Leading Securities Litigator John Dellaportas Joins Kelley Drye
July 5, 2016

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced today that John Dellaportas has joined the firm as a partner and co-chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice group. Mr. Dellaportas brings over two decades of experience representing clients in high-stakes commercial disputes, securities litigation and arbitration matters.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to Kelley Drye,” said Robert I. Steiner, managing partner of Kelley Drye’s New York office. “He is a highly respected litigator whose knowledge and experience in commercial and securities litigation align with the firm’s strategy of enhancing key practices that add value for our clients.”

Mr. Dellaportas is a preeminent securities litigator with a proven track record of success. In 2012, Mr. Dellaportas acted as lead trial counsel to Bruce Bent, co-inventor of the money market fund, and his son Bruce Bent II, in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) civil enforcement action against them. Following a month-long trial, a federal jury rendered a unanimous verdict clearing the Bents of all SEC and securities fraud charges. That courtroom victory earned him national media recognition as well as “Litigator of the Week” honors from The Am Law Litigation Daily and “Litigator in the Spotlight” recognition by The American Lawyer.

Mr. Dellaportas defends clients in shareholder class action suits, civil enforcement actions, and investigations brought by the SEC.  He also handles cases involving mergers and acquisitions, government contracts, commercial real estate, and intellectual property matters.  Mr. Dellaportas serves as an arbitrator and court-appointed fiduciary in financial services and real estate proceedings. He joins Kelley Drye from Morgan Lewis. 

“I am delighted to join Kelley Drye. It is one of the most respected firms in our business,” said Mr. Dellaportas. “My colleagues and I have the unique opportunity to collaboratively foster the burgeoning securities litigation practice at this marquee firm.”  

The Foster Legal Search Group assisted in the recruitment of Mr. Dellaportas.

Mr. Dellaportas joins a team of nearly 100 litigators working throughout the firm’s seven offices. Clients turn to Kelley Drye’s litigation team for its formidable experience across a wide universe of commercial litigation areas, and the firm is listed among 24 “Highly Recommended” firms for litigation in a survey of Fortune 500 corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting.