John Rizio-Hamilton

Partner
New York

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John is involved in a variety of the firm’s litigation practice areas, focusing specifically on securities fraud, corporate governance, and shareholder rights. He currently represents the firm’s institutional investor clients as counsel in a number of major pending actions.

John was a member of the trial team prosecuting In re Bank of America Securities Litigation, which settled for $2.425 billion, the single largest securities class action recovery ever resolving violations of Sections 14(a) and 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act, and one of the top securities litigation recoveries in history. He also served as counsel on behalf of the institutional investor plaintiffs in In re Citigroup, Inc. Bond Action Litigation, which settled for $730 million, the second largest recovery ever in a securities class action brought on behalf of purchasers of debt securities. In addition, John was a member of the team that prosecuted the In re Wachovia Corp. Bond/Notes Litigation, in which the firm recovered a total of $627 million on behalf of investors, one of the 15 largest securities class action recoveries in history.  Most recently, he served as a key member of the team that recovered $150 million for investors in In re JPMorgan Chase & Co. Securities Litigation, a securities fraud class action arising out of misrepresentations and omissions concerning JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office, the company’s risk management systems, and the trading activities of the so-called “London Whale.” 

John has also been a member of the trial teams in several additional securities litigations through which the firm has successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured investors. Among other matters, he was part of the trial teams that prosecuted Eastwood Enterprises LLC v. WellCare, In re MBIA, Inc. Securities Litigation, and In re RAIT Financial Trust Securities Litigation.

In addition to his direct litigation responsibilities, John is also responsible for the firm's client outreach in Canada, where he advises institutional investor clients on potential securities fraud and investor claims. He is one of the partners who oversees the firm’s Global Securities and Litigation Monitoring Team, which monitors global equities traded in non-U.S. jurisdictions on prospective and pending international securities matters, and provides critical analysis of options to recover losses incurred on securities purchased in non-U.S. markets.

For his remarkable accomplishments, John was recognized by Law360 as one of the country’s “Top Attorneys Under 40,” and a national “Rising Star” in the area of class action litigation.

Before joining BLB&G, John clerked for the Honorable Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Sidney H. Stein of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, 2004, J.D., summa cum laude; Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Law Review; first-place winner of the J. Braxton Craven Memorial Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Johns Hopkins University, 1997, B.A., with honors

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York