BORIS FELDMAN

Partner
 
Securities Litigation
Corporate Law & Governance
Internal & Government Investigations
Litigation
Mergers & Acquisitions

EXPERIENCE:

Boris Feldman specializes in securities litigation and counseling. He has represented companies and their officers in over 200 lawsuits throughout the United States (including a dozen financial restatement cases). He also has advised audit committees and boards of directors in internal investigations and handled SEC-enforcement proceedings around the country.

Boris has been at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto since 1986. Among other leadership roles, he is a member of its board of directors and a past chair of the firm's Policy Committee.

Boris has served as a lawyer-representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Ninth Circuit's Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, and co-chair of the lawyer representatives to the Northern District of California. Boris is active in TechNet, and has served on the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. In 2006, he was named to the International Advisory Board of the Israel Securities Authority, the Israeli equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Boris also has been elected a member of The American Law Institute.

Boris also was a member of the six-person advisory committee established by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to propose modifications of the Local Rules in light of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Boris testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act. He was appointed to a blue ribbon panel to propose changes in the California shareholder laws and was a member of the Santa Clara County Superior Court Task Force on Complex Litigation.

From 1985 to 1986, Boris served as special assistant to the legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, he had spent four years as an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and also served as a law clerk to Judge Abraham D. Sofaer in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1980 to 1981.

SELECT CLIENTS:

Software Companies:

  • Autodesk
  • Business Objects
  • Intuit
  • Network Associates
  • Novell
  • Salesforce.com
  • Sybase
  • Veritas

Hardware Companies:

  • 3Com
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Palm Computing
  • Rambus
  • Silicon Graphics
  • Solectron

Life Sciences Companies:

  • Genentech
  • Guidant
  • Nektar
  • Synergen
  • VISX (now part of Advanced Medical Optics)

Other Technology-Related Companies:

  • Digital Microwave
  • Google
  • Loudcloud
  • Netflix
  • Skillsoft
  • Valence Technology

Non-Technology Companies:

  • Anchor Gaming
  • Aurora Foods (Dartford Partners)
  • Coram Healthcare
  • Groupon
  • LeapFrog
  • Silicon Valley Bank

Investment Banks:

  • Bank of America Securities
  • CSFB
  • Lazard Frères
  • PaineWebber Incorporated
  • Raymond James
  • Salomon Smith Barney

More clients

Please see wsgr.com for a complete list of clients.

SELECT CASES:
  • Boris has tried and won the case of Walter Hewlett v. Hewlett-Packard Company in the Delaware Court of Chancery, on behalf of Hewlett-Packard.
  • Most recently, Boris has won shareholder lawsuits on behalf of BEA Systems, Business Objects, Intrabiotics, Nektar, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Synopsys, and 51job.
  • Boris recently argued the proper standard for demand in a shareholder derivative suit before the Indiana Supreme Court, on behalf of Guidant Corp.
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1980
    Note & Topics Editor, Yale Law Journal (Volume 89); Director of Debating for Yale University
  • B.A., History, Yale College, 1977
    Summa Cum Laude; With Distinction in History; Member, Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar; President, Yale Debate Association; Speaker, Yale Political Union
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, The American Law Institute
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Israel Securities Authority
HONORS:
  • Named the 2012 San Francisco Litigation – Securities Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon's "100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation," 2008
  • Named a top securities litigator in the 2004-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with peers describing him as "very wise, very able to take leadership on a case, and clearly in command of very complicated cases"
  • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 US
  • Named to "Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America" list, 2006-2010
  • Listed for several years in Best Lawyers in America, including recognition in the "Bet-the-Company Litigation" category in 2007-2014
  • Profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Top Ten Lawyers
  • Named by The Recorder (the California affiliate of American Lawyer) as the "go to" securities defense litigator in Northern California
  • Included in the Los Angeles Daily Journal's list of the 100 most influential lawyers in California in 2002 and its list of top securities litigators in the state in 2005
  • Named by The American Lawyer as one of the top 45 lawyers in the country under the age of 45 in 1995
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

Boris has lectured on shareholder and disclosure issues before ALI-ABA, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, Glasser Legalworks, Nasdaq, National Investor Relations Institute, New York Stock Exchange, PLI, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Risk & Insurance Management Society, SEC Institute, Stanford Directors' College, and Software Publishers Association. Specific engagements included:

ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Various U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-858-4444
Fax | 650-493-6811

Email | Boris Feldmanbbahns@wsgr.com

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