Securities Litigation

For more than four decades, McGuireWoods lawyers have represented media companies – newspapers, television stations, radio stations, magazines, book publishers and, more recently, publishers of online content and hosts of social media sites – in the full scope of legal issues relating to their businesses.

The pressures and challenges confronted by public companies, especially in these times of heightened public awareness and increased regulatory scrutiny, require the counsel of experienced securities litigation attorneys. Your counsel should possess the qualifications, experience and geographic coverage to best represent your interests.

We are experienced in representing officers and directors as individual defendants and in providing advice regarding insurance coverage issues related to securities litigation and investigations.

 McGuireWoods is a recognized leader in the defense of securities class actions, derivative litigation and investigations by state and federal regulators. Our securities lawyers bring broad experience to your representation. Our partners include nationally recognized securities defense counsel, ranked by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Law360: Securities. In addition, a number of our attorneys have worked as senior officials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and the Department of Justice. For more information on regulatory investigations, visit our Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation practice.



    Resolved SEC Inquiry Favorably for Client

    Representation of a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm in a SEC investigation, including production of documents, privilege log and representation of audit partner in testimony before the SEC.


    $40 billion in damages, countless depositions and documents in shareholders’ class action

    Representation of a large international bank headquartered in Canada in litigation related to the Enron scandal.


    Settled an alleged $225 million fraud class action in duplicitous lawyer's plans to defraud investor

    Representation of a financial institution in a class action lawsuit filed by foreign investors related to an alleged $225 million fraud scheme orchestrated by an attorney who allegedly deposited the investment funds into various attorney trust accounts with bank and proceeded to use those funds to pay unrelated premium obligations or to pay out money to other investors and participants in the scheme. Plaintiffs, purporting to represent all 1,000+ investors, alleged that the bank failed to properly investigate the nature of the trust accounts, and failed to properly monitor and investigate the money movement between the accounts. After 18 months of litigation, the case settled on terms favorable for the client.


    Executive confidence on the line in securities fraud case for insurance client

    Representation of a financial institution in a securities fraud case in which the plaintiffs allege that the company, and specifically its CEO and CFO, made fraudulent statements about the adequacy of certain reserves. This suit attacks the viability of the business as well as the competence of executive management.


    Alleged violations of the Securities Act of 1933 dismissed against distributor of REIT shares

    Representation of five Real Estate Investment Trusts, several subsidiary companies, and certain directors and officers in consolidated securities class action in federal court in New York. The consolidated complaint alleged violations of Sections 11, 12 and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933, state securities laws, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and negligence. Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss were granted and the case was dismissed with prejudice. We prevailed on the appeal to the 4th Circuit.  

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