Education
  • University of Michigan School of Law, J.D. ’10, cum laude
  • Babson College, B.S. ’01, Business Administration

Among other cases, Jake is currently a lead attorney in Karth v. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., (D. Mass.), a federal securities class action alleging Defendants hid from investors their reliance on a single contract manufacturer, who was having consistent, significant problems producing the company’s only drug. The market learned these facts only when the company experienced a total interruption in its drug supply. Jake is serving as co-lead counsel in In re Tezos Securities Litigation (N.D. Cal.), a case involving a so-called “initial coin offering” (or ICO) of the Tezos cryptocurrency. Jake is also supporting the firm’s lead counsel role in In re Trevena Securities Litigation (E.D. Pa.), where Defendants made materially false statements about their interactions with the Food and Drug Administration which went undisclosed from the market for years.

Jake has helped lead numerous cases to favorable settlements: In re EZCORP Securities Litigation (W.D. Tex.) (arising from an accounting restatement);In re Atossa Genetics, Inc., and In re Amicus Therapeutics Securities Litigation (D. N.J.) (both securities fraud class actions concerning misrepresentations made to investors about the companies’ interactions with the Food and Drug Administration). Jake is part of a team appealing a motion to dismiss decision to the Fifth Circuit in Budde v. Global Power Equipment Inc., (N.D. Tex.) (accounting restatement). Jake was also a key member of the team that represented the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System in In re Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. Shareholder Litigation, (Cal. Sup. Ct.), obtaining a $30 million settlement for shareholders in a matter arising out of Onyx’s $11-billion-dollar merger with Amgen. Jake has also successfully litigated several consumer fraud class actions at the firm.

Prior to joining Block & Leviton in 2015, Jake was an associate at two of the country’s top defense firms: Gibson Dunn in Palo Alto, California and Skadden, Arps in Boston. There, he represented boards of directors, corporate acquisition targets, and acquirers in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions. For example, Jake represented defendants in litigation related to the $5.3 billion private equity acquisition of Del Monte Foods Company in state and federal courts in California and in the Delaware Court of Chancery, as well as in litigation related to Intel’s $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee Inc. in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. He has represented numerous third-parties, including various investment banks, in M&A litigation in California and Delaware courts.

While Jake’s legal career has centered on securities and corporate governance litigation, Jake also has significant experience representing large technology companies, including in the defense of consumer class actions related to privacy and technology issues. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and has a deep understanding of technology and privacy issues. Jake has also represented companies in antitrust class actions and investigations, stockholder derivative actions, securities class actions, and in investigations before the F.T.C. and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.

Jake has been named a “Rising Star” in securities litigation by Massachusetts Super Lawyers for four years in a row (2016-2019).

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
  • In re Amicus Therapeutics Securities Litigation
    • litigated this securities class action against Amicus and its executives, which resulted in a successful $3.75 million settlement for the class
  • In re Atossa Therapeutics Securities Litigation
    • successfully litigated and settled securities class action, resulting in $3.5 million settlement for affected class members following successful 9th Circuit appeal
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
Admissions »
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
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