The Supreme Court has always played a major role in shaping the securities law landscape. Recently, the Supreme Court’s decisions in cases such as Lorenzo v. Securities Exchange Commission, 139 S. Ct. 1094 (2019) and Liu v. Securities and Exchange Commission, 140 S. Ct. 1936 (2020) have fundamentally changed the practice of securities law on a day-to-day basis. Courts across the country and practitioners on both sides of the aisle are currently grappling with how to interpret, utilize, and apply these important decisions in their day-to-day practice.
Join Carol C. Villegas and James Christie for a discussion on these issues. Ms. Villegas is a partner and Mr. Christie is an associate at Labaton Sucharow LLP. Ms. Villegas and Mr. Christie represent institutional investors (such as public pension funds and hedge funds) who have suffered financial losses in the stock market as a result of securities fraud committed by publicly traded companies and their officers and executives.
Carol C. Villegas focuses on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors. Leading one of the Firm’s litigation teams, she currently oversees litigation against DeVry Education Group, Skechers, U.S.A., Inc., Nimble Storage, Liquidity Services, Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc., and SanDisk. In addition to her litigation responsibilities, Carol holds a variety of leadership positions within the Firm, including serving on the Firm's Executive Committee and serving as Co-Chair of the Firm's Women's Networking and Mentoring Initiative.
Carol’s skillful handling of discovery work, her development of innovative case theories in complex cases, and her adept ability during oral argument earned her recent accolades from the New York Law Journal as a Top Woman in Law as well as a Rising Star by Benchmark Litigation.
Carol played a pivotal role in securing favorable settlements for investors from AMD, a multi-national semiconductor company, Aeropostale, a leader in the international retail apparel industry, ViroPharma Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and Vocera, a healthcare communications provider. A true advocate for her clients, Carol’s argument in the case against Vocera resulted in a ruling from the bench, denying defendants motion to dismiss in that case.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Carol served as the Assistant District Attorney in the Supreme Court Bureau for the Richmond County District Attorney's office, where she took several cases to trial. She began her career as an associate at King & Spalding LLP, where she worked as a federal litigator.
Carol received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and she was the recipient of The Irving H. Jurow Achievement Award for the Study of Law and selected to receive the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Minority Fellowship. Carol served as the Staff Editor, and later the Notes Editor, of the Environmental Law Journal. She earned a B.A., with honors, in English and Politics from New York University.
Carol is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA), the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a member of the Executive Council for the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Women in the Law.
She is fluent in Spanish.
James Christie focuses on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors. James currently litigates cases against Intuitive Surgical, Advanced Micro Devices, Sprouts Farmers Market, Qualcomm, and Lifelock.
James previously served as a judicial intern in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York under the Honorable Sandra J. Feuerstein.
James earned a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the St. John’s Law Review, and his B.S., cum laude, from St. John’s University Tobin College of Business.
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