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Barry Sher

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Barry Sher is the chair of the global Litigation Department of Paul Hastings. Mr. Sher's practice is concentrated in commercial litigation, trials, and arbitration. He focuses on cases arising under the federal securities laws; breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims; contested takeover matters; and antitrust, RICO, tax, and other disputes.


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Mr. Sher graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1989, with honors, where he was a member of the Law Review, and from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School undergraduate program in 1986, with honors.

United States: Dispute resolution

Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

With strong capabilities on both coasts, as well as key centers including Houston and Chicago, the 'superb' team at Paul Hastings LLP is able to effectively represent a broad range of financial services entities on private litigation and agency investigations across the country. In addition to his stellar securities litigation reputation, New York-based partner Barry Sher also regularly defends banks in other disputes, which includes his work alongside Anthony Antonelli for Barclays as a defendant in the high-profile supranational, sovereign and agency bond antitrust litigation. Los Angeles-based partner William Sullivan is also recommended. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Canada and Morgan Stanley. Douglas Flaum joined Goodwin in March 2019.

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General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Paul Hastings LLP is a popular choice for large multinational companies and financial institutions in complex commercial disputes. It is particularly active in key jurisdictions including New York, Washington DC and California, though it is equipped to handle cases across the length and breadth of the country. The global litigation practice is chaired by Barry Sher, who, acting alongside Jodi Kleinick, achieved the dismissal of a class action brought on behalf of investors in two funds, who claimed to have lost nearly $1bn as a result of the funds manager's involvement in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. In San Francisco, John Phillips successfully represented General Electric in a novel federal claim wherein an employee alleged that the design of GE's boiling water reactors resulted in radiation exposure. Houston-based Samuel Cooper defended eight former directors at Baker Hughes, who allegedly misappropriated a proprietary share-pricing model with the intention of using that model for insider trading. Also recommended is Kurt Hansson, who has extensive experience in breach of contract, securities, fraud and trade secrets disputes. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Paul Hastings LLP has a robust securities litigation practice on both the east and west coasts, and has experienced practitioners in key cities such as Washington DC, Houston and Chicago. The firm's client base includes leading investment banks such as Barclays, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, for which it handles cases involving complex financial instruments and regulatory matters. Samsung and Dole Foods are among its many blue-chip corporate clients. Peter Stone in Palo Alto leads the securities litigation practice. Flaum represented the underwriters of ReWalk Robotics’ IPO in obtaining the dismissal of cases concerning the adequacy of its offering documents. New York-based global chair of litigation Barry Sher secured the dismissal of a class action against  FIM Advisors that arose from Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Wiliam Sullivan in Los Angeles is also recommended. Douglas Flaum in New York joined Goodwin in 2019.

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