Paul F. Rugani

Senior Associate
Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Mr. Rugani, a senior associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Group.

Mr. Rugani focuses on the representation of companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, commercial contractual disputes, regulatory and internal investigations, and other litigation matters.

He has also represented clients in appellate matters in a number of state and federal courts, and has co-authored principal and amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, and the Washington Court of Appeals.

Mr. Rugani devotes a portion of his practice to providing pro bono services in civil rights and immigration cases, including briefing and arguing an immigration appeal before the Ninth Circuit.

Significant involvement in recent cases includes the following.

  • The representation of a major investment bank in several state and federal litigations in connection with the bank’s underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • The representation of two UBS entities in a Second Circuit appeal in which the court affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action seeking US$800 million in damages arising out of a merger break-up.
  • The representation of a former officer of Countrywide Financial Corporation in various state and federal securities lawsuits.
  • The representation of KPMG LLP in a variety of securities and employment lawsuits pending in Washington state courts.
  • On behalf of Microsoft Corporation, obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of multiple consumer class actions related to Microsoft’s Windows Operating System downgrade policy.
  • The representation of a major international accounting firm in defense of a 10b-5 class action related to its audits of a Hong Kong company doing business through a subsidiary in China.
  • The representation of a major mining and smelting company in litigation involving insurance coverage for environmental exposures under CERCLA due to alleged environmental contamination in Washington state.

Mr. Rugani was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012. He is one of the authors of the Orrick Guide to Securities Litigation, the most recent version of which was published in October 2010, and an editor of the Orrick Financial Industry Week in Review.

Paul Rugani
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Eppa Hunton IV Memorial Book Award, University of Virginia School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English and History, Duke University, 2003
  • Hon. Cormac J. Carney, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Washington State Bar Association

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