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Jane is co-head of Ropes & Gray’s business and securities litigation practice group. As a seasoned trial lawyer, she focuses her practice on complex business and class action litigation, including antitrust and healthcare matters. She is experienced in health care law, antitrust law, and merger and acquisition disputes. As lead counsel, Jane represents a wide range of clients including publicly-traded companies, real estate investment trusts, healthcare systems, and private equity funds. Her healthcare client list includes non-profit and for–profit hospitals, hospital and healthcare systems, academic medical centers, senior living providers, managed care companies, and other healthcare industry participants. In addition to healthcare, Jane has experience in a range of industries including consumer electronics, consumer products, sports, transportation, and real estate. https://www.ropesgray.com/biographies/w/jane-e-willis.aspx?AK=willis#sthash.0SWJFg5x.dpuf
United States: Antitrust
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Ropes & Gray LLP differentiates itself by its ability to handle both defendant and plaintiff work and acts for companies such as Google, Cablevision and Polar Air Cargo. The firm’s broad-ranging expertise in class actions complements its antitrust practice, as demonstrated by the fact that the team, which is led by Washington DC-based Mark Popofsky, is involved in high-profile cases such as Re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation, where Popofsky and Boston-based Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Services. Healthcare is a real sector strength and a cross-office team of Washington DC and San Francisco lawyers represented Questcor Pharmaceuticals (now part of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals) in a challenge brought by Retrophin to Questcor’s acquisition of the rights to Novartis’ Synacthen drug. Jerome Katz is a key contact in New York.
United States: Dispute resolution
Securities litigation - defense
Within: Securities litigation - defense
Climbing the ranking is Ropes & Gray LLP, which has expanded its securities litigation and regulatory enforcement capability with key hires such as ‘first-rate litigator’ David Hennes, who joined in New York from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. The practice is led from Boston by Jane Willis and Robert Jones, and from New York by Zachary Brez. Boston-based John Donovan won a big victory for Goldman Sachs at trial in a case alleging that it misled shareholders of Dragon Systems, and Randy Bodner acted in a class action for Apricus Biosciences. Richard Gallagher in San Francisco led settlement negotiations in re Biolase, Inc. Securities Litigation, in which plaintiffs made allegations of false and misleading financial statements. The firm has a strong buy-side focus and is a key player in matters involving big pharmaceutical companies and private equity funds.