IAN ROSS represents clients in business disputes, commercial and securities litigation, government investigations, and class actions. He is ranked by Chambers USA in Securities Litigation (2023), where he is ranked in Band 1, and in Commercial Litigation (2023). Clients described him in Chambers USA as “an excellent attorney with a sophisticated knowledge of Florida law,” a lawyer who is “thorough in his analysis of the issues and creates workable, cost-efficient plans to solve them,” and “strategic, and thinks about the bigger picture and how to manage a difficult opponent” (2023).
Ian has extensive experience defending his clients in high-stakes commercial and securities litigation, nationwide class actions, shareholder derivative suits, breach of fiduciary actions, state securities actions, and government investigations. He has defended his clients through trial in cases involving challenging financial, corporate governance, and damages issues. Ian has prevailed on dispositive motions, defeated class certification, and successfully won appeals on novel issues of materiality, reliance, and causation under Florida law. He writes frequently on emerging issues in securities and class action litigation, and his analysis has been featured in the Florida Bar Journal, the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law, Law360, and the Daily Business Review. Ian also serves on the editorial board of the Enhanced Scrutiny blog, where the Sidley team provides timely updates and analysis on M&A and corporate governance matters from the Delaware courts.
Ian is ranked in Florida Legal Elite (2022) and Florida Super Lawyers (2022), and has been listed in The Legal 500, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Up & Comers (2020), and is an AV-Preeminent-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell (2022).
Ian earned his B.A., with honors, in political science at Johns Hopkins University before earning his J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. While in law school, he was the B.S. Womble Scholarship recipient and the executive editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.
In addition to his litigation experience, Ian has an active pro bono practice and has represented dozens of asylum seekers and refugees throughout the United States. In 2021, he received the Daily Business Review’s “Florida Legal Award for Social Impact” for his representation of detainees and asylum seekers, and he has been recognized by Americans for Immigrant Justice as a “Pro Bono Hero.”