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Michael J. Faris

Michael J. Faris

Latham & Watkins LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Mr. Faris, local Chair of the Litigation Department, has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, with a focus on securities and professional liability litigation.

Mr. Faris' experience also includes:

  • ¦Securities actions
  • ¦Derivative suits
  • ¦Proxy contests
  • ¦Individual securities actions under both federal and state securities laws
  • ¦Complex matters involving alleged director and shareholder fiduciary duty violations

Mr. Faris has experience in all aspects of complex cases, including fact and expert discovery, complex motions practice and trial. He has argued significant motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in federal court, has conducted direct and cross examinations in large jury trials, and has conducted solo bench trials and arbitrations in smaller matters.

He appears in both federal and state courts around the country. In addition, Mr. Faris has been involved in internal investigations of potential criminal conduct and represented companies under investigation by the United States Securities Exchange Commission and/or the Department of Justice. He has also had oversight responsibility for extensive electronic document collection efforts in response to federal law enforcement subpoenas.

In addition to his securities and professional liability practice, Mr. Faris has experience in complex commercial litigation in the areas of antitrust, trademark and patent infringement, and insurance litigation.

Mr. Faris is a national board of directors member for the American Constitution Society.

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