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John P. Stigi III

Partner
Century City
T: 310.228.3717 
F: 310.228.3917 
Palo Alto
T: 650.815.2600
F: 650.815.2601

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1987
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1984, cum laude
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California, Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York
Overview
Honors
Experience
Publications & News
Memberships

John Stigi is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Century City and Palo Alto offices, and co-leader of the firm's Corporate/Securities Litigation Team.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Stigi's practice focuses on securities class action and shareholder derivative action defense, SEC investigation defense, internal corporate investigations, complex contract and commercial litigation, and M&A and corporate governance litigation.  He has extensive experience representing issuers, officers, directors and auditors in all areas of securities, corporate and complex commercial litigation, from the early stages before a complaint is filed through pleading motions, discovery, mediation, trial and appeal.  Mr. Stigi also advises companies on disclosure and corporate governance issues, as well as directors and officers insurance matters.

Mr. Stigi’s practice is national in scope.  He appears in federal and state courts throughout California, New York and Delaware, and also has appeared in courts in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas and Washington. Mr. Stigi is a member of the Chartis/AIG securities Litigation Panel (class action approved).

Mr. Stigi previously was a partner in the securities litigation group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, resident in the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices.  Prior to that he practiced for 12 years in New York City where he represented issuers, accountants, banks, brokerage firms, and hedge fund managers in securities, commercial, bankruptcy, employment, and real estate litigation.  Mr. Stigi clerked at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was an executive editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2005

Representative Cases

Securities & Shareholder Derivative Actions

  • Advanced Cell Technologies
  • America West
  • Amgen
  • Arthur Andersen
  • Boeing
  • Bolar/Circa Pharmaceuticals
  • Chordiant Software
  • Deloitte
  • Digital Cornerstone
  • Diodes
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fairchild Corporation
  • First Virtual Communications
  • GEM Services, Inc. 
  • Hewlett Packard
  • i2 Technologies
  • International Rectifier
  • Irvine Sensors
  • Jennifer Convertibles
  • Leap Wireless
  • LifeVantage
  • McAfee
  • National Technical Systems 
  • NCI Building Systems
  • NorthPoint Communications
  • Quovadx
  • Redback Networks
  • Sahlen & Associates
  • salesforce.com
  • VISX
  • Zales

M&A/Going Private Actions

  • Corio
  • CrossWorlds Software
  • E.piphany
  • Hewlett Packard/Compaq
  • Hewlett Packard/Walter Hewlett
  • Imperial Capital 
  • Infoweapons
  • International Rectifier
  • Lions Gate Entertainment
  • Med BioGene
  • National Technical Systems
  • Parametric Sound
  • Physicians Formula
  • Plumtree Software
  • Rational Software
  • Raytel Medical
  • Rizvi Traverse/Playboy
  • Taylor Made/Adams
  • Taylor Made/Ashworth

Financial Services-Related Actions

  • B. Riley
  • CIBC Oppenheimer
  • Citicorp Real Estate
  • Clearwater Fund
  • European American Bank
  • First Nationwide Bank
  • Hambro America
  • Imperial Capital
  • Liberty Brokerage
  • Moore Capital Management
  • Patriot Securities

Articles

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts

New York Commercial Division Round Up Blog Posts

Speeches

  • Speaker & Panelist, When Good Deals Go Bad - How to Avoid Becoming an M&A Casualty, Association for Corporate Growth San Diego, December 2012
  • Chair, Delaware Counsel Speaks: Navigating Delaware Corporate Law in Transactions, San Diego, September 2011
  • Speaker, SEC Enforcement and Securities Class Action Trends Since the Great Recession of 2008, U.S. Law Firm Group Corporate & Securities Committee Section Meeting, San Francisco, May 2010
  • Q&A With Sheppard Mullin's John P. Stigi III, Law360, July 16, 2009
  • Speaker, Deconstructing Ryan v. Gifford, Cal CPA Fraud Section, Los Angeles, February 2008
  • Speaker, Environmental Disclosures, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, February 2008
  • Speaker & Panelist, Securities Litigation, CLE International Conference on Class Actions, San Francisco, January 2008
  • Co-chair, CLE International Conference on Class Actions, Los Angeles, January 2007
  • Podcast, Merrill Lynch v. Dabit, TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog, April 2006
  • Speaker & Panelist, McMaster World Congress Conference on Corporate Governance, Hamilton, Ontario, January 2006
  • Speaker, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association, SEC Enforcement, Reston, VA, December 2005
  • Speaker & Panelist, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Prague, September 2005
  • Speaker & Panelist, InSight CLE, M&A Litigation, Vancouver, BC, April 2005
  • Speaker & Panelist, Glasser LegalWorks, Electronic Discovery, San Francisco, April 2004
  • Speaker, Venture Capital Task Force, Palo Alto, July 2002
  • AIG Securities Litigation Panel Counsel, 2012-present
  • American Bar Association, 1989-present
  • International Bar Association, 2004-2006
  • New York State Bar Association, Civil Practice Law and Rules Committee, 1996-1999
  • Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 2006-2009
  • University of Virginia School of Law National Litigation Panel, 1996-2000
  • Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee, Regional Co-Chair, 2007-present