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Bennett W Lasko

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Bennett W. Lasko is a partner in the Chicago office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. His practice has concentrated for more than 16 years in securities litigation, class actions, auditors’ defense and other complex business litigation. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle & Reath, he was a partner in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, where he co-led that firm’s securities and corporate governance litigation subgroup.

Bennett has extensive experience representing auditors and accounting firms, as well as issuers and individual directors and officers, in many kinds of litigation under the federal securities laws. He has represented clients in state and federal courts around the country, at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration and mediation. In 1998, in Isquith v. Caremark Int’l, Inc., he successfully argued as a matter of first impression that plaintiffs who received shares in a corporate spin-off lacked standing to sue under the federal securities laws and could have no injury as a matter of law from alleged misrepresentations in connection with the spin-off. More recently, he represented a “Big 4” accounting firm for many years in one of the largest and most complex fraud cases in history.

Bennett has defeated litigation challenges to contested mergers and minority squeeze-outs, and advises clients in these and other types of corporate transactions. He also has appeared before the SEC and advises clients in SEC compliance, investigations, and related matters. In addition, he has a substantial practice in real estate and land use litigation. Recently, he defeated an action seeking to block development of the largest wind energy facility in Illinois, and currently represents a major wind energy developer in connection with several projects in development.

Bennett received his B.A. from Grinnell College, and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Herbert P. Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Boston, Massachusetts, and served three years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.


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