America's Finest Trial Lawyers Series - William S. Lerach
William S. Lerach is widely recognized as one of the leading securities lawyers in the United States. He has headed the prosecution of hundreds of securities class and stockholder derivative actions resulting in recoveries amounting to billions of dollars for defrauded shareholders. Mr. Lerach is a frequent commentator and lecturer on securities and corporate law. Mr. Lerach has been the President of the National Association of Securities and Commercial Lawyers (NASCAT), a national group of attorneys concentrating in commercial and securities litigation.
Mr. Lerach is a member of the Editorial Board of Class Action Reports and frequently lectures on class and derivative actions, accountants¡¯ liability, and attorneys¡¯ fees, and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles and San Diego, Harvard, University of Pittsburgh, San Diego State University, at the Council of Institutional Investors and the International Corporate Governance Network. He is also a member of the American Law Institute faculty on Federal and State Class Action Litigation. Mr. Lerach received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1970, where he graduated second in his class, magna cum laude, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. The University recently bestowed one of its highest awards on Mr. Lerach, designating him a "Legacy Laureate" as one of the University's most outstanding graduates. Mr. Lerach was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1970 and to the California Bar in 1976