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Hon. J. Frederick Motz, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

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University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1997

  • Virginia Law Review

Princeton University, B.A., cum laude, 1993

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Shawn P. Naunton

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Recognized as a “Local Star” in New York by Benchmark Litigation, Shawn P. Naunton is an experienced litigator who represents businesses and individuals in a diverse range of matters. Mr. Naunton routinely represents parties in complex business disputes, securities litigation, and civil and criminal enforcement actions. He has extensive experience handling matters in federal and state courts, including shareholder class litigation, derivative litigation, bond indenture litigation, corporate control contests, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Naunton has worked extensively on investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York Stock Exchange, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Mr. Naunton was an associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Naunton previously served as law clerk to the Hon. J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the articles review board of the Virginia Law Review.

Professional Highlights

  • Defended former IMF president Dominique Strauss-Kahn against criminal assault charges in a case that received intense worldwide media attention throughout 2011. All criminal charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn ultimately were dismissed. Mr. Naunton continues to represent Mr. Strauss-Kahn in related civil matters.
  • Secured a significant trial victory in the Delaware Court of Chancery on behalf of a former officer of CIBC World Markets Corp. who sued to compel CIBC to advance defense costs for five separate proceedings arising out of the officer’s employment by the brokerage house.
  • Successfully defended a broker in an SEC enforcement proceeding against charges that he used deceptive practices to time mutual funds. During the proceeding, Mr. Naunton won a landmark ruling from the SEC that ensured his client’s access to evidence that previously would not have been discoverable. Commentators in the New York Law Journal predicted that the ruling will have far-reaching effects on the way in which the SEC authorizes cases and engages in litigation.
  • In one of the most intense and highly publicized criminal cases of 2011, the firm represented former IMF president Dominique Strauss-Kahn against criminal assault charges. All criminal charges against Mr. Strauss-Khan were dismissed and we continue to represent him in related civil matters.
  • We represented the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in connection with an insider trading investigation in the Southern District of New York.  No charges were brought against our client as a result of the investigation.
  • The firm represents a group of investment banks and hedge funds that together holds more than $2 billion in outstanding principal amount of senior notes issued by Washington Mutual Bank prior to its collapse in September 2008. Our clients seek to intervene in a U.S. District Court action to protect their interest in the funds in the Washington Mutual Bank receivership that is administered by the FDIC.
  • We represented various officers of a Fortune 500 company in an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office of alleged kickbacks and misappropriation of corporate funds.  No charges were brought against our clients as a result of the investigation.
  • We defended a broker in a recent SEC enforcement proceeding against charges that he used deceptive practices to time mutual funds. During the proceeding, we won a landmark ruling from the SEC that ensured our client’s access to evidence that previously would not have been discoverable. Commentators in the New York Law Journal predicted that the ruling will have far-reaching effects on the way in which the SEC authorizes cases and engages in litigation.
  • We secured a significant trial victory in the Delaware Court of Chancery on behalf of a former officer of CIBC World Markets Corp. who sued to compel CIBC to advance defense costs for five separate proceedings arising out of his employment by the brokerage house.  The proceedings included investigations by the SEC and the New York Attorney General’s Office, an SEC enforcement action, and related proceedings before the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers.
  • We are defending a former corporate officer in an SEC enforcement action against charges that he violated the federal securities laws by functioning as an undisclosed de facto officer of the company prior to his appointment as an officer. The case is scheduled for trial in December 2012.
  • We represent a plaintiff class comprised of retail purchasers of motor fuel in 27 states that is suing major gasoline and diesel fuel retailers to reform the industry’s deceptive sales practice of selling “hot fuel”—or non-temperature adjusted motor fuel—in order to boost sales. The matter is ongoing.
  • We represented a prominent law firm in an action in the Southern District of New York involving claims for breach of contract and conversion.
  • We represented a prominent law firm in an action in the Southern District of New York involving claims for patent infringement, copyright infringement, and unfair competition.
  • The firm represented a privately held energy company in an action in New York Supreme Court involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference.
  • We secured a favorable ruling, after a nine-day trial in an SEC enforcement proceeding, on behalf of a former portfolio manager of a mutual fund that allegedly permitted market timing.
  • We represented the former president of a large commodities broker in a criminal prosecution in the Southern District of New York alleging securities fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy.

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