The landscape of the corporate environment has seen a paradigm shift in the past several years. Corporate directors and officers feel that their decisions are being challenged, or second-guessed, more frequently than was the case only a few years ago.

We represent boards and directors and officers (D&O) in liability defense, internal investigations, government investigations and insurance coverage matters. Our experience includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud actions
  • Securities class action defense
  • SEC investigations
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Bankruptcy trustee claims 
  • Stock exchange investigations

We also frequently represent committees of outside directors or other special committees, delivering independent advice in order to consummate a variety of special transactions involving management groups, major stockholders or other company affiliates. In one such case, Alford v. Shaw, 327 N.C. 526, 398 S.E.2d 445 (1990), we represented the special litigation committee in this case that established the standard pursuant to which derivative claims are reviewed and dismissed or settled under the corporate law of North Carolina.

Directors & Officers Litigation

Experience Highlights

Directors and officers litigation for affiliated companies of a bankrupt manufacturer
Represented the directors and officers and affiliated companies of a bankrupt manufacturer of communications towers in defense of an action by the more
Shareholder litigation for a consumer products manufacturing company
Represented a consumer products manufacturing company when minority shareholders in the corporation brought suit against the company and its more
Securities class action for a national specialty retailer
Successfully defended a national specialty retailer and its directors and officers in a securities class action. more
Putative ERISA class action litigation against national airline
Representation of national airline company and former directors and officers in ERISA stock drop action and related claims in bankruptcy case. more

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