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Joni S. Jacobsen

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Joni S. Jacobsen is a partner in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. Jacobsen's practice is focused on the defense of publicly traded companies and their directors and officers in securities actions, directors' and officers' liability actions, SEC investigations, corporate governance disputes and other complex commercial litigation. She has substantial experience counseling and conducting internal investigations for public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees. Ms. Jacobsen has represented clients in a wide range of matters arising from allegations of options backdating, accounting irregularities, insider trading, inadequate or misleading public disclosures, breaches of fiduciary duties and short-swing trading. In addition, she has handled a number of commercial litigation matters, including class actions involving allegations of unfair consumer practices. Ms. Jacobsen is also a member of the firm's Electronic Discovery and Evidence Practice.

Representative Cases
In re Section 16(b) Litigation (W.D. Washington, 9th Circuit) Represent 26 public companies named as nominal defendants in 55 related cases brought pursuant to Section 16(b) of the Securities and Exchange Act seeking disgorgement of profits by underwriters as a result of short-swing trading in initial public offerings. Representative clients include Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Priceline.com, TheStreet.com, and Amazon.com. Appointed liaison counsel for 55 nominal defendant companies. Successfully obtained dismissal from the district court. The Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal ordering cases be dismissed with prejudice.  The Supreme Court denied plaintiff's petition for writ of certiorari in the cases involving our clients.

Patel v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (E.D. Missouri, 8th Circuit) Represented Company and two officers in securities class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Obtained dismissal with prejudice from the district court and the Eighth Circuit affirmed. 

Ziebron and James Vrana v. Metaldyne Corporation, et al. (E.D. Michigan, 6th Circuit) Represented former officers, directors and majority shareholders of Metaldyne Corporation in a securities class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Obtained dismissal of all claims, with prejudice.    

In re Keithley Instruments, Inc. Derivative Litigation (N.D. Ohio) Represented 20 current and former officers and directors of public companies named as nominal defendants in litigation brought derivatively on behalf of the corporation alleging federal securities laws and various state law claims, including breach of fiduciary duties based on an alleged options backdating scheme. Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims, with prejudice.    

Securities and Exchange Commission Investigation (Chicago, Illinois) Represented public company in connection with SEC investigation alleging violations of federal securities laws and related document production concluding in favorable resolution for client.

In re Acceptance Insurance Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation (D. Neb., 8th Cir.) Represented Acceptance Insurance Companies, Inc. and its directors and officers in consolidated class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Achieved summary judgment in favor of all defendants after successfully defeating plaintiffs' motion to amend the complaint after close of discovery. Summary judgment and denial of leave to amend were affirmed by the Eighth Circuit. 
 
Professional Activities and Community Involvement
Ms. Jacobsen is a member of the Hubbard Street Dance Company's Board of Directors. She also is a member of the National Women's Law Center Leadership 35 Advisory Board.  She served on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Women's Initiatives in Law Firms, and serves on the Coalition's Policy Committee. Ms. Jacobsen also is active in Katten's Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) and served on the National Committee of WLF as well as co-chair of WLF in Chicago. 

Education and Bar Admissions
Ms. Jacobsen received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997. She received her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Utah in 1991. Ms. Jacobsen is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Michigan.
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