A securities litigation attorney is a litigation attorney who handles lawsuits and adversarial proceedings involving stocks, corporations and alleged securities fraud. A securities litigation attorney might be on either side of the case - representing plaintiff shareholders who claim they were defrauded in violation of securities laws or defending the corporation against whom the lawsuit is filed. Some securities litigation attorneys represent corporate executives in cases such as embezzlement or accounting fraud. Many securities litigation attorneys are involved in class action cases that involve numerous plaintiffs and complicated analysis of securities disclosure and fraud laws. Defense-oriented securities litigation attorneys sometimes defend clients in civil lawsuits, but they also represent corporate clients in criminal securities fraud investigations initiated by securities regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Here are a few sample securities litigation attorney job descriptions:
Business and Securities Litigation Associate
The candidate should have 4-5 years of litigation experience or experience as a federal judicial clerk. Must have a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school and be an active member in good standing of the Bar.
Securities Litigation Associate
The candidate must have a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school and be an active member in good standing of the Bar.
Securities Litigation Associate
The candidate must have 2+ years of securities and/or complex litigation experience at an AmLaw 100 law firm with excellent academic credentials, including graduation from a top-tier law school. Completed federal clerkship is preferred.
Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Associate
The candidate should have 3+ years of experience. Excellent academic credentials, strong writing and analytical skills and the ability to work as part of a team in a growing and thriving office are required. Must have experience in defending securities class and derivative actions, and have a working knowledge of corporate governance. Order of the Coif, Law Review or Clerkship experience a plus.
Litigation and Securities Litigation and Enforcement Associate
The candidate should have 2-7 years of experience. Must have experience in handling SEC Enforcement and other government investigations, internal investigations and other white collar and regulatory enforcement matters. Experience in regulatory (the SEC, CFTC, FINRA) or criminal (DOJ, a USAO, Office of the Attorney General of California) enforcement organization would be helpful.
FINRA / Securities Litigation Associate Attorney
The candidate should have JD Degree from a top law school. Admitted to practice in the state of Illinois. Must have 3-6 years of experience in FINRA/Securities defense litigation. Excellent research and writing skills required.
Associate – Securities Litigation
The candidate should have 4+ years of relevant experience. Strong research, writing and advocacy skills, as well as experience with brief writing, depositions, oral arguments, ESI production and coordination are required. Must also have excellent academic credentials.