Law360 Names John Browne and David Stickney Legal MVPs

November 18, 2014

Law360 has named two BLB&G partners, John Browne and David Stickney, to its 2014 list of legal MVPs – a compilation of “elite attorneys” who have succeeded “in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters.”

Selected from among hundreds of nominations nationally, Law360 will profile Mr. Browne and Mr. Stickney as part of its MVP series.

Mr. Browne specializes in the prosecution of securities fraud class actions, and has litigated many of the firm’s high-profile cases, including WorldCom, 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; and Citigroup, which settled for $730 million.  This settlement is the second largest recovery ever achieved for a class of purchasers of debt securities, and is also the third largest civil settlement arising out of the subprime meltdown and financial crisis. Recently, he served as lead counsel in the In re State Street Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $60 million, In re Reserve Primary Fund Securities Litigation, which settled for $54 million, and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Securities Litigation – the first recovery for investors in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – which settled for $12.5 million.  Mr. Browne also represents clients in the appellate courts, and most recently, has successfully argued the appeal in Amedisys in the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Stickney focuses on complex litigation.  Since the onset of the financial crisis, he has prosecuted a number of major subprime-related litigations, recovering well over a billion dollars for investors in cases against Wall Street banks, including Lehman Brothers ($615 million ), Merrill Lynch & Co. ($325 million); JP Morgan ($280 million); Wells Fargo ($125 million); and Morgan Stanley ($95 million), among many others.  He was also a member of the teams that successfully prosecuted In re McKesson Sec. Litig. (at over $1 billion, it is the largest investor recovery in Ninth Circuit history) and BFA Liquidation Trust v. Arthur Andersen LLP, which settled during trial for $217 million.  Mr. Stickney was named as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark, selected by Lawdragon  as one of its "500 Leading Lawyers in America,“ and recently profiled as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360