Mountain View, Calif. (November 24, 2014) – Fenwick & West announced today that partners Susan Muck, Tyler Newby and Jeff Vetter have been recognized as MVPs of the Year by national legal news publication Law360 in respectively the securities litigation, privacy and capital markets categories. With three attorneys recognized across three specialties, Fenwick is among the top 20 percent of law firms with the most MVP attorneys.
“Competition for the MVP distinction was fiercer than ever this year, with editors reviewing more than 800 MVP submissions to arrive at the winners,” Law360 noted in an editorial.
Law360 said that the MVPs, or “Dream Team Lawyers,” are “attorneys who had extraordinary wins and contributed most to their practice area in the past year.”
On August 7, Fenwick securities enforcement chair Susan Muck won a major victory for public companies headquartered in Silicon Valley and elsewhere within the Ninth Circuit, as the U.S. Court of Appeals issued its decision Loos v. Immersion Corp. et. al. In affirming the dismissal of Immersion, the Ninth Circuit held for the first time that the announcement of an internal company investigation is insufficient, by itself, to establish the “loss causation” required to maintain a securities class action.
Another widely-covered litigation Muck resolved in early 2014 was In re Diamond Foods, Inc. Securities Litigation and the long-running SEC investigation. This year, she was also named among Best Lawyers’ Lawyers of the Year based on peer and client recommendations.
Tyler Newby, who rejoined Fenwick from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011, has been on the cutting edge of cybersecurity and online privacy issues since the topics first became matters of government oversight. Now co-chair of Fenwick’s Privacy and Information Security Group, Newby advises high technology companies on how to balance the demands of law enforcement requests, national security and the privacy of their users and uses his DOJ trial experience to go to bat for his clients at trial in privacy litigation cases.
This summer, Newby obtained a resolution of a privacy class action against Fenwick client Pandora and obtained dismissal with prejudice of a putative class action against client Symantec. He is currently representing numerous Fenwick start-up clients in various consumer privacy and Telephone Communication Protection Act cases. In addition to his litigation practice, he regularly counsels clients on data collection and use, children’s privacy, privacy investigations by various arms of the government and investigations of network security breaches.
Jeff Vetter, co-chair of Fenwick’s securities and corporate finance team, ranks among the top five initial public offering issuer’s attorneys industry- and world-wide, according to IPO Vital Signs. From handling Facebook’s $3.8 billion follow-on equity offering to a $500 million IPO for King, the publisher of the massively popular "Candy Crush Saga" mobile game, he handled the full spectrum of capital markets transactions this year.
Vetter worked on four IPOs, five follow-on offerings, two issuances of common stock and took formerly public company Responsys, which he’d taken through an IPO in 2011, through its $1.6 billion acquisition by Oracle Corporation. He often speaks with national and international media outlets like The Wall Street Journal and the BBC and was interviewed this past April on air with Fox Business network’s Maria Bartiromo on the uptick in IPOs in 2014.
The full list of MVPs of the Year is available through the Law360 website (subscription required).
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