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Michael T. Jones

Goodwin Procter LLP

Menlo Park, CA, USA


Areas of Practice

Michael Jones, a partner in the firm's Litigation Department, is a member of the Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice and Technology Companies Groups. Mr. Jones specializes in regulatory and internal investigations, securities litigation, M&A-related litigation, fiduciary duty claims, and founder and partnership disputes.

Work for Clients

Mr. Jones represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of regulatory, civil and criminal investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, SROs and state attorneys general, including allegations of accounting fraud, insider trading, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and disclosure violations, among others. He has represented clients in federal criminal matters in which clients are defendants, investigation targets or cooperating witnesses.

Mr. Jones also represents corporations, officers, directors, investment advisors and other accounting professionals in a wide range of matters, including shareholder and derivative lawsuits, alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act, the Investment Company Act and other federal and state securities laws, and appraisal actions. Mr. Jones also advises clients on process and disclosure issues related to mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property litigation matters involving trademark and trade dress, copyright and patent claims, and general commercial disputes.

Mr. Jones’ representative matters include:

  • Ariba, Inc. – Defense of Ariba and its board of directors in shareholder class action lawsuits in California and Delaware state courts challenging and seeking to enjoin $4.3 billion acquisition of Ariba by SAP AG. We obtained voluntary dismissal of all matters.
  • A Fortune 100 Company – Conducted internal investigation concerning derivative trading and funding subsidiaries located within the U.S. and abroad. Investigation focused on various issues, including compliance with domestic and foreign tax rules and potential accounting and disclosure issues concerning intercompany funding relationships. 
  • Fortune 100 Company – Represented client in connection with four-plus year investigation conducted by the S.E.C. concerning a variety of complex accounting issues such as hedge accounting, interest rate swaps, changes in accounting
  • A Community Bank – Conducted internal investigation concerning mortgage lending practices and documentation. Advise client on voluntary disclosure of findings to regulatory authorities and disciplinary action for certain employees.
  • A Wholesale Manufacturing Company – Conducted internal investigation concerning compliance with customer contracts and Food and Drug Administration regulations. Advise client on disclosure obligations and remedial measures.
  • ZOLL Medical Corporation – Represented Zoll and its board of directors in defense of shareholder class action lawsuits in Massachusetts state court challenging and seeking to enjoin $2.21 billion tender offer by Asahi Kasei Corporation. Consolidated action stemmed from four separate actions initially filed in both state and federal courts in Massachusetts. We achieved a favorable settlement and allowed the tender offer to close as scheduled.
  • Sonesta International Hotels Corporation – Represented Sonesta and its board of directors in defense of two shareholder class action lawsuits in New York state court (one brought by a 30% shareholder) challenging and seeking to enjoin proposed merger and sale of Sonesta to entities affiliated with Hospitality Properties Trust. We achieved a favorable settlement, which allowed the deal to close as scheduled.
  • Investment Consulting Firm – Represented firm in various litigation matters and several investigations conducted by Department of Labor and various Attorney General Offices concerning alleged losses sustained by client in connection with the Madoff fraud.
  • Explorica, Inc. – Represented educational travel company for which we obtained a favorable jury verdict in trademark infringement trial against competitor that rebranded under a confusingly similar name.
  • New York Times/Boston.com – Represented national news provider in first impression copyright and trademark litigation concerning fair use and news aggregation on the Internet.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2005, Mr. Jones was an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston. He has also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County (MA), where he tried a variety of jury and non-jury misdemeanor and felony cases and argued a number of dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Recognition

Mr. Jones has been recognized as a 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyer "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine.

Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 2004
  • B.S., Boston University, 2000

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Jones is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and California, and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, and the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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