Achyut J. Phadke is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He focuses on securities and technology-related disputes. He represents publicly traded companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder litigation and government and internal investigations, and he has represented leading financial institutions in securities litigation. He also represents and advises technology companies in complex business disputes.
- Mattel, Inc. and its executives in a federal securities class action, securing dismissal of all claims.
- Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in numerous RMBS cases in federal courts in California, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado, in cases involving securities claims, common law fraud claims, and other tort and contract claims.
- Majority shareholders of Books-A-Million in litigation challenging the company’s go-private transaction.
- Wachovia Securities in multiple securities actions brought by the National Credit Union Administration as liquidator of failed credit unions.
- Hewlett Packard in successfully defeating a putative class plaintiff’s appeal from denial of class certification in a case alleging the improper escheatment of shareholders’ stock.
- Intel Corporation and Intel Capital in numerous complex commercial disputes.
- Applied Materials in case against ASM and former employee alleging threatened misappropriation of trade secrets relating to atomic layer deposition.
- The Motion Picture Association of America and its member studios in defending against a class action lawsuit alleging that the MPAA's motion picture rating service is required to give an "R" rating to any movie featuring any tobacco imagery.
- Numerous internal and SEC investigations of publicly traded corporations and their current or former officers.
Mr. Phadke also maintains a pro bono practice. He recently represented the ACLU of Northern California in public records act litigation related to California’s recently proposed lethal injection regulations; and he has previously represented an immigrant detainee in a civil rights action in federal court. Mr. Phadke is a past board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California.
Mr. Phadke graduated from Stanford Law School with distinction, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and was an article editor on the Stanford Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk with the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.