W. Scott Holleman


Mr. Holleman is a partner at Johnson Fistel.  In his mergers and acquisitions (M&A) litigation experience, Mr. Holleman has helped to secure additional monetary consideration for shareholders in multiple cases, and has also helped to bring about substantial modifications to merger agreements.  In the shareholder derivative context, he has defended against excessive executive compensation practices at multiple large companies and has helped to instill better corporate governance in various instances.  He also worked as an associate for Co-Lead Counsel in the E*Trade Financial Corp. Securities Litigation, No. 07-cv-08538 (S.D.N.Y.), which challenged misrepresentations by E*Trade concerning its mortgage-backed securities and resulted in a $79 million recovery for injured shareholders.

Mr. Holleman has also represented individuals and companies in antitrust, civil rights, consumer fraud, investment management, regulatory (SEC), and other complex matters.  In one case, Mr. Holleman won a jury verdict of actual and punitive damages following a weeklong trial on behalf of a couple who had been sold a faulty insurance-based investment vehicle.

Areas of Practice:  Mr. Holleman focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) litigation, shareholder derivative matters, and securities fraud class actions.  He has prosecuted numerous actions in state and federal courts nationwide and has extensive experience with all phases of litigation, including pre-suit investigations, motion practice, discovery, trials, appeals, and mediation.

Professional Qualifications and Activities:  Mr. Holleman was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 2008 and the State Bar of California in 2016.  He is currently admitted in good standing with the following courts:

  • All courts in the State of New York
  • All courts in the State of California
  • The United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Mr. Holleman is also a member of the following New York State Bar Association committees:

  • Committee on Securities Litigation and Arbitration
  • Committee on Federal Procedures
  • Committee on Electronic Discovery

Education:  Mr. Holleman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 2003, having studied Political Science and Journalism & Mass Communication.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University in New York in 2007.