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William C. Fredericks

Scott + Scott LLP

New York, NY, USA


WILLIAM C. FREDERICKS is a partner in the New York office of Scott + Scott LLP. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Robert S. Gawthrop III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and then spent seven years practicing securities and complex commercial litigation as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Willkie Farr & Gallagher before moving to the plaintiffs’ side of the bar in 1997 where he was a partner at Milberg LLP and then at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP. Mr. Fredericks has represented investors as a lead or co-lead counsel in dozens of securities class actions, including In re Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) (total settlements of $627 million, reflecting the largest recovery ever in a pure Securities Act case that did not involve any parallel government fraud claims); In re Rite Aid Securities Litig. (E.D. Pa.) (total settlements of $323 million, including the then-second largest securities fraud settlement ever against a Big Four accounting firm); In re Sears Roebuck & Co. Securities Litig. (N.D. Ill.) ($215 million settlement, reflecting the largest section 10(b) recovery in history in an action not involving either a financial restatement or parallel government fraud claims ); In re State Street ERISA Litig. ($89 million settlement, one of the largest ERISA class action settlements to date) and Irvine v. Imclone Systems, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) ($75 million settlement). He has also obtained significant recoveries on behalf of creditor interests, including recoveries against News Corp. on behalf of the receiver in bankruptcy of Australis Holdings Pty. Limited, and recoveries on behalf of the Friedman’s Creditor’s Trust against certain former outside attorneys, auditors and financial advisers of Friedman’s, Inc. Mr. Fredericks also played a lead role on the appellate team that obtained a rare 9-0 decision for plaintiffs (and remand to the district court) in a securities fraud case from the United States Supreme Court in Merck & Co., Inc. v. Reynolds, 130 S.Ct. 1784 (2010). Mr. Fredericks also has extensive experience litigating various MBS-related actions against MBS issuers, sponsors, underwriters and trustees, including the ongoing litigation in Retirement Board v. Bank of New York Mellon, No. 1:11-cv-05459 (S.D.N.Y.) against the trustee of various Countrywide-sponsored MBS trusts based on the trustee’s alleged failure to take timely and appropriate actions to enforce the trusts’ repurchase rights).

Mr. Fredericks graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1988, where he was awarded the Toppan Prize in Advanced Constitutional Law, the Beck Prize in Property Law, the Greenbaum Prize for Legal Writing, and the Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Prize for best oral argument in the final round of Columbia’s 1988 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Honor Competition. He earned his B.S., with High Honors, from Swarthmore College, and also holds an M. Litt. degree in international relations from Oxford University.

Mr. Fredericks has been a panelist on numerous programs sponsored by various organizations, including the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the American Law Institute/American Bar Association (ALI/ABA). He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chairman, Committee on Military Affairs and Justice), The American Bar Association, and The Federal Bar Council. He is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and to the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Sixth and Tenth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
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