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About our Securities Litigation Practice

Fenwick & West’s securities litigation group has successfully defended hundreds of securities class actions, shareholder derivative cases, M&A litigation and investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general across the country. Our partners include nationally recognized securities class action defense counsel, former federal prosecutors and attorneys from the SEC and DOJ. The securities litigation practice has been ranked as one of the country’s best by Chambers USA in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with the team “often called upon by Silicon Valley-based companies to assist with a wide variety of securities disputes” and particularly noted for its “in-depth experience in handling post-IPO class action claims.”  The group’s numerous appellate victories and successful dispositive motions have earned Fenwick’s securities litigation practice recognition as the Securities Litigation Department of the Year by The Recorder. Additionally, a number of the firm’s securities litigation defense lawyers have been identified as leading practitioners by The Legal 500 United States.

In addition to securities class actions and derivative litigation, our partners have extensive experience representing companies and audit committees in internal investigations, including those involving complex accounting, disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and insider trading issues. We also represent companies and individuals in formal and informal governmental proceedings before the SEC and the DOJ.

Fenwick has successfully handled many of the most difficult legal issues raised in securities litigation today. We know that securities litigation can pose significant strategic, financial and reputational challenges, and we partner with our clients to drive toward creative, efficient and effective litigation strategies and resolutions.

Our lawyers work closely with our securities enforcement and white collar & regulatory defense​ groups to handle a wide range of matters in dynamic regulatory environments.