Counsel and associates join growing US Securities Litigation & Government Enforcement practice
Baker McKenzie continues to expand the securities litigation and enforcement team with the additions of five standout lawyers. Of Counsel Aaron Goodman and Ben Turner join the Firm from DLA Piper along with associates Thomas Tysowsky, a recent Vanderbilt University Law School graduate and Sara Pitt from Pepper Hamilton LLP. The group will be joined by another associate coming later in the month in Los Angeles.
The group comes to Baker McKenzie following a team from DLA Piper that includes partners Perrie Weiner and Edward Totino, who joined the Firm in July.
Aaron brings broad experience in complex litigation and arbitration across intellectual property, class actions, competition, product liability, and employment practice areas. He also handles governmental and internal investigations involving the US Securities and Exchange Commission, US Department of Justice, and US Department of Education.
Ben advises major corporations, CEOs and foreign entities on a broad range of litigation issues and cross-border disputes including nationwide securities class actions, white collar criminal defense, and the immunities of foreign governments and government officials. A former judicial law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ben has extensive experience briefing winning appeals in both federal and state court, particularly in defense of consumer class actions.
Perrie, Partner in Charge of Los Angeles and Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Securities Litigation Group, said "We are delighted to add these highly skilled litigators to our fast growing team in Los Angeles and are focused on continuing to build our securities litigation practice in California and throughout North America in response to client demand."
Baker McKenzie's global practice offers clients a truly novel and fully integrated approach to navigating the challenges presented by developing new products and offering financial services in a rapidly changing regulatory environment, while simultaneously considering how to assess and minimize potential enforcement exposure. This growing practice will bolster the Firm's already strong capability in advising corporate clients in responding to SEC and other regulatory scrutiny of public company disclosures. The group is uniquely positioned to help clients in evaluating examination and enforcement inquiries, to advise how regulatory compliance might mitigate future potential liabilities, and to handle enforcement litigation matters when they arise.
“We are excited to continue building our deep bench of talented securities litigators and government enforcement lawyers across the United States. In addition to being a key part of that national team, Aaron and Ben bolster our team’s capabilities in Los Angeles and further demonstrate our commitment to the West Coast market and our clients’ strong demand for legal services there,” said Peter Tomczak, Chair of the Firm’s North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group.
Aaron received his BA from the University of Southern California, his JD from Arizona State University School of Law, and MBA from Arizona State University School of Business. Ben received his BSBA in Finance and International Business from Washington University in St. Louis and his JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.
Recent additions to the fast growing North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice include two FDA regulatory partners Veleka Peeples-Dyer and Khelin Aiken in Washington, DC.