James J. Beha, II


Jim Beha

New York

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Jim Beha represents clients in high-stakes litigation matters, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, and directors' and officers' liability litigation.

Jim defends public companies, corporate officers and directors, and underwriting syndicates in securities class action litigation and other securities related matters, including M&A litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and SEC enforcement proceedings. He also advises corporate boards, special committees, and directors in connection with internal investigations, responses to shareholder demands, disclosure issues, and other corporate governance matters.

A frequent author on topics related to securities litigation, M&A litigation, and other business litigation issues, Jim has published articles in The New York Law Journal, Law360, The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and other leading legal publications. He is also co-author of chapters in several leading treatises, including “Director and Officer Liability” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Thomson Reuters); “Settling a Class Action” in Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes: Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business); “Securitization and Structured Finance Litigation” in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (Thomson Reuters); and “Insider Trading Laws and Employee Stock Compensation” in Insider Trading Law and Developments (ABA).

Jim is an active member of the Federal Bar Council, currently serving on its Second Circuit Courts Committee and in the Council’s Inn of Court. He also serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's Securities Litigation Committee.

Jim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York. He received his A.B. with honors from Princeton University in 2002 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2006.

Jim serves on the Board of Directors of SCO Family Services, the largest human services agency in the New York area, and of the Rye Historical Society.

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