Thomas Laughlin


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Clerked for the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.

BIO:

Mr. Laughlin is a partner in the Firm’s New York office and focuses on securities class action, shareholder derivative, ERISA and other complex commercial litigation.

In 2014, Mr. Laughlin was co-chair of a 13-day bench trial in Bankers’ Bank Northeast v. Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, LLC, No. 12-cv-00127 (D. Me.). He represented a consortium of 10 community banks asserting negligence and professional malpractice claims against the former officers and directors of a bank and its auditor in connection with an $18 million loan made to that bank in September 2008. Among other things, Mr. Laughlin conducted the cross-examination of all three witnesses from the defendant’s auditing firm and the direct examination of plaintiff’s auditing expert. The parties to the action succeeded in resolving the action after trial.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

  • Cornwell v. Credit Suisse, No. 08-3758 (S.D.N.Y.) ($70 million securities settlement)
  • In re SanDisk LLC Securities Litig., No. 3:15-CV-01455-VC (N.D. Cal.) ($50 million securities settlement)
  • Weston v. RCS Capital Corp., No. 1:14-cv-10136-GBD (S.D.N.Y.) ($31 million securities settlement)
  • In re King Digital Entertainment plc Shareholder Litig., No. CGC-15-544770 (Cal. Super. Ct. San Francisco Cty.) ($18.5 million securities settlement)
  • Rubenstein v. Oilsands Quest Inc., No. 11-1288 (S.D.N.Y.) ($10.235 million securities settlement)

Mr. Laughlin also has significant appellate experience, having represented clients in connection with several appellate victories, including:

  • Cottrell v. Duke, 737 F.3d 1238 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • Westmoreland County Employee Retirement Sys. v. Parkinson, 727 F.3d 719 (7th Cir. 2013)
  • Pfeil v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., 671 F.3d 585 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • King v. VeriFone Holdings, Inc., 12 A.3d 1140 (Del. Supr. 2011).