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California - Litigation Star

Local Litigation Star

Practice area:

Banking and financial services

Steve Blake is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice. He has extensive experience resolving high-stakes shareholder litigation and securities regulatory matters, and regularly advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, commercial disputes and corporate compliance issues. Steve focuses on complex disputes involving corporate crises, cross-border transactions, business valuation and/or accounting matters. Steve also regularly represents clients in investigations before the SEC , stock exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority concerning shareholder disclosure, accounting fraud, corruption and insider trading.

Representative experience includes:

  • The Board of Directors of PG&E Corporation in securities and derivative litigation arising out of wildfires in Northern California
  • Alibaba Group in securities litigations concerning its historic $25 billion New York Stock Exchange 2014 initial public offering
  • Silver Lake Partners in connection with its 2013 take-private of Dell, Dell’s 2015 acquisition of EMC Corporation and Dell’s 2018 recapitalization transaction
  • Microsoft in M&A litigation concerning its 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn and 2021 acquisition of Nuance Communications
  • Underwriter syndicates co-led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in multiple securities litigations concerning the initial public offerings of Etsy and Zynga
  • The Board of Directors of Chevron Corporation in derivative litigation concerning the 2010 Richmond Refinery Fire

Steve maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients at trial and on appeal. He represented high school parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network in the precedent-setting American Academy of Pediatrics, California District IX v. Clovis Unified School District which affirmed that California students have a right to sex education that is complete, medically accurate and bias-free. He also regularly represents immigrants facing expedited removal and incarcerated individuals in civil rights litigation. He argued the precedent-setting Chess v. Dovey appeal before the Ninth Circuit, which overturned a portion of the Ninth Circuit’s model jury instruction for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, and is currently litigating on behalf of the American Bar Association and a number of legal service providers over treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children subject to the Remain in Mexico Program.

Steve is consistently recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in M&A Litigation and Securities: Shareholder Litigation. Recently, Steve was recognized as a 2021 “Rising Star” by Law360, a series which honors attorneys based on their career accomplishments. He is a repeat honoree on Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.” In 2018, he was named by the Daily Journal as one the “Top 40 Under 40” in California, a list recognizing the achievements of the region’s most promising lawyers. He has been listed as a “Rising Star” in Northern California securities litigation by Super Lawyers for 2014-2021. Steve frequently writes and lectures on shareholder litigation issues, and is the author of the quarterly “Stock Block” column in The Recorder. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of San Francisco in 2008.

Updated Sep 2021