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Laura O’Rourke

Laura J. O’Rourke practices complex commercial litigation, with a focus on franchise and securities-related disputes. In the securities context, she zealously defends public companies and their officers and directors in SEC- and state-enforcement, class-action, and individual securities-based litigation matters, in addition to shareholder derivative suits, investigations, and other investment-related disputes for both public and private companies. She also litigates and advocates on behalf of companies in connection with franchise-related litigation, from franchisor-franchisee disputes to third-party and customer-based claims. She also actively participates in pro bono work and has served on the Dallas Office Pro Bono Committee since she joined the Baker & McKenzie.

When the SEC seeks disgorgement, is it asking for a fine, a forfeiture, or an equitable remedy outside the reach of the current statute of limitations? On Friday, 13 January 2017, the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, granted review of the Tenth Circuit’s ruling in that an…