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Justin A. McCarty

Justin A. McCarty

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Securities Investigations: Internal, Civil and Criminal

Securities Investigations: Internal, Civil and Criminal

Justin McCarty focuses his practice on complex litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels and regulatory bodies. He is a co-leader of the firm’s Professional Liability group. He has devoted the majority of his practice to the defense of accounting firms and their professionals, including non-US network firms facing litigation or regulatory investigations in the US.

Justin has represented accounting firms in federal and state litigations and arbitrations in connection with a variety of claims, including allegedly negligent or fraudulent audit work, allegedly deficient tax advice and allegedly negligent consulting work. These cases focused on issues such as: the audit firm’s obligations with respect to an audit client’s internal controls, to whom an auditor owes a duty, auditor independence issues, alleged causal relationships between an auditor’s work and alleged damages and professional qualifications to perform specific work.

Further, he has represented accounting firms in a variety of federal securities and derivative suits filed by stockholders and other third parties. These cases focused on issues such as: the pleading standards for negligence and fraud, securities tracing, subjective falsity, loss causation and negative causation, and the demand requirement for derivative suits. Justin has also represented accounting firms in disputes with their former partners and network firms.

Justin has also represented accounting firms and their professionals in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. These matters have included negotiations with regulators, written submissions and depositions or testimony.

Justin currently serves as a co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Professional Services Liability Section.

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