Paul F. Rugani

Senior Associate
Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Mr. Rugani, a senior associate in Orrick’s Seattle 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 Supreme Court and 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.

  • Representation of Barclays, Nomura, and Credit Suisse in state and federal litigations in connection with the banks' underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representation of Barclays Capital in litigation over Archstone Holdings, Inc. After an expedited trial in the Southern District of New York, the court found for Barclays on all issues, allowing Barclays and BofA Merrill to dispose of several billion dollars in disputed assets.
  • 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.
  • Representation of a former officer of Countrywide Financial Corporation in various state and federal securities lawsuits.
  • Representation of KPMG LLP in various securities and employment lawsuits pending in Washington state courts.
  • Representation of Microsoft Corporation in obtaining dismissal at the pleading stage of multiple consumer class actions related to Microsoft’s Windows Operating System downgrade policy.
  • 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.
  • Representation of directors of Infospace, Inc., in derivative litigation.
  • Representation of Expedia, Inc., in connection with certain insurance recovery matters.

Mr. Rugani was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 and 2013. He is one of the authors of the Orrick Guide to Securities Litigation, the most recent version of which was published in November 2012, and an editor of the Orrick Financial Industry Week in Review and Orrick's Weekly Auditor Liability Bulletin.

Paul Rugani
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Admitted In
  • New York
  • Washington
Court Admissions
United States District Court
  • Southern District of New York
  • Western District of Washington
United States Courts of Appeals
  • Second Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit

  • 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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