Stephen W. Tountas

Stephen W. Tountas is a versatile trial lawyer who prosecutes and defends complex securities, antitrust and commercial disputes on behalf of leading hedge funds, mutual funds and public pension funds.

Steve has been a principal member of several high-profile trial teams and has recovered billions of dollars for stakeholders of public companies. He also regularly handles significant defense-side litigation, including matters arising from allegations of securities fraud and corporate malfeasance.

In recent years, sophisticated creditors have frequently turned to Steve to develop and pursue litigation strategies that will enhance their recovery of fraud-related losses. Steve's clients also seek his guidance regarding the rapidly evolving laws and regulations that might affect their investments in cryptocurrencies and other blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Steve develops potential cases for his clients and provides strategic advice regarding the relative merits of pursuing litigation on a direct or class-wide basis.

Steve has recently been named a 2017 “Rising Star” by Law360, which selected him as one of the top four class action practitioners under the age of 40. He has also been recommended by The Legal 500 for securities opt-out litigation (2018); named a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation (2017); recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List (2016-2017), which honors “the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger”; and honored by New York Metro Super Lawyers (2014-2017).

He is an active member of the Securities Litigation Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and he is frequently asked to speak or comment on issues pertaining to securities litigation.