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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States
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Co-Chair of Weil’s global Litigation Department


Jonathan Polkes is Co-Chair of Weil’s global Litigation Department and is recognized among the top securities litigators and white collar lawyers in the U.S. He is a former federal prosecutor and a first-chair trial lawyer who litigates significant, “bet-the-company” securities, corporate, white collar, and other disputes, supervises government and regulatory investigations, and counsels boards, directors, and senior executives on sensitive internal investigations and corporate governance matters.

For more than 30 years, Jonathan has worked at the cutting edge of litigation and enforcement trends. He has been recognized by every major legal publication for his achievements.  His significant engagements have chronicled many significant global crises and developments that have impacted the business world.


Haverford College (BA); NYU School of Law (JD).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

The firm is at this top in this practice area‘, says a client of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, noting that it has ‘an experienced team that gets great results‘. The firm has a strong bench of M&A litigators and is not only a leading player in the Delaware Court of Chancery, but also in other fora across the US. The team is involved in emerging areas of the market, notably SPAC-related litigation, largely due the heavy involvement of its transactional lawyers in SPAC and de-SPAC transactions. It recently advised Churchill Capital Corp. III in stockholder litigation in Delaware following its $11bn merger with healthcare data analytics firm MultiPlan. John Neuwirth, who led the defense of Churchill, Joseph Allerhand and Caroline Zalka are co-heads of the ‘super-sophisticated and experienced‘ securities litigation practice, in which veteran litigator Jonathan Polkes and emerging talents Joshua Amsel and Evert Christensen are play key roles. Christensen worked alongside Neuwirth to defend Brookfield Asset Management in a precedent-setting matter that struck down a key point of law in Gentile v. Rossette concerning a “dual-natured” claims precedent that allowed certain claims to be both direct and derivative. All mentioned lawyers are based in New York.