Mr. Abadou is a KSF partner who oversees KSF’s San Francisco office. He specializes in securities litigation and has been responsible for securing securities recoveries exceeding $1.5 billion for investors. Before joining KSF, Mr. Abadou was the managing partner of an east coast-based plaintiff class action firm’s San Francisco office and a partner at a prominent plaintiff class action firm in San Diego.
He is responsible for numerous precedent-setting decisions at all stages of securities litigation, including In re HP Secs. Litig., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168292 (N.D. Cal. 2013); In re MGM Mirage Sec. Litig., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139356 (D. Nev. 2013); Dobina v. Weatherford Int’l, 909 F. Supp. 2d 228 (S.D.N.Y. 2012); Minneapolis Firefighters’ Relief Ass’n v. Medtronic, Inc., 278 F.R.D. 454 (D. Minn. 2011); In re SemGroup Energy Partners, L.P., 729 F. Supp. 2d 1276 (N.D. Okla. 2010); Borochoff v. Glaxosmithkline PLC, 246 F.R.D. 201 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); and In re Cardinal Health, Inc. Sec. Litig., 226 F.R.D. 298 (S.D. Ohio 2005). Mr. Abadou also prevailed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme in Khoja v. Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., 899 F.3d 988 (9th Cir. 2018) cert. denied sub nom. Hagan v. Khoja, 139 S. Ct. 2615 (2019), which significantly altered the securities law and civil pleading practice landscapes in the Ninth Circuit.
In 2010, Mr. Abadou was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 20 Lawyers in California under 40 and, since 2012, has been selected for inclusion in either Super Lawyers or Benchmark Litigation as a leading securities litigation practitioner. He also has AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has lectured on securities litigation at Stanford University Law School, the University of San Diego School of Law, Boston College Law School and is a Law Lecturer at U.C. Berkeley Law School.
Over the years, federal courts have also commended Mr. Abadou for his handling of securities matters. In Minneapolis Firefighters’ Relief Association v. Medtronic, Inc. et al. Case No. 0:08-cv-06324-PAM-AJB (D. Minn.) (November 8, 2012), the Hon. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan stated:
“I’ve been a judge, as you know, either in state or federal court, for over 26 years, and you get a feel for  the quality of representation before you. But more than that, the quality of the people, personally and professionally. And  the gentlemen who are here in the courtroom,  Ramzi [Abadou], exhibited such professionalism and such hard work and such good faith in pursuing this.”
Similarly in Tripp, et al. v. IndyMac Bancorp, Inc., et al., Case No. 2L07-CV-1635-GW (VBK) (January 28, 2013), the Hon. George H. Wu stated in reference to Mr. Abadou that:
“Counsel actively, thoroughly and impressively litigated a complex subject matter (both factually and legally), all the while confronting formidable defense counsel. Obviously, the plaintiff class did not face a simple path if it continued with this litigation into further discovery, summary judgment motions and, eventually, trials and, potentially appeals. Counsel has obtained a not insubstantial settlement figure as the result of their hard, and capable, work.”
Mr. Abadou attended Pitzer College where he earned a B.A. in Pan-African Studies in 1994 and later obtained an M.A. in political science from Columbia University in 1997. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2002.
Mr. Abadou is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of California and is a pro bono panelist with Federal Bar Association Justice & Diversity Project.
- Boston College Law School, 2002, J.D.
- Columbia University, 1997, M.A.
- Pitzer College, 1994, B.A.
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Courts of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Eastern District of California
- United States District Courts for the Central District of California
- United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of California
- United States District Courts for the Northern Districts of California
- United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan
- San Francisco Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of California
- Panelist with Federal Bar Association Justice & Diversity Project