Jonathan D. Uslaner

Partner
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Mr. Uslaner prosecutes securities class actions, individual investor actions, shareholder derivative litigation and antitrust litigation on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Mr. Uslaner was a member of the trial team that prosecuted In re Bank of America Securities Litigation, which resulted in a historic settlement shortly before trial of $2.43 billion, one of the largest shareholder recoveries ever obtained.  He was also a senior member of the teams leading the prosecution in the actions captioned: In re Genworth Financial, Inc. Securities Litigation, which settled for $219 million;  In re JPMorgan Chase & Co. Securities Litigation, which settled for $150 million; In re Wells Fargo Mortgage-Backed Certificates Litigation, which settled for $125 million; In re Dendreon Securities Corp. Litigation, which settled for $40 million; and Cambridge Place Investment Management Inc. v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., et al., a high-profile non-class litigation brought by an investment manager against over a dozen financial institutions, which settled on undisclosed terms.  In addition, Mr. Uslaner was a member of the team that successfully brought a derivative action against the senior management and the Board of Directors of Pfizer, Inc., resulting in a $75 million payment dedicated to improve the company’s compliance with healthcare laws and extensive corporate governance reforms.

Mr. Uslaner currently represents the firm’s institutional investor clients as counsel in a number of significant actions, including the securities class actions against Facebook Inc. relating to its initial public offering.  He is also representing the firm’s clients in securities class actions brought against Rayonier Inc. and Cobalt relating to their misrepresentations to investors.  In addition, he is representing the firm’s clients in direct actions brought against American Realty Capital Properties and its former officers.

For his outstanding achievements, Mr. Uslaner has been recognized by Law360 as a national “Rising Star” for his work in securities litigation, and has been named among the “Top 40 Under 40” legal professionals in California by the Daily Journal. He was also named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List,” which honors the nation’s most accomplished legal partners under the age of 40, and is regularly recognized as one of San Diego’s “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers.

Mr. Uslaner has authored articles relating to class actions and the federal securities laws, including “Much More Than ‘Housekeeping’: Rule 23(c)(4) in Action” and “Keeping Plaintiffs in the Driver’s Seat: The Supreme Court Rejects ‘Pick-off’ Settlement Offers,”  which were published by the American Bar Association.  He currently serves as an editor of the ABA’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee’s Newsletter.

Mr. Uslaner is a member of the Board of Governors of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.  He is also a board member of Home of Guiding Hands, a non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the San Diego community. Most recently, he was named “Volunteer of the Year” for 2015 for his work and contributions to the organization.  

Prior to joining BLB&G, Mr. Uslaner was a senior litigation associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he successfully prosecuted and defended claims from the discovery stage through trial.  He also gained significant experience as a judicial extern for Justice Steven Wayne Smith of the Supreme Court of Texas and as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Inglewood, California.

 

Education:

  • The University of Texas School of Law, 2005, J.D.; University of Texas Presidential Academic Merit Fellowship; Articles Editor, Texas Journal of Business Law
  • Duke University, 2001, B.A., magna cum laude; William J. Griffith Award for Leadership; Chairperson, Duke University Undergraduate Publications Board

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York