Howard M. Privette

Howard M. Privette

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Irvine, CA

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
 | 5 Park Plaza, Suite 1400
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-567-3507
Fax: 949-622-2739
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed Since: 1988
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Howard Privette is a trial lawyer who represents U.S. and global clients in a wide range of complex business disputes, and focuses his practice in securities litigation and fiduciary duty litigation. 

    Mr. Privette represents clients in cases involving business ownership disputes, financial restatements and alleged GAAP violations, insider trading, alleged corrupt practices (FCPA), privacy and cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), FDA regulations, false claims act and whistleblower issues, and other corporate governance matters. He also assists companies, officers and directors in relation to internal investigations, and in SEC, DOJ, and other regulatory proceedings.

    Mr. Privette has perhaps unique trial experience among securities defense lawyers in that he has tried to judgment both civil and criminal securities fraud cases.  Perhaps most notably, Mr. Privette was lead trial counsel for the defense in one of the very few securities class actions to go to trial in the post-Reform Act era.  He successfully defended the former Chairman and CEO of Homestore.com, Inc. against claims based on the company's restatement of two years of revenues.  After a three-week jury trial and verdict, judgment was entered whereby the shareholder class took nothing from our client and the case was dismissed with prejudice.  This landmark victory was named one of the “Top Verdicts of 2011” by the Daily Journal and “Highly Commended” and ranked among the year's top 10 U.S. litigation cases by the Financial Times in its 2012 “Innovative Lawyers” report.

    Mr. Privette was also a member of the trial team that obtained a complete defense verdict in favor of the former Chairman and CEO of sTec, Inc. in a SEC civil enforcement action based on allegations of insider trading and misstatements about the company's revenue guidance.  After a two-week trial in the United States District Court in Orange County, California, the jury took less than one day to return their unanimous verdict for the defendant.  This win was named one of the "Top Verdicts of 2014" by the Daily Journal.  

    Mr. Privette obtained a securities class action dismissal for UBS, described as a "big win" by the American Lawyer and "Highly Commended" and ranked among the year's top 10 U.S. litigation cases by the Financial Times in its 2011 “Innovative Lawyers” report.

    Mr. Privette graduated from Yale College (B.A., magna cum laude), Yale University (M.A., Economics), and Stanford Law School (J.D., with distinction; Order of the Coif; Note Editor, Stanford Law Review). 

    About Howard Privette

    Admitted: 1988, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.pepperlaw.com/people/howard-m-privette/

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Director, Constitutional Rights Foundation, 2019
    • Member, Merit Selection Panel, Central District of California, 2020
    • Chair, Orange County Bar Association Judiciary Committee, 2020
    • Member of Paul Hastings Pro Bono Committee, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., magna cum laude, with distinction in Economics, Yale College, 1985
    • M.A. (Economics), Yale University, 1985
    • JD, Stanford Law School (with distinction), 1988
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    Office Location for Howard M. Privette

    5 Park Plaza
    Suite 1400
    Irvine, CA 92614

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