Steven M. Schatz

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Steven M. Schatz

Steven M. Schatz

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Biography

Partner
Litigation

EXPERIENCE:

Steven Schatz is a senior litigator, specializing in shareholder disputes and financial fraud matters. He is often called on to provide counseling to boards of directors and senior management on sensitive confidential issues. As civil litigator and a former federal prosecutor, he has tried numerous cases, including as lead trial counsel in the litigation over the merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq in the Delaware Chancery Court. Steve represented Hewlett-Packard, who prevailed in the trial. Since that time, he has continued to represent Hewlett-Packard in many of its most significant litigations. He also has argued more than 25 times in various federal Courts of Appeals, as well as before the Supreme Courts of California and Delaware.

From 1975 to 1979, Steve was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. His successful jury trials included the prosecution of Allen Klein, former manager of the Beatles. Previously, Steve served as a law clerk to Judge Walter Mansfield of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Since joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in 1984, Steve has served in nearly every leadership position at the firm, including chair of the litigation practice, chair of the Compensation Committee, and member of the Executive Committee. He currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee.

Steve's current practice has three main components. First is his defense of companies and their officers and directors in shareholder class actions and derivative suits. He has been lead counsel in approximately 100 such cases over the last 20 years in courts around the country.

The second part of his practice consists of internal investigations and representations before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice, primarily in connection with allegations of financial fraud and complex disclosure issues. An important component of this practice is to provide advice and guidance on corporate governance issues and on dealing with regulators based on his extensive experience. Steve has experience in a wide variety of accounting issues, whistleblower claims, and has handled numerous insider-trading matters and alleged violations of Regulation FD. For example, Steve was counsel to Siebel Systems in the first successful challenge to Reg FD, which resulted in a dismissal of the complaint in the in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The third leg of his practice consists of complex civil litigation. Steve has been lead counsel in numerous merger and acquisition litigations, including for Freescale Semiconductor, Tibco, and Infogroup, as well as major matters for such companies as Advent Software, Strayer Education, and H&R Block; for financial institutions such as PRTM, Lazard Freres, Silver Lake, and Credit Suisse; and for a number of venture capital firms.

Recognized for his expertise, Steve has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on securities reform and is a frequent speaker at litigation- and securities-related programs. He served as president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California). Steve currently serves on the Dean's Council of Columbia Law School and has served on the Agenda for Excellence Council for the University of Pennsylvania.

SELECT CLIENTS:
* Hewlett-Packard
* ExamWorks Group, Inc.
* SunPower
* Apigee Corporation (Google)
* Vivint Solar, Inc.
* SciClone
* Infogroup
* Gen-Probe
* Tibco
* Palo Alto Networks
* Accelerate Diagnostics
* AAA (Automobile Association of America)
* ZAGG
* Avaya
* Siebel Systems
* Ventana Medical Systems
* Soufun
* Infospace
* USANA
* Zynga

SELECT MAJOR SHAREHOLDER CASES:
* Accelerate Diagnostics
* Adaptec
* Alza
* Apigee Corporation (Google)
* Aspect
* Astex
* Avaya
* Body Central
* Cirrus Logic (I and II)
* Critical Path
* Crossworlds Software, Inc.
* Daisy Systems
* Diamond Multimedia
* E*TRADE (Outside Directors)
* ExamWorks Group, Inc.
* Force Media
* H&R Block
* Hewlett-Packard (I-VII)
* Hewlett-Packard (Compaq Merger Case)
* Industri-Matematik
* Informix (I and II)
* Infospace
* Lazard Freres
* Laserscope
* Level One Communications
* Marvell
* Power Integrations
* Sam & Libby
* SciClone Pharmaceuticals
* Secure Computing
* Silicon Graphics
* SinoTech
* SouFun
* STAC Electronics
* Strayer Education
* SunPower
* The North Face
* Tibco
* Trident Microsystems
* USANA
* Ventana Medical Systems
* Ventritex
* Vivint Solar, Inc.
* Wyse Technology (I and II)
* ZAGG
* Zynga
* More cases
* Please see wsgr.com for a complete list of cases.

EDUCATION:
* J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1972
Notes and Comments Editor, Columbia Law Review; Recipient of Class of 1912 Prize
* B.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1969

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
* Steering Committee Member, Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School
* Member, Dean's Council, Columbia Law School

HONORS:
* Honored in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the top attorneys for both securities litigation and general commercial litigation
* Selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Best Lawyers in America
* Selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 US
* Recognized by The Recorder newspaper (an American Lawyer affiliate) as one of the top three "go-to" securities defense lawyers in the Bay Area
* Named in Northern California Super Lawyers
* AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
* Selected by L.A. Daily Journal as a "Top" Securities Litigator in California

ADMISSIONS:
* Bar of the District of Columbia
* State Bar of California
* State Bar of New York

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Education
JD
Class of 1972

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

BA in Economics
Class of 1969

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Memberships
Notes and Comments Editor
Prior

The Columbia Law Review is one of the world’s leading publications of legal scholarship. Founded in 1901, the Review is an independent nonprofit corporation that produces a law journal edited and published entirely by students at Columbia Law School. It is one of a handful of student-edited law journals in the nation that publish eight issues a year. The Review is one of the most widely distributed and cited law reviews in the country. It receives about 2,000 submissions per year and selects approximately 20–25 manuscripts for publication annually, in addition to student Notes. In 2008, the Review expanded its audience with the launch of Sidebar, an online supplement to the Review. By bringing together a diverse group of legal scholars, practitioners, community leaders, and judges, Sidebar provides an important, emerging forum for the discussion of pressing legal issues.

Career History
Partner
1984 - Current

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York
1975 - 1979

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Clerk
Prior

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (in case citations, 2d Cir.) is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. Its territory comprises the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and the court has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Connecticut, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York, District of Vermont.

Boards & Committees
Member, Policy Committee
Current

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$100K +
2013

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

$1,000 - $2,499
2011

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

$1,000 - $2,499
2010

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Political Donations
$500
2017

Representative from California's 14th Congressional District

$5,000
2016

Senator at Office of the Senator from Illinois, Tammy Duckworth

$1,000
2014

Senator from Oregon

Transactions
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Roche Holding AG, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. purchase BioImagene, Inc.

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CCMP Capital Advisors LLC purchases Infogroup, Inc.

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Siebel Systems, Inc. purchases Eontec Ltd.

Awards & Honors
2012
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
2012
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business
2011
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
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