Michael Hines’ practice involves representing publicly traded and privately held corporations, investment advisers, and individual officers, directors and trustees in a wide array of complex civil litigation. He regularly litigates putative class actions and shareholder derivative proceedings brought under state and federal securities laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Mr. Hines also has broad experience in strategic litigation in connection with mergers and acquisitions, trade secret and noncompetition cases, and corporate governance disputes. Mr. Hines has represented special committees and individual and corporate clients in internal investigations and in proceedings before various federal and state regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Massachusetts Securities Division. In addition, Mr. Hines has advised clients in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and disputes arising from breach of contract, insurance and employment matters.