Boris Feldman Bio
Boris Feldman specializes in securities litigation and counseling. In its 2012 ranking of California securities litigators, Chambers USA awarded him its Band One designation and described him as “a powerful securities lawyer” and a "clever strategist and outstanding litigator." Chambers wrote: “He is considered to be ‘the complete analytical package,’ with interviewees describing him as ‘one of the best securities attorneys in the country because he interacts well across parties, will engage in a productive discussion and enable us to participate constructively on how the matter should proceed.’”
Other legal publications have been similarly generous. The American Lawyer named Boris one of the top 45 lawyers in the country under the age of 45 in 1995. The San Francisco Chronicle profiled Boris as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in the Bay Area. The Recorder (the California affiliate of American Lawyer) named Boris the "go to" securities defense litigator in Northern California. The Los Angeles Daily Journal included him on its list of the 100 most influential lawyers in California, as well as on its list of top securities litigators in the state. He was recently profiled in SuperLawyers Magazine. LawDragon has chosen him as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Boris has defended over 190 shareholder class actions and derivative suits around the country. Among the companies that he has represented are Google, Netflix, Genentech, Facebook, and Hewlett-Packard. (For a complete list, click here). In addition to defending shareholder suits, Boris also represents boards of directors in internal investigations and represents companies and individuals in SEC enforcement proceedings. He regularly advises public companies on fiduciary duty and disclosure issues.
Boris was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1955. He attended Yale College on a National Merit Scholarship. At Yale, he was President of the Yale Debate Association and Speaker of the Yale Political Union. Boris graduated from Yale in 1977 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in history). Boris graduated from Yale Law School in 1980. There, he served as Note & Topics Editor of The Yale Law Journal (Volume 89). He was also the Director of Debating for Yale University.
Boris has been at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati since 1986. He has served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of its Policy Committee. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Boris was law clerk to Judge Abraham D. Sofaer (S.D.N.Y.), as associate at Arnold & Porter, and Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.
Boris has served on a variety of boards related to securities law. He has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the Israel Securities Authority, the Israeli equivalent of the U.S. SEC. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Securities Regulation Institute. Boris also served as a lawyer-representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Ninth Circuit's Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, and co-chair of the lawyer representatives to the Northern District of California.
Among other pro bono activities, Boris has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Endowment Fund of San Mateo County Legal Aid. He served on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. He has been outside counsel to Palo Alto Community Eruv. Boris is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Boris has lectured on shareholder and disclosure issues before ALI-ABA, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, Glasser Legalworks, NASDAQ, National Investor Relations Institute, New York Stock Exchange, PLI, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Risk & Insurance Management Society, SEC Institute, Stanford Directors' College, and Software Publishers Association. He has written articles on a variety of disclosure topics.