Webcast: Shareholder Litigation Developments and Trends

February 2, 2017

​It has been more than twenty years since Congress enacted the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and since that time, private actions under the federal securities laws have continued to be filed at a steady pace. In addition, shareholders have aggressively pursued state-law claims to contest mergers or to assert claims purportedly on behalf of companies. Over the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court have issued multiple decisions impacting the way shareholder actions are litigated and decided. This One-Hour Briefing highlights recent developments and trends in this constantly evolving and complex area of the law, including increasing activity in M&A litigation and shareholder derivative litigation.

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Expert faculty will discuss:

  • Filing and settlement trends, and new areas of focus in securities litigation, including cybersecurity-related actions
  • Recent developments in derivative litigation
  • Recent developments in mergers and acquisitions litigation


Panelists, Jennifer L. Conn and Jason J. Mendro, are co-authors of PLI’s Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition.

Jennifer L. Conn is a partner in the New York office, who has extensive experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including those involving securities, accounting malpractice, antitrust, contracts, insurance and information technology. She is also a member of Gibson Dunn’s General Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Appellate, and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Groups.

Jason J. Mendro is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Mendro has extensive experience defending class and derivative action lawsuits at the trial and appellate level, in both federal and state courts. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group. Law360 also recently recognized Mr. Mendro as a Rising Star in the category of securities law.

Colin B. Davis is an associate in the Orange County office, where he practices in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Davis’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on merger and acquisition and securities litigation. Mr. Davis represents public and private companies and their officers and directors in stockholder actions and related litigation in both state and federal courts.


This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour, of which 1.0 credit hour may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.  This course is approved for non-transitional credit only.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour.

California attorneys may claim “self-study” credit for viewing the archived version of this webcast.  No certificate of attendance is required for California “self-study” credit.