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257.6 sec. 001 - Transactional Litigation in Practice (Spring 2023)

Instructor: David Anthony Knotts  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Alexander K Talarides  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 111
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32461

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 8
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

Transactional Litigation in Practice: a comprehensive course analyzing the strategic and tactical choices inherent in modern transactional (M&A) litigation, as well as the underlying doctrinal principles and theories of corporate governance that drive those choices. This is not a static area of law and significant developments in the field will likely occur during the semester. As a result, class discussions will evaluate not only the existing state of transactional litigation, but also where it is headed and which direction it should take. Course materials include briefs, arguments, and decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court - the home of most contemporary legal developments in transactional litigation - and articles or essays written by jurists and leading practitioners. Students will be expected to complete short (5-page) midterm paper and take home final exam. Taught by leading practitioners who specialize in transactional litigation (from both plaintiff and defense firms), this course can provide the springboard into a valuable practice area.

David Knotts is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office. He focuses his practice on stockholder class action and derivative litigation in the context of mergers and acquisitions, representing both individual shareholders and institutional investors. David has been counsel of record for shareholders on a number of significant recoveries in courts throughout the country, including following trials in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Before joining Robbins Geller, David was an associate at one of the largest law firms in the world and represented corporate clients in various aspects of state and federal litigation.

Alex Talarides is a partner in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s San Francisco office, and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Corporate Governance group. He has extensive experience defending companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mergers and acquisition litigation, and related corporate governance disputes in federal and state courts around the country. Alex also regularly advises companies and their boards on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure duties, and frequently presents and publishes on these topics.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Law 250 Business Associations (exceptions with prior permission)

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Business Law
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