Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award, L.A. Center for Law Justice
Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award, L.A. Center for Law Justice Represented PDC Energy and its directors and officers in class and derivative actions arising from its sponsorship and management of oil and gas limited partnerships. The case settled on terms highly favorable to the clients after a dismissal of the key fiduciary duty claims in the case was secured. Won a judgment of dismissal in a federal securities class action brought against a well-known, publicly traded electric car company, challenging its statements regarding the safety of its flagship performance electric sedan. The court held that the company’s statements about the car’s safety were neither false nor misleading. Obtained a unanimous affirmance of the dismissal by the Court of Appeals. Won a judgment of dismissal in a federal securities class action against a publicly traded agricultural and food packaging company in which the court rejected the plaintiffs' claims that the company intentionally applied the wrong accounting treatment to an earnout provision in a merger agreement. The dismissal was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. Successfully represented the former chairman and CEO of a well-known mortgage lending company in several different matters — including a civil suit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, shareholder class actions and consumer lawsuits —arising from the well-publicized disruption of the mortgage banking industry. Served as a lead member of the team that successfully obtained the settlement of all claims against the client in the shareholder class actions without any personal contribution and the settlement of the SEC's lawsuit on terms widely lauded by the media as favorable to the client. Represented the officers and directors of a prominent hotel chain in a securities class action arising from a major construction project in Las Vegas. Obtained a settlement of all claims without any personal contribution by the clients.