James K. Langdon
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James K. Langdon

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langdon.jim@dorsey.com

Overview

JIM IS A VETERAN TRIAL LAWYER WHO UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF HIS FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDER AND PUBLIC COMPANY CLIENTS. HE HELPS THEM RESOLVE DIFFICULT DISPUTES WITH SHAREHOLDERS, REGULATORS AND COMPETITORS BY USING CREATIVE, COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES AND, WHEN NECESSARY, TAKING CASES TO TRIAL AND WINNING.

Jim has more than 30 years of experience representing public companies, banks, mortgage lenders, insurance companies, investment banks, and broker-dealers in litigated disputes in federal and state courts as well as before regulatory agencies, particularly the SEC. Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has extensive first-chair trial experience in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration forums (including FINRA, AAA and UNCITRAL) and before regulatory agencies.

Jim is co-Head of the Class Action Practice Group. His practice focuses on all aspects of financial services litigation, including class actions, shareholder derivative actions, claims related to mortgage-backed securities, securities arbitrations (customer and intra-industry), tender offer defense and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

Education & Admissions

Northwestern University (B.A., English, 1979)

Columbia Law School (J.D., 1984), Stone Scholar Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, 1983-1984

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Charles Metzner, 1984-1985

Experience

Representative Work

  • In Re St. Jude Medical, Inc. Represented publicly held medical device manufacturer in securities fraud class action.
  • Baker v. NavSeeker. Represented two U.K. companies named as aiders and abettors in Chancery Court breach of fiduciary duty shareholder derivative claim against Delaware affiliate.
  • Allstate v. Residential Funding. Represented multiple entities and individuals accused of fraud in connection with issuance and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • In re Taxable Municipal Bonds Securities Litigation.  Represented issuer of defaulted municipal bonds in multi-billion dollar consolidated securities fraud class actions.
  • In Re Mortgage Lenders Network. Represented warehouse lender and secondary market purchaser in numerous proceedings related to failed national mortgage company.
  • In Re Oppenheimer Funds. Represented special litigation committees of two fixed income funds in investigation of alleged shareholder derivative claims arising from 2008 financial markets collapse.
  • Numerous investigative and enforcement proceedings before the SEC and state agencies.
  • Falkowski v. Imation Corp.  Represented publicly held issuer of options in securities fraud case in which Ninth Circuit adopted broad construction of SLUSA.
  • Staro Asset Management LLC, et al. v. Richards.  Represented officer and director of consumer sales company in federal securities fraud action brought by hedge fund.
  • In re Midwest Life.  Represented broker-dealer in multi-state actions brought by state guaranty associations, individuals and liquidator of estate arising from sale of annuities issued by former insurance company affiliate. 
  • Defense of numerous class actions on behalf of mortgage lenders and servicers regarding closing fees, escrow charges and alleged predatory lending practices.
  • Coleman v. Franken. Represented candidate in U.S. Senate 2008 election contest proceedings.

News & Resources

Articles

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of “Creative Attempt to Recast Corporate Mismanagement as Securities Fraud”
Voices The FDIC vs. PwC: Scapegoating the auditors is the wrong move
Ground-Breaking Delaware Opinion: Books and Records include Electronic Documents Subject to Inspection and to be Incorporated in any Resulting Action
Tort Reform: Is the World Flattening?
Jim Langdon has written a variety of articles for numerous legal publications.

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 41 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Jim Langdon Comments on Auditor Liability
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Dorsey Partner Jim Langdon Comments on FDIC Win Against PwC
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 16 Dorsey Lawyers
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Jim Langdon Comments on FINRA's Priorities Letter
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 17 Dorsey Lawyers
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers
Dorsey Partner Jim Langdon Comments on Errors in Briefs
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers
Dorsey’s Minneapolis Office Named - Complex Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Minnesota
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 17 Dorsey Lawyers

Events & Speaking Engagements

Jim Langdon to Speak at ACI’s Class Actions Conference
Doing Business and Doing Battle in the Digital Age

Select Presentations

  • Jim is a frequent CLE lecturer on topics ranging from Class Actions to Legal Writing.

Industries & Practices

Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
International Arbitration & Litigation
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance Law
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Oil & Gas
  • Products Liability
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Sustainability

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Qualified Civil Neutral under Minn. R. Gen Prac. 114
  • Member, ABA and MSBA
  • Arbitrator for FINRA
  • Member, Association of Fraternal Benefit Counsel

Accolades

Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual  Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual

  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star – Minnesota" by Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2008 and 2019

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2017-2018
James K. Langdon