Finding the right ingredients, using the right tools, and bringing the right amount of heat. That is the approach John brings to cooking. On weekends, if he is not working, he is in the kitchen or outside with one of his several barbecues. Whether it’s a flawless French omelet, a basic grilled fish, or a Balinese pork shoulder cooked slowly on a rotisserie, the goal is to use skill, focus, and creativity to make something elegant and delicious. The right ingredients are useless without organization, technique, and a touch of inspiration.
It’s this same philosophy that drives John’s work as a successful business litigator. He leaves nothing to chance and drives the process of preparing a case with unflappable precision. Writing a great brief or advocating effectively in court requires careful selection of arguments, deep knowledge of the law, and meticulous execution. Winning a complex case requires thinking several steps ahead, coordinating dozens of details, and being flexible and creative. In addition to highly capable legal counsel, the marriage of these skills brings one other benefit to John’s clients: the opportunity for a great, home cooked meal.
John Durrant‘s practice focuses on complex litigation, securities, and financial disputes. He is sought out by numerous clients given his track record of representing companies from boardroom to courtroom, as well as his experience providing sophisticated legal counsel to help clients avoid litigation. His diversified experience extends to class and individual lawsuits in federal and state court and domestic and international arbitrations.
Mr. Durrant has successfully defended companies in matters related to alleged securities fraud and misstatements in the offering of securities, arising under the federal securities laws, blue sky laws, and common law. Mr. Durrant also is a “go-to” litigator for plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving business torts, complex contractual arrangements, insurance disputes, intellectual property, real estate, and unfair competition. Finally, Mr. Durrant has represented clients in regulatory inquiries related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Over the years, Mr. Durrant has been recognized internationally, locally, and by his peers for incisive legal analysis and impactful courtroom advocacy.
Defense of multiple class action and individual lawsuits brought against UBS, arising out of the dislocation of the auction rate securities market. The cases involved claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act, the Investment Advisers Act, New York’s Martin Act, and other claims. Allegations originally involved tens of billions of dollars. The court dismissed all class action claims, a victory The American Lawyer called a “big win” and the Financial Times ranked among the year’s top 10 U.S. litigation matters in its 2011 “Innovative Lawyers” report.
Defense of J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley as lead underwriters, and the members of underwriting syndicates (Deutsche Bank, Jefferies, JMP Securities, Piper Jaffray, Roth Capital Partners, and Stifel Nicolaus) in the In re New Century securities class action. Clients faced claims under Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act regarding alleged misstatements in offerings of New Century’s stock.
Representation of multiple publicly traded companies facing class action and derivative claims in connection with proposed mergers.
Represented affiliates of IT services company, Accelrys, in major commercial dispute.
Alongside the ACLU, represented class of inmates alleging abuse at the hands of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies in the largest jail system in the country. Settlement resulted in sweeping reforms regarding use of force in the jails.
Honors & Awards
Super Lawyers: Southern California Super Lawyer (2014-2017)
Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent®, Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence (2013-2016)
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California's Criminal Justice Award (2015)
California Lawyer: Attorney of the Year (CLAY) (2013)
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California's Prisoner Rights Advocacy Award (2012)
Professional, Business and civic Affiliations
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board Member
Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Board Member and Executive Committee Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Judicial Elections Evaluations Committee
Los Angeles County Complex Courts, Bench/Bar Committee
Other Career Experience
- Equity Partner and Associate, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings (2001-2016)
- Student Attorney, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic (1999)
- CIN Researcher, Analyst and Writer, Cambridge Technology Partners (1996-1998)
- January 20, 2017
- November 14, 2016
- June 27, 2016
- June 14, 2016
- June 2, 2016
- June 1, 2016
- May 26, 2016
- May 23, 2016
- Law360, November 3, 2015
- ABA, Section of Litigation, March 12, 2015
- Law360, 2014
- Bloomberg BNA, April 8, 2013