Ian M. Ross

Ian M. Ross

Shareholder

Ian M. Ross represents corporations, directors, and officers, as well as professional service and accounting firms, in commercial and securities litigation, professional liability actions, consumer class actions, and government investigations. He has experience defending public and private corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in federal securities claims, state securities actions, shareholder derivative suits, breach of fiduciary duty actions, and claims arising out of financial or commercial transactions. He also defends national manufacturers, retailers, and telecommunication companies in consumer class actions, including claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. His experience also includes representing clients in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

As a member of the firm’s eDiscovery group, Ian handles and coordinates complex multijurisdictional and multinational discovery matters, including document collections, reviews, and productions.

Ian is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, and is active in pro bono matters, representing refugees seeking political asylum in removal proceedings in immigration court. He has represented clients from Burundi, Kenya, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, and Russia, among others, and has been recognized by Americans for Immigrant Justice as a Pro Bono Hero.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented corporations, banks, directors and officers, national consulting firms, and accounting firms in contract and tort actions in federal and state court. Obtained several affirmative rulings on these cases before trial on motions to dismiss and/or summary judgment motions.
  • Represented investment advisors and broker-dealers in professional liability and tort actions in federal and state court, and in FINRA arbitrations.
  • Represented professional service and accounting firms in professional liability actions in federal and state court in matters involving complex accounting issues, including earnout accounting, revenue accounting, derivative accounting, and software capitalization.
  • Represented corporations, independent directors and officers in opposing attempts to enjoin merger transactions.
  • Represented corporations in personal jurisdiction disputes in federal and state court, including representations in evidentiary hearings and on appeal.
  • Represented television studio defending tortious interference claims in federal jury trial in which judge granted defendant’s Rule 50 motion following plaintiff’s presentation of its case.
  • Represented investment advisor in suit brought by former client alleging breach of fiduciary duty and negligence relating to sales of private placement securities.
  • Represented investment advisor in suit brought by former client alleging breach of fiduciary duty and fraud-based claims relating to investment portfolio recommendations and sales of securities.
  • Represented professional athlete in partial dismissal of common law tort claims. Bakar v. Bryant, No. 13-21927-CIV, 2013 WL 5534235 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 7, 2013).
  • Represented broker-dealer in arbitration brought by former clients alleging negligence and fraud-based claims relating to investment portfolio recommendations and sales of international securities and private placement securities.
  • Represented Lennar Corporation in federal and state court and established personal jurisdiction against foreign manufacturer producing and selling drywall for American homes. ("How They Won It: Greenberg Sticks It to Chinese Drywall Co.," Law360, October 23, 2012).
  • Represented national accounting firm in professional negligence action brought by former client relating to purported defalcations by client’s ex-employee.
  • Represented corporations, directors and officers, and accounting firms in federal securities class actions and state securities actions brought by shareholders or former investors, including shareholder derivative actions, holder actions, and common law fraud and misrepresentation actions.
  • Represented public company, its former officers, and private equity company in state securities action brought by an investor relating to purported misrepresentations made in connection with a private placement. See J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC v. Geveran Investments Limited, 224 So. 3d 316 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017).
  • Represented financial institution (in its capacity as indenture trustee) in dismissal of the majority of claims brought by a noteholder alleging breaches of duty and negligence. ("SunTrust Ducks Claims Over $80M Notes Enforcement," Law360, January 17, 2014).
  • Held off a shareholder class action to enjoin a merger, allowing for the sale of Prolor Biotech, Inc., an Israeli-based biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing longer-acting proprietary versions of already approved therapeutic proteins. Plaintiffs’ efforts to pursue their claim post-merger were also favorably defended against by GT who obtained a dismissal with prejudice of the entire claim.
  • Represented OPKO Health Inc. in holding off four putative class actions challenging the announced merger of OPKO and Bio-Reference Laboratories, After expedited discovery, the parties came to agreement on a memorandum of understanding on a disclosure-based settlement that allowed OPKO and Bio-Reference to complete their transaction, which was subsequently approved by shareholders.
  • Represented former officer of national consulting firm in dismissal of shareholder derivative claims in federal court. (Oakland County Employees’ Retirement System v. Massaro, 772 F. Supp. 2d 973; N.D. Ill. 2011) The court dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment claims brought by shareholders in derivative action against corporation’s officers and directors. Oakland County Employees’ Retirement System v. Massaro, 736 F. Supp. 2d 1181 (N.D. Ill. 2010) (same).
  • Represented accounting firm in dismissal of "holder" claims asserted by former shareholders of a consumer finance company, as well affirmance of that dismissal on appeal. (Dloogatch v. Brincat, 396 Ill. App. 3d 842 (Ill. App. 2009).
  • Represents national companies in litigation relating to claims arising out of federal and state consumer protection statutes, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Experience includes representing companies in a variety of industries, including retail, telecommunications, online retailing, food and beverage, sports and fitness, and home appliances.
  • Secured dismissal of securities class action brought by former shareholders of a consumer finance company, as well affirmance of that dismissal on appeal. (Dloogatch v. Brincat, 396 Ill. App. 3d 842 (Ill. App. 2009).
  • Held off a shareholder class action to enjoin a merger, allowing for the sale of Prolor Biotech, Inc., an Israeli-based biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing longer-acting proprietary versions of already approved therapeutic proteins.
  • Represented corporations, directors and officers, and professional service and accounting firms in investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and in matters involving insider trading, allegations of misappropriation and fraud, internal control (SOX and SAS 70) audits, and financial restatements relating to complex accounting issues.
  • Represented directors and officers in pre-suit investigation by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Represented refugees in removal proceedings in immigration court in Chicago, Illinois, and Miami, Florida.
  • Associate, Financial and Securities Litigation Practice, International Business law firm, Chicago, IL, September 2005-April 2011

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recognized, Americans for Immigrant Justice Pro Bono Hero, 2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2018
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Recipient, We Can Dream Pro Bono Award, Dade Legal Aid, 2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution - General Commercial Disputes, 2016
  • Recipient, Thomas H. Morsch Award for Pro Bono Achievement, 2008
  • Board Member, Americans for Immigrant Justice 
  • Board Member, Miami-Dade Urban Debate League
  • Board Member, Read to a Child, South Florida, Regional Board
  • Member, Johns Hopkins University Second Decade Society
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Litigation Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2013-2014
    • Vice-Chair, Business Law Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2014-2015
    • Co-Chair, Business Law Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2015-2016
    • Member, Section of Litigation Pro Bono Task Force, 2017-2018
  • Member, Florida Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, Friends of St. Jude Miami, Event Committee

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2005
    • Executive Editor, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 2004-2005
    • B.S. Womble Scholarship Recipient
  • B.A., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
    • Minored in Psychology and Philosophy
    • Graduated with General Undergraduate Honors and Departmental Honors

     

Admissions
  • Florida
  • Illinois