Lightfoot’s securities litigators represent public and private companies, investment banks, accounting firms, law firms and their respective officers, directors, employees, partners and affiliates, in cases filed in federal and state courts.

The types of disputes vary, from disagreements over business finances and operations – buy-outs, mergers, executive compensation, and use of corporate assets – to the owners’ rights to financial and other information about the company and interpretation of shareholder and LLC member operating agreements. Often these take the form of shareholder derivative actions and suits for minority owner oppression, with which we have particular expertise.

Our lawyers bring a wealth of courtroom experience to this field. For example, we defended management in a fraud action arising out of a management-leveraged redemption. After a four-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.

Other examples of securities and shareholder disputes handled by our lawyers include:

  • Shareholder class actions against companies, their directors and officers, accounting firms and investment bankers, including Goldman, Sachs & Co., Colonial Bank, Beal Bank, UBS Financial Services Inc., and Vesta Insurance Company.
  • Shareholder derivative actions arising from various corporate transactions.
  • Investor claims against law firms based on their preparation of proxy statements and UCC materials.
  • Complex, non-class securities fraud and accounting negligence actions brought by investors and creditors against individuals, corporations, accounting firms and attorneys arising out of securities transactions.
  • Merger and acquisition litigation, including contests for corporate control and litigation related to “going private.”
  • Securities fraud actions between companies relating to sales of businesses.
  • Complaints by retail customers against broker-dealers and registered representatives.
  • Investor claims and government investigations of officers and directors of public companies.