Corporate & Securities Litigation
Our Corporate and Securities Litigation practice is made up of seasoned trial attorneys who understand the way the business world works today. Our approach begins with a thorough understanding of our clients’ priorities and objectives, which enables us to provide effective representation in court as well as smart strategies to minimize litigation risk.
We represent several Fortune 500 companies–including 6 of the Fortune 10. However, we also understand that many of the most powerful names in business are now privately held, and our client list has grown to include a significant number of partnerships, LLPs, LLCs, and private equity firms. Our attorneys have the depth of insight that comes from representing a wide range of clients from both a plaintiff and defendant perspective. In addition to public and private companies, our clients frequently include:
- Officers, directors, and trustees
- Accountants and accounting firms
- Private equity firms and hedge funds
- Individual investors and shareholders
- Financial institutions
Our securities litigation lawyers handle a wide variety of matters for clients, including:
- Fiduciary litigation
- Financial and accounting disputes
- Shareholder derivative suits
- Corporate control litigation
- SEC Section 10b and Rule 10b-5 actions
- Transactional litigation
- Class actions
We have significant experience handling and trying complex disputes throughout the U.S. In addition, we handle internal investigations and regulatory proceedings. We understand that by preparing each case rigorously as if it were going to trial, we are often able to secure an early, favorable pre-trial resolution. Furthermore, our trial-tested experience enables us to key in on the most important issues quickly, thereby increasing efficiency for our clients. At the same time, we are skilled in counseling clients to avoid disputes and minimize litigation risks. Whether zealously defending our clients in court or helping them manage or avert litigation, we view our role as partners in protecting our clients’ best interests.
Successfully defended an exploration and production company in the defense of a breach of contract and securities fraud claim in connection with an oil and gas investment in southern Louisiana.
Obtained a judgment for over $10 million after a five-week trial in a fraud case where the defendants represented that they had specific knowledge as to the development of surgical hospitals.
Defended an oil and gas operating company in a federal court action brought by the SEC receiver of an oil and gas exploration company. Despite the fact the client performed pursuant to the exploration and agreement, the receiver asserted claims for aiding and abetting violations of the Texas Securities Act, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Successfully defended suit involving purchase of securities publicly offered as part of two pools of subprime residential mortgage loans in a “structured finance” transaction.
Represented holder of $22 million of convertible debentures in securities fraud case. Defeated motions to transfer venue and to dismiss in both the trial court and the Fifth Circuit to keep case in Texas.
Retail Brokerage Litigation
Represented retail brokerage firms in claims involving alleged violation of state and federal securities law, including claims involving insider trading, selling away, and Ponzi schemes. Defended claims brought by both individual plaintiffs and groups of as many as 100 plaintiffs.
Successfully defended a Dallas developer in a $10 million partnership lawsuit that arose over construction defects on a luxury condominium project.
Successfully defended a breach of contract case brought by an oilfield supplier. At the conclusion of a two-week jury trial, the trial team secured a judgment in favor of our client, denying the plaintiff any recovery on its multimillion-dollar claim and awarding thousands of dollars to our client on its counterclaim.