Blake T. Denton

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Blake Denton is a partner in the New York office at Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. Mr. Denton’s work includes particular focus on merger litigation, bankruptcy litigation, class action defense, and other securities/complex commercial matters.

Mr. Denton’s practice focuses heavily on public company representation. He has defended numerous class action cases, including both in the context of breaches of fiduciary duties and securities fraud. He also regularly litigates in bankruptcy courts throughout the country, including representing both lenders and debtors.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Denton clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2008 and obtained his B.A., with highest honors, from Rutgers University in 2005.

Some of Mr. Denton’s representative matters include:

  • Obtaining dismissal of conspiracy and aiding and abetting fraud claims in three cases against a lender to a Ponzi scheme, based on, inter alia, standing grounds. Two of those decisions were appealed, and both were affirmed – one by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the other by the Minnesota Court of Appeals (review denied by the Minnesota Supreme Court)
  • Obtaining dismissal of claims brought by a Trustee to a bankrupt company, in which the plaintiff sought to recharacterize the defendant lender’s debt as equity
  • Obtaining affirmance by the Delaware Supreme Court of dismissal of an M&A strike suit regarding a controlling stockholder take-private transaction
  • Overcoming a fraud defense and obtaining a US$200 million arbitration award for funds owed to the seller of a coal mining facility
  • Overcoming a fraud defense and obtaining a US$200 million arbitration award for funds owed to the seller of a coal mining facility
  • Obtaining summary judgment disposing of US$1 billion in claims for lost profits under an indemnity agreement, the remaining equitable claims were settled on favorable terms during trial
  • Currently defending a public company against claims for securities fraud related to disclosures leading up to the company’s termination of its CEO
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