Gregory Little | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Gregory Little
Gregory Little

Gregory Little

Partner, New York

Former trial counsel for the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Greg Little offers wide-ranging commercial litigation experience.

Overview

Trial lawyer Greg Little helps clients to successfully avoid, resolve, and win high stakes disputes. He has extensive commercial litigation experience, with an emphasis on SEC enforcement actions, securities litigation and product liability.

As well as leading corporate litigation strategy and serving as national coordinating counsel for Fortune 10 companies, Greg has acted as lead trial counsel in more than 45 trials, in state and federal courts across the US. In a track record spanning more than 25 years, he has won favorable results in some of the most challenging and high profile commercial disputes in the country.

Greg's success as a litigator and legal strategist has attracted major companies operating in the financial services, pharmaceutical, automobile, banking, tobacco, energy and utility industries, both from the US and territories across the globe. Clients look to him for his tenacious defense of their interests, both in the courtroom and in the increasingly important arena of the domestic and international media.

Greg's skill in navigating complex and contentious disputes is partly based on his experience working as Associate General Counsel to Philip Morris. From 1995 – 2001, he managed the defense of high profile tobacco lawsuits brought by 50 state Attorneys General and a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice, and oversaw the defense of thousands of individual claims, in addition to the company's preventive litigation efforts.

Experienced in developing communication strategies to minimize disputes' commercial impact, Gregory also coordinated and conducted Philip Morris' engagements with the local, national and international media – including numerous radio and TV appearances, press conferences and interviews.

As a former trial counsel to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Greg offers clients the benefit of his hands-on experience and insider's knowledge of SEC disputes. Ultimately responsible for all securities litigation in the Southeast Region, he acted as lead trial counsel in cases involving insider trading, stock manipulation, fraudulent IPOs, accounting fraud, inflated earnings, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and other forms of securities fraud.

Recent cases Greg has handled have involved claims against directors of a public company for breach of fiduciary duty; the defense of an SEC lawsuit against a former CFO of a Fortune 50 company; the defense of claims against a financial institution arising from the sale of a subsidiary; and the defense of numerous SEC investigations involving insider trading, failure of compliance controls, inflated revenues and inadequate disclosures.

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

Education

  • JD, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • BA, Drew University

Languages

  • English

Experience

'Lewis v. Philip Morris'
Greg was trial counsel in Philip Morris' first ever antitrust case. Plaintiffs sought to recover billions of dollars from the tobacco manufacturer, alleging violations of the Robinson Patman Act. Greg secured a defense verdict on all counts after a two-week jury trial. Additionally, he achieved an award for counterclaims for fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
'Conley v. Philip Morris'
Greg was lead trial counsel in this individual smoking and health product liability action. The case was Philip Morris's first trial victory in California.
'Simon v. Pfizer'
Greg acted as trial counsel in this pharmaceutical product liability lawsuit. The trial court granted judgement notwithstanding verdict (JNOV), which was reversed on appeal with an order for a new trial.

Publications

  • Jury selection for an unpopular client, Jury Selection, Aspen Publishers, 4th ed., 2009