Mr. Borkon is a partner at Hagens Berman’s Berkeley office where he has worked since 2007. Since 2000, his practice has been focused on complex civil litigation, particularly securities and antitrust class actions and shareholder derivative suits. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and is trained to serve as a Judge Pro Tem in San Mateo County.
Mr. Borkon was a key team member in In re Homestore Securities Litigation, resulting in settlements valued at more than $100 million. Mr. Borkon was also instrumental at drafting the complaint and defeating multiple motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. He also served as outside evaluation counsel to CalSTRS in 2005. At Hagens Berman, Mr. Borkon has been a team member in several securities class actions including In re Northwest Biotherapeutics Securities Litigation, In re BigBand Networks Securities Litigation, In re Charles Schwab Corp. Securities Litigation and In re Reserve YieldPlus Fund Securities Litigation.
Mr. Borkon is a member of the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS), the California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS) and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) where he is a member of the Alternative Investments working group. He is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) where he has spoken on securities litigation topics including the need for investor friendly legislation and the recent Dodd-Frank regulations implemented by the SEC.
Mr. Borkon was named a Northern California Rising Star in 2010 and 2011 and a “Super Lawyer” in 2012 by Super Lawyers Magazine. He served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and as a Co-Chair of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedoms, Judicial Review Committee. He was also a Steinberg Leadership Fellow with the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Borkon graduated from DePauw University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996. Since that time, he has actively engaged in the practice of law at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Borkon clerked for the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Illinois as well as for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.