James E. Burns Jr. Senior Counsel, Internal Investigations, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
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James E. Burns Jr., senior counsel in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Division. Jim focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration of complex business and securities disputes, including claims arising from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, shareholder class actions and derivative cases.
Jim conducts internal investigations for clients and represents them in regulatory investigations and proceedings before the SEC and state securities regulatory authorities. He has broad experience in jury and bench trial matters before federal, tax and state courts. He has handled numerous class actions and litigated multi-district cases involving claims under RICO and federal and state securities law, as well as professional services malpractice claims and various business torts.
Jim has extensive experience in commercial arbitrations before various arbitration and mediation tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers and privately chosen arbitrators. He acts on behalf of technology companies, venture capitalists, securities issuers, directors, brokers, underwriters, promoters and mutual funds.
Jim has represented Retek, Inc., Touch America Holdings, Inc., RS Investment Management, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Cygnus, Inc., Everen Securities Inc., Chiron Corp., Intevac, Inc., Accel Partners, TA Associates, Kenetech, Pope & Talbot, Citrix Systems, Inc., Everex and The Photonics Fund.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jim was a partner and West Coast Managing Partner at Clifford Chance, a partner and managing partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and a partner at Chickering & Gregory.
Matthew Bush is a managing associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate group and the General Litigation group.
Matthew represents clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. His work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional law, copyright, patent, employment, class actions, criminal law, federal jurisdiction, bankruptcy, and others.
Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew served as a law clerk for Judge Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jan. E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.