Though plaintiff lawyers continue to achieve great success for investors who claim they were defrauded by the practice, many judges around the nation look skeptically at government efforts to treat stock options backdating as a civil or criminal offense. Keker & Van Nest partner Stuart Gasner speaks about his firm's win against the SEC on behalf of Michael Shanahan Jr.
Stuart Gasner centers his practice in the areas of white collar criminal and securities defense, intellectual property litigation and complex corporate disputes. A federal prosecutor before joining Keker & Van Nest, Mr. Gasner has tried more than 20 cases to verdict before juries across the United States.
In addition to Mr. Gasner, Mr. Shanahan was represented by partner Michael Celio, and associates Jennifer Huber and Suyun Kim. Mr. Celio handles white collar criminal cases, complex civil litigation, and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Department of Justice. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Celio has tried more than a dozen cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He has significant expertise defending civil and criminal securities cases, having tried the only two U.S. cases involving allegations of stock-options backdating. Ms. Huber’s practice includes a range of civil and criminal litigation matters. Ms. Kim has represented clients in commercial disputes, antitrust, and pharmaceutical product liability cases in federal multidistrict litigation.