Randall Bodner > Ropes & Gray LLP > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ropes & Gray LLP
BOSTON, MA 02199
United States

Work Department

Securities Litigation


Partner, Member of the Policy Committee

Randy, who is a member of Ropes & Gray’s governing Policy Committee and former head of the firm’s business and securities litigation practice group, focuses on securities litigation, corporate governance matters, deal-related litigation, contentious insolvency litigation, securities enforcement matters, D&O insurance coverage, and other complex commercial disputes. Called “an engaged, passionate advocate of superior creativity” by Chambers USA, Randy has considerable experience in both the courtroom and the boardroom from his successful representations of corporations, financial services companies, private equity clients, hedge funds and individual officers and directors in corporate and securities disputes across the country. Randy has also conducted numerous internal investigations for clients involving highly sensitive matters, successfully defended against investigations and threatened actions by the SEC, DOJ and other government agencies, and guided companies through grand jury investigations to avoid criminal prosecution.


Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Randy served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where his notable successes included convictions in the six-month trial of high-ranking members of the Medellin Cocaine Cartel as well as the two-month trial of the acting boss and other members of the Luchese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra.


  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1985
  • BA, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1981; Rufus Choate Scholar; 1981 James Fairbanks Colby, Jr. Government Prize; Phi Beta Kappa; Varsity Lacrosse (Goalie)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

Ropes & Gray LLP has a skilled team handling corporate, securities, and derivative matters across the US, highly experienced in cases before the Delaware Court of Chancery at every stage from preliminary injunctions and motions to dismiss to bet-the-company summary judgment motions and complex trials. The firm has particular expertise in representing private equity firms, though it is also active for numerous life sciences companies and public companies in other industries in his-stakes deal litigation. Peter Welsh in Boston and David Hennes in New York lead the practice. Welsh is currently representing individuals and entities affiliated with National Amusements, Inc. in parallel actions in the Delaware Court of Chancery related to the multi-billion dollar merger of Viacom and CBS into the combined entity ViacomCBS in 2019. Boston-based Randall Bodner, former head of the firm’s business and securities litigation practice group, is also a key practitioner in corporate governance and deal-related cases.