Bethany M. Rezek

Bethany Rezek

is a senior associate in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with a particular concentration in securities and shareholder litigation.

Ms. Rezek has represented clients in class actions and shareholder derivative litigation involving the federal and state securities laws, directors’ and officers’ fiduciary duties, and other matters of corporate governance. Ms. Rezek has also represented corporations and directors and officers in internal investigations and related litigation. Ms. Rezek also has experience in general commercial litigation.

Representative matters in which Ms. Rezek has appeared in recent years include the following:

Representation of the special litigation committee of Michael Baker Corporation in connection with a shareholder demand related to the Company’s agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of DC Capital. Shareholder litigation was settled on favorable terms shortly after completion of the SLC Report.

Representation of a special board committee of a publicly held financial institution in connection with a shareholder demand and related shareholder derivative litigation.

Defense of Amedisys, Inc. and its directors and officers in federal securities class action litigation and shareholder derivative litigation arising out of a front page Wall Street Journal articles questioning Medicare reimbursement practices in the home health care industry. Won motion to dismiss all claims in the federal securities litigation in 2012.

Defense of The Home Depot, Inc. and its directors and officers in various 10b-5 securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits arising out of return-to-vendor credit issues, executive compensation, and stock options. Won motion to dismiss 10b-5 securities class action, which was affirmed by the 11th Circuit.

Defense of Piedmont Office Realty Trust and certain of its directors and officers in two federal securities class actions challenging proxy disclosures related to Piedmont’s acquisition of management advisory companies. Obtained summary judgment in defendants’ favor in one case and dismissal of the complaint in the other case.

Defense of a national bank in connection with claims related to the sale of auction rate securities;

Defense of a national bank in connection with claims related to the sale of private-label mortgage-backed securities.

Defense of the directors of a publicly-held long-term care company in connection with claims of breaches of fiduciary duties relating to the Board’s response to an unsolicited merger proposal.

Representation of Eclipsys Corporation and its directors in shareholder class actions challenging the $1.3 billion merger of Eclipsys and Allscripts. Obtained a full dismissal with prejudice;

Representation of Cellu Tissue Holdings and its directors in connection with shareholder litigation challenging the merger of Cellu Tissue and Clearwater Paper Corporation.

Before joining King & Spalding, Ms. Rezek graduated, magna cum laude, from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. While in law school, Ms. Rezek was Administrative Editor of the Mercer Law Review, Chair of the Moot Court Board, and recipient of the Faculty Award to Outstanding Senior and the George Waldo Woodruff Award of Excellence given annually to the highest ranking graduate. She received her B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from Mercer University.

Ms. Rezek is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and all Georgia state courts. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Publications

“Director Fiduciary Duties: Owed to the Corporation or the Shareholders?,” King & Spalding Directors Governance Center, January 2014

PRACTICE AREAS
Contracts and Business Torts
Shareholder and Securities Litigation

MEMBERSHIPS
State Bar of Georgia
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association

EDUCATION
J.D., magna cum laude, Mercer University
B.A., summa cum laude, Mercer University

ADMISSIONS
Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia




Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Contracts and Business Torts and 2) Shareholder and Securities Litigation
Law School J.D., magna cum laude, Mercer University
Admitted Year 2006
Education B.A., summa cum laude, Mercer University
Bar Member / Association State Bar of Georgia,American Bar Association,Atlanta Bar Association,
Most recent firm King & Spalding LLP
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