Ian M. Ross is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice of the firm's Miami office. Ian represents corporations, directors, and officers, as well as professional service and accounting firms, in commercial and securities litigation, professional liability actions, and government investigations. He has experience defending against claims brought in federal securities class actions, state securities actions, shareholder derivative suits, breach of fiduciary duty actions, and claims arising out of financial or commercial transactions. He also has represented clients in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Ian also is active in pro bono matters, and has successfully represented refugees seeking political asylum in removal proceedings in immigration court.
Ian also is a member of the firm's eDiscovery group, and has been asked to handle and coordinate complex multijurisdictional and multinational discovery matters, including document collections, reviews, and productions.
Commercial and Professional Liability Litigation
•Represented corporations, banks, directors and officers, national consulting firms, and accounting firms in contract and tort actions in federal and state court. Ian has obtained several affirmative rulings on these cases before trial on motions to dismiss and/or summary judgment motions.
•Represented investment advisors and broker-dealers in professional liability and tort actions in federal and state court, and in FINRA arbitrations.
•Represented professional service and accounting firms in professional liability actions in federal and state court in matters involving complex accounting issues, including earnout accounting, revenue accounting, derivative accounting, and software capitalization.
•Represented corporations, independent directors and officers in opposing attempts to enjoin merger transactions.
•Represented corporations in personal jurisdiction disputes in federal and state court, including representations in evidentiary hearings and on appeal.
Financial and Securities Litigation
•Represented corporations, directors and officers, and accounting firms in federal securities class actions and state securities actions brought by shareholders or former investors, including shareholder derivative actions, holder actions, and common law fraud and misrepresentation actions.
Government and Internal Investigations
•Represented corporations, directors and officers, and professional service and accounting firms in investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and in matters involving insider trading, allegations of misappropriation and fraud, internal control (SOX and SAS 70) audits, and financial restatements relating to complex accounting issues.
•Represented directors and officers in pre-suit investigation by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
•Represented refugees in removal proceedings in immigration court in Chicago, Illinois, and Miami, Florida.
Awards & Recognition
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution - General Commercial Disputes, 2016
•Recipient, Thomas H. Morsch Award for Pro Bono Achievement, 2008
Associated News & Events
06.17.16 35 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
11.10.15 Greenberg Traurig Hosts Training on Challenging Prolonged & Indefinite Immigration Detention
09.29.14 Greenberg Traurig Miami Hosts Legal Training for Attorneys Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court Proceedings
05.01.14 Greenberg Traurig's Ian M. Ross Joins South Florida Regional Board of Read to a Child
02.18.14 Greenberg Traurig Elevates Eight Attorneys to Shareholder, One to Of Counsel at its Florida Offices in Miami, Orlando, and West Palm Beach
09.26.12 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Participate in Free Clinic for President Obama's New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Presenter, Potential Litigation Pitfalls in Transactional Documents, Hoffman Professional Center, Miami, FL, November 15, 2016
•Author, The Common Interest Doctrine in Corporate Transactions, Young Lawyer's Division Business Law Newsletter, American Bar Association, Fall 2016
•Author, Courts Signal a Change in Tone on Disclosure-Only Settlements in M&A Litigation, Young Lawyer's Division Business Law Newsletter, American Bar Association, Fall 2015
•Mentioned, Greenberg Traurig Trio Fast-Tracks $1.5B Opko Acquisition, Daily Business Review, September 15, 2015
•Co-Author, PL State Q&A: Litigation Overview Florida, Practical Law Litigation, Thomson Reuters, September 2015
•Co-Author, Commencing an Action: Florida, Practical Law Litigation, Thomson Reuters, August 2014
•Mentioned, SunTrust Ducks Claims Over $80M Notes Enforcement, Law360, January 17, 2014
•Author, The End of Say on Pay Litigation? Young Lawyer's Division Litigation Newsletter, American Bar Association, Fall 2013
•Mentioned, How They Won It: Greenberg Sticks It to Chinese Drywall Co., Law360, October 23, 2012
•Associate, Financial and Securities Litigation Practice, International Business law firm, Chicago, IL, September 2005-April 2011