Peter E. Borkon

Providing institutional investors practical advice and solutions.
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Current Role

  • Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro
  • Practice is focused on complex civil litigation, particularly securities and antitrust class actions and shareholder derivative suits

Recent Success

  • Key team member in In re Homestore Securities Litigation (more than $100 million settlement)
  • Team member in several securities class actions including:
    • In re China Media Express Holdings, Inc. Securities Litigation ($12 million settlement)
    • In re Northwest Biotherapeutics Securities Litigation ($1 million settlement)
    • In re BigBand Networks Securities Litigation ($11 million settlement)
    • In re Charles Schwab Corp. Securities Litigation ($235 million settlement)
    • In re Reserve YieldPlus Fund Securities Litigation (currently in mediation)
    • In re JP Morgan Madoff Litigation ($218 million settlement)
    • In re Oppenheimer Core v. Champion Bond Funds ($100 million settlement)


  • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010, 2011
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012, 2015
  • Steinberg Leadership Fellow with the Anti-Defamation League


  • Clerk, Chief Judge of the Southern District of Illinois
  • Staff Attorney, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Legal Activities

  • Member, Council of Institutional Investors (CII)
  • Member and Speaker, Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS)
  • Member, State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS)
  • Member, California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS)
  • Member and Speaker, Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA)
  • Member and Speaker, Georgia Association of Public Pension Trustees (GAPPT)
  • Member, Alternative Investments working group, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)
  • Chair, SEC working group, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)
  • Member, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
  • Member and Speaker, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS)
  • Member, National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP)
  • Member, National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA)
  • Member, National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR)
  • Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Co-Chair of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom’s Judiciary Committee
  • Trained to serve as a Judge Pro Tem in San Mateo County
  • Serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the City and County of San Francisco Superior Court
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter
  • Member, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California's Lawyer Representatives Committee (2015 - 2018)
  • Member, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California's Federal Practice Program Board (2015 - 2018)
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco


  • “Omnicare: It’s Not a Life if I Believe What I Say, Right?,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, Fall 2015
  • "Fasten Your Seatbelts, Supreme Court Creating a Bumpy Ride… or, Is it?," Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, Summer 2014
  • "SEC’s Message: Bond Issuers Must Provide Full, Accurate and Timely Information About Their Financial Condition or Face Prosecution,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, November 2013
  • “Court Limits SEC’s Foreign Reach,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, May 2013
  • “Living in a Post-Morrison World: How to Protect Your Assets Against Securities Fraud,” Reed R. Kathrein, Peter E. Borkon, contributing members, NAPPA Morrison Working Group, 2012
  • “Say-On-Pay – More Bark Than Bite?,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, November 2012
  • “Citizens United and the Assault on Public Pensions,” NCPERS, PERSist Article, Summer 2012, Volume 25, Number 3, August 2012
  • “Citizens United and The Assault on Public Pensions, Marin County Association of Retired Employees / A member of CRCEA-California Retired County Employees Association, Keeping in Touch Letter”, June 2012
  • “Citizens United and the Assault on Public Pensions," Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, May 2012
  • “Investors Need Private Enforcement of Securities Law,” Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News, November 2011
  • “Balancing Sensible Governance Against Failed Principles: Is this the End to the Wild West of Investing?,” NAPPA, The NAPPA Report, October 2008


  • "Top Ten Practices of High Performing Public Retirement Plan Boards," NCPERS Public Safety Employees Pension & Benefits Conference, October 2015
  • "Fee Shifting, Bylaws and Courts: The Ever-Shrinking World of Investor Protections!," GAPPT Annual Conference, September 2015
  • "Funds, Fees & Affiliates (Oh, My!) - SEC OCIE's Examination of the Private Fund World," NAPPA 2015 Legal Education Conference, June 2015
  • “Securities Litigation: A Panel Discussion,” MAPERS Spring Conference, May 2014
  • “Who Wants To Be A Fiduciary?,” NCPERS, Trustee Educational Seminar, April 2014
  • Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement 2014 Update Panel Discussion, April 2014
  • “A Different Kind of Income Pick-Up Strategy,” CFA Society of New Mexico, December 2013
  • “SEC Announces Its ‘Top Priorities’ Include Enforcement Against States Issuing Municipal Bonds; Are County Issuers Next?,” CACTTC, Annual Conference, June 2013
  • “Avoiding a Front Page Scandal at Your Pension Fund: Learning by Example,” NCPERS, Annual Conference, May 2013
  • Board Ethics Training at the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, April 2013
  • “International Investment after Morrison,” GAPPT, Annual Conference, September 2012
  • Legal Round Table, MAPERS, Spring Conference, May 2012
  • “Opportunities to Recover Fund Assets Using Securities Litigation,” IPPFA, Spring Conference, May 2012
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly –The Safety Pension Edition,” NCPERS, TEDS Conference, May 2012
  • “Occupy Wall Street through Reform of the Securities Law,” NCPERS, Legislative Conference, February 2012
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – The Safety Pension Edition,” NCPERS, Public Safety Employee Pension & Benefit Conference, October 2011
  • “Protection vs. Interference – What the New Federal Regulations Mean to Institutional Investors,” NCPERS, Annual Conference, May 2011
  • “The Immediate Need for Congress to Act on Investor Friendly Legislation,” NCPERS, Annual Conference, May 2010