Robert P. Varian

Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement

Robert P. Varian, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Securities Litigation Group. He was previously a partner in the Securities Litigation Groups of Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.

Mr. Varian is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has successfully tried securities class actions to verdict, and won one of the National Law Journal’s top 10 defense verdicts in the United States in a major securities class action jury trial. He has successfully litigated numerous high profile cases that have received extensive coverage in the national media. In 2013, Mr. Varian was named to Lawdragon's Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America list, one of the most elite accolades in the legal profession.

Mr. Varian represents issuers, officers, directors, underwriters, accountants, audit committees and special committees in securities class actions, derivative cases, merger litigation and accounting malpractice actions throughout the United States. He also represents audit committees, special committees, individuals and companies in connection with internal investigations, and SEC and SRO regulatory proceedings.

Mr. Varian has represented Chinese companies, individuals, auditors and audit committees in securities class actions, derivative cases, internal investigations and business disputes. He has extensive experience in dealing with Chinese business and accounting practices, and has tried to verdict complex cases in which extensive testimony and documentary evidence were in Chinese.

Mr. Varian has lectured extensively on securities litigation topics throughout the United States and in Europe, at programs sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, the American and California Bar Associations, NASDAQ, The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Corporate Governance Officials, The American Conference Institute, the University of Maryland School of Law and various other entities, and was an instructor of Corporate Trust Litigation for the Cannon Financial Institute from 1988 to 1996.

His clients include: Chesapeake Energy Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nike, eBay, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Credit Suisse, Charles Schwab, Asus Computer International, Emerson Electric, Co., Grant Thornton China, FormFactor, Inc., SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., Needham & Co., Silicon Storage Technology, Sina Corporation, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, nVidia Corporation, TXU Corporation, UTStarcom, Pre-Paid Legal Services, WellPoint Health Networks, Filenet Corporation and The Securities Industry Association.

Robert Varian
  • Mr. Varian has spoken extensively on securities litigation, trial practice, internal investigations and related topics in the United States and Europe, including on programs sponsored by:
  • The Practicing Law Institute
  • The American Bar Association
  • The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • Glasser LegalWorks
  • The California Bar Association
  • The Directors Roundtable
  • The Directors Network
  • The American Conference Institute
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • The California Lawyer
  • The University of Maryland School of Law
  • The Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter
  • Sandpiper Partners
  • Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
  • VantagePoint Venture Partners
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Admitted In
  • California

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Maryland School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., cum laude, Lafayette College, 1974
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States (Securities: Shareholder Litigation) 2015
  • Selected as one of the “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America”
  • Named one of the Top 20 Lawyers, The California Lawyer
  • Winner of one of the United States Top 10 Defense Verdicts, The National Law Journal
  • Named one of 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation, Lawdragon
  • Named one of California's Super Lawyers
  • Hon. Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1979 to 1980)
  • Hon. C. Stanley Blair, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1978 to 1979)
  • State Bar of California

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