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, observed: “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 decisions 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 proposed federal securities recovery in North Carolina history and one of the top five securities fraud settlements in the 4th Circuit (which includes federal courts in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina).
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