“I enjoy what I do and I am dedicated to winning.” – Robert P. Varian
Robert P. Varian has been named to Lawdragon’s Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America list, one of the most elite accolades in the legal profession, and as one of the top 20 lawyers of the year by The California Lawyer. Bob is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has successfully tried securities class actions to verdict (twice), and won one of the National Law Journal’s top 10 defense verdicts in the United States in the major securities class action jury trial.
Bob practices out of the San Francisco office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a global law firm with offices around the world, Asia, Europe and North America including domestic locations in California, New York, Oregon, and Texas. He was previously a partner in Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Bob has extensive experience in defending securities class actions, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, and derivative lawsuits throughout the United States. He has led a wide variety of internal investigations centered in the United States and China, and has represented executives, directors and auditors in internal investigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and in securities class actions and other shareholder litigation. He also has extensive experience in defending consumer class actions and complex business cases, and special expertise in representing Chinese companies and individuals in litigation and investigations.
He has successfully litigated numerous high profile cases that have received coverage in the national media. Clients include: Nordstrom, Nike, Emerson Electric, Baxter Healthcare, Electronic Arts, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation, TXU Corporation, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, eBay, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup.
He lectured on shareholder litigation topics throughout the United States and in Europe, and has served as an instructor on litigation topics at the University of Maryland School of Law, and on corporate trust litigation at Canon Financial Institute.
Bob graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A., 1974, cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, 1979, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Maryland Law Review.
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