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Officers and directors, and the decisions they make, are under greater public and private scrutiny than ever before. When corporate management comes under attack, there is real value in having experienced trial attorneys available to counsel and defend.

Featured Experience

Successfully resolved claims brought by RTC/FDIC against various officers and directors for the alleged breach of fiduciary duty and related misconduct after the failure of a major Louisiana savings and loan bank.

2002

Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement for client investors against the officers and directors of a defunct technology company.

Defended corporate directors and officers facing breach of fiduciary duty claims in connection with a $26 billion merger; managed more than 70 attorneys reviewing more than one million pages of ESI in response to expedited discovery order.

Practice Overview

Overview

Officers and directors, and the decisions they make, are under greater public and private scrutiny than ever before. When corporate management comes under attack, there is real value in having experienced trial attorneys available to counsel and defend. Our trial lawyers have an excellent record in defending corporate leaders in many kinds of industries and companies, both privately held and publicly traded.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully resolved claims brought by RTC/FDIC against various officers and directors for the alleged breach of fiduciary duty and related misconduct after the failure of a major Louisiana savings and loan bank.

  • Successfully represented successor officers and directors in connection with securities investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Postal Service, and related litigation filed by private plaintiffs.

  • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement for client investors against the officers and directors of a defunct technology company.

  • Defended corporate directors and officers facing breach of fiduciary duty claims in connection with a $26 billion merger; managed more than 70 attorneys reviewing more than one million pages of ESI in response to expedited discovery order.

  • Defended the directors and officers of the Louisiana World's Fair in action by a creditors' committee for $120 million, and secured summary judgment dismissing the matter in federal district court.

  • Represented unsecured creditors' committee in connection with investigation of potential claims against former officers and directors of large coal company and subsidiaries with more than $150 million in debt.

  • Defended a sports radio network in action by shareholders and officers who alleged that a merger improperly forced them out of the company. Plaintiffs claimed their shares were worth several million dollars. Court dismissed plaintiffs' claims at trial.

  • Headed off approximately $10 million suit against officers and directors of sporting goods companies by creditors' committee. Case involved alleged breaches of duties of loyalty and care. Settled for payment of a nominal sum by client.

  • Defended the majority shareholder in a meat packing business in multi-million dollar litigation brought by minority shareholder (both individually and as a derivative action) for breach of fiduciary duty. Case was settled on favorable basis during trial.

  • Obtained favorable settlement on multi-million dollar claim by bankruptcy trustee against officers and directors of former internet auction company. Allegations included breaches of duties of loyalty and care, as well as corporate waste.

  • Negotiated favorable settlement in million dollar shareholder derivative action against the majority owner/president of a radio station for breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Defended officers and directors in multi-million dollar litigation brought by bankruptcy trustee alleging damages for breach of fiduciary duties and usurping corporate opportunity in connection with manufacturing company in Chapter 11.

  • Represented a major law firm in a multi-million dollar professional negligence claim arising from its role as counsel to a publicly traded company and its board.

  • Defended bank directors and officers who were sued for breach of fiduciary duty. Obtained dismissal of the case for client.

  • Served as court-appointed examiner to review potential litigation against former officers and directors of publicly held company in Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • Successfully represented shareholders in claims of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by former shareholder and employee.

One way Baker Donelson has already added value is by helping us to build an exemplary reputation as a first class legal team. We received an award from the Fulton County Daily Report. Our relationship [with Baker Donelson] has helped us raise our profile in the legal community, and that goes beyond the legal work. It helps us look better to our internal clients and professionals. 

Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel at one of the world's largest independent claims management companies

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