Areas of Practice
Michael Jones, a partner in the firm's Litigation Department, is a member of the Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice and Technology Companies Groups. Mr. Jones specializes in regulatory and internal investigations, securities litigation, M&A-related litigation, fiduciary duty claims, and founder and partnership disputes.
Work for Clients
Mr. Jones represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of regulatory, civil and criminal investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, SROs and state attorneys general, including allegations of accounting fraud, insider trading, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and disclosure violations, among others. He has represented clients in federal criminal matters in which clients are defendants, investigation targets or cooperating witnesses.
Mr. Jones also represents corporations, officers, directors, investment advisors and other accounting professionals in a wide range of matters, including shareholder and derivative lawsuits, alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act, the Investment Company Act and other federal and state securities laws, and appraisal actions. Mr. Jones also advises clients on process and disclosure issues related to mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property litigation matters involving trademark and trade dress, copyright and patent claims, and general commercial disputes.
Mr. Jones’ representative matters include:
Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2005, Mr. Jones was an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston. He has also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County (MA), where he tried a variety of jury and non-jury misdemeanor and felony cases and argued a number of dispositive and evidentiary motions.
Mr. Jones has been recognized as a 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyer "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine.
Bar and Court Admissions
Mr. Jones is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and California, and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, and the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
DEBORAH S. BIRNBACH
Deborah Birnbach, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, concentrates in the areas of securities litigation, including class action defense; SEC, regulatory and internal investigations; M&A-related litigation; ERISA litigation; stockholder disputes; fiduciary duty claims; founder and partnership disputes; and private equity litigation surrounding private financings. Her securities and shareholder litigation practice is national in scope and involves representing investment managers, issuers and their directors and officers in securities and corporate governance matters across the country. In addition to engaging in active litigation, Ms. Birnbach counsels clients and their boards in managing and avoiding litigation risk, including through arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.
Work For Clients
Ms. Birnbach’s clients include public and private financial services companies, technology companies, healthcare and life science companies, their boards and officers, and private equity firms and their partners.
Ms. Birnbach has conducted numerous internal corporate investigations for audit committees and other special board committees into financial accounting and corporate governance-related matters, including whistleblower matters under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, and relating to financial accounting for alleged backdating of stock option grants for the audit committee of the board of a Fortune 500 technology company.
Ms. Birnbach’s securities and shareholder litigation matters have involved allegations of insider trading, misleading disclosures, insufficient deal consideration, improper revenue recognition and other alleged accounting irregularities, self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty, among other issues. She has also represented clients in FINRA inquiries and in regulatory proceedings brought by the SEC, the DOL and other regulators relating to possible accounting irregularities, the accuracy and completeness of corporate disclosures to investors and securities trading by corporate officers and directors, among other matters. Her recent matters for institutional asset management clients and other fiduciaries have been related to subprime events and the credit market dislocation.
Recent representative matters include:
Securities Class Action Cases
Ms. Birnbach was recognized in 2009 by Boston magazine as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts, and for nine consecutive years has been selected a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in Securities Litigation by the same publication.
Ms. Birnbach publishes and lectures on securities litigation and SEC Enforcement issues. She is:
AMITA: Legal Issues for Startups
February 10, 2014
Ethics and Professionalism in M&A Litgation
March 1, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank: Bounty Mutiny?
June 9, 2011
Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank: Bounty Mutiny?
June 2, 2011
Palo Alto, CA