Profile

Jeanne has a wide-ranging practice, focusing primarily on employment litigation, complex civil litigation, and securities litigation. Jeanne handles all phases of litigation in state and federal courts across various fields, including employment, contract, real estate, and general business disputes. She also advises clients regarding employment and compliance issues. Prior to law school, Jeanne was a journalist focused on higher-education issues, and she served as the editor-in-chief of UNC-Chapel Hill’s daily newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.

Experience

Jeanne's recent experience includes:

  • Obtained a $6.15 million jury verdict for a leading aircraft supply company after a three-week trial on trade secret misappropriation and other tort claims against a former employee and other competitors
  • Represented former Countrywide president in multidistrict litigation arising from mortgage-backed securities. Obtained the dismissal, with prejudice, of a number of lawsuits at the motion-to-dismiss stage
  • Defended employment discrimination claims for an outdoor advertising company, resulting in settlements before any litigation was filed
  • Defended former employees against an internet affiliate company seeking to enforce noncompete agreement. Obtained a writ of supersedeas blocking enforcement of preliminary injunction, motivating settlement
  • In a corporate embezzlement case against a former employee, successfully recovered approximately $1 million for the client in less than one week
  • Obtained summary judgment in a trademark matter in the Middle District of Florida that was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit. The court agreed with Jeanne’s argument that the "Elimidate Ironman Challenge" did not infringe the Ironman Triathlon trademarks because the term "ironman" is commonly used to describe persons of unusual endurance and thus the plaintiffs’ marks were entitled only to limited protection
  • Successfully recovered nearly 100 percent of the losses suffered by 23 victims of a Ponzi scheme run through a brokerage firm. Since 2009, Jeanne has represented a group of 23 plaintiffs who were victims of a Ponzi scheme. In 2015, she obtained a favorable settlement from a national brokerage firm in the days before trial. Most recently, she sought and obtained default judgments of more than $3 million for our clients
  • Defeated summary judgment brought by the Associated Press in litigation relating to Shepard Fairey’s 2008 campaign poster of Barack Obama on behalf of Fairey's exclusive licensee, Obey Clothing, leading to successful resolution of the dispute
  • Obtained a directed verdict for a registered financial company after a five-day jury trial on a fraud claim arising out of an investment loss
  • Obtained the affirmance of a judgment after a ten-day bench trial for an outdoor advertising company, allowing the company to continue to operate a billboard and including an award of almost $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs
  • Handled a class action on behalf of investors who lost money in a complex Ponzi scheme, obtaining more than $17 million in settlements with two major financial institutions and an accounting firm that were alleged to have aided the operators of the financial scheme
  • Achieved a complete defense judgment on behalf of Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., which insured the film Hide and Seek in 2003, accused Mr. De Niro of intentionally withholding information about his cancer diagnosis during a cast medical examination. The case was dismissed in favor of Mr. De Niro
  • Secured the release of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who had been incarcerated after refusing to testify before the grand jury against other Jewish persons—a case that drew international attention. The rabbi cited the rule of mesira, which imposes on the ultra-Orthodox the religious obligation to refrain from testifying against other Jews. The government eventually agreed to the rabbi’s release seven months after he was incarcerated, a fraction of the maximum eighteen-month term
  • Won a complete dismissal of all charges in a groundbreaking and published decision against the client, who was charged in federal court with "harboring" her fugitive husband. The court ruled that federal prosecutors had arrested the client without probable cause to believe a crime had been committed. The client was released and all charges were dismissed seven days after the case was filed by the United States Attorney’s Office

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., summa cum laude, English; Minor in Creative Writing

Admissions

Bars

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit

Awards and Associations

Los Angeles Business Journal, “Most Influential Women Lawyers” (2017)

Southern California Super Lawyers (2016-present) and Southern California Rising Star (2009-2014)

Vice President, Los Angeles Civil Service Commission

Commissioner, Los Angeles Civil Service Commission

Board Member and Co-Vice President, California Bar Foundation

Board Member and Annual Seminar Planning Committee Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Clerkships

  • Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York