Roman E.Darmer

Partner

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For more than 20 years, Roman Darmer has defended clients facing investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. He represents companies, officers, and directors in securities class actions and derivative lawsuits. A former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Roman leads internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards, and board committees. He advises companies on anticorruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act programs and compliance.

In addition to his securities work, Roman is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases to verdict. Roman regularly litigates complex commercial and business disputes. Recent representations include clients in the private equity, financial services, hospitality, spirits, retail, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.

Roman served as president of the board of directors of Community Legal Aid SoCal in 2018-2019. He served on the board of directors of Public Law Center of Orange County and was president of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County in 2016-2017. He is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County. Roman is a member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2017, he received the Daily Journal's CLAY Award (California Lawyer of the Year) for extraordinary achievement in 2016 for his work on behalf of veterans and a community organization challenging Huntington Beach, California's amendment to its housing element that limited available affordable housing sites.

Experience

  • National retailer defends allegations of corruption in Latin America and AsiaJones Day is representing a national retailer in an internal investigation into allegations of corruption in multiple countries in Latin America and Asia and related DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • American Apparel concludes SEC investigation with no enforcement actionJones Day represented American Apparel, Inc. in an investigation by the enforcement division of the SEC (LA Regional Office) arising out of the conduct of the former CEO regarding related party transactions and other alleged financial improprieties discovered during an internal investigation previously conducted by Jones Day.
  • Audit committee conducts independent investigation of allegations of financial and personal misconduct of CEO of American ApparelJones Day conducted, on behalf of the independent directors of American Apparel, an investigation of alleged misconduct and possible Sarbanes Oxley violations by the former CEO, resulting in his termination for non-suitability.
  • Applied Medical Resources wins appeal in breach of contract and conversion claims litigationJones Day client Applied Medical Resources Corporation persuaded the California Court of Appeal to reverse summary judgment of breach of contract and conversion claims Applied Medical filed against a former member of its Board of Directors.
  • Clients obtain writ of mandate against City of Huntington BeachIrvine Associate Chris Waidelich (Business & Tort Litigation) and Partner Roman Darmer (Securities Litigation) obtained a writ of mandate against the City of Huntington Beach.
  • International spirits company implements worldwide FCPA compliance programJones Day provided counseling to an international spirits company regarding the implementation of its worldwide Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program.
  • Newspaper published by legal aid first in nation to obtain general circulation statusAnn Rossum and Roman Darmer of the Irvine Office represented the Legal Aid Society of Orange County in obtaining orders adjudicating its weekly publication, "The Notice," as a newspaper of general circulation in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
  • Audit committee of an NYSE-listed Chinese software company involved in internal investigationsJones Day represented the audit committee of an NYSE-listed Chinese software company to conduct an internal investigation and respond to SEC inquiries and the NYSE regarding allegations of accounting fraud and advised committee regarding related shareholder actions and D&O issues.
  • Outside directors of Banc of California defend against series of derivative actions and related securities class actionJones Day is representing certain outside directors of the Banc of California, Inc. (NYSE: BANC), headquartered in Orange County, California, in connection with derivative actions and a related securities class action arising out of an internal investigation completed in 2017.
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