Howard S. Suskin is a litigator with substantial first-chair experience in civil and criminal securities matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice and the Class Action Practice. Individuals and businesses seek his counsel in such matters as class actions alleging securities fraud and misrepresentation claims, derivative actions claiming breach of fiduciary duty, contests for corporate control, shareholder demands for corporate books and records under Delaware General Corporate Law Section 220 and other similar state statutes, insider trading investigations and broker-dealer disputes. Mr. Suskin also counsels and represents clients regarding securities administrative and self-regulatory organization investigations and proceedings and in arbitrations.
Members of the Leading Lawyers Network have consistently recognized Mr. Suskin’s work in several areas including class actions, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and securities and venture financing law.
He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for commercial litigation. Illinois Super Lawyers named him a “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer” nine times since 2007 and a “Top 10 Super Lawyer” in 2015.
In 2010, he received the firm’s inaugural Associate Committee Mentorship Award.
He has served on the firm’s Management Committee and currently serves on the Associate Development and Evaluation and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.
Ranked Band 2 in Securities Litigation (IL) by Chambers USA, Mr. Suskin is recognized as a well-regarded securities litigator who defends against class and derivative actions. “He displays impeccable judgment and remains perennially unflappable, and is a great source of legal and strategic comfort,” notes a client to Chambers researchers.
Mr. Suskin has published articles and spoken extensively on issues relating to class actions and securities law.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Board IQ, a Financial Times publication, has served on the Securities Editorial Board of Law 360 and serves on the faculty of Practising Law Institute.
Mr. Suskin is an active member of the ABA Securities Law Committee, including serving as co-chair of the Class and Derivative Actions Subcommittee.
He serves as the Chicago Bar Association’s General Counsel and is a member of its Judicial Evaluation Committee.
He also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and for securities self-regulatory organizations including FINRA, Chicago Board Options Exchange and the National Futures Association.
- Schmidt v. Golden Star Resources Ltd., No. 2:20-cv-04701 (C.D. Cal. 2020)(obtained early-stage dismissal of putative securities class action)
- In re Lannett Company Derivative Litigation, No. 1:19-cv-00888 (D. Del. 2020)(successfully rebuffed objectors’ challenges to settlement of shareholder derivative lawsuit)
- Zalmanoff v. Hardy, No. 609, 2019 (Del. S.Ct. 2019) (affirming motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- Errol Brown v. InnerWorkings, Inc., No. 8:18-cv-00832-CJC-KES (C.D. Cal. 2019) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- City of Tamarac Firefighters Pension Trust Fund v. Carolyn Corvi, et al., No. 2017-0341-AGB (Del. Ch. 2019) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder derivative action with prejudice)
- Green v. Morningstar, No 17-CV-05652 (N.D. Ill. 2019) (granting motion to dismiss putative investor class action with prejudice)
- In re Hertz Global Holdings Inc., No. 17-2200 (3rd Cir. 2018) (affirming motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- In re Merge Healthcare Securities Litigation, 2017 WL 395981 (Del. Ch.) (2017) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- Hazen v. Merge Healthcare, No. 2015 CH 12090 (Cook County, IL) (2017) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- In re Force Protection Shareholder Litigation, No. A-11-651336 (Clark Cty, Nev.) (2015) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- Garden City Employees Retirement System v. Anixter International, No. 09-05641 (N.D. Ill.) (2012) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)
- Prissert v. Emcore Corporation, No. 08-cv-01190-MV-KBM (D. New Mexico) (2012) (granting motion to dismiss putative shareholder class action with prejudice)