BOSTON (February 23, 2012) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced that high-profile securities litigators John A. Sten and Jason C. Moreau have joined the Firm as partners in the Boston office. Mr. Sten was previously a Shareholder with an AmLaw 10 law firm where he was chair of the Boston office’s Securities and Broker-Dealer Groups. Mr. Moreau was previously a Shareholder with the same firm.
Mr. Sten is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and former Enforcement Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He has a broad practice focusing on federal and state securities and commodities litigation, including the representation of public companies and their officers and directors in such matters as securities class actions and stockholder derivative suits; litigation involving sophisticated financial instruments such as interest rate swaps and other financial derivatives; and accounting liability litigation. He has advised financial services firms and financial institutions, investment advisors, broker-dealers and brokerage houses in regulatory compliance and enforcement matters. His experience also includes complex financial litigation involving allegations of material misrepresentations concerning revenue and earnings misstatements.
Mr. Moreau’s practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation and disputes, with particular emphasis on securities and commodities litigation and regulation. He has represented financial services companies, insurance companies, investment advisory firms, broker-dealers, and their officers and employees in investigations and proceedings initiated by federal and state regulators and other securities industry self-regulatory organizations.
“With their depth of knowledge and considerable courtroom experience, John and Jason represent important additions to our highly accomplished Trial Practice Group in Boston,” said Lazar P. Raynal, partner and Firm-wide head of Trial at McDermott Will & Emery. “John is one of the top securities litigators in the nation, regularly called upon to represent clients in complex, high-profile matters, and Jason is a rising star. Together, they make a formidable team.”
“As we look forward to the continued growth of our Trial practice in Boston, we are delighted to welcome John and Jason,” added Mark W. Pearlstein, partner-in-charge of McDermott’s Boston office. “In view of today’s heightened regulatory and enforcement environment, the new whistleblower statutes and the complexities of Dodd-Frank legislation, John and Jason will add tremendous value to our litigation team.”
“Jason and I are delighted to be joining McDermott, a firm known for its legal excellence,” commented John Sten. “McDermott’s many strengths, including securities litigation and complex commercial litigation for financial services firms and financial institutions, dovetail perfectly with our practices. In addition, the Firm has offices in all the major U.S. legal markets and is well-known for fostering a culture of cooperation that contributes greatly to the success of its attorneys.”
Mr. Sten received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston and his J.D., magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. Mr. Moreau earned his B.A. from Brandeis University and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
McDermott’s Trial practice group takes on, and consistently wins, the most demanding cases for clients. The Firm’s skilled trial lawyers have a deep understanding of substantive areas of the law. This knowledge combines with our lawyers’ breadth of courtroom experience to position clients for trial or to resolve matters short of trial if that is more advantageous. McDermott's Trial practice group includes several members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, former Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers, as well as former members of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Department of Commerce.
About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.