Peter Borkon

Title:
Partner
Office:
San Francisco, California
Phone:
(510) 725-3033
Email:
reed@hbsslaw.com
Practice Areas

Complex Class-action Litigation

Securities Litigation

Antitrust Litigation

Education

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, J.D., 1996

DePauw University, B.A., 1992

Overview

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.


Notable Cases

  • In re Homestore Securities Litigation: Settlements valued at more than $100 million.
  • In re Charles Schwab Corp. Litigation and In re YieldPlus Securities Litigation

Worked on a team that negotiated a $235 million settlement on behalf of investors.

  • In re Northwest Biotherapeutics Securities Litigation
  • In re Oppenheimer Securities Litigation
  • In re BigBand Networks Securities Litigation

 


Legal Activities

  • Member, State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS)
  • Member, California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALAPRS)
  • Member, Alternative Investments working group at the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)
  • Member, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
  • Member, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS)
  • Co-Chair, Board of Directors, AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Co-Chair, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedoms, Judicial Review Committee
  • Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA)
  • Michigan Association of Public Retirement Systems (MAPRS)
  • Trained to serve as a Judge Pro Tem in San Mateo County.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • California Federal Courts
  • Illinois Federal Courts
  • District of Colorado 
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin

Publications

Speeches

  • SEC Announces Its ‘Top Priorities’ Include Enforcement Against States Issuing Municipal Bonds; Are County Issuers Next?, CACTTC, Annual Conference (June 13, 2013)
  • Avoiding a Front Page Scandal at Your Pension Fund: Learning by Example, NCPERS, Annual Conference (May 20, 2013)
  • Board Ethics Training at the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund (April 4, 2013)
  • International Investment after Morrison, GAPPT, Annual Conference (September 18, 2012).
  • Legal Round Table, MAPERS, Spring Conference (May 22, 2012).
  • Opportunities to Recover Fund Assets Using Securities Litigation, IPPFA, Spring Conference (May 17, 2012).
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly –The Safety Pension Edition, NCPERS, TEDS Conference (May 5, 2012).
  • Occupy Wall Street through Reform of the Securities Law, NCPERS, Legislative Conference (February 6, 2012).
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – The Safety Pension Edition, NCPERS, Public Safety Employee Pension & Benefit Conference (October 10, 2011).
  • Protection vs. Interference – What the New Federal Regulations Mean to Institutional Investors, NCPERS, Annual Conference (May 23, 2011).
  • The Immediate Need for Congress to Act on Investor Friendly Legislation, NCPERS, Annual Conference & Exhibition (May 5, 2010).

Publications

  • Court Limits SEC’s Foreign Reach, Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News (May 2013).
  • Say-On-Pay – More Bark Than Bite? Hagens Berman, HBSS Securities News (November, 2012).
  • Citizens United and the Assault on Public Pensions, NCPERSPERSist 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 20, 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).