Jim Kreissman, senior West Coast litigator and Head of the Firm’s Asia Litigation Practice, focuses on securities litigation, government and internal investigations, M&A litigation, and antitrust litigation.
Jim currently represents or has recently represented corporations, financial institutions and their officers and directors in numerous securities litigation and investigatory matters. He currently represents Alibaba in connection with over a dozen federal and California state securities lawsuits concerning disclosures made in connection with Alibaba’s IPO, the largest ever, as well as an SEC investigation concerning other disclosure issues. Jim also currently represents Twitter in federal securities class actions and derivative litigation related to its disclosure of certain non-financial metrics. Jim recently represented Nu Skin Enterprises in federal securities class action and shareholder derivative suits arising from a government investigation into the company’s compensation practices in China. Jim also represented Focus Media Holding Limited in an SEC investigation and various class action suits related to disclosure of related party transactions. Many of his matters involve internet and technology-related companies, such as Cyanotech, Dell, Etsy, Infineon AG, Intel, Seagate, and JDS Uniphase.
Jim has in-depth experience with litigation related to mergers or acquisitions, and shareholder derivative claims. He led the successful defense of multijurisdictional litigation challenging Silver Lake’s 2013 leveraged buyout of Dell, Inc. and was involved in the appraisal litigation brought by Dell shareholders who challenged the purchase price of the buyout. Jim has also been involved in litigation challenging Dell’s subsequent 2016 acquisition of EMC Corporation. Similarly, Jim represented the directors of Chevron Corporation in the successful defense of a derivative lawsuit over the 2012 Richmond Refinery fire and Silver Lake in connection with a derivative lawsuit concerning its acquisition of Skype from eBay. His other recent clients include Blum Capital, Captaris, C.B. Richard Ellis, ClubCorp, Cyanotech, Elevation Partners, Facet Biotech, Hellman & Friedman and KKR.
Jim has represented numerous Special Litigation and Audit Committees in connection with various matters, including work for Archer Daniels Midland, BEA Systems, Clorox, LDK Solar, Levi Strauss, Oracle, Verifone and Westar Energy. Jim has also conducted numerous internal investigations for companies relating to accounting, tax and regulatory compliance matters. Jim has also worked on a number of antitrust matters with a particular emphasis on the representation of corporations accused of price-fixing or other anticompetitive behavior in both civil and criminal matters. His representative clients include Hannstar, Chimei-Iinnolux, Elpida Memory Inc., Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Appleton Papers, Inc., Haynes International and Archer Daniels Midland Corporation.
In 2011, Jim created the Firm’s Asia Litigation Practice, which coordinates the efforts of the Firm’s litigators to serve the litigation needs of Asia-based clients. He continues to chair that practice group.
Jim received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Albert J. Engel, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Last updated October 2018