M. Todd Scott

Senior Associate
Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

M. Todd Scott, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Group. His practice focuses on shareholder derivative suits, securities class actions, other complex business litigation and corporate governance counseling.

Mr. Scott has represented numerous corporations, directors and officers in federal securities class actions, SEC enforcement actions and shareholder derivative suits, at arbitration and on appeal. Notable engagements include:

  • Weinstein v. Chesapeake Energy Corp. et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51380, 2013 WL 1457718 (W.D. Okla. 2013). 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 its top officers.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union v. Chesapeake Energy Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45434, 2013 WL 1336123 (W.D. Okla. 2013). Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of a securities class action asserting claims under the Securities Act of 1933 against the company, its top officers, and board of directors.
  • Cheseldine v. McClendon. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a putative stockholder derivative action asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duties against Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s board of directors. Also successfully repelled motion for temporary restraining order to enjoin payment of outgoing CEO’s severance.
  • Egleston v. McClendon. Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of a putative stockholder derivative action asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duties against Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s board of directors.
  • Norris v. McClendon et al. Derivative Litigation. Represented the board of diretors in a shareholder derivative action challenging company proxy disclosures. Obtained a dismissal the pleading stage.
  • Bundy v. IronPlanet. Represented the 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.
  • Cheseldine v. Chesapeake Energy Corp. Defended the Company against an invasive shareholder books and records action and obtained a dismissal at the pleading stage.
  • 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 Act against the company and certain of its officers and directors.
  • KPMG Corporate Finance v. LeadClick Media, Inc.. Represented the firm in an action to recover fees. After arbitration obtained a complete judgment in the client’s favor and an award of attorneys’ fees and costs.

Mr. Scott also regularly advises companies on questions of corporate governance, fiduciary duties and disclosure obligations, and has extensive experience in responding to shareholder litigation demands and books and records requests.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Scott was an associate at the San Francisco office of Clifford Chance US LLP. In his spare time, Mr. Scott is a musician, author and father to three amazing children.

M. Todd Scott
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Admitted In
  • California
Court Admissions
United States Claims Court
  • Ninth Circuit
United States District Court
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 2003
  • M.A., Critical Theory, Portland State University, 2000
  • B.A., English, Emory University, 1993
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

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