Benjamin Galdston

Partner
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Mr. Galdston practices in the firm's California office and focuses on complex litigation, securities fraud class actions, and derivative and corporate governance matters.  Mr. Galdston has participated in the prosecution and resolution of many of the firm's most significant matters, including In re Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., which recovered more than $735 million for Lehman Brothers shareholders, and In re McKesson HBOC Securities Litigation, which settled for more than $1 billion the largest settlement recovery for a securities class action within the Ninth Circuit.  He is currently litigating shareholder and derivative claims in Government of Guam v. Invacare, et al.; Deerfield Beach Police Pension Fund v. Quality Systems, Inc; and Anderson v. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.; as well as representing class plaintiffs in antitrust litigation arising from the manipulation of LIBOR.

Mr. Galdston also has participated in prosecuting some of the firm’s most significant matters, including In re Citigroup Bond Litigation; In re Toyota Securities Litigation; In re Wachovia Corp. Securities Litigation; In re SunPower Corp.; West Virginia Laborers' Trust Fund v. STEC, Inc.; In re Washington Mutual, Inc. Securities Litigation; In re Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Securities LitigationIn re New Century; In re International Rectifier Corp. Securities Litigation; and In re Stone Energy Corp. Securities Litigation.  Mr. Galdston has represented institutional investors in individual direct actions, as well, including In re AXA Rosenberg Investor Litigation, which asserted claims under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and In re EMAC Securities Litigation, a direct action arising from a private offering of asset-backed securities.

Mr. Galdston earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.  While in law school, Mr. Galdston served on the Moot Court Board, competed in national Moot Court tournaments and directed the University of San Diego School of Law National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament. Following law school, Mr. Galdston represented investors in securities fraud actions at another national law firm.

Previously, Mr. Galdston was the sole proprietor of Litigation Support Systems, where he designed, constructed and maintained relational document databases for small law firms litigating document-intensive cases. He has authored several articles concerning e-discovery practice in the federal courts.

Mr. Galdston is a member of the California Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, and is a former president of the Greater San Diego Barristers Club.

Education:

  • University of San Diego School of Law, 2000, J.D.; American Trial Lawyers' Association Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Appellate Advocacy; American Jurisprudence Award for Property; Computer Assisted Learning Institute Award for Excellence
  • Oberlin College, 1989, B.A., Sociology and Soviet Area Studies

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Clerkship:

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