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John Durrant

Partner - los angeles

Experience

Legal Expertise

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.  

Representative Matters

  • 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 (2014-2016)

  • 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 LawyerAttorney 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

  • Partner, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings (2013-2016)
  • Associate, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings (2001-2013)
  • Student Attorney, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic (1999)
  • CIN Researcher, Analyst and Writer, Cambridge Technology Partners (1996-1998)

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Admissions

  • California, 2001

Education

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2001

University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1996, with highest honors

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