Javier Bleichmar concentrates his practice on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors. Since joining Labaton Sucharow, Javier was instrumental in securing a $77 million settlement in the In re St. Paul Travelers Securities Litigation II on behalf of the lead plaintiff, the Educational Retirement Board of New Mexico. Most recently, Javier played a key role in litigating In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation where the Firm secured a $275 million settlement with Bear Stearns Companies, plus a $19.9 million settlement with Deloitte & Touche LLP, Bear Stearns’ outside auditor (pending court approval).
Javier is very active in educating European institutional investors on developing trends in the law, particularly the ability of international investors to participate in securities class actions in the United States. Through these efforts, many of Javier’s European clients were able to join the Foundation representing investors in the first securities class action settlement under a recently enacted Dutch statute against Royal Dutch Shell.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Javier practiced securities litigation at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, where he prosecuted securities actions on behalf of institutional investors. He was actively involved in the In re Williams Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $311 million settlement, as well as securities cases involving Lucent Technologies, Inc., Conseco, Inc. and Biovail Corp.
During his time at Columbia Law School, he was Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems. Additionally, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. As a law student, Javier served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.
After law school, Javier authored the article “Deportation As Punishment: A Historical Analysis of the British Practice of Banishment and Its Impact on Modern Constitutional Law,” 14 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 115 (1999).
Javier is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in French.