Disruptive shareholder litigation and business-threatening government investigations aren’t limited to large public companies. Bradley’s securities litigators have particular experience in representing privately held companies, as well as public companies, in a wide variety of cases ranging from allegations of fraud to minority suppression claims to outright corporate divorces. We also have the experience and resources to successfully advise and defend clients in the parallel litigation and government enforcement proceedings that often accompany these high-stakes cases.

Our clients run the gamut from large multinational corporations and financial institutions to smaller middle-market firms and family-run businesses, as well as their officers, directors, board committees, and registered investment advisors. In addition to handling civil shareholder suits and class actions, we routinely counsel and defend investigations and actions conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and individual state regulatory agencies, as well as FINRA and other self-regulatory groups.

To provide customized, cost-effective service that advances our clients’ ultimate business goals, we can tap into the talent and experience of Bradley lawyers in a variety of different disciplines, including:

  • Class actions
  • Corporate and securities
  • Financial services litigation and compliance
  • Government enforcement and investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Privacy and information security
  • Tax

Our lawyers handle matters throughout the southeast and across the country, including in securities litigation hotspots such as Delaware, New York, and California. Our law firm has built a reputation for high quality and integrity with numerous federal and state securities regulators and enforcement personnel around the country. These relationships, combined with our creative but practical and efficient approach to litigation, have led to numerous favorable results on behalf of our clients.

  • Represented HealthSouth in reaching a settlement against its former investment bank, through which HealthSouth received $100 million in cash, in addition to the release of counterclaims and a $33 million judgment: The company’s claims against its former CEO, Richard Scrushy, were tried for two weeks, after which the trial judge issued an opinion awarding the company over $2.8 billion in damages.
  • Successfully defended an investment advisory firm and its directors in six separate securities fraud suits involving more than $250 million in alleged compensatory damages in California, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas, as well as a parallel inquiry from the SEC
  • Successfully represented directors and officers in connection with a complex internal investigation and component securities fraud investigation and action by the SEC, Department of Justice, and U.S. Postal Service
  • Successfully defended a private equity firm in a shareholder derivative and minority shareholder oppression lawsuit
  • Defended an oil and gas company in state securities enforcement investigations in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
  • Represented numerous broker dealers and registered investment advisors in FINRA enforcement investigations and proceedings
  • Represented numerous broker dealers and registered investment advisors in state securities enforcement investigations and actions in multiple jurisdictions
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for a group of investors against a broker-dealer in a state securities fraud case
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for multiple investors in securities fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims against officers and directors of a bankrupt electronic medical records company
  • Represented the president of several closely held companies valued in the range of $50 million in shareholder and director disputes between the two shareholders
  • Represented a client in a corporate governance dispute where, as a result of motions filed on behalf of the firm’s client, the court lifted a temporary restraining order and dissolved lien lis pendens: Thereafter, the court dismissed a number of the claims. The plaintiff then dismissed the remainder of the claims. At the conclusion of the case, the court awarded the firm’s client attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the action.