Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

12481 High Bluff Drive
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130
858-793-0070 (firm) 
858-793-0323 (firm fax) 


Mr. Stickney practices in the firm's California office, where he focuses on complex litigation in state and federal courts nationwide at both the trial court and appellate levels.  He regularly represents institutions and individuals in class actions, derivative cases and individual litigation. 

Mr. Stickney is currently responsible for a number of the firm’s prominent cases, including litigation involving  Morgan Stanley,  Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, and others. 

Mr. Stickney has prosecuted and, together with his partners, successfully resolved a number of the firm's significant cases.  Among such cases are In re McKesson Sec. Litig., which settled before trial for a total of $1.023 billion, the largest settlement amount in history for any securities class action within the Ninth Circuit; In re Lehman Brothers Debt/Equity Sec. Litig., which settled for $615 million; Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Miss. vs. Merrill Lynch & Co., recovering $325 million; Wyatt v. El Paso Corp., which settled for $285 million; Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Miss. vs. JP Morgan, which settled for $280 million; JP BFA Liquidation Trust v. Arthur Andersen LLP, which settled during trial for $217 million; In re Wells Fargo Mortgage Pass-Through Certificate Litig., which settled for $125 million; Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Miss. vs. Morgan Stanley, which settled for $95 million. In re Sunpower Corp.; Atlas v. Accredited Home Lenders Holding CompanyIn re Connetics Inc.; In re Stone Energy Corp.; In re WSB Financial Group Sec. Litig.In re Dura Pharmaceuticals Inc. Sec. Litig.; In re EMAC Sec. Litig., and additional cases.

Mr. Stickney lectures on securities litigation and shareholder matters for seminars and programs sponsored by professional organizations.  He has also authored and co-authored several articles concerning securities litigation and class actions.  He was recognized in 2008-2014 as a Super Lawyer in San Diego Super Lawyers and in the Corporate Counsel edition of Super Lawyers (published by Law and Politics). Mr. Stickney was selected by Lawdragon for "500 Leading Lawyers in America" Mr. Stickney He was also named as a "Litigation Star" and a “Rising Star” in Benchmark - The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, one of only 40 attorneys selected to this list in California.

During 1996-1997, Mr. Stickney served as law clerk to the Honorable Bailey Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.



  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1996, J.D.; Jacob B. Cox Scholar; Lead Articles Editor of The University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • University of California, Davis, 1993, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eigth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit



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