John Rizio-Hamilton is Co-Head of BLB&G’s Securities Litigation Department. One of America’s top shareholder litigators, John has recovered billions of dollars for investors. Highlights of John’s experience include the following:

  • Led the trial team that recovered $240 million in the Signet Jewelers Securities Litigation, a landmark case that marks the first successful resolution of a securities fraud class action based on allegations of sexual harassment.
  • Key part of the trial team that prosecuted the Bank of America Securities Litigation, which settled for $2.425 billion. This is the largest securities class action recovery related to the subprime meltdown, and one of the top securities litigation recoveries in history.
  • Served as counsel on behalf of the institutional investor plaintiffs in the Citigroup Bond Litigation, which settled for $730 million. This is the second largest recovery ever in a securities class action brought on behalf of purchasers of debt securities.
  • Member of the team that prosecuted the Wachovia Corp. Bond/Notes Litigation, in which the firm recovered $627 million, one of the 15 largest securities class action recoveries in history. 
  • Key member of the team that recovered $150 million for investors in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Securities Litigation, a securities fraud class action arising out of the trading activities of the so-called “London Whale.” 

In addition to his direct litigation responsibilities, John is responsible for the firm's client outreach in Canada, where he advises institutional investor clients on potential securities fraud and investor claims. John also manages the firm’s settlements and claims administration department, which is responsible for obtaining court approval of all settlements and distributing the proceeds to class members.

For his remarkable accomplishments, John was named a “Litigation Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal. He has been recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation, and by Law360 as a “Rising Star,” a "Legal MVP," and one of the country’s “Top Attorneys Under 40.”

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.