Girard Gibbs’ securities fraud lawyers represent individual and institutional investors who were injured by corporate fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and other financial wrongdoing and lost money as a result. Our attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of investors who have had their rights violated by fraudulent investment practices.
About Securities Fraud
When a corporation fails to disclose important information to shareholders, or provides misinformation such as inflated earnings, it may be committing stock fraud. Once the true information is revealed to the investing public, markets may react unfavorably, causing the stock price to fall, and often causing investors to lose money.
These practices may violate state or federal securities laws. Investors who have suffered investment losses as a result of this conduct have important legal rights, and have the ability to pursue securities fraud claims against the company or the officers and directors.
Securities Fraud Lawsuits
Girard Gibbs' securities lawyers have successfully prosecuted numerous securities class action lawsuits on behalf of investors who were denied important information about their investments, including:
For more information about our Securities practice, contact one of our securities attorneys at (866) 981-4800, or fill out the form to the right.
Why Girard Gibbs?
Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.
Daniel C. Girard has 25 years of experience in securities litigation and leads the firm's securities law practice group. He has repeatedly been recognized as an expert in securities class actions and complex litigation by the federal judiciary, and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court to serve two terms on the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. Mr. Girard has prosecuted securities matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and is experienced in all aspects of securities and derivative litigation.
Some representative securities matters in which Mr. Girard served as lead or liaison counsel include Billitteri v. Securities America, Inc. ($150 million settlement), In re American Express Financial Advisors Securities Litigation, ($100 million settlement), In re Prison Realty Securities Litigation, ($104 million settlement), In re i2 Technologies Securities Litigation, representing Kansas Public Employees Retirement System ($88 million settlement); In re Total Renal Care Securities Litigation, Louisiana Teachers’ Retirement System and the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System ($25 million settlement and corporate governance reforms); In re UDC Homes Securities Litigation ($19.5 million in partial settlements); Calliott v. HFS, Inc. (In re Amre Securities Litigation), ($7 million settlement, representing substantially all available insurance); and In re Towers Financial Corporation Noteholders Litigation, liaison counsel and plaintiffs’ executive committee member in this securities and RICO class action ($250 million judgment against four senior Towers executives).
Mr. Girard has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2012, and has been consistently honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2007-2011). He has been named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell.
Jonathan K. Levine has practiced exclusively in the area of securities litigation for 24 years, and has successfully prosecuted over 30 securities fraud actions in state and federal courts. He is particularly experienced in cases of complex accounting fraud.
In addition to his trial work, Mr. Levine has lectured on securities litigation under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and electronic data retention risk control. He is the author of “E-Mail and Voice Mail Discovery Issues,” Glasser LegalWorks (1998), “Discovery Techniques in Commercial Litigation and Recent Developments In the Rules of Discovery,” American Trial Lawyers Association (1991), and the co-author of “The Business Judgment Rule and Derivative Actions,” Practicing Law Institute (1989). He was recently a featured speaker addressing Successful Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses at the Bridgeport 2011 Conference on Working With and Deposing Experts (March 2011).
Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Mr. Levine worked on securities and accounting fraud litigation as a partner of a New York law firm.
John A. Kehoe is a partner in our New York office specializing in the prosecution of securities and financial fraud cases on behalf of institutional clients and individual investors.
Mr. Kehoe has served as court-appointed lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous securities and antitrust class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Mr. Kehoe was a partner with Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP representing institutional investors in securities class actions and direct actions, and was previously associated with Clifford Chance LLP, a London-based global law firm where he represented Fortune 500 companies in securities and antitrust civil litigation, and in enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Kehoe is a frequent speaker at conferences on securities litigation issues and has presented for the Rights and Responsibilities for Institutional Investors (Amsterdam, Netherlands), European Pensions Symposium (Marbella, Spain), 2009 ICGN Annual Conference (Sydney, Australia) and the 2011 European Investment Roundtable (Stockholm, Sweden), among others. He is a program faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and serves as an adjunct faculty member with the Trial Advocacy Training Program at the Louisiana State University School of Law.
Mr. Kehoe is a 1997 graduate, magna cum laude, of Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, Associate Member of the Syracuse Moot Court Board, and Alternate Member on the National Appellate Team. Mr. Kehoe received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont and his undergraduate degree from DePaul University. He is a member of the New York and Pennsylvania Bars, and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before receiving his law degree, Mr. Kehoe served as a police officer in the State of Vermont, and was a member of the Special Reaction Team, the Major Accident Investigation Team, and received advanced police instruction from the Florida Institute of Police Technology and Management.
Amanda Steiner is a partner with Girard Gibbs specializing in complex securities litigation. She has represented plaintiffs in all phases of class action practice since she began practicing law in 1997. Ms. Steiner specializes in legal analysis, briefing and strategy in securities matters.
Ms. Steiner is a 1997 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor for theBerkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law(1995-96) and Articles Editor for theBerkeley Women’s Law Journal(1994-97).She received her undergraduate degree,cum laude,from Carleton College in 1991.
Dena Sharp is a partner with the firm's Securities Law Practice Group. Ms. Sharp has dedicated her career to the protection of investors’ rights through securities and financial fraud class action lawsuits.
Ms. Sharp is a 2006 graduate, cum laude, of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1997. She was selected as a RisingStar by Northern California Super Lawyers (2009-2011), recognizing her as one of the top young attorneys practicing in Northern California. She is an active member of The Sedona ConferenceWorking Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the leading think tank on ediscovery.
Jacques Baritot is a 2013 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he was the President of the American Constitution Society, UC Davis Chapter, and served as the third-year class representative on the King Hall Law Students Association board. As Managing Editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal, he wrote "Increasing Protection for Crowdfunding Investors Under the JOBS Act," 13 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 259 (2013). Mr. Baritot received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in 2009.
Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Mr. Baritot was a judicial extern for the Honorable Morrison C. England, Jr., Chief Judge of the California Eastern District Court, and for the Honorable Jaime R. Román of the Sacramento Superior Court.
Matthew Boyle is an associate with the Girard Gibbs securities practice group and a 2009 graduate of the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was a member of the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal. He was a recipient of the Witkin Award for Legal Research Writing and graduated with a tax law concentration. Mr. Boyle received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. He is admitted to the California Bar.
Rachel Naor is an associate with the Girard Gibbs securities litigation team.
She is a 2012 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where she served as a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and as a research assistant for Professor Clyde Spillenger. Ms. Naor was a summer extern for the Honorable Gary A. Feess of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She received her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Spanish from UC Berkeley in 2007. Ms. Naor is admitted to the California Bar.
Jonathan Taylor has an extensive background in finance and securities, having worked both prior to and during law school in wealth management and investing where he held Series 7 and Series 66 securities licences.
While earning his law degree at USF, Jonathan focused heavily on intellectual property, specifically copyright and trademark. Jonathan was a member of the participated in the IP Law Clinic, served on IP Law Blog in a number of roles, and graduated with the IP & Technology Law Certificate.
Prior to joining Girard Gibbs Jonathan worked in Mississippi with a local antitrust and class action attorney. In addition, Jonathan spearheaded a project for the Mississippi Innocence Project, creating a practice guide manual for defense attorneys’ in Mississippi. Jonathan received his undergrad degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006.
Lesley Vittetoe Tepper has focused her career on representing investors in securities matters. Prior to joining Girard Gibbs, Ms. Tepper represented investors in securities arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against brokers and brokerage firms. As a student at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Ms. Tepper was a member of the Investor Justice Clinic, assisting investors in legal actions involving allegations of wrongdoing by securities firms. Ms. Tepper’s work with the Investor Justice Clinic was focused on assisting elderly investors who had been targeted or deceived by fraudulent investment practices.
As a member of the firm’s Securities Law Practice Group, Ms. Tepper has continued her work protecting investors’ rights through securities and financial class action lawsuits.
Ms. Tepper has also served as an extern for the Honorable William Alsup of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association and is admitted to the California Bar.
Ashley Tveit is an associate with the firm specializing in protecting the rights of investors through securities class actions. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the Investor Justice Clinic and served as a summer law clerk to the California Attorney General’s Civil Antitrust division.
Ms. Tveit has previously worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and provides pro bono services through the San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program. She is admitted to the California bar.