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Joni S. Jacobsen

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Joni S. Jacobsen defends publicly traded companies and their directors and officers when they become entangled in securities class action litigation, derivative litigation, SEC investigations and corporate governance disputes. Ms. Jacobsen was named Among the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2017, and has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list every year since 2013, one of a select number of female attorneys recognized in the Securities Litigation section. She is currently a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches a seminar in Strategic Considerations in Securities Litigation.

Ms. Jacobsen has litigated in federal and state courts throughout the country. She consistently succeeds in having the vast majority of her cases dismissed outright on motions to dismiss, thereby reducing the distraction and burden on her clients and resulting in significant savings for clients and insurance carriers alike. In the minority of cases that survive through motion practice, she takes a strategic approach in opposing motions for class certification or bringing motions for summary judgment in order to achieve the best possible resolution for her clients. Ms. Jacobsen’s experience makes her particularly adept at helping clients navigate an onslaught of simultaneous litigation from various fronts, including securities actions, derivative actions, government investigations and shareholder demand letters seeking books and records.

Member

Chicago Bar Association; National Women’s Law Center, Leadership 35 Advisory Committee (2009-2013)

Education

The University of Utah, B.A., 1991; The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1997


United States: Dispute resolution

M&A litigation: defense

Within: M&A litigation: defense

Dechert LLP has a broad client base of acquirers, sellers, bidders, directors, special committees, investment banks, venture capitalists, individual investors, private equity firms, hedge funds and other stakeholders for deal-related litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the US, including the Delaware Court of Chancery. David Kistenbroker leads the practice from Chicago, where Joni Jacobsen is also highly recommended. In Dagenbach v Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc, et al, they both acted for Bravo Brio in a putative class action that alleged deficiencies in the company's proxy materials, purportedly in violation of Section 14(a) of the '34 Act. The case was dismissed and the merger proceeded as planned. In Berger v Ecolab, et al in the Appellate Court of Illinois, they are acting for Swisher Hygiene, which is alleged to have breached its fiduciary duties by approving the sale of assets to Ecolab. After a tough courtroom battle, they also prevailed in In re Talmer Bancorp Shareholder Litigation, which is now on appeal.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Dechert LLP has securities litigators in offices across the US and frequently handles class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, broker-dealer disputes and regulatory enforcement proceedings. The 'very likable' David Kistenbroker, who practices in both New York and Chicago, is global co-chair of the trial, investigations and securities group. He acted for Anavex Life Sciences Corporation and its officers in a 10b5 case that alleged false and misleading statements were made about the efficacy of the company’s experimental Alzheimer’s drug; Joni Jacobsen in Chicago also played a key role in that case. The same team also acted for Antares Pharma Inc in several cases, including a suit alleging that the company provided insufficient information to the FDA in support of Xyosted and overstated its approval prospects. In New York, firm chairman Andrew Levander, who handled a 33 Act claim for CHC Group, and global litigation head Matthew Larrabee are recommended, as is Michael Kichline in Philadelphia.

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