Joseph M. McLaughlin

Joe McLaughlin has represented clients in hundreds of class action, shareholder derivative and other aggregated proceedings in trial and appellate courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court.

He successfully represented B.A.T Industries plc as lead counsel at the federal court jury trial of a healthcare expense reimbursement action seeking multibillion-dollar damages. Joe also successfully represented 52 limited partners of LJM2 Co-Investment L.P. as lead counsel at a trial regarding the validity of the removal of the general partner, and was lead trial counsel in proceedings for the limited partners around the country.

He has extensive experience representing clients in securities and complex commercial litigation and has represented clients in all types of government and internal investigations and related trial and appellate matters. He represented several underwriter defendants in the largest securities litigation in history, the Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, in which he served as lead counsel for scores of defendants in obtaining an order striking the class allegations in numerous cases and subsequently negotiating a favorable settlement.

He is the author of the two-volume treatise, McLaughlin on Class Actions: Law and Practice (Thomson West 10th ed. 2014), which is one of the most frequently cited treatises in class action and shareholder derivative litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the country, and for which he was awarded the Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He is a frequent lecturer across the country on class action, securities and corporate governance matters, and his commentary on these issues has been widely published, including in a regular column in the New York Law Journal.

Joe is listed in numerous publications, including being featured as a “Litigation Star” in Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation survey, The Legal 500: Litigation’s preeminent product liability and mass tort defense lawyers, he was named to Irish America magazine’s 2011 Legal 100, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory recognizes him as an AV-rated attorney. Joe joined Simpson Thacher in 1990 and was elected a Partner in 1997. Prior to joining the Firm, Joe served as a law clerk to the Hon. John F. Keenan in the Southern District of New York.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Securities Litigation, 2) Product Liability and Mass Tort, 3) Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation, 4) Corporate Governance, 5) Shareholder Activism and 6) Litigation
Law School Fordham University School of Law, 1988 J.D.
Education Fordham University, 1985 B.A.
Bar Member / Association The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, American Bar Association, American Law Institute
Most recent firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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