Lester R. Hooker
Lester Hooker, Director, is involved in all of Saxena White’s practice areas, including securities class action litigation, shareholder derivative actions, merger and acquisition litigation and class actions on behalf of consumers. During his tenure at Saxena White, Mr. Hooker has obtained substantial monetary recoveries and secured valuable corporate governance reforms on behalf of investors nationwide.
Mr. Hooker has served on the litigation teams that successfully prosecuted securities fraud class actions such as In re Rayonier Inc. Securities Litigation ($73 million settlement), Westchester Putnam Counties Heavy and Highway Laborers Local 60 Benefit Funds v. Brixmor Property Group, Inc. et al., ($28 million settlement), Central Laborers’ Pension Fund v. Sirva, Inc., ($53.3 million settlement along with the adoption of important corporate governance reforms), City Pension Fund for Firefighters and Police Officers in the City of Miami Beach v. Aracruz Celulose S.A., et al., ($37.5 million settlement), In re Sadia, Inc. Securities Litigation ($27 million settlement), and In re Tower Group International, Ltd. Securities Litigation ($20.5 million settlement). Mr. Hooker is currently part of the litigation teams prosecuting securities fraud class actions against companies such as Wells Fargo, Universal Health Services, and DaVita Inc.
Mr. Hooker received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Scholar Scholarship. Mr. Hooker received his master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from the University of San Diego School of Business, where he was awarded the Ahlers Center International Graduate Studies Scholarship. Mr. Hooker has recently been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2017 and 2018, a South Florida Legal Guide’s Elite Up and Comer in 2017, and a Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyer in 2018.
Mr. Hooker is a member of the State Bars of California, Florida, and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice law in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the Western District of Michigan. Mr. Hooker is also admitted to practice law in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- University of San Diego School of Law, JD
- University of San Diego School of Business, MBA
- University of California at Berkeley, BA
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S.D.C. Northern Central Southern and Eastern Districts of California
- U.S.D.C. Southern Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
- Securities Class Actions
- Derivative & Breach of Fiduciary Duty Cases