Randall W. Bodner, who is a member of Ropes & Gray’s governing Policy Committee and former head of the firm’s business and securities litigation practice group, focuses on securities litigation, corporate governance matters, deal-related litigation, contentious insolvency litigation, securities enforcement matters, D&O insurance coverage, and other complex commercial disputes.
Called “an engaged, passionate advocate of superior creativity” by Chambers USA, Randy has considerable experience in both the courtroom and the boardroom from his successful representations of corporations, financial services companies, private equity clients, hedge funds and individual officers and directors in corporate and securities disputes across the country.
Randy has also conducted numerous internal investigations for clients involving highly sensitive matters, successfully defended against investigations and threatened actions by the SEC, DOJ and other government agencies, and guided companies through grand jury investigations to avoid criminal prosecution.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Randy served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where his notable successes included convictions in the six-month trial of high-ranking members of the Medellin Cocaine Cartel as well as the two-month trial of the acting boss and other members of the Luchese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra.
- JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1985
- BA, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1981; Rufus Choate Scholar; 1981 James Fairbanks Colby, Jr. Government Prize; Phi Beta Kappa; Varsity Lacrosse (Goalie)
- Massachusetts, 1987
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
CLERKSHIPS : Honorable Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS :
- Member of the Board of Trustees, St. James School, St. James, MD
- American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
- Keurig Green Mountain. Lead counsel in securing complete dismissal of a federal securities class action challenging statements concerning the company’s introduction of a new product. After prevailing on a motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ first consolidated complaint, the plaintiffs agreed to voluntarily dismiss the action with prejudice following a hearing on Ropes & Gray’s motion to dismiss a second amended complaint and motion for sanctions.
- Also lead counsel defending KGM in three sets of securities fraud and derivative actions and related SEC investigation regarding alleged accounting improprieties. Successfully secured a Second Circuit affirmation of the dismissal in one securities action, an appeal was withdrawn in another and convinced the SEC to close its four-year long inquiry without recommending any enforcement action against the company or its current or former employees.
- EZCorp Inc. Lead counsel in securing complete dismissal of three former audit committee members of the Board of Directors of EZCORP in a derivative action alleging that they breached their fiduciary duties by entering into contracts with a consulting firm owned by the company’s controlling shareholder. One of the first cases to be argued following the decision by the Delaware Supreme Court in the seminal case In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.regarding the pleading requirements for non-exculpated breaches of fiduciary duty.
- GT Advanced Technologies, Inc. Lead counsel representing GT Advanced Technologies and its lead venture capital sponsors in a securities class action brought by shareholders alleging Section 11 and Section 12 claims arising from alleged disclosure violations in a $500 million IPO. Negotiated a settlement of this action on terms very favorable to our clients.
- BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. Lead counsel securing a complete victory with the Sixth Circuit affirming the dismissal of a securities class action in which plaintiffs claimed damages in excess of $75 million alleging fraud in the company’s statements concerning its flagship medical product.
- Bain Capital Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, Silver Lake Partners and TPG. Lead counsel representing private equity funds in shareholder litigation challenging deals involving billions of dollars relating to private buy-outs of public companies.
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