John B. Lawrence

Partner

John Lawrence

Dallas

P: +1.214.953.6873
F: +1.214.661.4873

Securities Litigation

  • Fracking company – defense of federal Section 11 securities class action in Texas state court
  • Directors of Starz – defense of Delaware shareholder litigation challenging Starz's merger with Lions Gate Entertainment
  • AT&T – defense of Delaware derivative fiduciary duty action
  • Officers and directors of Adeptus Health, Inc. – defense of securities class action in the Eastern District of Texas, state-law fraud and securities claims in Denton County, Texas, and fiduciary duty claims in Delaware court
  • Major oilfield services company – dismissal of Section 10b-5 claims in the Northern District of Texas, Magruder v. Halliburton Co., 359 F.Supp.3d 452 (N.D. Tex. 2018)
  • Major oilfield services company – more than a decade-long defense of securities class action in the Northern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, which issued a landmark ruling allowing defendants to challenge applicability of the fraud-on-the-market presumption at the class-certification stage, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014)
  • Big Four accounting firm – defense of securities class action in the Southern District of New York
  • Major accounting firm – defense of securities class action in the Southern District of New York
  • Major oilfield services company – defense of securities class action in the Northern District of Texas
  • Former CEO of major asset management firm – defense of securities class action in the Southern District of New York
  • Large manufacturing company – defense of securities class action in the Northern District of Texas
  • Receivership – representation of receiver who was placed in charge of a multi-billion dollar enterprise accused by the SEC of operating a Ponzi investment scheme

Trade Secrets and Data Security

  • Defense of $1.5 billion international oil and gas dispute misappropriation for a major Russian-based natural gas company, involving claims of tortious interference and trade secret misappropriation for a major Russian-based natural gas company against a Texas-based independent oil & gas company; case ended in dismissal of all claims after four weeks of trial.
  • Software development and sales company – counsel and representation in FTC investigation alleging data security breach and improper disclosure of confidential information
  • Consumer products company – granted emergency injunction and eventual favorable jury verdict in suit involving theft of trade secrets by former employees and competitor
  • International oil and gas exploration company – representation concerning theft of trade secrets

Professional Liability

  • International law firm – defense against motion to disqualify counsel and petition for writ of mandamus
  • International law firm – granted dismissal of lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with an arbitration proceeding

Other Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Fluor Corporation/Del-Jen, Inc. – defended Del-Jen, Inc., a subsidiary of Fluor Corporation in qui tam false claims act case where court granted Del-Jen’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, affirmed by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • International battery manufacturer – prosecution of complex breach of contract action against governmental entities related to environmental abatement issues
  • National tire retailer – counsel in class action against nation's largest tire retailer in the Northern District of California
  • Real estate developer – defense of breach of contract related to design of amusement and theme park
  • Consumer website – representation in claim for indemnity against software licensor
  • Major business outsourcing company – appeal of an unlawful employment termination claim