Director and Officer Defense

Areas of Emphasis

  • Shareholder Class Action Defense
  • Shareholder Derivative Suit Defense
  • Direct Actions by Former Corporate Employers
  • Formal and Informal SEC Investigations
  • D&O Coverage Disputes

Practice Overview

Officers and directors of public companies large and small look to the lawyers in Reed Smith’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group when targeted by Rule 10b-5 class actions, derivative suits and investigations and enforcement proceedings instituted by the SEC and other government agencies.

In a climate of unprecedented scrutiny of corporate accounting and reporting, officers and directors more than ever require the independent advice of skilled and experienced securities defense counsel.  Reed Smith attorneys have defended senior officers and directors of public companies in securities matters for decades, and are currently representing chief executives, chief financial officers and audit committee members in connection with several high-profile cases of alleged securities fraud.  Our lawyers also regularly collaborate with members of the firm’s nationally renowned Insurance Coverage Group to ensure that our clients obtain the full benefit of all available insurance coverage.