S. Douglas Bunch is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a litigator in the firm’s Securities Litigation & Investor Protection Practice Group.
Mr. Bunch represents individual and institutional investors in cases brought in violation of state and federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Currently, Mr. Bunch is part of the Cohen Milstein team litigating a class action suit against Harman International Industries, Inc., in which Cohen Milstein was successful in obtaining a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversing the dismissal of the case and remanding it to the U.S. District Court for further proceedings. The ruling protects investors by limiting the scope of protection afforded by the so-called “safe-harbor” for forward-looking statements in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Mr. Bunch also recently played a key role in the litigation and settlement of securities class actions against ITT Educational Services, Inc. and Orthofix International N.V., in which the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motions to dismiss.
Mr. Bunch played an important role in successfully litigating the suits that followed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. He was instrumental in the $90 million settlement, following an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, of Rubin v. MF Global, Ltd. in 2011. The complaint asserted that although MF Global had assured investors in its IPO that the Company had a rigorous, robust system of risk controls in place capable of monitoring risk on a continuous “real time” basis, MF Global in fact had deactivated trading and margin controls on brokers’ computers to speed up transaction times. He was also a member of the litigation team that persevered in the $335 million global settlement of a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issued by Residential Accredit Loans, Inc. (RALI), the $275 million settlement of a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of MBS issued by Harborview Mortgage Loan Trusts, and the $500 million settlement of a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of MBS issued by Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., among other MBS cases.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Bunch graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from the College of William & Mary, earned an Ed. M. from Harvard University, and received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where he was a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal in 2006. In 2011, he was awarded William & Mary’s inaugural W. Taylor Reveley III award, recognizing alumni who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to public service. Mr. Bunch is co-founder and chairman of Global Playground, Inc., a nonprofit that builds schools in the developing world, and serves or has served on the boards of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, and Virginia21. In 2016, the Governor of Virginia appointed Mr. Bunch to the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary.