James N. Kramer

Partner
Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Jim Kramer, a partner in the San Francisco office, is Chair of the Firm's Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Group. His practice focuses on defending companies, officers and directors in shareholder class actions, derivative suits and regulatory proceedings. He is acknowledged by Chambers as a "Leader in their field" for Securities Litigation and has also been acknowledged as one of "America's Leading Litigators" by Benchmark.

Mr. Kramer has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in securities class actions, derivative actions, merger and acquisition related litigation, SEC enforcement proceedings and other complex commercial litigation. In addition, he has extensive experience representing board committees in internal investigations, including SEC and SRO-related investigations.

He regularly advises companies on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. He is a frequent lecturer on issues involving securities matters and class action litigation.

Mr. Kramer is an editor for the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter and regularly contributes to Orrick's blog on Securities Litigation hot topics (www.SecuritiesLitigationBlog.com) and Orrick's Guide to Securities Litigation, the go-to-book now in its 25th year and available on iTunes. Mr. Kramer is past chair of the Embarcadero YMCA Board of Managers and remains active in YMCA philanthropy. In his spare time, Mr. Kramer enjoys time with his family and is a recreational long course triathlete.


The following is a sample of Mr. Kramer’s representative engagements.

  • In re NVIDIA Securities Litigation. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a putative securities class action asserting claims under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the company and certain of its officers.
  • Bundy v. IronPlanet. Represented a company in an action alleging breach of a repurchase contract over a founder’s shares of stock. After arbitration obtained a complete judgment in the client’s favor and an award of attorneys' fees and costs.
  • SEC v. Mercury Interactive, Inc. Represented the former GC of Mercury in an SEC enforcement action alleging backdating of stock options. Matter was resolved on a non-fraud basis prior to trial.
  • In re Sequans Securities Litigation. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a putative securities class action asserting claims under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the company and certain of its officers in connection with the company’s public offering.
  • SEC v. Berry. Represented former GC of two publicly traded companies in an SEC enforcement action alleging backdating of stock options. Matter was resolved on a non-fraud basis prior to trial.
  • In re Ikanos Communications Securities Litigation. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a putative securities class action asserting claims under the Securities Act of 1933 against the company and certain of its officers
  • In re 3dfx Bankruptcy Litigation. Mr. Kramer was part of a trial team that recently obtained a ruling completely favorable to client NVIDIA Corporation in complex M&A/creditor’s rights dispute in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
  • In re: Micrus Endovascular Securities Litigation. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a securities class action asserting claims under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the company and certain of its officers and directors.
  • In re Agile Software Derivative Litigation. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a complaint asserting derivative option back-dating claims and direct breach of fiduciary duty merger and acquisition claims relating to Oracle Corporation’s acquisition of Agile.
  • In re Acer/Gateway M&A Litigation. Mr. Kramer was part of a team that defeated plaintiffs’ attempts to enjoin Acer’s acquisition of Gateway Computers.
  • In re Watchguard Corporation. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a complaint asserting breach of fiduciary duty and claims against Watchguard and certain of its officers and directors in connection to the sale of the company to private equity purchasers.
  • Represent the Special Committee of the board of directors of a technology company in its investigation of past stock option grant practices and the related SEC investigation.
  • Represent the Audit Committee of the board of directors of a technology company in its investigation into insider trading and revenue recognition issues.
  • Represent the Special Committee of the board of directors of an international media company in its investigation of past stock option grant practices and the related SEC investigation.
  • In re Intermix Securities Litigations. Obtained dismissal of federal and state complaints alleging claims in connection with NewsCorp.’s acquisition of Myspace.com on behalf of VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Kramer was a partner at Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.

James Kramer
Speeches
  • "Personal Liability Risks and D & O Protections," Stanford Law School Directors' College 2013 and 2014.
  • "Emerging Trends in SEC Enforcement and Corporate Governance 2013," Women Corporate Directors, Northern California Meeting.
  • "Securities Litigation and Enforcement: What to Expect in 2012," Bar Association of San Francisco.
  • "Private Company & Non-Profit Management Liability Risks: Perception or Reality," Chartis Executive Liability Briefing.
  • "SEC Enforcement: 2010 and Beyond - Into the Looking Glass," Center for Professional Education, Inc.
  • "From the General Counsel's Perspective: Discussions on Developing Issues for In-House Counsel," Stanford Law School.
  • "Insider Trading 10b5-1 Plans," Stanford Law School Directors' College.
  • "Challenges Facing Boards of Directors: Key Issues In SEC Disclosure & Enforcement," The Directors Roundtable.
  • “Protecting Your Company from Stock Price Meltdown,” Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
  • "Understanding and Minimizing Personal Exposure in the Post-Worldcom/Enron Environment," ABD Insurance Services.
  • "What A Corporate Lawyer Needs To Know About Securities Litigation," Orrick Corporate Retreat.
Select Publications
Admitted In
  • California
Court Admissions
United States Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit
United States District Court
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California

Education
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1991
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Marketing and Economics, University of Maryland, 1988
Honors
  • Named to Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Field," Securities Litigation - California, 2013
  • Named Among America's Leading Litigation Attorneys in Benchmark: Litigation
  • Super Lawyer Award Recipient
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2010
Memberships
  • State Bar of California
  • Member, Board of Advocates
  • Member, Inns of Court
  • Member, Order of Barristers
  • Past Board Chair, Embarcadero YMCA Board of Managers

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