Michael W. Stocker



Representing institutional investors and consumers as one of the Firm’s principal litigators, Michael W. Stocker prosecutes securities, data privacy, antitrust, and consumer class actions. He also serves as General Counsel to the Firm and provides strategic direction to the Case Development Team.

Mike played an instrumental part of the team that took on American International Group, Inc. and 21 other defendants. The Firm negotiated a recovery of more than $1 billion. He was also key in litigating In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation, where the Firm secured a $275 million settlement with Bear Stearns, plus a $19.9 million settlement with the company's outside auditor, Deloitte & Touche LLP. In a case against one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, In re Abbott Laboratories Norvir Antitrust Litigation, Mike played a leadership role in litigating a landmark action arising at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. 

He currently spearheads several securities class actions, including In re Eros International Securities Litigation, a case where we exposed a drama of fraud and nepotism involving a leading Bollywood film production/distribution company; Murphy v. Precision Castparts Corp., a sprawling class action against a major industrial goods company in the aerospace and defense industry; Shoemaker v. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., a case against a manufacturer of medical devices that recently settled a significant qui tam action arising from the same conduct; and In re CPI Card Group Inc. Securities Litigation, a class action against a maker of chip-enabled financial cards that allegedly misled investors by overselling its product prior to a $172.5 million IPO.

With the rise of cybersecurity risks in corporate America, Mike has leveraged his experience to advise boards and investors on the possible implications of data breaches for corporate fiduciaries. Most recently, Mike chaired a Practising Law Institute panel advising regulators and corporate counsel regarding widespread data breaches and the potential exposure of management. He has been selected to serve as one of three panelists for Skytop Strategies’ Cyber Risk Governance Conference panel to discuss issues related to cybersecurity and securities litigation, and will serve as panelist in a teleconference that will address confronting the challenge of cybersecurity from an investor’s perspective, hosted by the Council of Institutional Investors. Mike also recently co-authored “Cyber Threats and Securities Litigation: The Emerging Landscape” in Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation

Mike has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in the field of Securities, M&A, and Antitrust Litigation and was named a Securities Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.

Earlier in his career, Mike served as a senior staff attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and completed a legal externship with federal Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, currently sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Criminology from the University of Sydney, and a J.D. from University of California's Hastings College of the Law.

He is an active member of the National Association of Public Pension Plan Attorneys (NAPPA), the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Since 2013, Mike has served on Law360's Securities Editorial Advisory Board, advising on timely and interesting topics warranting media coverage. For two consecutive years (2015-2016), the Council of Institutional Investors has appointed Mike to the Markets Advisory Council, which provides input on legal, financial reporting, and investment market trends. In 2016, he was elected as a member of The American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.


University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J.D., 1995

University of Sydney
Master of Criminology degree, Law Department, 2001

University of California, Berkeley
B.A., 1989


1995, California
2006, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals
2009, Second Circuit
2008, Eighth Circuit
1998, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court
2002, Northern District of California
2005, Central District of California
2007, Southern District of New York
2007, Eastern District of New York
2013, Southern District of California

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