Gregory G. Little is a trial lawyer who counsels clients on successfully avoiding, resolving, and winning litigation. He has broad commercial litigation experience, with an emphasis on SEC enforcement actions, securities litigation and product liability. In addition to leading high-stakes corporate litigation strategy and serving as national coordinating counsel for Fortune
10 companies, Mr. Little has been lead trial counsel in over 45 trials in state and federal courts nationwide. In over 25 years of trying cases, he has received favorable trial verdicts for clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, automobile, banking, tobacco, energy and utility industries.
Examples of matters handled most recently include claims against directors of a public company for breach of fiduciary duty, defense of an SEC lawsuit against a former CFO of a Fortune
50 company, defense of claims against a financial institution arising from the sale of a subsidiary, defense of lender liability suits arising from allegations of predatory lending, and defense of numerous SEC investigations involving insider trading, failure of compliance controls, inflated revenues, inadequate disclosures. He has served on national counsel teams in tobacco, alcohol, cell phone, and pharmaceutical industries.
Recent trials include:
- Lewis v. Philip Morris. Lead trial counsel in the first antitrust case ever tried by PM. Plaintiffs were seeing to recover billions of dollars, alleging violations of Robinson Patman Act. Greg secured a defense verdict on all counts after a two-week jury trial, in addition to an award on counterclaims for fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
- Conley v. Philip Morris. Lead trial counsel in this individual smoking and health product liability action. This was Philip Morris's first trial victory in California.
- Simon v. Pfizer. Served as trial counsel in this pharmaceutical product liability lawsuit. The trial court granted JNOV (reversed on appeal with an order for a new trial).
Mr. Little was trial counsel for the Securities & Exchange Commission, where he was ultimately responsible for all securities litigation in the Southeast Region and was lead trial counsel in trials involving insider trading, stock manipulation, fraudulent IPOs, accounting fraud, inflated earnings, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and other forms of securities fraud.
Mr. Little was Associate General Counsel to Philip Morris from 1995 – 2001. During this time, he managed the defense of high profile tobacco lawsuits brought by 50 state Attorneys General, as well as a multibillion dollar lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice. He was also involved in managing individual lawsuits, class actions, international lawsuits and securities lawsuits brought against Philip Morris during a time period when thousands of claims were filed against the company. He also oversaw preventative litigation efforts and minimized impact of existing litigation by coordinating, preparing and conducting communication strategy with legislators, media, and Wall Street analysts, including numerous TV and radio appearances (local, national and international); press conferences and interviews; editorial board briefings and presentations to stock analysts, lobbyists, regulators, individual legislators, legislative caucus groups, governors and attorneys general.
Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Tennessee State Bar
Virginia State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits
US Supreme Court
JD, University of Tennessee College of Law, High Honors, Order of the Coif, 1982
BA, Drew University, 1977
Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Defense Research Institute
Author, "Jury selection for an unpopular client." Jury Selection, Aspen Publishers, 4th ed.