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Shawn Williams is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Francisco office and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. His practice focuses on securities class actions. Shawn was among the lead class counsel for the Firm recovering investor losses in notable cases, including In re Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($75 million); In re Veritas Software Corp. Sec. Litig. ($35 million); and In re Cadence Design Sys. Sec. Litig. ($38 million).
Shawn is also among the Firm’s lead attorneys prosecuting shareholder derivative actions, securing tens of millions of dollars in cash recoveries and negotiating the implementation of comprehensive corporate governance enhancements. See, e.g., In re McAfee, Inc. Derivative Litig.; In re Marvell Tech. Grp. Ltd. Derivative Litig.; In re KLA Tencor S’holder Derivative Litig.; and The Home Depot, Inc. Derivative Litig. More recently, in a shareholder derivative action, City of Westland Police and Fire Ret. Sys. v. Wells Fargo & Co., Shawn and a team of Robbins Geller attorneys secured significant governance reforms and corporate initiatives, including $36.5 million in funding for homeownership down-payment assistance in communities affected by the financial crisis and high foreclosure rates.
Shawn has also led multiple securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions in which the Firm has secured significant rulings in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Knollenberg v. Harmonic, Inc., 152 F. App’x 674 (9th Cir. 2005); Nursing Home Pension Fund, Local 144 v. Oracle Corp., 380 F.3d 1226 (9th Cir. 2004); Lynch v. Rawls, 429 F. App’x 641 (9th Cir. 2011)) and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Barrie v. Intervoice-Brite, Inc., 409 F.3d 653 (5th Cir. 2005)).
Shawn has been named a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon, a Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar by Law360, and a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Before joining the Firm in 2000, Shawn served for 5 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 cases to New York City juries and led white-collar fraud grand jury investigations. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois.
- Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar, Law360, 2019
- Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2019
- Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2018-2019
- Super Lawyer, 2014-2017
- Board Member, California Bar Foundation, 2012-2014
- University of Illinois, J.D., 1995
- The State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1991
- New York
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- May 14, 2019
- May 6, 2019
- The National Law Journal Names Robbins Geller Attorneys Shawn Williams, Tor Gronborg and Patrick Coughlin as 2019 Plaintiffs’ Lawyers TrailblazersMay 1, 2019
- April 10, 2019
- February 22, 2019
- September 18, 2018
- June 13, 2018
- Robbins Geller and Co-Counsel Win Class Certification in Facebook Biometric Information Privacy CaseApril 17, 2018
- March 19, 2018
- January 31, 2018
- October 30, 2017
- July 28, 2017
- July 7, 2017
- May 24, 2017
- May 17, 2017
- April 24, 2017
- December 28, 2016
- September 30, 2016
- Four Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2016July 11, 2016
- May 6, 2016
- Robbins Geller Secures Class Certification in Securities Class Action Against Prudential Financial, Inc.August 31, 2015
- August 5, 2015
- Three Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015July 7, 2015
- November 6, 2014
- Robbins Geller Substantially Defeats Medtronic, Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss Scheme Allegations Relating to Key ProductSeptember 29, 2014
- August 8, 2014
- July 5, 2014
- April 30, 2014
- April 16, 2014
- February 6, 2014
- July 19, 2012