Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Masters of Law LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulations
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Gonzaga University, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science

Jason is a co-founding partner of Block & Leviton and focuses his practice on investor protection and shareholder rights matters. He serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s New Case Investigation and Monitoring Team and Chair of the Merger and Acquisition/Deal Litigation Team.

In 2011 and each year thereafter, Jason was named either a “Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star” by Massachusetts Super Lawyers, an honor given to only 3% and 5% of all lawyers, respectively. Jason also has a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest rating possible. In 2014, Jason was named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyer Association. After receiving his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, cum laude, Jason attended the Georgetown University Law. During that time, he was the inaugural LL.M. student selected for an externship with the S.E.C., Enforcement Division. Jason is now a member of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni.

Prior to forming Block & Leviton, Mr. Leviton was an attorney at three of the preeminent securities class action firms in the nation and worked on behalf of numerous institutional and individual investors.

Jason’s current cases involve numerous publicly-traded companies, including: Charter Communications; Facebook; Surgery Partners; PennyMac; John Hancock; Fidelity; GE; Putnam; and Craft Brew Alliance, among others.

Notable Class Action Cases »
  • In re BP Securities Litigation (S.D. Tex.)
    • Alleged violations of the federal securities laws; defeated, in substantial part, defendants’ motions to dismiss and successfully certified the class. The action settled after summary judgment for $175 million.
  • In re Plains Exploration & Production Co. Stockholder Litigation (Del. Ch.)
    • Alleged breaches of fiduciary duty; litigation led to an increase of $400 million to the original merger amount.
  • Rubin v. MF Global, LTD., et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
    • Alleged violations of the federal securities laws; ultimately settled for $90 million.
  • In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Derivative Litig. (Del. Ch.)
    • After successfully opposing Defendants’ motions to dismiss, the litigation settled for $42.5 million.
  • In re VeriSign Securities Litigation (N.D. Cal.)
    • Alleged violations of the federal securities laws; settled for $78 million.
  • In re Handy & Harman, Ltd., S’holders Litig. (Del. Ch.)
    • Counsel successfully opposed the motions to dismiss, battled intervening counsel, and nearly completed discovery prior to entering into a $30 million settlement, making it one of the largest sell-side premiums ever achieved for stockholders through Delaware litigation.
  • In re Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Securities Litigation (Cal. Sup. Ct.)
    • Alleged breaches of fiduciary duty; settlement pending for $30 million, making it the largest post-close M&A settlement in California state court history.
  • In re Rentrak Shareholders Litig. (Ore. Sup.)
    • After extensive discovery and motion practice, the litigation was settled for $19 million and with the related action, $23.75 million. Collectively, these settlements were the largest M&A settlement in Oregon history.
  • Ong v. Sears Roebuck & Co. (N.D. Ill.)
    • Alleged violations of the federal securities laws; settled for $15.5 million.
  • Welmon v. Chicago Bridge & Iron, et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
    • Alleged violations of the federal securities laws; settled for $10.5 million and significant corporate governance enhancements
  • In re Starbucks Consumer Litigation (W.D. Wa.)
    • Alleged violations of numerous state consumer protection statutes; settlement was for 100% of the class’s damages.
  • In re Starbucks Consumer Litigation (W.D. Wa.)
    • Alleged violations of numerous state consumer protection statutes; settlement was for 100% of the class’s damages.
  • Keenholtz v. GateHouse Media, LLC, et al. (Mass. Sup.)
    • This 93A (unfair and deceptive trade practice) action was settled for 100% of the punitive classes damages prior to filing a lawsuit.
  • Brockton Retirement Board and City of Quincy Contributory Retirement Systems v. Oppenheimer Global Resource Private Equity Fund I, L.P., et al. (D. Mass.)
    • Alleged violation of the federal securities laws; settled for numerous improvements to Oppenheimer’s corporate governance structure regarding the valuation of assets, including the implementation of a third-party valuation firm.
Notable Non-Class Action Cases »
  • Doe v. Oppenheimer Asset Management, Inc., et al.
    • Represented two whistleblowers before the Securities & Exchange Commission; maximum 30% award to clients.
  • Doe v. Securities & Exchange Commission
    • Served as counsel with the former New York State Attorney General in the defense of an attorney accused of insider trading, which included a referral to the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Represented four detainees being held at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba.
Institutional Client Representation »

Throughout his career, Mr. Leviton has been privileged to work on behalf of some of the largest and most sophisticated institutional clients in the United States and abroad. A sampling of his monitoring and/or litigation clients include:

  • The Ohio Retirement Systems
  • The Office of the General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement Board and the State Employees Retirement System
  • The Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island
  • The Office of the New Mexico Attorney General on behalf of the New Mexico State Investment Council, the Public Employees Retirement System of New Mexico and the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
  • Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board
  • Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System
  • The Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement
  • The Brockton Retirement Board
  • The Quincy Retirement Board
  • The City of Providence Solicitor’s Office on behalf of the Employee Retirement System of the City of Providence
  • The Warwick Retirement System
  • The Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 129
  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Austin Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund
  • Houston Municipal Employees Pension System
  • Employees’ Retirement System and the Firefighters’ Pension System
  • The Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County
Professional Organizations / Awards »
  • Named a Super Lawyer or Rising Star by Massachusetts Super Lawyers since 2011
  • Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyer
  • Appointed to the Law360 Securities Law Editorial Board
  • Member, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems
  • Member, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Member, Plaintiffs’ Class Action Forum since 2014 (1 of 40)
Publications / Speaking Engagements »
  • Commentator with Rights Radioon a program entitled, “Stock Fraud: How to Get A Portion of Your Money Back”
  • Commentator with Rights Radioon a program entitled, “Protecting Shareholder Rights Through Civil Prosecutorial Litigation”
  • Interviewed by Securities Law360 in an article entitled “CB&I Settles Securities Class Action for $10 million”
  • Interviewed by Securities Law360 in an article entitled “Zipcar Investor Challenges $491M Avis Deal”
  • Acknowledged for contribution in a Nebraska Law Review article entitled, “After the Ball is Over: Investor Remedies in the Wake of the Dot-Com Crash and Recent Corporate Scandals”
  • SEC Litigation Release No. 18638, “SEC Charges Cedric Kushner Promotions and Three of its Officers and Directors with Fraud; Chairman and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer Charged with Filing False Certifications Required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002”
  • Invited to speak with Georgetown University Law Center students on issues arising when prosecuting securities class action lawsuits.
  • Member of a Business Law Symposium entitled “Corporate Law, Then and Now,” which included several prominent speakers, including the Hon. Andrew Moore, a former Delaware Supreme Court Justice, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (Wash.).
  • In May 2013, conducted a presentation at the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems’ summer conference, entitled “Google, Inc. and Its Proposed Recapitalization: A Case Study of Hidden Threats to Corporate Governance and Diminution of the Franchise, What You Need to Know to Fulfill Your Duties As Trustee.”
Admissions »
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • State of Washington (voluntary inactive)
  • State of Florida (voluntary inactive)
  • U.S. District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District of the District of Columbia
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