William H. Forman counsels and represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, consumer class actions, and securities fraud matters. He is national coordinating counsel for a client facing scores of individual fraud actions, a class action, and complicated regulatory issues. As first-chair trial attorney, he successfully has tried cases in both state and federal court in criminal and civil matters. Representative engagements include:
- Won a complete defense verdict at trial against the SEC in its action against a CEO charged with insider trading and fraudulently reporting revenues.
- Defeated the claims of lead plaintiffs in putative class action by proving, at a bench trial on mental capacity, lead plaintiffs had sufficient capacity to enter into arbitration agreements.
- Served as trial counsel for a California software company in a patent infringement and trade secrets case in federal court in Texas. Case settled on eve of trial on favorable terms after winning motions on choice of law and limiting expert testimony on damages.
- Successfully argued before Multidistrict Litigation Panel against consolidation of dozens of cases brought against Mr. Forman’s client.
- Represented major entertainment company in matter with hundreds of millions of dollars of claimed damages; case settled on favorable terms after Mr. Forman’s multi-day examination of plaintiffs’ damages expert.
- Obtained a favorable settlement of a wage and hour class action by demonstrating that putative class members were independent contractors.
- Obtained a $20 million judgment in a federal bench trial on behalf of a major entertainment studio for breach of a licensing agreement.
- Successfully arguing a motion to dismiss on behalf of a mortgage lender and its directors and officers in several nationwide class actions arising from the mortgage crisis (In re Thornburg Mortgage Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 07-cv-00815, 2010 BL 18648 (D.N.M. Jan. 27, 2010).
- Won a reversal for client of trial court’s denial of attorney’s fee motion on novel issue of law (One Star, Inc. v. Staar Surgical Co., 179 App. 4th 1082 (2009)).
- Served as antitrust counsel to a Fortune 50 energy company.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Forman was in the Securities Litigation Practice Groups of Heller Ehrman and Wilmer Hale. Mr. Forman also was Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit at the Office of the Public Defender in Los Angeles for six years, where he served as counsel for persons who had been sentenced to death in state courts. He has overturned the death sentences of three of his clients.
Mr. Forman received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1987, where he graduated summa cum laude and with highest honors in History. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1990, graduating cum laude.