John P. Stigi III: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

John P. Stigi III


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Digital Business
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Private Equity
University Columbia University, B.A., cum laude, 1984
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia, J.D., 1987
Admitted1988, New York; 2000, California; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California, District of Colorado, Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York

•AIG Securities Litigation Panel Counsel, 2012-present
•American Bar Association, 1989-present
•New York State Bar Association, Civil Practice Law and Rules Committee, 1996-1999
•Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 2006-2009
•University of Virginia School of Law National Litigation Panel, 1996-2000
•Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee, Regional Co-Chair, 2007-present


John Stigi is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Century City and Palo Alto offices, and co-leader of the firm's Corporate/Securities Litigation Team.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Stigi's practice focuses on securities class action and shareholder derivative action defense, SEC investigation defense, internal corporate investigations, complex contract and commercial litigation, and M&A and corporate governance litigation. He has extensive experience representing issuers, officers, directors and auditors in all areas of securities, corporate and complex commercial litigation, from the early stages before a complaint is filed through pleading motions, discovery, mediation, trial and appeal. Mr. Stigi also advises companies on disclosure and corporate governance issues, as well as directors and officers insurance matters.

Mr. Stigi’s practice is national in scope. He appears in federal and state courts throughout California, New York and Delaware, and also has appeared in courts in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas and Washington. Mr. Stigi is a member of the AIG Securities Litigation Panel (class action approved).

Mr. Stigi previously practiced in Silicon Valley and New York City where he represented issuers, accountants, banks, brokerage firms, and hedge fund managers in securities, commercial, bankruptcy, employment, and real estate litigation. Mr. Stigi clerked at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was an executive editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

•Southern California Super Lawyer, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
•Northern California Super Lawyer, 2005


Representative Cases

Securities & Shareholder Derivative Actions

•Advanced Cell Technologies
•America West
•Arthur Andersen
•Bolar/Circa Pharmaceuticals
•Chordiant Software
•Digital Cornerstone
•Ernst & Young
•Fairchild Corporation
•First Virtual Communications
•GEM Services, Inc.
•Hewlett Packard
•i2 Technologies
•International Rectifier
•Irvine Sensors
•Jennifer Convertibles
•LBI Media Holdings
•Leap Wireless
•National Technical Systems
•NCI Building Systems
•NorthPoint Communications
•Redback Networks
•Sahlen & Associates

M&A/Going Private Actions

•CrossWorlds Software
•Hewlett Packard/Compaq
•Hewlett Packard/Walter Hewlett
•Imperial Capital
•International Rectifier
•Lions Gate Entertainment
•Med BioGene
•National Technical Systems
•Parametric Sound
•Physicians Formula
•Plumtree Software
•Rational Software
•Raytel Medical
•Rizvi Traverse/Playboy
•Sport Chalet
•Taylor Made/Adams
•Taylor Made/Ashworth

Financial Services-Related Actions

•B. Riley
•CIBC Oppenheimer
•Citicorp Real Estate
•Clearwater Fund
•European American Bank
•First Nationwide Bank
•Hambro America
•Imperial Capital
•Liberty Brokerage
•Moore Capital Management
•Patriot Securities

Publications & News

• 3rd Circ. Eases Limitations Test For Securities Claims, Law360, October 25, 2013
• Case Study: In Re Boston Scientific, Law360, August 6, 2012
• Addressing Materiality At The Pleadings Stage, Law360, September 7, 2011
• Barring RICO Claims Based On Alleged Securities Fraud, Law360, July 28, 2011
• Courts Interpret 'Tellabs', The National Law Journal, March 17, 2008
• May a Court Consider Competing Inferences of a Defendant's State of Mind in Determining Whether the Complaint Pleads a 'Strong Inference' of Scienter? 34 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (ABA), No. 6, April 9, 2007
• Electronic Discovery: New Rules Also Affect E-Discovery of Nonparties, The National Law Journal, March 19, 2007
• Delaware Decision in Disney Sets Forth Parameters for Duty of Good Faith, 21 Delaware Corporate Litigation Reporter, No. 6, September 25, 2006
Disney Case Provides Further Insight into Directors' Duty of Disclosure, 13 Corporate Governance Advisor, No. 5, September/October 2005
• Delaware Vice Chancellor Strine Suggests Reform of Delaware Common Law Regarding Fully Negotiable Going-Private Transactions, 9 Wall Street Lawyer, No. 3, August 2005

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

• Second Circuit Narrows Scope of SLUSA Preclusion, May 26, 2015
• Delaware Chancery Court Holds that Creditor Plaintiffs in Derivative Suits May Satisfy Standing Requirement by Showing Corporation’s Insolvency at Time of Suit, Regardless of Later Solvency, May 26, 2015
• Delaware Supreme Court Holds That a Stockholder Plaintiff Must Plead a Non-Exculpated Claim to Avoid Section 102(b)(7)-Based Dismissal When Seeking Damages From Independent and Disinterested Directors, May 19, 2015
• United States Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Regarding Section 11 Claims Predicated Upon Allegedly Misleading Statements of Opinion, April 3, 2015
• California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously Accrued Claims, March 31, 2015
• Second Circuit Holds That SIPA Does Not Permit an Inflation or Interest Adjustment to “Net Equity” Claims For Customer Property, February 27, 2015
• Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Share-Tracing Standing Requirement for Appraisal Petitioners, February 20, 2015
• Second Circuit Clarifies that Allegations of Direct Fraudulent Representations Are Not Necessary for Market Manipulation Claims Under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5, February 11, 2015
• Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K May Serve as Basis for a Section 10(b) Claim, January 26, 2015
• Delaware Supreme Court Confirms Chancery Court’s Broad Authority to Impose Use Restrictions on Information Obtained From Section 220 Books and Records Inspections, January 5, 2015
• Ninth Circuit Holds that Under Nevada Law, a Prior Stockholder’s Litigation of Demand Futility Precludes Another Stockholder From Litigating Demand Futility In a Subsequent Derivative Action, January 5, 2015

New York Commercial Division Round Up Blog Posts

• New York Court of Appeals Upholds Broad Choice of New York Law Provision in Contract Even in Absence of Contacts With New York, January 28, 2013

Speaking Engagements
•Speaker & Panelist, Handling a Securities Case 2015: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between, Practising Law Institute, New York, April 2015
•Speaker & Panelist, Director & Officer Liability and Insurance - Hot Topics and New Developments, USC Corporate Governance Summit, Los Angeles, November 2014
•Speaker & Panelist, When Good Deals Go Bad - How to Avoid Becoming an M&A Casualty, Association for Corporate Growth San Diego, December 2012
•Chair, Delaware Counsel Speaks: Navigating Delaware Corporate Law in Transactions, San Diego, September 2011
•Speaker, SEC Enforcement and Securities Class Action Trends Since the Great Recession of 2008, U.S. Law Firm Group Corporate & Securities Committee Section Meeting, San Francisco, May 2010
•Q&A With Sheppard Mullin's John P. Stigi III, Law360, July 16, 2009
•Speaker, Deconstructing Ryan v. Gifford, Cal CPA Fraud Section, Los Angeles, February 2008
•Speaker, Environmental Disclosures, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, February 2008
•Speaker & Panelist, Securities Litigation, CLE International Conference on Class Actions, San Francisco, January 2008
•Co-chair, CLE International Conference on Class Actions, Los Angeles, January 2007
•Podcast, Merrill Lynch v. Dabit, Blog, April 2006
•Speaker & Panelist, McMaster World Congress Conference on Corporate Governance, Hamilton, Ontario, January 2006
•Speaker, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association, SEC Enforcement, Reston, VA, December 2005
•Speaker & Panelist, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Prague, September 2005
•Speaker & Panelist, InSight CLE, M&A Litigation, Vancouver, BC, April 2005
•Speaker & Panelist, Glasser LegalWorks, Electronic Discovery, San Francisco, April 2004
•Speaker, Venture Capital Task Force, Palo Alto, July 2002 (Also at Palo Alto Office)


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Delaware Supreme Court Confirms Chancery Court’s Broad Authority to Impose Use Restrictions on Information Obtained From Section 220 Books and Records Inspections
John M. Landry,John P. Stigi, March 24, 2015
In United Technologies Corp. v. Treppel, No. 127, 2014, 2014 Del. LEXIS (Del. Dec. 23, 2014), theDelaware Supreme Court held that the Delaware Court of Chancery is authorized regulate how stockholders use information obtained through books and records inspections under Section 220of the Delaware...

Ninth Circuit Holds that Under Nevada Law, a Prior Stockholder’s Litigation of Demand Futility Precludes Another Stockholder From Litigating Demand Futility In a Subsequent Derivative Action
Alejandro E. Moreno,John P. Stigi, March 24, 2015
In Arduini v. Hart, 2014 WL 7156764 (9th Cir. Dec. 17, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether the doctrine of issue preclusion prevents a stockholder from relitigating a prior adverse determination concerning demand futility in derivative action brought...

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K May Serve as Basis for a Section 10(b) Claim
Madalyn A. Macarr,John P. Stigi, March 24, 2015
In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley arising out of its exposure to and losses from a proprietary subprime...

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John P. Stigi III

1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600
Los AngelesCA 90067


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