Mark B. DeSanto

Bio

Mark B. DeSanto is an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Haverford office.  He has extensive experience in securities, consumer protection, and data privacy class actions.  Prior to joining the Firm, he was an attorney in the Radnor office of a national class action law firm where he represented sophisticated institutional and individual investors in complex class actions against corporate defendants and their executives for violations of federal securities laws, as well as consumers in nationwide consumer protection class actions, including the following:

  • In re St. Jude Medical, Inc. Securities Litigation, Civ. No. 10-0851 (D. Minn.) (settled — $39.25 million) (represented financial institutions in class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all St. Jude Medical Inc. shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 14–2522 (D. Minn.) (settled — $39 million) (represented a class of payment card issuing financial institutions in nationwide class action against Target for its highly-publicized 2013 data breach in which roughly 110 million Target customers’ personal and financial information was compromised by hackers);
  • Washtenaw County Employees’ Retirement System v. Walgreen Co. et al., Civ. No. 1:15-cv-03187 (N.D. Ill.) (represented financial institutions in class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all Walgreens shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System v. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. et al., Civ. No. 2:11-cv-00289 (D. Vt.) (represented financial institutions in class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all Keurig Green Mountain shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • Hotz v. Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. et al., No. 16-10324-EE (11th Cir.) (represented individual investor in class action lawsuit, and Eleventh Circuit appeal, on behalf of all Galectin shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • Maeve Investment Company Limited Partnership v. Teekay Corp. et al., Civ. No. 2:16-cv-01908-JLR (W.D. Wash.) (represented financial institutions in class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all Teekay shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • Dennington et al. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. et al., Civ. No. 4:14-cv-04001-SOH (W.D. Ark.) (represented a class of State Farm insureds in nationwide class action against State Farm alleging that it breached its homeowners insurance policies by unlawfully depreciating labor when calculating actual cash value payments to insureds);
  • Green v. American Modern Home Ins. Co., Civ. No. 4:14-cv-04074-SOH (W.D. Ark.) (represented a class of American Modern insureds in nationwide class action against American Modern alleging that it breached its homeowners insurance policies by unlawfully depreciating labor when calculating actual cash value payments to insureds); and,
  • Larey et al. v. Allstate Property and Casualty Co., Civ. No. 14-cv-04008-SOH (W.D. Ark.) (represented a class of Allstate insureds in nationwide class action against Allstate alleging that it breached its homeowners insurance policies by unlawfully depreciating labor when calculating actual cash value payments to insureds).

Mr. DeSanto is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida.  He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013, where he was also a member of the NSAC Law Review. During his second and third years of law school, Mr. DeSanto worked at a boutique securities litigation firm on Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami.  Mr. DeSanto earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Finance, from the University of Miami in 2009.

Practice Areas:
  • Securities Fraud Class Actions & Complex Litigation
  • Consumer Protection Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Other Complex Class/Mass Actions
Education:
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2013 – cum laude
    • University of Miami NSAC Law Review
    • Dean’s List – Spring 2013 (4.0 GPA); Spring 2012, Fall 2012
    • Advanced Business Litigation Skills II – honors recognition
  • University of Miami, B.B.A., 2009 – Finance
Memberships & Associations:
Admissions:
  • Member, Florida Bar
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar
  • Member, New Jersey Bar
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey