Jonathan Uslaner prosecutes class and direct actions on behalf of the firm’s institutional investor clients and has litigated many of the firm’s most high-profile litigations, including 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; In re Genworth Financial, Inc. Securities Litigation, which settled for $219 million, the largest recovery ever obtained in a securities class action in Virginia; 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 Rayonier Securities Litigation, which settled for $73 million; and In re Cobalt International Energy, Inc. Securities Litigation, in which plaintiffs achieved settlements totaling up to $335.3 million after years of hard-fought litigation.
Jonathan is also actively involved in the firm’s direct action opt-out practice. He recently represented clients in opt-out actions brought against American Realty Capital Properties, which resulted in settlements totaling $85 million. He currently represents numerous clients in opt-out actions brought against Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jonathan is an editor of the American Bar Association’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee’s Newsletter. He has authored multiple articles relating to class actions and the federal securities laws, including “Much More Than ‘Housekeeping’: Rule 23(c)(4) in Action,” “Keeping Plaintiffs in the Driver’s Seat: The Supreme Court Rejects ‘Pick-off’ Settlement Offers,” and “Combating Objectionable Objections.” Most recently, Jonathan authored an article for Pensions & Investments titled “When Watchdogs Go Astray” and co-authored a piece for SACRS Magazine titled “When One Share Does Not Mean One Vote: The Fight Against Dual-Class Capital Structures.”
Jonathan has also been a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).
For his achievements, Jonathan has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star” and selected to its "Under 40 Hot List" of the "most notable up-and-coming litigators" in the U.S. He was also selected by Law360 as a national “Rising Star” and has been named by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” legal professionals in California. Leading industry publication Lawdragon has also named him to its “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” list.
Jonathan is a board member of UCPLA, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He serves on UCPLA’s Nominating and Governance Committee and its Merger Committee. He has also been a board member of Home of Guiding Hands, a non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. For his work and contributions to the organization, he was named “Volunteer of the Year.”
Prior to joining BLB&G, Jonathan 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 trial experience as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Inglewood, California, as well as a judicial extern for Justice Steven Wayne Smith of the Supreme Court of Texas.