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King & Spalding has one of the premier shareholder and securities litigation practices in the country.  While we have defended more securities class actions in the Southern United States (i.e., the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits) than any other firm, we have a national practice and have handled many matters from New York to California.  We represent a wide variety of national and international public companies, investment banks, accounting firms, and their executives and directors in securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, internal investigations, and SEC enforcement actions in courts throughout the United States.  Our lawyers have been widely noted for excellence in the defense of class actions alleging securities fraud—we have won scores of cases on motions to dismiss, class certification, summary judgment, and trial.  Our pre-trial dismissal rate well exceeds the national averages.

We also have significant experience guiding Boards through complex internal investigations and SEC proceedings.  When our clients desire out of court resolution, our reputation and track-record assists us in reaching attractive pre-trial settlements.  The Firm has been lead defense counsel in hundreds of securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, and SEC investigations and enforcement actions, including some of the largest and most complex securities class actions ever filed.

Our team also handles the full range of employee benefits issues, including class actions based on employer securities in retirement plans, class action benefit claims, and breach of fiduciary class actions; ERISA preemption of state regulation and legal claims; Department of Labor investigations; and individual ERISA claims involving pension calculations.

Michael R Smith 
T: +1 404 572 4824 ATLANTA
Paul R. Bessette 
T: +1 512 457 2050 AUSTIN
T: +1 713 751 3292 HOUSTON
T: +1 212 556 2120 NEW YORK
James P. Cusick (Jim) 
T: +1 212 556 2179 NEW YORK
David Tetrick Jr. 
T: +1 404 572 3526 ATLANTA
Kenneth A. Raskin 
T: +1 212 556 2162 NEW YORK

Representative Shareholder and Securities Litigation Experience of King & Spalding Lawyers