Securities Litigation + Enforcement

Why Cooley

One of the firms most frequently selected to defend issuers in shareholder litigation

Deep experience representing companies, boards and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and other regulators and law enforcement agencies

Team includes five Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and numerous former prosecutors and SEC officials, including the former Acting Associate Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice, a former Assistant Director and Senior Trial Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division and a former Regional Director for the Pacific Region of the SEC

Deep bench of trial lawyers and a proven track record at trial, including two rare jury trial victories against the SEC, an acquittal relating to stock option backdating charges and a complete defense verdict in a securities class action trial

Scored many victories in state and federal courts of appeal, and have experience before the United States Supreme Court - we try cases, win defense verdicts and have the verdicts upheld on appeal

Defended more life sciences companies in shareholder litigation filed over the last decade than any other firm

Unparalleled record of getting securities class actions dismissed by pretrial motions, often before any discovery

Deep relationships with virtually every D&O insurance carrier, allowing us to bring matters to an early conclusion where others cannot

Substantial experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of management, boards, audit committees and special committees

Members of the AIG Securities Counsel Panel, ACE/Chubb Securities Counsel Panel, AIG Investigation Panel, Marsh D&O Panel, Monitor Liability D&O Panel and QBE Management Liability & Professional Lines Panel and are regularly recommended by other major D&O insurance carriers

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Able to achieve outstanding results in securities class actions.

Chambers USA


  • US News Best Law Firms: Litigation – Securities Nationally (Tier 1)
  • US News Best Law Firms: Law Firm of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets
  • BTI: Securities and Finance Litigation Standout
  • Chambers USA: Litigation - Securities
  • Legal 500 US: Securities Litigation - Defense
  • The American Lawyer: Litigation Department of the Year Finalist