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Securities Litigation

The Goulston & Storrs Securities Litigation Group assists corporations, banks, officers and directors, broker-dealers, private equity firms, investment advisers, accountants, lawyers and other professionals in a wide array of securities litigation matters throughout the United States. We counsel clients with investigations and lawsuits initiated by regulators, self-regulatory organizations and shareholders, and other individual and class action plaintiffs. Additionally, our team is experienced in civil RICO actions. We have an outstanding record in obtaining the dismissal of cases at the pleadings stage, often before the costs and intrusions of discovery occur.

Our clients come from a wide range of industries including high technology, Internet and e-commerce, investment management, manufacturing, medical technology, multimedia communications and retail. The group is multi-disciplinary and draws upon the sophisticated experience of attorneys within our emerging technologies,  corporate, litigation, and tax groups. Client teams collaborate to develop customized strategies addressing issues which maintain the integrity of both the corporate structure and litigation strategy. We assist clients in the following areas:

  • Corporate governance, including Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Federal and State securities law compliance.
  • Officer, director and shareholder duties.
  • Shareholder class action suits.
  • Derivative suits.
  • Investigations and enforcement actions.
  • Whistleblower complaints.

Representative Projects and Transactions

  • Defense of numerous proceedings before the SEC and state regulators in connection with investigations of fraud and other securities law violations.
  • Defense of securities class action claims against issuers and directors of issuers in Massachusetts and nationally.
  • Representation of public and private companies before the Delaware Chancery Court in disputes asserting breaches of fiduciary duties and related claims.
  • Representation of shareholders in disputes over control and ownership of closely held businesses.
  • Defense of publicly traded companies in short-swing profit derivative actions.
  • Representation of special committees of directors investigating allegations of insider trading, stock option back-dating, and other violations of securities laws.
  • Defense of private equity firms in shareholder class actions brought in connection with “going private” mergers.
  • Defense of investment adviser groups in shareholder class actions and derivative suits, alleging market-timing.
  • Representation of investors pursuing compensation for losses caused by advisers and other investment fiduciaries.

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