A recognized leader in securities-related litigation, Thomas A. Dubbs concentrates his practice on the representation of institutional investors in securities cases.
Tom has served as lead or co-lead counsel in some of the most important federal securities class actions in recent years, including those against American International Group, Goldman Sachs, the Bear Stearns Companies, Broadcom and WellCare. Tom has also played an integral role in securing significant settlements in several high-profile cases including: In re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation (settlements totaling more than $1 billion; pending final court approval); In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation ($275 million settlement with Bear Stearns Companies, plus a $19.9 million settlement with Deloitte & Touche LLP, Bear Stearns' outside auditor; pending court approval); In re HealthSouth Securities Litigation ($671 million settlement); Eastwood Enterprises LLC v. Farha et al. (WellCare Securities Litigation) (over $200 million settlement); In re Broadcom Corp. Securities Litigation ($160.5 million settlement and the case against the auditor, Ernst & Young LLP, is ongoing); In re St. Paul Travelers Securities Litigation ($144.5 million settlement); and In re Vesta Insurance Group, Inc. Securities Litigation ($79 million settlement).
Representing an affiliate of the Amalgamated Bank, the largest labor-owned bank in the United States, a team led by Tom successfully litigated a class action against Bristol-Myers Squibb, which resulted in a settlement of $185 million as well as major corporate governance reforms. He has argued before the United States Supreme Court and has argued ten appeals dealing with securities or commodities issues before the United States Courts of Appeals.
Due to his well-known expertise in securities law, Tom frequently lectures to institutional investors and other groups such as the Government Finance Officers Association, the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems and the Council of Institutional Investors. He is also a prolific author of articles related to his field. His publications include: "Shortsighted?," Investment Dealers' Digest, May 29, 2009; "A Scotch Verdict on 'Circularity' and Other Issues," 2009 Wis. L. Rev. 455 (2009). He has also written several columns in UK-wide publications regarding securities class action and corporate governance. He is the co-author of the following articles: "In Debt Crisis, An Arbitration Alternative," The National Law Journal, March 16, 2009; "The Impact of the LaPerriere Decision: Parent Companies Face Liability," Directors Monthly, February 1, 2009; "Auditor Liability in the Wake of the Subprime Meltdown," BNA's Accounting Policy & Practice Report, November 14, 2009; and "U.S. Focus: Time for Action," Legal Week, April 17, 2008.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Tom was Senior Vice President & Senior Litigation Counsel for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated where he represented the company in many class actions, including the First Executive and Orange County litigations and was first chair in many securities trials. Before joining Kidder, Tom was head of the litigation department at Hall, McNicol, Hamilton & Clark, where he was the principal partner representing Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc. in many matters including the Petro Lewis and Baldwin-United class action litigations.
Tom has been recognized as a leading securities class action attorney, receiving the highest ranking from Chambers and Partners—an honor he shares with only three other plaintiffs’ securities lawyers in the country—and being one of eight U.S. plaintiffs’ securities attorneys to be named a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500. In 2012, Law360 named him “MVP of the Year” for distinction in class action litigation. He has also been recognized by The National Law Journal, Lawdragon 500 and Benchmark Plaintiff as a Securities Litigation Star. Tom has received a rating of AV Preeminent from the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell directory.
He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a Patron of the American Society of International Law.