Christopher S. ("Topher") Turner is a litigator who represents issuers, executives, and accounting firms in high-stakes disputes.
Mr. Turner leverages a sophisticated understanding of US securities laws and first-chair trial experience to guide US companies and foreign private issuers on:
Securities class actions
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations
Complex commercial litigation
He regularly defends auditors and accounting firms, including the Big Four, in regulatory investigations, as well as civil actions and private litigation.
Mr. Turner has obtained dismissals of securities class actions in myriad federal courts, as well as favorable nonpublic resolutions, for many of the world’s leading companies. Notably, he recently secured a complete defense verdict following a two-week trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery for Oracle founder Larry Ellison and CEO Safra Catz regarding Oracle’s acquisition of NetSuite.
Before joining Latham, Mr. Turner worked as a law clerk for Judge Thomas W. Thrash of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of Miriam’s Kitchen, a social services organization committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Turner’s experience includes representing:
Issuers and Executives
The founder/CTO and CEO of a Fortune 50 technology company in a complete win for each following a two-week trial of a derivative action in the Delaware Court of Chancery
A child wellness product manufacturer and executives in a shareholder litigation in the US District Court for the Central District of California
A French digital services company and executives in a securities class action in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida
One of the largest US retail companies and its executives in a securities class action pending in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
A financial services company and its directors and officers in favorably resolving securities class actions in US District Courts for the Districts of Delaware and New Jersey
A Japanese automobile manufacturer in a securities class action arising out of compensation disclosures and securing a key order permitting contribution action against responsible executives
A manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals in securing dismissal of a securities class action in the US District Court for the Northern District of California
A German automobile manufacturer and its executives in a securities class action arising out of statements about diesel emissions
The nation’s leading financial services company specializing in education in favorably resolving a securities class action and opt-out actions
A medical transcription company’s former CFO in successfully defending against securities fraud charges that the SEC Division of Enforcement brought in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey
A wireless communications company’s CEO and CFO in obtaining dismissal of a securities class action in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for failure to plead scienter
A major mortgage lender and a healthcare provider in resolving ERISA “stock-drop” actions stemming from an alleged breach of fiduciary duties
Auditors and Accounting Firms
A major accounting and auditing firm in large, multistate putative class actions in New York and Texas arising out of alleged Ponzi schemes
A Big Four accounting firm in an arbitration brought by the bankruptcy estate of an innovative construction company
A Big Four accounting firm in defending against a federal action arising from a government-sponsored entity’s audits
A Big Four accounting firm in a federal action arising out of a Florida-based mortgage originator’s bankruptcy
A Big Four accounting firm in a multidistrict litigation in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York brought by a major financial services firm’s shareholders and noteholders
An audit partner of a Big Four accounting firm in achieving the rare dismissal of all charges brought by the SEC Division of Enforcement in a Rule 102(e) proceeding
A growing number of securities class action settlements in recent years have seen class members opt out from deals if they believe they could score bigger returns by bringing their own actions, according to a report released by Cornerstone Research and Latham & Watkins LLP.
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