Shareholder & Securities Litigation
Jeff defends public companies and their officers and directors in securities and shareholder litigation involving all types of alleged mismanagement, including issues arising from executive compensation, accounting restatements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), data breaches, product recalls and other issues. Jeff has secured dismissals in a wide variety of shareholder and securities litigation, including in shareholder derivative lawsuits, lawsuits arising out of public company mergers, federal securities-fraud lawsuits, and stock-drop lawsuits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Jeff has litigated cases in all stages of appeals, from interlocutory appeals in intermediate appellate courts to extraordinary writs at the Supreme Court of the United States. He focuses on litigation and advocacy before the Eighth Circuit and has briefed and argued numerous cases before that court. Jeff is a past president and director of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, has been appointed by that court to argue appeals, and clerked for two Eighth Circuit judges: then-Chief Judge James B. Loken and Judge Diana E. Murphy.
Data Breach & Data Privacy Litigation
Jeff represents clients in data breach and data privacy litigation, including class-action litigation under federal privacy statutes such as the Video Privacy Protection Act, and shareholder derivative litigation arising from breaches. Jeff has also counseled clients facing data breaches on compliance with state data breach notification requirements.
Jeff also manages an active pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on protecting the right to vote and to participate in the political process. Jeff represents nonprofit entities such as state affiliates of the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, as well as individual voters, in pro bono lawsuits designed to make it safer, easier and fairer to vote. In 2019, Jeff was part of the pro bono team that won a victory in front of a three-judge district court in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan invalidating over 30 state and federal legislative districts as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. In 2020, Jeff was a member of the pro bono team that secured a consent decree making it easier for Minnesotans to vote by absentee ballot, without the requirement of a witness’s signature, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeff is committed to protecting democracy by ensuring all voters’ access to the ballot box, and has partnered with individuals and corporations to defend the right to vote and participate in the political process.