Jonathan M. Hoff

Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Jonathan M. Hoff

Jonathan M. Hoff

Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Biography

Jonathan Hoff is a securities and business litigator who has experience in the fields of securities and corporate litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and complex business disputes.

His practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies and financial institutions. He represents clients in corporate, securities and complex business litigations, including shareholder class action and derivative suits, merger and acquisition transactions, breach of fiduciary duty disputes, accounting- and finance-related litigations, litigations arising out of complex commercial and business contracts and transactions, and corporate- and securities-related government and internal investigations, as well as disputes involving subprime mortgages, real estate securitizations, CDOs, derivatives, and other structured products.

Jon has been recognized as one of the leading securities litigation attorneys by Chambers USA; one of the “100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation” by Law Dragon; in New York Super Lawyers; Legal500; and in Who's Who in American Law.

Jon is a frequent speaker and author on securities and corporate litigation and counseling, current developments in mergers and acquisitions, the business judgment rule, and shareholder litigation. Jon was co-author of the treatise, Public Companies, which provides a comprehensive treatment of the responsibilities and functions of publicly traded corporations and their directors, officers, and general counsel, including issues of compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other law compliance and internal controls issues. In addition, Jon is a member of the editorial board of the Securities Litigation Report.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from UCLA, where he served as Comment Editor for the Law Review. He is admitted to practice in New York and California, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Experience



* Lead counsel for MBIA Insurance Corp. in an action against Residential Funding Co. LLC (RFC) for fraud and breach of contract in connection with MBIA providing financial guarantee insurance for over $2 billion in residential mortgage-backed securitizations sponsored by RFC. Lead litigation counsel for MBIA in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings for Residential Capital, LLC, the parent of RFC.
* Lead counsel for The Renco Group, Inc. in an action brought by Fluor Corporation seeking indemnification related to alleged losses incurred by Fluor in connection with personal injury and property damages claims arising out of lead-related operations of lead business formerly owned by Fluor Corporation.
* Lead counsel for The Renco Group, Inc. in connection with litigation between Renco and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and affiliates arising out of a joint venture concerning the business of AM General LLC.
* Lead counsel for Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in a federal securities law class action arising out of massive accounting fraud at McKesson HBOC Inc. and related state litigations in California and New York state court and Delaware Court of Chancery, as well as litigation in New York state court between Bear Stearns and McKesson.
* Lead counsel for Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in a federal securities law class action arising out of Bear Stearns's clearing relationship with A.R. Baron and related state litigation; acted as counsel in connection with investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
* Lead counsel representing the underwriters of three offerings of securities, aggregating in excess of $3 billion, issued by The Williams Companies in a federal securities law class action asserting claims under Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933. The underwriters included Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, UBS Securities, CS First Boston (now Credit Suisse), Bank of America Securities, CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup).
* Lead counsel representing the directors of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in a derivative action brought in federal court seeking damages against the directors in connection with Merrill Lynch's business transaction with Enron Corporation.
* Lead counsel representing Pfizer, Inc., Pharmacia Corp., and individual defendants (former officers of Pharmacia, including the former chief executive officer) in a federal securities law class action asserting fraud claims in connection with the defendants' disclosures concerning the gastro-intestinal effects of the drug Celebrex.
* Lead counsel representing the general partner of various Lipper hedge funds in connection with dissolution proceedings brought by the general partner seeking court approval of the plan of distribution of the funds' assets. Lead counsel representing the general partner in putative class actions brought in federal district court and in New York state court by investors in the Lipper funds. Also acted as counsel for the general partner in connection with investigations by the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Jonathan M. Hoff
Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1981

UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the nation. After more than 60 years, our school has never felt bound by outmoded ideas of how law should be taught or studied. Instead, beginning in the 1950s, UCLA created its own tradition - a tradition of innovation.

Undergraduate Degree
Class of 1978

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has put over 200 years of legal experience and innovation to work today. As one of the world's most prominent financial services law firms, they have long-standing client relationships with premier financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other leading corporations, government entities, charitable and health care organizations, and individual private clients.

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Political Donations
$5,000
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

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2010
Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
Court Admission: US District Court, Southern District of New York
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