Foley Adds Two Securities Litigators

16 December 2010 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

Addition of Roger Lane and Courtney Worcester Strengthens Firm’s Securities Enforcement and Litigation Capabilities.

Foley announced today that Roger Lane and Courtney Worcester have joined the firm’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice in Boston as partner and senior counsel, respectively. Both attorneys arrive from Pepper Hamilton LLP, where Lane was partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and Worcester was of counsel in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

"The addition of Roger and Courtney greatly enhances the firm’s ability to offer a complete spectrum of securities litigation services to our clients, ranging from securities litigation defense to regulatory enforcement matters to white collar criminal investigations," said Barry Mandel, chair of Foley‘s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice. "We are pleased to welcome them to the firm and look forward to their contributions as we continue to strengthen our litigation capabilities in Boston, as well as nationally."

The arrival of Lane and Worcester comes on the heels of two other recent additions to the Boston office, IP attorneys John Lanza and Christopher McKenna, who joined from Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.

"We are excited to add these accomplished litigators to the firm as part of our continued effort to expand our presence in Boston," said Susan Pravda, managing partner of Foley’s Boston office. "Roger and Courtney’s vast knowledge and experience will complement our already strong national securities enforcement practice."

Lane has significant experience in counseling clients involved in complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on corporate law disputes, stockholder and federal securities litigation, and related risk management issues. He has represented venture capital and private equity firms, early-stage and mature corporations, their directors, officers, independent board committees and partners, and investment banks and underwriters.

Lane has handled litigation related to the federal securities laws, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and other matters of corporate management and governance. He has also managed internal corporate investigations and advised corporate and commercial clients on how to mitigate litigation risk before entering major transactions.

Lane is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Worcester’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation involving corporations, venture capital and private equity firms, financial institutions and associated individuals. She has represented clients on corporate governance, securities and shareholder litigation matters, including securities and consumer class actions, stockholder derivative litigation, and internal corporate investigations. In addition, she is experienced in diverse commercial litigation matters, ranging from contractual disputes to the protection of trade secrets, unfair competition, and other business torts.

Foley’s Litigation Department is one of the largest in the country, including more than 300 attorneys nationwide with extensive experience in all aspects of complex litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Foley represents corporations in nearly every industry, handling some of the largest and most sophisticated commercial lawsuits for major domestic and international clients.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. In a recent survey of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel*, Foley ranked in the Top 10 for superior client service and value. In addition, Foley was a Top 10 firm on the U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2010 "Best Law Firms" list, based on the total number of first-tier metropolitan rankings, and CIO magazine recognized Foley for technological innovation that enhances business value by naming the firm to its prestigious CIO-100 list. With nearly 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices and more than 60 practices, Foley is recognized for providing high-caliber business and legal insight. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges.

*The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts)