Laurie Smilan is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., and New York offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on securities litigation and counseling, SEC and government investigations, and corporate governance matters.
Laurie has counseled Fortune 500 corporations and their directors and officers with respect to corporate governance, M&A strategy, financial and other corporate crises, disclosure obligations, fiduciary duties, SEC and internal investigations, insurance, and risk management. She has handled more than 100 securities class actions, derivative actions, SEC and internal investigations, and related matters involving Adecco SA, AES Corporation, Bally Total Fitness, The Boeing Company, The Carlyle Group, The Chicago Board of Trade, Choice Hotels International, Comverse Technology, Dell Computer Corporation, The Mills Corporation, Sallie Mae Corporation, Tyco International, and many others. Laurie has been cited as a leading securities litigation attorney and a "first-rate lawyer" by Chambers USA legal guide and recognized as a leading litigator and firm leader in Euromoney Institutional Investor Benchmark: Litigation.
From 1994 to 2002, Laurie was a securities litigation partner at WSGR and served as co-managing partner in the firm's former Reston, Virginia, office. Prior to rejoining the firm, Laurie was a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, where she served as co-chair of Latham's securities litigation and professional liability group. Laurie also was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center for five years, where she designed and taught a simulated practice course involving all aspects of corporate governance, including policies and best practices, fiduciary duties, SEC disclosure requirements, and securities and derivative litigation. Previously, she was an associate in WSGR's securities litigation practice.
Laurie has written and lectured on securities, derivative and M&A litigation, corporate governance, SEC and internal investigations, and financial disclosure issues across the country in programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the SEC Institute, the NACD, the NASD, KPMG's Audit Committee Roundtable, and the Center for Professional Education.EDUCATION:
- J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1984
Editorial Board Member, UCLA Law Review
- B.A., State University of New York, 1981
Magna Cum Laude
- "The New Enhanced Proxy Disclosure Rules: Ready, Set, Change and Now!" Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
- Co-author, "Corporate Governance Commentary: Designating Delaware's Court of Chancery as the Exclusive Jurisdiction for Intra-Corporate Disputes: A New "Must" for Delaware Company Charter or Bylaws," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
- "Less is More: Why Private Equity Firms Should Limit Indemnification Rights to Their Director-Representatives," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
- "A Basic Truth: Courts Increasingly Require the Rebuttable Fraud-On-The-Market Presumption Of Reliance Be Fully Established Before Certification Of Securities Class Actions," Practicing Law Institute, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute
- "A Wake-Up Call For Audit Committees: Courts, Increasingly Critical of Uncritical Boards, Stop Short of Imposing Liability – For Now?" Practicing Law Institute, Audit Committee Workshop
- "Is Dura Durable? Are the Lower Courts Reducing Loss Causation to its Lowest Common Denominator?" Practicing Law Institute, Securities Litigation And Enforcement Institute
- Bar of the District of Columbia
- State Bar of California
- State Bar of New York
- Various U.S. District Courts
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
- U.S. Supreme Court