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Olivar Jr., Harry A.

Harry A. Olivar Jr.

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3176
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Harry A. Olivar, Jr. is Chair of Quinn Emanuel’s National Securities Practice, firm General Counsel, and Co-Chair of the firm’s Domestic Arbitration Practice.  He is an accomplished structured finance and securities litigator described in Chambers USA as “outstanding,” “very creative in problem solving,” and “a true technician and impressive oral advocate.”  When representing plaintiffs, he has appeared against nearly every major financial institution, including in over twenty cases involving mortgage-backed securities, and has recovered over $4.9 billion in verdicts, judgments, and settlements.  His representation of defendants includes a specialty in class action litigation; he has defeated class certification at the trial and appellate levels in nine-and ten-figure cases involving securities, antitrust, and product liability claims.  Before joining the firm in 2000, Mr. Olivar was a litigator in the New York and Los Angeles offices of Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Allianz Global
  • Appaloosa Management
  • Assured Guaranty
  • BlackRock
  • Boeing
  • Elliott Associates
  • Fubon Life Insurance
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • ImmunityBio
  • Kuwait Investment Authority
  • Mammoth Energy
  • Marvell Technology Group
  • MassMutual
  • MBIA Insurance Corporation
  • MH Davidson & Co.
  • Oaktree Capital
  • Samsung
  • Sempra Energy
  • Sequoia Capital
  • U.S. Bank
  • Western Asset Management Co.
  • Obtained $2.1 billion settlement in favor of Yosemite Trusts resolving claims against Citibank and Enron relating to Enron credit-linked notes.
  • Obtained dismissal of both federal securities fraud claims and a state-court action seeking in excess of $2 billion from an outside director of a software company.
  • Obtained dismissal of class and derivative claims filed against semiconductor company officers and directors after $1.54 billion adverse patent verdict.
  • Obtained an arbitration award of over $173.5 million for two clients on claims for breaches of Exclusive License Agreements for antibodies and antibody materials
  • Obtained over $150 million in settlements for plaintiff on fraud and fraudulent transfer claims arising from an insurance acquisition.
  • Defeated class certification in two multi-billion dollar antitrust class actions filed in the Northern District of California that asserted price fixing in sales of flash memory.
  • Defeated class certification of two proposed classes (one exceeding 500,000 potential claimants) in actions arising from the 2007 San Diego Wildfires; argued and obtained affirmance of both rulings on appeal, and argued and won related appeal preventing class-action tolling.
  • Prevailed in argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for investment fund client, obtaining affirmance of dismissal of RICO class action claims.
  • Prevailed at trial for BlackRock and defeated claims seeking reformation of Pooling and Servicing Agreements to disadvantage certain holders of Certificates issued in securitizations sponsored by Impac Secured Assets Corp.; the trial win resulted in release of in excess of $140 million from escrow.
  • Obtained numerous additional seven-and eight-figure settlements for plaintiffs in federal and state securities actions.
  • Obtained summary judgment on antitrust and fraud claims brought against a major lawn and garden manufacturer, and affirmances in both the Sixth and Ninth Circuits.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for plaintiff, including a punitive damages award, in a tortious interference action in the District of Columbia.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a three-week trial in a fraudulent conveyance action brought by institutional lenders to two $100 million solar power partnerships.
  • Represented motion picture studio during a highly publicized three-month trial of a $580 million claim brought by a former executive.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., cum laude, 1989)
    • Harvard Law Review:
      • Executive Editor, 1988-1989
      • Editor, 1987-1988
    • Legal Writing Instructor
  • Yale University
    (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1985)
  • State Bar of California, 1989
  • State Bar of New York, 1991
  • State Bar of Massachusetts, 1991
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • District of Massachusetts
  • Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey:
    • Partner, 1998-2000
  • Dewey Ballantine:
    • Associate, 1996-1998
  • Sullivan & Cromwell:
    • Associate, 1990-1996
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1989-1990
  • Law360 Securities Group of the Year, 2023
  • Leading Lawyer/Recommended Lawyer for Securities Litigation–Plaintiff, Legal 500 USA, 2013-2023
  • “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in Securities Litigation for Los Angeles, 2023
  • Selected to Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers Guide, 2020-2023
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, California Securities Litigation, 2013-2023
  • Ranked in California's Top Attorneys 2020
  • Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation–Securities, 2019-2024
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2005-2024
  • Plaintiff Securities Litigation Attorney of the Year in California, Global Law Experts, 2015
  • Speaker, Loyola Law School Ethics Symposium, May 2015
  • "Tales for the Bartender: Memories of Arthur L. Alarcón," 44 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. S26 (2011).
  • PLI Panelist, Securities Litigation (San Francisco, multiple years)
  • "Venture Capital Finance: Recent Developments" LA County Bar, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer, Copyright Law, Pepperdine Law School, 1994, 1999
  • Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School, 1991-1992
  • Note, "Over Protective Jurisdiction?" 102 Harv. L. Rev. 1948 (1989)
  • Comment, "The Supreme Court-Leading Cases," 102 Harv. L. Rev. 222 (1988)
  • Board of Directors, Stone Trust
  • Board of Trustees, Philatelic Foundation
  • Board of Directors (former), Western Justice Center Foundation
  • Executive Committee, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
  • Board of Trustees, La Salle College Preparatory