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To recognize the top litigators around the United States, last month UniCourt launched the first legal analytics report in our Leaders in Litigation series, where we recognized the top five plaintiff attorneys and law firms and top five defense attorneys and law firms for Labor Litigation across all U.S. District Courts.
For this month’s analytics report, we are highlighting the top lawyers and law firms for Securities litigation across U.S. District Courts YTD 2019. This report is based on our classification of NOS Codes related to Securities litigation, and for the purposes of featuring those in private practice, we did not include the Securities Exchange Commission or S.E.C. lawyers as top plaintiff or defense law firms/attorneys.
Top Plaintiff Attorney Analytics*
This month’s top plaintiff attorney and leader in securities litigation YTD is Gina M. Serra of Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Ms. Serra’s litigation practice centers on consumer fraud, as well as shareholder corporate litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and shareholder securities fraud cases. She is a cum laude graduate of Widener University Law School in Wilmington, Delaware, and has been recognized as a Superlawyers Rising Star since 2015.
In addition to maintaining a robust litigation practice, Ms. Serra is knowledgeable about electronic discovery and has co-authored an article on the topic. Before launching her litigation practice, she clerked for the Honorable Fred S. Silverman of the Superior Court of Delaware.
Top Plaintiff Law Firm Analytics*
This month, Rigrodsky & Long is the top plaintiff firm in securities litigation. A national firm serving clients in Delaware, New York, and California, Rigrodsky & Long primarily represents institutional and individual investors in securities fraud, corporate, and consumer class action lawsuits.
The firm attracts attorneys with decades of experience and provides high-quality, aggressive representation, having achieved substantial victories “resulting in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars.” Rigrodsky attorneys regularly appear in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Top Defense Attorney Analytics*
Jill M. O’Toole is this month’s top defense attorney for all securities cases YTD. Ms. O’Toole co-chairs Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s business litigation practice group and has substantial experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters. Her primary focus spans state and federal class actions and multidistrict litigation. Ms. O’Toole has “worked extensively with experts in diverse fields such as agriculture, econometrics, software testing, corporate trust, and securities.”
Ms. O’Toole is a cum laude graduate of Fordham University Law School and a recognized Connecticut Super Lawyer. Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, she was a member of the litigation department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She has also clerked for the Honorable Judge Gerard L. Goettel of the Southern District of New York and U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel.
Top Defense Law Firm Analytics*
This month’s top defense firm for all securities cases YTD is Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. With 22 offices and approximately 1,700 attorneys globally, Skadden handles complex and high profile matters. Skadden attorneys advise businesses, financial institutions, and government entities worldwide, providing them with “the guidance they need to compete in today’s business environment.”
Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps, and John Slate in 1948, Skadden was initially an “upstart” among prominent white shoe law firms in New York at that time. Its growth was steady at first, but Skadden quickly became the go-to firm for complex litigation matters. Now a full-service firm, Skadden remains “committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.”
In addition to Skadden, we also recognize other noteworthy securities defense firms Wilson Sonsini, Morgan Lewis, Latham & Watkins, and Sullivan & Cromwell.
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