James I. Jaconette
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James Jaconette has served as lead counsel in securities cases with recoveries totaling over $8 billion. His practice includes class and shareholder derivative litigation, portfolio monitoring, and advising institutional investors.
James Jaconette is one of the founding partners of the Firm and is located in its San Diego office. He manages cases in the Firm’s securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation practices.
Jaconette has extensive experience in federal and state securities class action litigation. He has served in a primary litigating role as one of lead counsel in a variety of securities cases resulting in recoveries of over $8 billion for individual and institutional investors. For example, Jaconette was one of three partners responsible for the day-to-day prosecution of In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig. (S.D. Tex.) and In re Dynegy Inc. Sec. Litig. (S.D. Tex.), on behalf of lead plaintiff The Regents of the University of California and the large classes of public investors represented in those actions. Most recently, Jaconette was part of the trial team in Schuh v. HCA Holdings, Inc., which resulted in a $215 million recovery for shareholders, the largest securities class action recovery ever in Tennessee. The recovery represents between 34% and 70% of the aggregate damages, far exceeding the typical recovery in a securities class action.
Jaconette is currently serving as lead counsel in securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, including numerous derivative actions arising out of alleged stock option backdating. He also advises institutional investors, including pension funds, hedge funds, and financial institutions on portfolio monitoring and case evaluation.
Favorable reported decisions include: In re Informix Corp. Sec. Litig., No. C-97-1289-SBA, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23687 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 1997); Schlagal v. Learning Tree Int’l, No. CV 98-6384 ABC, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20306 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 23, 1998); In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig., 235 F. Supp. 2d 549 (S.D. Tex. 2002); In re Dynegy, Inc. Sec. Litig., 339 F. Supp. 2d 804 (S.D. Tex. 2004); Belova v. Sharp, No. CV 07-299-MO, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19880 (D. Or. Mar. 13, 2008); Bacas v. Way, No. 07-cv-456, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23025 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 20, 2008); In re Cirrus Logic, Inc., No. A-07-CA-212-SS, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71195 (W.D. Tex. Aug. 28, 2008); and Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Olofson, No. 08-2344-CM, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46564 (D. Kan. June 3, 2009); In re MRV Communs., Inc. Deriv. Litig., No. 08-03800 GAF, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136744 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 27, 2010).
Prior to joining the Firm, Jaconette served as law clerk to the Honorable Barbara J. Gamer, and as extern to the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., District Judge.
Jaconette attended San Diego State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and distinction and his Master of Business Administration degree. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco. Jaconette was the Mortar Board Vice President from 1988-1989, a member of the Hastings Law Journal from 1993-1994, and Associate Articles Editor from 1994-1995. He authored The Fraud-on-the-Market Theory in State Law Securities Fraud Suits, Hastings Law Journal, Volume 46, August 1995.
Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, J.D., 1995, cum laude
San Diego State University, M.B.A., 1992
San Diego State University, B.A., 1989, with honors and distinction
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
- November 10, 2015
- September 22, 2014
- May 30, 2012
- $6.6 Billion Added to Defrauded Enron Investors' Pot Total Recovery to Class Members Reaches $7.3 BillionOctober 22, 2006
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- September 27, 2005
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- June 14, 2005
- June 10, 2005