Berger Montague Attorneys Jon Lambiras and Lane Vines Present Securities Fraud Class Action CLE to Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
On February 6, 2018, Berger Montague attorneys Jon Lambiras and Lane Vines presented a 2-hour CLE to the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. It was attended by approximately 60 attorneys, CPAs, and fraud investigators. The presentation was titled “Securities Fraud Class Actions: A Primer for Certified Fraud Examiners.” Jon and Lane discussed the anatomy of typical securities fraud litigation, including the initial case investigation, filing of the Complaint, the Lead Plaintiff appointment process, motion to dismiss issues, discovery matters, expert witnesses, class certification, summary judgment, trial, settlement, and claims administration.
Jon Lambiras, Esq., CPA, CFE is a shareholder in the Securities and Consumer Protection practice groups at Berger Montague. Since joining the firm in 2003, he has practiced primarily in the areas of securities fraud, consumer fraud, and data breach class actions.
In the Securities group, he concentrates on class action and opt-out litigation involving accounting fraud and financial misrepresentations. In the Consumer Protection group, he concentrates on unfair business practices and data breach litigation involving the theft of personal information by computer hackers. He has also engaged in Antitrust pay-for-delay matters involving drug manufacturers wrongly keeping generic drugs off the market.
Jon is an attorney, Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner. Prior to law school he practiced accounting for four years as a financial statement auditor, including with a Big-Four accounting firm.
Jon has obtained the highest peer review rating, “AV Preeminent,” in Martindale-Hubbell for his legal abilities and ethical standards. Also, for several years from 2012 to the present he was selected as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star,” an honor conferred on less than 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania.
Jon’s clients are plaintiffs such as individual investors, institutional investors, and consumers. He strives to provide a smooth, comfortable litigation experience for his clients. He welcomes inquiries from potential clients and referring counsel regarding new matters. Fees in his cases are generally earned on a contingent basis, meaning clients do not pay out-of-pocket attorneys’ fees.
Lane L. Vines’s practice is concentrated in the areas of securities/investor fraud, consumer and qui tam litigation. For more than 17 years, Mr. Vines has prosecuted both class action and individual opt-out securities cases for state government entities, public pension funds, and other large investors. Mr. Vines also represents consumers in class actions involving unlawful and deceptive practices, as well as relators in qui tam, whistleblower and False Claims Act litigations.
Mr. Vines also has experience in the defense of securities and commercial cases. For example, he was one of the firm’s principal attorneys defending a public company which obtained a pre-trial dismissal in full of a proposed securities fraud class action against a gold mining company based in South Africa. See In re DRDGold Ltd. Securities Litigation, 05-cv-5542 (VM), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7180 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 31, 2007).
During law school, Mr. Vines was a member of the Villanova Law Review and served as a Managing Editor of Outside Works. In that role, he selected outside academic articles for publication and oversaw the editorial process through publication.
Prior to law school, Mr. Vines worked as an auditor for a Big 4 public accounting firm and a property controller for a commercial real estate development firm, and served as the Legislative Assistant to the Minority Leader of the Philadelphia City Council.
Mr. Vines has achieved the highest peer rating, “AV Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell for legal abilities and ethical standards. Mr. Vines is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and several federal courts.