Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement

Practice Contact

Timothy R. McCormick
Senior Counsel
214.969.1103
212.751.3301
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Thompson & Knight has skilled lawyers who have represented officers, directors, companies, and accounting and professional service firms in every form of securities litigation. Our lawyers, having been involved in hundreds of cases over the years, possess expertise in class actions, derivative claims, proxy contests, merger and acquisition disputes, and government enforcement matters. Lawyers in the group have substantial experience in handling complex business litigation throughout the U.S., including New York, California, and Delaware. Our lawyers are recognized by judges and adversaries alike for their capabilities and success in the courtroom.

We are proud that Thompson & Knight received a national ranking for Securities Litigation in the 2018 edition of "Best Law Firms," the preeminent listing of the nation's top legal practices from U.S. News - Best Lawyers®.

Securities Class Action and Shareholder Litigation. We have had an active securities and corporate governance litigation practice for decades. We have substantial experience handling, trying, and arbitrating cases throughout the country involving claims against public and private companies, directors, officers, special committees, and trustees. Our experience includes all aspects of securities and shareholder litigation, including insider trading, public offering disputes, disclosure claims, class actions, and virtually every type of shareholder and derivative claim.

Securities Enforcement. We routinely represent officers, directors, and corporations in SEC enforcement matters, including industry-wide investigations, insider trading investigations, regulatory investigations, accounting disputes, and every aspect of enforcement by the SEC. We have an active practice assisting audit committees in evaluating Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower allegations and potential securities and other federal law violations. We also help clients develop corporate compliance and audit programs, designed to take into account the particular operations and strategic objectives of the company.

Derivative Litigation. We have represented officers, directors, and professionals in derivative and fiduciary duty lawsuits for decades. These claims involve routine corporate governance disputes, self-dealing transactions, and disputes relating to changes in corporate control. Our practice includes substantial experience involving special committees and special litigation committees under Delaware and other states' substantive laws.

The Firm is counsel to a large number of publicly held corporations with shares listed on the New York and American Stock Exchanges and NASDAQ National Market. We also serve as special counsel to a large number of Fortune 500 companies and professional service firms. Recent client engagements have been in the telecommunications, high technology, computer, airline, banking, chemical, construction, oil and gas, and professional sports industries.

Our practice follows our clients, and our attorneys routinely handle securities and corporate governance litigation throughout the country. As many of our clients are incorporated under Delaware law, our attorneys have been lead counsel and have tried cases in the Court of Chancery and appeared in the Supreme Court for the State of Delaware.