Kevin J. Lesinski is Co-Chair of the firm’s National Securities, Financial and Directors & Officers Litigation Practice Group. A seasoned and successful trial lawyer, Mr. Lesinski focuses on securities litigation, shareholder class and derivative actions, disputes arising from proposed and consummated mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, accountant liability, corporate governance matters and internal investigations.
As a member of the firm’s Fraud and Abuse Team, he also represents clients in False Claims Act cases and has successfully litigated cutting edge health care fraud cases. As a member of the firm’s Whistleblower Team, Mr. Lesinski counsels clients on best practices and represents them in whistleblower complaints filed by current and former employees and contractors. Mr. Lesinski has successfully defended clients in SEC, FINRA, FTC and Department of Justice investigations.
A trusted advisor to corporate officers and directors, financial services firms, accounting firms and insurance companies, Mr. Lesinski has successfully navigated his clients through difficult “bet the company” cases and corporate crises. A leader in the Northern California business community, Mr. Lesinski serves as a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
He is active in promoting economic development throughout the San Francisco Bay Area through his work on the Chamber board. He has handled high profile pro bono cases, including a post-conviction death penalty appeal for a prisoner on Alabama’s Death Row.
He also dedicates significant time to civic, charitable and cultural organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Lesinski has been active in the Harvard Law School Association and has chaired the “Committee of Five” which was responsible for appointment of members to the Harvard Law School Association Council.
Mr. Lesinski has handled international arbitrations brought before the ICC and the AAA for both foreign and domestic clients. He has significant experience handling, and obtaining dismissals of, litigation in the United States where similar or parallel proceedings are pending in foreign jurisdictions.
A frequent speaker on panels and at seminars, Mr. Lesinski has reached a broad audience on topics including securities litigation, whistleblowers, SEC enforcement, intellectual property, accountant liability and Sarbanes-Oxley. Mr. Lesinski is co-author of a popular Thompson Reuters book entitled “New Developments in Securities Litigation.”
- J.D., Harvard Law School (1983)
- B.A., University of Arizona (1980)
- Honors and Highest Distinction, Graduated Phi Beta Kappa
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
- Diversity Law Institute (Member)
- Trial Law Institute (Member)
- Boston Bar Association (Litigation Section)
- State Bar of California (Litigation Section)
- Harvard Law School Association
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