Among other cases, Jake Walker is currently the lead associate in In re EZCORP Securities Litigation (W.D. Tex.), and Budde v. Global Power Equipment Inc., (N.D. Tex.), both federal securities fraud class actions involving accounting restatements and financial misrepresentations. Jake served as a lead associate in 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. Both Atossa and Amicus resulted in favorable settlements for shareholder class members. Jake has also worked on litigation involving the private equity-buyout of a health and fitness chain with substantial real estate assets, In re Lifetime Fitness Shareholder Litigation (D. Minn.), which is currently on appeal to the Eighth Circuit.
Recently, Jake obtained a settlement for Massachusetts customers of Gate House Media newspaper subscriptions, estimated to exceed $2 million in total value. 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.
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 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 also represented numerous third-parties, including various investment banks, in M&A litigation in California and Delaware courts.
While Jake’s eight-year career has centered on securities and corporate governance litigation, Jake also has significant experience representing several 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.
In 2016 and 2017, Jake was named a “Rising Star” in securities litigation by Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Jake is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and California. He graduated, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2010.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Attorney||Block & Leviton LLP||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom||2013 - 2015|
|Attorney||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher||2010 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Practicing Law Institute (PLI)||Assistant Editor, Securities Litigation (Chapter on Trials)||2012|
|Univ of Michigan Law Sch||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Babson Coll||BS - Bachelor of Science||2001|
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