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Olivar Jr., Harry A.

Harry A. Olivar Jr.

Partner

harryolivar@quinnemanuel.com
Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3176
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Harry A. Olivar, Jr. is Co-Chair of Quinn Emanuel's National Securities 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 $4.75 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
  • JMI Services
  • Kuwait Investment Authority
  • Marvell Technology Group
  • MassMutual
  • MBIA Insurance Corporation
  • MH Davidson & Co.
  • Oaktree Capital
  • PIMCO
  • Samsung
  • Sempra Energy
  • 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 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)
The State Bar of California, 1989; The State Bar of New York, 1991; The State Bar of Massachusetts, 1991; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit, Ninth 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
  • Ranked in California's Top Attorneys 2020
  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers 2020 guide
  • Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Securities, 2019-2021
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2005-2021
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, California Securities Litigation, 2013-2020
  • Leading Lawyer/Recommended Lawyer for Securities Litigation – Plaintiff, Legal 500 USA, 2013-2020
  • Named 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 Directors, Philatelic Foundation
  • Board of Directors (former), Western Justice Center Foundation
  • Executive Committee, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick