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James G. Kreissman

James G. Kreissman

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Jim Kreissman is a senior litigation partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on securities litigation, government and internal
investigations, and antitrust litigation. He is the Firm’s senior West Coast litigator specializing in these areas.

Mr. Kreissman currently represents or has recently represented clients in numerous securities litigation and investigatory matters for corporations, financial institutions, and
their officers and directors. For example, he recently represented certain former officers and directors of Lehman Brothers in various civil and regulatory matters relating to
Lehman’s September 2008 bankruptcy filing. Similarly, Mr. Kreissman represented many of the former officers and directors of Cendant in numerous civil class action suits,
derivative suits, SEC investigations and criminal matters. Many of his matters involve companies in technology-related areas, such as drugstore.com, Infineon AG, InfoSpace,
Intel, and JDS Uniphase. Mr. Kreissman also has extensive experience in securities litigations and investigations involving non-U.S. issuers. His current and recent
representations of this type include SinoTech Energy and Focus Media.

Mr. Kreissman has served as counsel to numerous Special Litigation Committees and Audit Committees in connection with various civil, criminal and regulatory matters, including work for Archer Daniels Midland, BEA Systems, Clorox, LDK Solar, Levi Strauss, Oracle, Verifone and Westar Energy. Mr. Kreissman has also conducted numerous internal investigations for companies relating to accounting, tax and regulatory compliance matters.

Mr. Kreissman also has in depth experience with direct and derivative litigations related to mergers or acquisitions. His current and/or recent clients include Blum Capital, Captaris,
C.B. Richard Ellis, Facet Biotech, Elevation Partners, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake Partners, and Veritas Software.

Mr. Kreissman has been named one of the best antitrust lawyers in the Bay Area by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine. He has worked on a number of antitrust matters with a particular emphasis on the representation of corporations accused of price-fixing or other anticompetitive behavior in both civil and criminal matters. His representative matters
include representations of Chimei-Iinnolux (TFT-LCD) Elpida Memory Inc. (DRAM), Virgin Atlantic Airlines (airline fuel surcharge), Appleton Papers, Inc. (fax paper), Haynes
International (high nickel alloy steel), and Archer Daniels Midland Corporation (food additives).

Mr. Kreissman has been a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP since 1997. He received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1984 and his J.D.
from the University of Virginia Law School in 1987, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Albert J. Engel, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He is admitted to practice in New York and California, as well as numerous federal courts across the country. Mr. Kreissman is also a frequent lecturer to lawyers, law students, and others on topics relating to his areas of expertise.

Honors/Associations
  • Named one of the best antitrust lawyers in the Bay Area by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • American Bar Association
  • Recipient, Thurgood Marshall Award from a Pro Bono Case from the Bar Association of New York


Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1987 J.D. Order of the Coif; Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review
  • Dartmouth College, 1984 B.A. (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)
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