Joseph E. White, III, co-founder of Saxena White P.A., has represented shareholders as lead counsel in major securities fraud class actions and derivative actions for nearly 20 years. He has represented lead and representative plaintiffs in front-page cases, including actions against Bank of America, Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual. He has successfully settled cases yielding over one billion dollars against numerous publicly traded companies, including cases against Rayonier, Inc. ($73 million), Brixmor Property Group ($28 million), SIRVA, Inc. ($53.3 million), and one of the largest settlements in 2018, Wilmington Trust ($210 million). Mr. White has also developed an expertise in litigating precedent-setting cases against foreign publicly traded companies, and settled two cases involving Brazilian corporations: Sadia, Inc. ($27 million) and Aracruz Celulose ($37.5 million).
Mr. White has also helped achieve meaningful corporate governance and monetary recoveries for shareholders in merger related and derivative lawsuits. Recently, Mr. White played an instrumental role in obtaining a $320 million settlement in In re Wells Fargo & Company Shareholder Litigation. The settlement includes a $240 million cash payment from Defendants’ insurers-representing the largest insurance-funded monetary component of any shareholder derivative settlement by over $100 million. In In re Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Derivative Litigation, Mr. White’s efforts obtained repayment of a $200 million loan from Outdoor’s parent which was then paid as a special dividend to Outdoor shareholders. Mr. White regularly lectures on topics of interest to pension trustees, and advises municipal, state, and international institutional investors on instituting effective systems to monitor and prosecute securities and related litigation.
Mr. White was named a “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer” by Lawdragon in 2020 and 2021. He was named a Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, and has been recognized by Palm Beach Illustrated as a “Top Lawyer”. He is also a Lawyers of Distinction Certified Member.
Mr. White earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Tufts University before obtaining his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law.