Compliance Week (July 7, 2004) (co-author)
- University of Chicago Law School
- Johns Hopkins University
MA Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 1993
- Johns Hopkins University
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
- District of Columbia