Leigh A. Parker is a principal in the Los Angeles office. She graduated from Indiana University (B.A. 1981), received her M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1982 and graduated from Loyola Law School in 1993, where she was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board.

Ms. Parker represents institutional and individual investors in complex securities class actions and derivative shareholder litigation in federal and state courts. She has played an important role in the firm’s successful prosecution of cases that have returned over $150 million to investors in publicly traded companies. Her notable cases include In re Apria Healthcare Group Securities Litigation ($42 million recovery); In re Platinum Software Securities Litigation ($32 million recovery); In re Abbey Healthcare Securities Litigation ($20.5 million recovery); In re Southern Pacific Funding Corp. Securities Litigation ($19.5 million recovery); In re Quintus Securities Litigation ($10.1 million recovery); In re Mesa Airlines Securities Litigation ($8 million recovery); Garbini v. Protection One, Inc., et al. ($7.8 million recovery); In re QuadraMed Corporation Securities Litigation ($5.25 million recovery); In re Exodus Communications, Inc. Securities Litigation ($5.0 million recovery); In re Denver Bonds Securities Litigation ($4.5 million recovery); and DeMarco v. Robertson Stephens, Inc. ($3.1 million recovery). In addition, she was the primary attorney for plaintiffs in Crafton v. Powerwave Technologies, Inc., et al. ($3.1 million recovery) and Seoane v. Mills, et al. ($1.1 million recovery). Ms. Parker also participated in landmark litigation leading to the certification of a class of investors asserting securities fraud claims against research analysts, reported at DeMarco v. Robertson Stephenson, Inc., 228 F.R.D. 468 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).

In conjunction with the firm’s corporate litigation practice, Ms. Parker represents investors against corporate directors for breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with acquisitions and mergers. Some of her most recent cases include settlements reached on behalf of shareholders of SRS Labs, Inc. and Epocrates, Inc.

As a part of the firm’s consumer protection practice, she helped to create new law with regard to the ability of consumers to prosecute cases brought under California’s unfair competition laws, reported at Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights v. Nextel Communications, Inc., 143 Cal. App. 4th 131 (2006). Ms. Parker was the principal attorney for plaintiffs in winning affirmance on appeal of the trial court’s denial of defendant’s special motion to strike in The League of California Homeowners v. The Better Business Bureau of the Southland, et al., 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8387 (Cal. App. 2012). She also recently participated in the successful certification of plaintiff classes in a product defect case, reported at Tait v. BSH Home Appliances Corporation, 289 F.R.D. 466 (S.D. Cal. 2012).

Ms. Parker is admitted to the Bar of the State of California and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Email Leigh Parker at lparker@weisslawllp.com