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Will G. McKitterick

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Will focuses his practice on complex civil litigation before state and federal courts. He has experience handling all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings and motions, assisting with witness examinations, managing e-discovery, and conducting document review. He represents clients across a variety of industries.

Prior to joining Mintz, Will was a litigation associate at an international law firm, where he worked on a broad spectrum of complex commercial litigation. He also had an active pro bono practice that included assisting clients with family separation settlement negotiations with the US Department of Justice, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applications, and habeas corpus petitions.

While attending law school, Will served as senior executive editor of the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics.

Before earning his JD, Will worked in senior research roles at an online media company and a market research firm, and as a researcher for a nonprofit think tank focused on international development.

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Read about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings, including a discussion of their utility, methodologies used to calculate them, and key takeaways for executives, financial professionals, and other market participants concerning the use of ESG scores.

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Read about the SEC’s long-awaited final rule concerning climate disclosures, entitled “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors,” which mandates disclosures of climate-related information by US capital markets participants.

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The Mintz ESG Working Group created an in-depth primer covering the current landscape of ESG issues businesses are typically confronting. Our attorneys examine a broad spectrum of topics, including the polarization of rulemaking on the state and local levels, regulation and enforcement trends, and DEI policies, to help companies effectively navigate the ESG landscape. 

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Plaintiffs’ attorneys are increasingly bringing false advertising class action lawsuits that target companies’ inflated claims about the sustainability of their products — or “greenwashing.” Mintz litigators and energy attorneys discuss how regulators are focusing on these issues and provide an in-depth analysis of private litigation in this area.

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From July 2021 through March 2023, the SEC sent reporting entities more than 100 letters seeking information on climate change topics and nearly 170 letters concerning greenwashing. In an in-depth analysis, Mintz attorneys identify and analyze the frequency of various categories of questions as well as the industries and characteristics of the businesses targeted.

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In recent years, companies and investment managers have increasingly considered environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) issues in corporate strategy and decision-making, whether in response to investor pressure or due to self-imposed changes via internal processes.  Indeed, a market has developed for ESG-compliant investments over the past few years.  And while ESG-focused investing is more popular than ever, the topic has become increasingly politically fraught.

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Crypto litigation, fueled by a surge of investors and market volatility, has ballooned in recent years.  For example, numerous securities class actions and government subpoenas followed the May 2022 collapse of the $60 billion Terra network, along with stablecoin TerraUSD and the LUNA token.

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This article provides a brief summary of the public comments submitted to the SEC regarding the Commission's proposed climate-related rules, and analyzes and summaries the key points the comments conveyed.

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Members Douglas P. BaumsteinJacob H. Hupart and Associates Will G. McKitterick and Ellen Shapiro authored an article for The Deal discussing divides amongst state legislations regarding the implementation of ESG factors in investment decisions.

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Members Douglas P. BaumsteinJacob H. Hupart, and Securities & Capital Markets Chair and Life Sciences Co-Chair Jonathan L. Kravetz, and Associates Will G. McKitterick and Ellen Shapiro authored an article for the New York Law Journal analyzing the role corporate boards play in monitoring and overseeing a company's operations, particularly in light of the SEC's imminent ESG disclosure rules.

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