J. Alex Vargas serves as Scott+Scott's Director of Investigations. He has devoted over a decade of his career investigating claims on behalf of institutional investors and other stakeholders. At Scott+Scott, Mr. Vargas conducts and oversees investigations across all practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Vargas was involved in several high-profile securities fraud cases, including one where he served as the principal investigator in connection with a 14-year litigation, resulting in the largest securities fraud settlement following a trial; a record $1.575 billion recovery in Jaffe v. Household Int'l, Inc., No. 02-C-05893 (N.D. Ill.).
Representative securities fraud matters include: Ret. Bd. of the Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago v. FXCM Inc., 1:15-cv-03599-KMW (S.D.N.Y.); Union Asset Management Holding AG v. SanDisk LLC, 3:15-cv-01455-VC (N.D. Cal.); In re LendingClub Corp. Shareholder Litig., Case No. CIV537300 (Cal. Super. Ct., San Mateo County); In re MobileIron, Inc. S'holder Litig., 1-15-cv-284001 (Cal. Super. Ct., Santa Clara County); In re Endochoice Holdings, Inc. Sec. Litig., C.A. No. 2016 cv 277772 (Ga. Super. Ct. Fulton County); and Rubenstein v. Oilsands Quest Inc., No. 11-cv-288 (S.D.N.Y.) (settlement of $10.235 million).
Representative consumer class actions include In re Pacific Coast Oil Trust Sec. Lit., BC550418 (Cal. Sup. Ct., Los Angeles County); Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union v. Kmart Corp., No. 15-cv-2228 (N.D. Ill.); WinSouth Credit Union v. MAPCO Express, Inc., No. 14-cv-1573 (M.D. Tenn.); Selco Community Credit Union v. Noodles & Co., C.A. No. 1:16-cv-2247 (D. Colo.); Le v. Kohl's Corp., C.A. No. 15-1171 (E.D. Wisc.); and First Choice Fed. Credit Union v. The Wendy's Co., 2:16-cv-00506 (W.D. Pa.).
Mr. Vargas graduated from the University of San Diego (B.A., 1997) and the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 2004). He is admitted to practice in New York, California, and the District of Columbia.