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Doru Gavril is a partner in Freshfields’ dispute resolution practice, based in Silicon Valley. Doru represents public companies and their officers and directors in shareholder litigation, government and internal investigations, and advises on corporate governance matters. 

Doru’s practice involves complex, multi-forum litigation across the entire range of shareholder disputes: securities class actions, derivative actions, shareholder class actions, deal litigation and books and records actions. Doru has had extensive experience litigating cutting edge issues in the securities field, such as concurrent federal and state jurisdiction over Securities Act actions, forum selection provisions in foundational corporate documents, the applicability of materially adverse change clauses and disputed tender offers. 

Doru received a BA in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College, an MA in Political Science from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his graduate studies, Doru was a teaching fellow at Harvard University, where he taught sections of courses on the presidency, Congress and introductory economics. He served as a judicial extern in the chambers of former Norther District of California Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel. 

In addition to his ranking by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star” for Securities Litigation, Doru is ranked by Chambers as “Up and Coming” for Securities Litigation. He was also recognized as a “40 Under 40” rising star by The California Daily Journal. 

Doru’s recent representations include: 

  • ACM Research in securities class action alleging that company released false statements that overstated revenues and profits. 
  • Snap and its officers and directors in securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits in federal and state courts in connection with Snap’s initial public offering. 
  • Royal Caribbean in securities class action alleging failure to disclose facts about policies and procedures surrounding COVID-19 spread on cruise ships; case voluntarily dismissed. 
  • Pinterest in a securities class action alleging that the company made false and misleading statements with regard to future growth. 
  • SourceHOV in appeal to Delaware Supreme Court after adverse judgment in appraisal action before Delaware Chancery Court. 
  • Tokai Pharmaceuticals and its officers and directors in securities class actions in state and federal courts, resulting in dismissal of all claims. 
  • Google on the dismissal of a securities fraud class action lawsuit, which alleged defendants made false or misleading statements by failing to disclose information about a bug in Alphabet’s Google+ API that was discovered in March 2018 and remedied soon thereafter. 

Updated Sep 2021