Jones Day

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-resourced national litigation group with a strong Texas operation consisting of offices in both Houston and Dallas. Areas of expertise include environmental, consumer and breach of fiduciary duty litigation. Significant strength in relation to white-collar crime and investigations by government agencies, as well as a notable securities litigation offering.

Strengths"The lawyers are first class in legal skills and pragmatism. They take a practical and pragmatic approach to the issues and have global reach."

Sources note: "The firm has some exceptional lawyers who do outstanding work."

Work highlights Assisted with its response to an emergency Cease and Desist Order filed by the Texas State Securities Board, which included allegations of fraud and targeting vulnerable investor groups.

Notable practitioners

David Woodcock is held in high regard as "a tremendous lawyer, particularly in SEC enforcement matters." He frequently assists clients with SEC, DOJ and other investigations, including those involving financial reporting and accounting issues. A client reports: "He is someone who understands the business and the regulatory issues and provides practical advice on how to navigate claims."

Jason Varnado counsels clients facing high-stakes DOJ investigations and other enforcement actions. An interviewee comments: "His preparation skills are excellent. He is extremely detailed in his approach and leaves nothing undone."