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Bruce G. Vanyo

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Overview

Bruce G. Vanyo is head of Katten's Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Katten, Bruce was chairman of the Securities Litigation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for 22 years.

Bruce maintains active practices in the firm's New York and Century City offices. He has been called the "Dean of Securities Litigation" by many of his peers, and in his more than 40 years of practice has "defended more major securities cases than any other lawyer in America,” according to the National Association of Corporate Directors. Bruce has represented some of the most prominent US companies, including The Boeing Company, Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Genentech and Bank of America, and has a remarkable record of success. Over the past 19 years, he has resolved 61 securities class actions and has obtained complete dismissal at or before the pleading stage in 76 percent of them.

Bruce's national practice consists of defending securities class actions and derivative litigation, representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and assisting board committees in conducting internal investigations. His clients have come from industries including technology, life sciences, aviation, film, banking, mining, real estate and insurance, with headquarters in more than 20 different states as well as in the UK, Israel, China and Kazakhstan.

This year, the National Law Journal named Bruce a Litigation Trailblazer for his work in pioneering much of the securities law that has been favorable to defendants. When the technology industry was besieged by class actions, he was tapped to lead its securities litigation reform efforts, creating and drafting for Congress the pleading and safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

In 2018, Bruce was again selected by Legal 500 as one of 25 attorneys honored as the Leading Lawyers in Securities Litigation, stating that he is "a top-notch strategist whose reputation as an ethical and fair defense lawyer is invaluable."

Bruce has been described as a "towering figure in securities litigation," having earned his reputation through a "remarkable skill set and an understated but authoritative demeanor" (Chambers USA). His colleagues in the defense bar have said publicly that he "comes up with new and novel arguments that other lawyers don't see" and that "he doesn't just think about the move he's about to make and the likely response—he's five steps ahead." A prominent plaintiff's lawyer publicly described Bruce as having "compassion not only for the CEO or CFO but also the employees of the company and concern about what the future of the company is going to be."

Bruce handled securities fraud, antitrust and other complex litigation at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen from 1974 to 1984. While practicing law full time, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Securities Regulation at Hastings College of Law. He also served as a law clerk for Judge William H. Timbers of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Shown below is a selection of Bruce’s engagements.

Recognition

Legal 500 US - Leading Individual, 2017–2018
Legal 500, 2013–2018
Chambers USA, 2006–2018
Best Lawyers in America, 1987–2019
Super Lawyers, New York 2010–2018; Southern California, 2004–2005, 2007–2018

National Law Journal

National Law Journal, Litigation Trailblazer
Firm News
Bruce G. Vanyo

Education

  • JD, Columbia Law School
    Managing Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • BS, Miami University, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • California

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • US District Court, District of Arizona
  • US District Court, Western District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, District of Nevada
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, District of Oregon
  • US District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Third Judicial Department, New York State Court of Appeals

Recognition

Legal 500 US - Leading Individual
2017–2018
Legal 500
2013–2018
Chambers USA
2006–2018
Best Lawyers in America
1987–2019
Super Lawyers
New York 2010–2018; Southern California, 2004–2005, 2007–2018

National Law Journal

Litigation Trailblazer
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