Eli R. Greenstein is managing partner of Kessler Topaz’s San Francisco office and a member of the Firm’s federal securities litigation practice group. For over a decade, Eli has been involved in dozens of high-profile securities fraud actions and precedential decisions at both the district and appellate level. Eli’s cases have resulted in more than $1 billion in recoveries for clients and investors in state and federal proceedings.
Given Eli’s extensive experience prosecuting federal securities actions, clients often turn to him to develop and implement large-scale litigation strategies, draft complex legal briefing on nuanced areas of the federal securities laws and lead large teams of attorneys in prosecuting a wide variety of white collar fraud. As the Honorable James Ware (Ret.), Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, remarked: “Eli is an advocate….His powerful presentation skills mirror a sharp intellect and a strong character for honesty and justice. [Eli] strives for a legal and just result, and consistently produces excellent work product. He also possesses a broad interest and concern for the compelling issues facing our society.”
Eli’s precedent-setting cases span multiple districts and circuits, including In re VeriFone Holdings, Inc. Sec. Litig., 704 F.3d 694 (9th Cir. 2012) which solidified “willful blindness” as an adequate basis for alleging scienter under §10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and Nieman v. Duke Energy Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110693 (W.D.N.C. 2013), the largest federal securities recovery in North Carolina history and one of the top five securities fraud settlements in the 4th Circuit (which includes North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina).
In 2015-2016 alone, Eli’s cases resulted in more than $370 million in recoveries for investors, including In re HP Secs. Litig., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168292 (N.D. Cal.) ($100 million); Nieman v. Duke Energy Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110693 (W.D.N.C.) ($146.25 million); In re MGM Mirage Secs. Litig., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165486 (D. Nev.) ($75 million) and Dobina v. Weatherford Int'l, 909 F. Supp. 2d 228 (S.D.N.Y.) ($52.5 million). Eli also currently serves as lead counsel in several high-profile securities fraud actions, including In re Allergan, Inc. Proxy Violation Securities Litigation, Case No. 14-cv-2004 (C.D. Cal.) a securities action involving an alleged insider trading and warehousing scheme by billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l, Inc.; and Washtenaw Cty. Emps.’ Ret. Syst., et al. v. Walgreen Co. et al., No. 1:15-cv-03187 (N.D.Ill.), a securities fraud action involving alleged misrepresentations and omissions relating to Walgreens’ pharmacy business in conjunction with its eventual business combination with Alliance Boots in 2014.
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