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Jason J. Mendro

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Jason J. Mendro is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practices in the firm's Litigation Department. Mr. Mendro has extensive experience defending class and derivative action lawsuits at the trial and appellate level, in both federal and state courts. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Firm's Securities Litigation Practice Group. Law360 recently recognized Mr. Mendro as a "Rising Star" in the category of securities law.

Mr. Mendro has defended numerous securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions, representing directors and executives against a host of challenges to their decisions, oversight, and compensation. Mr. Mendro played a leading role in the following representations, among others:

  • Winning dismissal of parallel securities and derivative litigation arising from a leading government contractor's $500 million deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice;
  • Winning dismissal of a derivative action claiming that the board of directors of a major pharmaceutical company improperly awarded executive compensation that did not qualify for tax deductions;
  • Winning dismissal of a derivative action accusing executives of a top technology company of backdating stock options;
  • Securing voluntary dismissal of a prominent consulting firm in a derivative action arising from the "Say on Pay" provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act;
  • Successfully settling a $400 million derivative action challenging CEO and director compensation at a biotechnology company; and
  • Winning dismissal of two major underwriters from a securities class action arising out of a disputed stock offering by a real estate finance company.

Mr. Mendro has also defended complex litigation involving a broad spectrum of other disputes, including claims under ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection laws. He has conducted internal investigations, represented special litigation committees, and defended companies in investigations and actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and self-regulatory organizations.

Mr. Mendro also has significant experience in appellate litigation and in rulemaking challenges.Among other recent matters, Mr. Mendro was a key contributor to successful challenges to numerous, controversial regulations with broad implications for the global swaps market, as well as a precedent-setting appellate victory that reversed a multi-million-dollar jury verdict under the False Claims Act.

Mr. Mendro graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated first in his class. Mr. Mendro also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


  • Harvard University - 2002 - Juris Doctor
  • University of Florida - 1998 - Bachelor of Arts


  • California Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York Bar

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