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The Securities Litigation Committee, whose diverse membership includes attorneys from both the plaintiff and defense perspective, corporate counsel, and academics, strives to be an invaluable resource to those practicing or interested in securities litigation, arbitration or regulatory enforcement matters.

Our website provides information on a variety of securities topics, including practical tools and discussion of the latest issues in securities litigation. The Committee's quarterly publication, the Securities Litigation Journal, includes articles on matters of new or continuing interest in the securities area authored by notable practitioners and academics. The Journal is distributed to the Committee’s membership.

Our members can also benefit from educational programs sponsored by the Committee and presented through the ABA by live videoconference and audio teleconference, regional CLE meetings across the country, and panel discussions at ABA conferences.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Securities Litigation Committee’s webpage. We hope that you will visit regularly to find the latest information, news, and developments that affect your practice.

The Securities Litigation Committee is housed under the ABA’s Litigation Section, the premier ABA group for lawyers involved in litigation and trial practice. Joining the Securities Litigation Committee is free to all Section members, and we encourage you to do so if securities litigation is a part of your practice or if you have any interest in learning more about the subject. 

The benefits of becoming a member of the Committee are substantial. The Committee’s paramount goal is to provide resources to those practicing or interested in securities litigation, arbitration or regulatory enforcement matters. We do this by (1) providing practitioners with a quarterly journal highlighting recent developments and providing insightful commentary and articles on significant issues and trends; (2) offering programming to members and non-members at the ABA Annual Meeting, the Section of Litigation Annual Conference, and standalone programs and regional conferences throughout the country; (3) creating and supporting Sound Advice podcasts and Roundtables on matters of interest; (4) providing updates and breaking news via this webpage and Connect forum on emerging and developing topics; and (5) creating and publishing topical books through the Section’s publishing arm.

Although becoming a member requires no commitment, the opportunities to become involved are significant for practitioners with any level of experience from junior associates to the most seasoned litigators. In addition to subcommittees involved in managing the journal, the website, and publication of substantive books, the Securities Litigation Committee currently has 21 subcommittees ranging from Accounting Issues to White Collar and Young Lawyers. Involvement in these subcommittees, and the Committee as a whole, provides members with opportunities to publish and to participate in all of the programming described above. The Committee is as strong as its membership is active, and we encourage anyone with an interest in contributing to step forward. 

In addition, membership in the Committee allows for attorneys to connect with others that share their focus. The opportunity to network with likeminded professionals from all over the United States through our monthly conference calls, the ABA Annual Meeting, the Section Annual Conference, the regional conferences, and participation in programming is one of the most significant benefits of membership.

We look forward to working with the current Committee leadership, all of the Committee’s members, and those that will be joining soon.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of us should you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns.

Joseph Simms
Achyut J. Phadke

Cochairs, Securities Litigation Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Accounting Issues
  • Book and Other Publications
  • Class Actions
  • Cryptocurrency/Blockchain
  • Derivative Suits
  • M&A/Proxy Litigation
  • Membership
  • Mutual Fund/40s Act Litigation
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Securities Litigation Journal Editors
  • Self-Regulatory Organizations
  • Senior Investors
  • White Collar & Corporate Investigations
  • Website and Social Media Editors
  • Women in Securities Litigation
  • Young Lawyers