Robert P. Varian has been a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office for twelve years, and was previously a partner in Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
He has been named to Lawdragon's Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America list, one of the most elite accolades in the legal profession, and as one of the top 20 lawyers of the year by The California Lawyer. He is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has successfully tried securities class actions to verdict (twice), and won one of the National Law Journal's top 10 defense verdicts in the United States in the major securities class action jury trial.
Mr. Varian has extensive experience in defending securities class actions, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, and derivative lawsuits throughout the United States. He has led a wide variety of internal investigations centered in the United States and China, and has represented executives, directors and auditors in internal investigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and in securities class actions and other shareholder litigation. He also has extensive experience in defending consumer class actions and complex business cases, and special expertise in representing Chinese companies and individuals in litigation and investigations.
Mr. Varian has successfully litigated numerous high profile cases that have received coverage in the national media.
Press Clippings Re Major Cases
“Cheaspeake Investors Knew Risks, High Court Told,” Law360, June 22, 2015
“Citing "puffery," judge tosses Battlefield 4 game glitches case,” Reuters Legal, May 4, 2015
“Judge Shoots Down Shareholder Suit Over Electronic Arts' Battlefield 4 Game,” The Recorder, April 30, 2015
“With Arbitrators at Odds, 23andMe Suits Back in Court,” The Recorder, February 18, 2015
“Shareholders Failed To Plead Any Actionable Misstatements, Judge Rules,” Mealey's Litigation Report: Class Actions, December 5, 2014
“Shareholders Failed To Plead Any Actionable Misstatements, Judge Rules,” Mealey's Emerging Securities Litigation, November 1, 2014
“Shareholder Failed To Plead Material Misrepresentation, 10th Circuit Panel Rules,” Mealey's Emerging Securities Litigation, August 1, 2014
“Despite Enron, Shareholder Lose Stock Drop Suit,” Daily Journal, February 12, 2002
Mr. Varian's corporate clients include: Nordstrom, Nike, Emerson Electric, Baxter Healthcare, Electronic Arts, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation, TXU Corporation, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, eBay, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Piper Jaffrey, Oppenheimer, Needham & Co., Charles Schwab, Asus Computer International, China Sunergy, Grant Thornton China, FormFactor, Inc., SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., Silicon Storage Technology, Sina Corporation, UTStarcom, Pre-Paid Legal Services, WellPoint Health Networks and Filenet Corporation. He has also represented numerous individuals in high stakes litigation, SEC and regulatory proceedings.
Mr. Varian has spoken extensively on litigation, trial practice 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
- Cannon Financial Institute
- Sandpiper Partners
- Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
- VantagePoint Venture Partners
He has also served as an instructor on litigation topics at the University of Maryland School of Law, and on corporate trust litigation at Cannon Financial Institute.