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Arnold & Porter
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-4024
United States

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United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

Although slightly less active on behalf of the larger money-center banks than most of its higher-ranked peers, Arnold & Porter is an attractive option for smaller commercial banks, savings institutions, trade associations and non-bank lenders. Particularly strong out of Washington DC and New York, the firm is able to represent clients throughout the life-cycle of a matter, from pre-litigation advice and investigation through to any potential trial and appeal. Vincent Sama and Daphne Morduchowitz continue to represent current and former officers of JP Morgan and Standard & Poor’s on state and federal government agency investigations regarding various structured financial products and vehicles. Washington DC-based partners Howard CayneDavid Bergman and Richard Alexander all have significant trial experience and are key members of the team engaged by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in long-running litigation relating to the secondary mortgage market. San Francisco-based partner Gilbert Serota has expertise at handling class actions as well as FINRA and SEC investigations; he recently helped secure victory for Charles Schwab & Co, at first instance and on appeal, in a consolidated class action concerning best execution of equity trades for its retail customers.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Arnold & Porter has a nationwide team that handles high-stakes class actions and derivative actions, as well as regulatory investigations. The practice is led by Veronica Callahan in New York and Michael Trager in Washington DC. Trager recently acted for a special committee of the board of a Nasdaq-listed automotive company in several investigations that arose from whistleblower claims. Callahan is currently handling a high-value SEC investigation for a national accounting firm. For the same client, Callahan and DC-based Daniel Hawke are handling investigations by the PCAOB and the SEC into auditor independence-related issues. In New York, Vincent Sama, who is ‘a very prominent lawyer in this space‘, and Daphne Morduchowitz continued to act for current and former officers of JP Morgan and Standard & Poor’s in investigations by state and federal government agencies. Scott Schreiber and counsel Adam Reinhart in DC and Gilbert Serota in San Francisco are also recommended.