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

Gregory Little

Retired Partner of Counsel, 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 50 trials, in state and federal courts across the US. In a track record spanning more than 35 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 to 2001, he managed the defense of high profile tobacco lawsuits brought by 50 state Attorneys General and a multi-billion 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, Greg 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.

Greg has recently handled the defense of numerous SEC investigations and cases involving allegations of insider trading, failure of compliance controls, inflated revenues and inadequate disclosure. He has represented power companies in Peru, Ethiopia and Thailand; Chinese and Egyptian manufacturers; and German, Swiss, and Jordanian financial institutions. In the past several years he also has been lead trial counsel for the Houston Rockets, Zales, and the former CEO of Time, Inc. He has tried cases involving school financing against New Jersey and New York and is currently leading a lawsuit on behalf of all school children in Flint, Michigan arising from the lead water crisis.

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 Little 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 served 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.