Speakers / Authors:
Jonathan M. Plasse
Jonathan M. Plasse is a partner in the firm of Labaton Sucharow. He has devoted over 30 years of his practice to the prosecution of complex cases involving securities class action, derivative, transactional, and consumer litigation. Currently, he is prosecuting securities class actions against Schering-Plough, Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Plasse serves as the Chair of the Securities Litigation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has also chaired and been a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars relating to securities class action litigation.
Mr. Plasse is admitted to practice before the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
He received his J.D. in 1976 from Brooklyn Law School, and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1972 from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Merritt B. Fox
Columbia Law School
Merritt Fox is the Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law and the NASDAQ Professor of the Columbia Law School-Columbia Business School Joint Project on the Law and Economics of Capital Markets. Professor Fox is past chair of the Business Association section of the American Association of Law Schools. He is co-director of the Center for Law and Economic Studies at Columbia Law School.
Mr. Fox practiced with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1974 to 1980. He was adjunct professor teaching law and economics at Yale and Fordham from 1974 to 1980. Mr. Fox. taught at Indiana University Law School in Bloomington before joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1988, where he was the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law and faculty director of the school's Center for International and Comparative Law.
He is author of Finance and Industrial Performance in a Dynamic Economy (1987); The Signature of Power: Buildings, Communication and Policy (with H. Lasswell, 1979). He is also co-editor, with Michael Heller, of Corporate Governance Lessons from Transitional Economies (2006).
Mr. Fox received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1980, his J.D. from Yale in 1971 and his B.A. fromYale in 1968.
Thomas A. Dubbs
Thomas A. Dubbs is a partner in the firm of Labaton Sucharow. He specializes in the representation of institutional investors including pension funds in securities fraud and other types of litigation. A recognized leader in the field, Mr. Dubbs represented the first major private institutional investor to become a lead plaintiff in a class action under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Mr. Dubbs currently serves as Lead or Co-Lead Counsel in federal securities class actions against AIG, Wellcare and Bear Stearns, among others.
He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the American Society of International Law.
Mr. Dubbs received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1971, and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969.
Joseph De Simone
Joseph De Simone is a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown. He is an experienced, well-respected litigator whose practice is focused primarily on securities and regulatory disputes, internal corporate investigations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, complex arbitrations, and general corporate litigation. As co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Action group, Mr. De Simone represents corporate and individual clients across a broad spectrum of civil, criminal, and investigative cases.
Mr. De Simone is admitted to practice in the State of Arizona, State of New York, before the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. De Simone graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a J.D. in 1994, and his A.B. from Princeton University in 1988
Lawrence J. Zweifach
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Lawrence J. Zweifach is a litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's New York office. Mr. Zweifach is a highly experienced trial lawyer with a diverse litigation practice. He has extensive experience handling civil and criminal matters, including securities, antitrust, SEC and PCAOB enforcement investigations and litigation, FCPA matters, corporate governance, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Zweifach is admitted to practice in the State of New York. Mr. Zweifach earned his J.D. at George Washington University in 1973 and B.A. at Lehigh University in 1969.
John C. Browne
Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger and Grossmann
Mr. Browne is a partner in the New York office of Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger and Grossman. Prior to joining BLB&G, Mr. Browne was an attorney at Latham & Watkins, where he had a wide range of experience in commercial litigation, including defending corporate officers and directors in securities class actions and derivative suits, and representing major corporate clients in state and federal court litigations and arbitrations.
Mr. Browne has been a panelist at various continuing legal education programs offered by the American Law Institute and has published several articles relating to securities litigation.
Mr. Browne is admitted to practice in the State of New York, before the Southern District Court of New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Mr. Browne earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School, cum laude, in 1998, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from James Madison University in 1994.
George T. Conway III
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
George T. Conway III has been a partner in the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since January 1994. He joined the firm in September 1988.
His litigation experience has included a variety of high-profile matters spanning many areas of law in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience in securities litigation, mergers-and-acquisitions litigation, contract litigation, antitrust litigation, and other litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. In the area of securities litigation, he recently briefed and argued the cause for respondents in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 does not apply extraterritorially to claims of so-called "foreign-cubed" plaintiffs -- foreign investors who purchased securities of foreign issuers on foreign exchanges. He also recently argued and won a precedent-setting motion to dismiss so-called "foreign-squared" claims against European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. brought by American plaintiffs who purchased that foreign company's shares on foreign exchanges.
Mr. Conway received his J.D. in 1987 from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Mr. Conway is a graduate of Harvard College, where in 1984 he received an A.B., magna cum laude, in Biochemical Sciences.
Edward Turan is Senior Deputy General Counsel and Managing Director of Citi's Institutional Clients Group and head of the Litigation Department. Mr. Turan is responsible for the management of all aspects of litigation arising out of the business of the Institutional Clients Group, along with regulatory enforcement matters. He is a member of the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee of FINRA. He is a member and former chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Committee on Litigation and Arbitration and is a member of the SIFMA Committee on Amicus issues. Ed is also a member of the Clearinghouse Litigation Committee and a past President of the Compliance and Legal Society of SIFMA.