- University of Michigan School of Law, J.D. ’10, cum laude
- Babson College, B.S. ’01, Business Administration
Prior to joining Block & Leviton in September 2015, Jake Walker represented boards of directors, corporate acquisition targets and acquirers in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions at two of the country’s top defense firms: Gibson Dunn in Palo Alto, California and Skadden Arps in Boston. Jake was named a Rising Star in Securities Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.
In addition to his securities litigation work, Mr. Walker represented several large technology companies in the defense of consumer class actions related to privacy and technology issues. He has also represented companies in antitrust class actions and investigations, stockholder derivative actions, securities class actions, and in investigations before the FTC and Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Jake started two companies in the music business: DiscLive and The Show. Both provided fans of bands such as Pixies, Dead Can Dance, Kenny Loggins, DEVO with high quality souvenir recordings of concerts shortly after they finished.
Notable Cases »
- In re Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Securities Litigation
- alleged breaches of fiduciary duty; settlement pending for $30 million, making it the largest post-close merger and acquisition settlement in California state court history
Notable Defense Cases »
Prior to joining Block & Leviton, Jake worked for Gibson Dunn in Palo Alto, California and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston. During his time in the defense bar, Jake worked on a number of cases, including:
- Represented Board of Directors of Del Monte Foods Company in state and federal courts in California and in the Delaware Court of Chancery related to $5.3 billion private equity acquisition
- Represented Intel Corp. and McAfee Inc. in litigation related to Intel’s $7.7 billion acquisition in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County
- Represented a large “feeder” hedge fund in litigation related to investments managed by Bernie Madoff
- Represented technology companies in consumer class actions and governmental investigations related to privacy and security
- Represented California’s redistricting commission in California Supreme Court in defense of constitutional challenges to voting districts
- Represented medical device manufacturer in significant licensing dispute with key supplier, including preparation for successful mediation
Pro Bono Work »
- Represented Indian workers illegally trafficked to the Gulf Coast on behalf of a ship repair company in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The workers were forced to live in squalid labor camps and were given short-term temporary work permits after paying tens of thousands of dollars to labor recruiters who falsely promised green cards and permanent residency. Claims are proposed to be settled for $20 million as part of a pending bankruptcy case.
- Recognized by the American Bar Association for pro bono work on behalf of active duty military members.
- Recognized by the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court for work teaching financial literacy skills to Boston-area high school students.
Professional Organizations »
- Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
- Member, American Association for Justice
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, District of Massachusetts