Michael W. Stocker is a partner and General Counsel to Labaton Sucharow LLP, where he leads the Firm’s Case Development Team. He is integral to the firm's investigating and prosecuting securities, antitrust, and consumer class actions.
Mr. Stocker represents institutional investors in a broad range of class action litigation, corporate governance, and securities matters. In one of the most significant securities class actions of the decade, Mr. Stocker 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, Mr. Stocker played a leadership role in litigating a landmark action arising at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. The novel settlement in the case created a multimillion dollar fund to benefit nonprofit organizations serving individuals with HIV. In recognition of his work on Norvir, The National Law Journal named the Firm to the prestigious Plaintiffs' Hot List, and he received the 2010 Courage Award from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Mr. Stocker has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in the field of securities litigation and Benchmark Litigation as a Securities Litigation Star.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Stocker 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, Mr. Stocker 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 Mr. Stocker to the Markets Advisory Council, which provides input on legal, financial reporting, and investment market trends.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Stocker mentors youth through participation in Mentoring USA. The program seeks to empower young people with the guidance, skills, and resources necessary to maximize their full potential.