Seth Aronson

Seth Aronson


O'Melveny & Myers

Recognized since 2006

Los Angeles, California

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Litigation - Securities

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Securities
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Seth Aronson defends corporations and their directors, officers, and professionals in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, SEC enforcement proceedings, RICO, and mergers and acquisitions litigation. Seth is nationally recognized in his field and was recently named California Securities Litigation Attorney of the Year by Benchmark Litigation California and Los Angeles “Lawyer of the Year” for the second time by Best Lawyers in America (2013 and 2018).

Seth served as firmwide chair of the Securities Litigation practice from 2002-11 and as the managing partner of O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office from 2000-08.

From the trial court to the court of appeals to the US Supreme Court, many of the world’s leading companies in a variety of industries call on Seth to handle their most complex litigation, including Lockheed Martin, Skechers USA, Broadcom, Montage Technology Group, and Giant Interactive.

Seth recently argued and won a US Supreme Court victory for China Agritech in a much-watched securities litigation case, obtaining a unanimous Court decision that significantly narrows the tolling provisions established decades ago in the Court’s landmark American Pipe decision. This victory will have a wide-ranging impact on securities litigation and on class actions generally, and Benchmark Litigation recently named it a National Impact Case. China Agritech v. Resh, 2018 WL 2767565 (decided June 11, 2018).

Seth is recognized as a “phenomenal” securities litigator by Chambers USA, owing to his “strong record of defending … shareholder class actions and derivative lawsuits” and “stellar reputation” as a “go-to person and a strong advocate.” He has been named a “Top 100 Lawyer” by Daily Journal (“Around the country, he’s known as a perspicacious hard-nosed litigator who can go toe-to-toe with the most aggressive plaintiff lawyer”); is recognized by Best Lawyers in America (2006-17) in four categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), and Litigation - Securities; and earned the singular distinction of being selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2013 and 2018.

Location

  • 400 South Hope Street, 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Loyola Law School, J.D, graduated 1981
  • Ohio University, B.B.A, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • California, California

Affiliations

  • Loyola Law School - Board of Directors
  • Ninth Circuit Historical Society - Board of Directors

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third,Eighth, and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District for the Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Calfornia and the District of Colorado

O'Melveny & Myers
Headquarters: Los Angeles, California

58 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

4 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Securities

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Los Angeles (2018)
  • Litigation - Securities, Los Angeles (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • Bankruptcy
  • Large Case Litigation
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Stockholders' Suits

Awards:

  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" and "National Practice Area Star" by Benchmark Litigation in Competition, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, Securities (2020)
  • Named Securities Litigation Attorney of the Year by Benchmark Litigation California (2019)
  • US Supreme Court victory for China Agritech named a National Impact Case by Benchmark Litigation California (2019)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in three categories: General Commercial Litigation (California), Securities Litigation (National), and Securities Litigation (California; Band 1)
  • Named a “Top 100 Lawyer” by Daily Journal (2008)
  • Listed in Legal 500 United States for Securities Litigation
  • Named a leading California litigator and a “National Litigation Star,” and ranked among the top 50 securities litigators by Benchmark Litigation
  • Listed as a “Highly Recommended” lawyer in Dispute Resolution by PLC Which Lawyer?
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: California (2009) as one of the top 34 commercial litigators in the state
  • Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2007) in its “Best of the Bar” special report as one of the top 12 litigators among Los Angeles County’s 48,000 lawyers
  • Recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal (2005) as one of the top 30 securities litigators in California
  • Named by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” (2006-09) and one of top “100 Securities Litigators You Need to Know” (2008)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America (2006-2020) in three categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), as well as Litigation - Securities (2006-2018, 2020), and earned the singular distinction of 2013 Los Angeles Securities Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” and 2018 Los Angeles Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) “Lawyer of the Year”

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