John C. Browne

Partner
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Mr. Browne's practice focuses on the prosecution of securities fraud class actions. He represents the firm’s institutional investor clients in jurisdictions throughout the country and has been a member of the trial teams of some of the most high-profile securities fraud class actions in history.

Mr. Browne was Lead Counsel in the In re Citigroup, Inc. Bond Action Litigation, which resulted in a $730 million cash recovery - the second largest recovery ever achieved for a class of purchasers of debt securities. It is also the second largest civil settlement arising out of the subprime meltdown and financial crisis. Mr. Browne was also a member of the team representing the New York State Common Retirement Fund in In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, which culminated in a five-week trial against Arthur Andersen LLP and a recovery for investors of over $6.19 billion – one of the largest securities fraud recoveries in history.

Other notable litigations in which Mr. Browne served as Lead Counsel on behalf of shareholders include In re Refco Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $407 million settlement, In re the Reserve Fund Securities and Derivative Litigation, which settled for more than $54 million, In re King Pharmaceuticals Litigation, which settled for $38.25 million, In re RAIT Financial Trust Securities Litigation, which settled for $32 million, and In re SFBC Securities Litigation, which settled for $28.5 million.

Most recently, Mr. Browne served as lead counsel in the In re BNY Mellon Foreign Exchange Securities Litigation, which settled for $180 million; In re State Street Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $60 million; and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $12.5 million.  Mr. Browne also represents the firm’s institutional investor clients in the appellate courts, and has argued appeals in the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and, most recently, the Fifth Circuit, where he successfully argued the appeal in the In re Amedisys Securities Litigation.

In recognition for his achievements, Law360 named Mr. Browne a “Class Action MVP," one of only four litigators selected nationally.  He is also named a New York Super Lawyer, and is recommended by Legal 500 for his work in securities litigation.

Prior to joining BLB&G, Mr. Browne was an attorney at Latham & Watkins, where he had a wide range of experience in commercial litigation, including defending corporate officers and directors in securities class actions and derivative suits, and representing major corporate clients in state and federal court litigations and arbitrations. 

Mr. Browne has been a panelist at various continuing legal education programs offered by the American Law Institute ("ALI") and has authored and co-authored numerous articles relating to securities litigation

Education:

  • Cornell Law School, 1998, J.D., cum laude; Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • James Madison University, 1994, B.A., magna cum laude, Economics

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


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