Joel C. Haims - McDermott Will & Emery


Joel C. Haims focuses his practice on securities litigation, including class actions, shareholder derivative cases, and corporate control litigation, as well as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement proceedings and corporate internal investigations. He regularly represents public companies and their officers, directors, and board committees in cases before trial and appellate courts throughout the country and in mediation to facilitate settlement. He defends clients across a diverse range of industries and has extensive experience representing foreign-based companies in US securities litigation. He is also frequently called upon by boards and senior executives to advise on directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance coverage.

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Securities Class Actions/Individual Cases

  • Co-led the defense on behalf of 300 issuers and over 1,000 individual defendants in the “IPO Allocation” securities class actions*
  • Won dismissal of all claims against an American e-commerce company and its officers and directors in a shareholder class action in federal court in New York. The Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal*
  • Won dismissal of all claims against the former CEO and CFO of a Canadian multinational telecommunications company in a shareholder class action in federal court in New York*

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  • Chambers USA, Litigation: Securities
  • The Legal 500, Securities Litigation: Defense


Cornell Law School, JD, 1993
Baruch College,  BBA, 1990

New York