NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 16, 2017) - Koji Fukumura, chair of Cooley's securities litigation practice and member of the firm's management committee, became the 45th chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. The Section of Litigation is the ABA's largest section, with 50,000+ members and 40+ active committees. Fukumura was elevated from his one-year term as chair-elect to chair for the 2017–2018 bar year at the conclusion of last weekend's ABA Annual Meeting.

"Koji is a natural leader within Cooley and a dedicated and active member of the ABA," said Michael Attanasio, chair of Cooley's global litigation department. "We are proud of his elevation and incredibly supportive of him as he carries on the section's mission of providing valuable resources for all practitioners, in particular the next generation of courtroom advocates."

Fukumura has one of the most active securities defense practices in the US. He has 20+ years' experience in complex commercial litigation, including the defense of securities class actions, derivative suits, M&A-related class actions and government investigations. He also regularly conducts internal investigations for boards as well as their audit or special litigation committees.

"I am excited to serve our members and the profession as chair of the Section of Litigation," said Fukumura. "I cannot recall a time in the last 50 years when it was more important to be a lawyer and protect the institutions and ideals that are fundamental to our democracy."

The mission of the ABA Section of Litigation is to provide litigators of all practice areas the resources needed to become successful and experienced advocates. The section is dedicated to upholding the rule of law and to offering its members numerous opportunities for business networking and career advancement and a large portfolio of professional and business development products, including books, periodicals, CLEs and webinars.

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