W. Reece Bader
Reece Bader’s internationally renowned legal practice focuses on securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, broker-dealer litigation, SEC and SRO investigations, disciplinary and enforcement proceedings and counseling, commodities litigation, environmental litigation and counseling and employment and corporate disputes. His notable experience includes substantial jury and non-jury trials, as well as arbitrations and administrative hearings before the SEC, NYSE, FINRA, AMEX and NFA.
Reece received his B.A. from Williams College in 1963 and his J.D. from Duke Law School in 1966, where he was editor of the Duke Law Journal. He clerked with the Honorable Warren E. Burger, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, from 1966-1968. Upon completing his clerkship, he joined Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP (Orrick). Reece began his career in broker dealer litigation and arbitration, moving on to class action defense. In the early 1990s, he focused on securities enforcement and more recently, his practice has focused on accounting and financial fraud matters. Reece has extensive experience involving domestic and international arbitration and dispute resolution and is the author of Securities Arbitration (Juris Publications) a well know treatise widely used by the legal profession. Some of his most recent clients included the CEO of a west coast pharmaceutical company, CEO of a southeast telecommunications company, the former CEO of a major credit card bank, the former CEO of a southern California biotech company, the CEO of a midwest software entity, and a senior west coast bank officer. Reece has also represented several hedge fund managers in mutual fund investigations.
A recognized leader with the ABA and SIFMA, in early 2013, Reece retired as a partner of Orrick after 45 years with the firm. In the summer of that year, he became a principal of WGK-ADR and a consultant with Wiand Guerra King P.A. providing risk assessment and evaluation services to businesses and individuals.
Reece’s more distinguished legal engagements include:
– The successful representation of underwriters, financial advisors and an investment banker in the Massachusetts, New Jersey and Los Angeles yield-burning investigations.
– The representation of the Securities Industry Association as amicus curiae in federal and state cases, including Titan v. Hollinger (9th Circuit), In re Silicon Graphics Securities Litigation (9th Circuit) and Roskind v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (California Supreme Court); co-lead counsel for “second tier” PRP defendants in United States v. Stringfellow.
– Reece has argued cases before the D.C., Second, Third, Ninth and Federal Circuits. He serves as an arbitrator for FINRA and NFA.
– Reece was a frequent lecturer and panelist for such organizations as the Practising Law Institute, ALI/ABA, FINRA and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Reece is admitted to practice in California and District of Columbia, and has the following court admissions: United States Supreme Court, United States District Court: Central District of California, District of Columbia, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, and Southern District of California. United States Court of Appeals: District of Columbia Circuit, Third Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and the Federal Circuit and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, State Bar of California, and is an American Bar Foundation: Fellow. He is not admitted to practice in Florida.
Reece was a frequent speaker to various groups as well as contributing editor. A few of his notable publications include:
– Co-Author, “How to Get to ADR,” chapter in Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Litigator’s Handbook (ABA 2000)
– Editor, Securities Arbitration (Juris Pub. 1998-present)
– Editor, Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter (1997-2012)
– Co-Author/Editor, “Annual Survey of Broker-Dealer Litigation,” SIA Compliance & Legal Seminar (1983-2005)
– Co-Author, “Motion Practice,” chapter in Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts 3d. Ed. (West 2008 – 2012)
– Editor, “Regulation of Brokers and Dealers,” Chapters 3 and 3A in Gadsby Federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Matthew Bender 1994-2012)
Mr. Bader is currently not actively working with WGK-ADR as he has accepted an independent consulting project away from WGK. It is anticipated that he will resume his activities with WGK-ADR at the completion of this assignment.