Ms Joni S. Jacobsen > Dechert LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
35 West Wacker Drive
Suite 3400
CHICAGO, IL 60601-1608
United States
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Work Department

Litigation

Career

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.

Memberships

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Dechert LLP‘s trials, investigations and securities litigation group calls on lawyers in offices from East Coast to West Coast, as well as outside the US, to represent companies both domestic and cross-border securities litigation class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, broker-dealer disputes, internal investigations and SEC and other regulatory proceedings. The firm continued to expand its presence in California in 2021, with the hire of securities and corporate governance litigation partner Richard Horvath in San Francisco from Paul Hastings LLP. David N Kelley in New York and David Kistenbroker, who works from both New York and Chicago, are the lead partners. Kistenbroker and Chicago-based Joni S. Jacobsen defended recycling company PureCycle Technologies, Inc. and certain officers in separate class action alleging that they made materially false and misleading statements regarding the company’s business leading up to a reverse merger listing on NASDAQ. New York-based partners Andrew Levander and Matthew L Larrabee in also play key roles in the securities and M&A-related disputes.

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

Dechert LLP handles every kind of change of control and transactional litigation, representing bidders, acquirers, sellers, officers and directors, and special board committees. Active in both federal and state courts throughout the country, its has a strong bench of trial, investigations and securities partners who devote part of their practice to M&A-related cases. David Kelly in New York and David Kistenbroker, who works from both New York and Chicago, are the lead partners. Kistenbroker and Chicago’s Joni S. Jacobsen recently represented PureCycle Technologies in a class action alleging the company made materially false and misleading statements concerning its reverse merger with ROCH SPAC. For Turtle Beach Corporation, Josh Hess in San Francisco successfully represented the client in defeating an attempt by shareholders to enjoin a shareholder vote on the its merger with Parametric Sound, Inc. New York-based Neil A Steiner is recommended for his work for hedge funds, investment advisers and corporations in securities litigation and deal-related disputes.