About Bruce G. Vanyo

There is a reason Bruce Vanyo's peers call him the "dean of securities litigation." He has spent more than 40 years handling securities fraud and corporate governance lawsuits for clients such as Amarin Corporation, Amdocs, Inc., Angie's List, Boeing Company, Cree, Inc. and GW Pharmaceuticals — and succeeding on their behalf. Leading the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice, Bruce represents clients across a number of industries, particularly technology and life sciences.

An unmatched record at the pleading stage

Bruce has "defended more major securities cases than any other lawyer in America," as the National Association of Corporate Directors has said. He represents clients who are in the midst of high-profile, sensitive cases that demand a deft approach and swift resolution. He makes it a priority to stop these lawsuits at the earliest opportunity, and regularly achieves this outcome. Of the more than 60 securities class actions Bruce has resolved over the past two decades, he has obtained complete dismissal at or before the pleading stage in more than three-quarters of them.

By resolving cases efficiently, Bruce minimizes distractions for his clients and allows them to focus on running their businesses. Clients appreciate that "he completely understands our concerns and has very practical ideas for addressing them" (Chambers USA 2021). His approach also controls the potentially burdensome costs of litigation.

A number of Bruce's victories have favorably influenced securities law for defendants. He recently earned the dismissal of an $800 million securities class action, for instance, that clarified and limited a company's disclosure requirements with regard to the FDA's drug approval process. When the technology industry was besieged by class actions, he was tapped to lead its securities litigation reform efforts, creating the pleading and safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

For more than a decade, Bruce has been consistently ranked among the top securities litigators in the United States by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, among others. Most recently, he is ranked by Chambers in both New York and California, the only securities litigator so recognized. Clients have deep respect for his counsel, noting that "his strengths are his brilliant intellect, extreme creativity and remarkable oral advocacy" (Chambers USA 2021).

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"Bruce Vanyo provides excellent strategic advice tailored to our goals and needs."

Chambers USA 2021
(New York, Litigation - Securities) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Defending securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation
  • Merger and post-merger litigation
  • Representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)