• Harvard Law School, J.D. ’11, cum laude
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A. with high distinction ’08

Joel Fleming is a partner at Block & Leviton LLP, focusing on securities, corporate governance, and merger-and-acquisition litigation. Mr. Fleming has spent his entire career in this field and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in securities litigation by Super Lawyer magazine.

Prior to joining Block & Leviton, Mr. Fleming was an associate in the Securities Litigation group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, one of the nation’s most highly regarded corporate defense firms. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

Notable Successes »
  • In re Rentrak Corporation Shareholders Litigation (Ore.)
    • $19 million settlement of litigation on behalf of former shareholders of Rentrak Corporation arising from merger of Rentrak with comScore, Inc.
    • Believed to be the largest settlement ever of merger litigation in Oregon state court and one of the top five largest settlements since 2010 of merger litigation arising from transaction valued at less than $1 billion
  • Corwin v. British American Tobacco (N.C.)
    • Litigation on behalf of shareholders of Reynolds American, Inc. arising from $4.7 billion share issuance to Reynolds’ largest shareholder, British American Tobacco, at below-market price.
    • In a question of first impression, North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of putative class, holding that “a minority shareholder which owns shares eight times greater than any other shareholder, is the sole source of equity financing for a transformative corporate transaction, has a contractual right to prohibit the issuance of shares and the sale of intellectual property necessary for the transaction, and which pledges support for the transaction contingent on terms more favorable to it than to other shareholders may owe a fiduciary duty to other shareholders who claim they were harmed by the transaction.”
  • JAKKS Pacific Derivative Litigation (Del. Ch.)
    • alleged breaches of fiduciary duty; settlement imposed key corporate governance reforms, valued by an academic expert as worth $20-40 million.
    • After settlement was announced, two activist investors announced that they had taken positions in the company-causing a 15% increase in the stock price. Independent analysts credited the settlement with encouraging these investments.
Clients »

Mr. Fleming currently represents a number of sophisticated institutional investors. He has, in the past, represented large corporations, and government agencies. Those clients include, among others:

  • Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System
  • Amalgamated Bank
  • State Street Corporation
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
  • Skyworks Solutions
  • Vermont Department of Public Service
Professional Activities / Awards »
  • “Rising Star: Massachusetts” Super Lawyers
  • Visiting Lecturer, Tufts University
  • Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology
Publications »
  • Decision Re-Affirms Critical Role of Shareholders, Benefits and Pensions Monitor
  • SEC takes hard line on ‘cyber incidents, San Francisco Daily Journal
  • Meltdowns crank up muni-bond litigation, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Lower Courts Interpret the Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders, Financial Fraud Law Report
Admissions »
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Court of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits
  • District courts for the District of Massachusetts, Central District of California, and Northern District of California
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