Jeffrey Judd has led internal investigation, compliance, and litigation teams to successfully resolve major regulatory investigations, and the legal proceedings – both criminal and civil – that frequently accompany or follow regulatory actions, for some of the largest businesses in the world while a litigation partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. In 2010, Jeff formed Judd Law Group LLP to provide an affordable alternative to big-law for start-up, early-stage and small business enterprises, and the people who own and operate them.
Jeff is currently focused on assisting corporate clients to develop and improve data compliance programs, with the intention of being compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) by May 25, 2018. Jeff’s practice emphasizes technology-intensive complex litigation in state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. Jeff’s corporate clients operate in a wide variety of industries, including software and technology, pharmaceutical and medical devices, biotechnology, financial services, airlines, real estate development, and manufacturing. Jeff is rated AV “Preeminent for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability,” by his peers (Martindale-Hubbell), and “10 Superb” by his clients (AVVO).
- JUDD LAW GROUP LLP – Managing Partner (1/10 – present)
- HOWREY LLP – Equity Partner (9/08 – 1/10)
- O’MELVENY & MYERS LLP Equity Partner – (2/99 – 9/08); Special Counsel (2/97 – 2/99); Associate (9/89 – 2/97)
- CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT – Law Clerk to Assoc. Justice Marcus M. Kaufman (9/88 – 9/89)
REPRESENTATIVE CASE LIST
Federal Grand Jury Investigation Into Maintenance Operations of Major Air Carrier. On behalf of a major air carrier, conducted numerous internal investigations and developed evidence and arguments in connection with NTSB investigation of an airplane crash responsible for the deaths of over 80 people, and related US Attorney investigation into whistleblower allegations of illegal maintenance record-keeping activities pertaining to crash aircraft.
In the Matter of Market-Timing Investigation. Represented board of directors of a major mutual fund complex: Led internal investigation, and assisted in the defense and resolution of allegations of market-timing by various affiliates of a major mutual fund complex accused of engaging in market timing. Following resolution of the SEC regulatory action by entry of administrative order on consent, represented company in all interaction with independent monitor hired to administer compliance and remediation requirements of order.
Options Backdating Investigation. Represented Board of Directors of technology company: Led internal investigation and assisted in the defense and resolution of allegations of options backdating by company management.
Environmental Services DOJ Investigation. Defended contract operator of wastewater treatment facility against US Department of Justice allegations of falsification of operating records and non-compliance with applicable regulations.
Coordinated Attorneys General Investigation Into Recall of Tires Equipped on Ford Explorer Vehicles. Represented Ford Motor Company in connection with coordinated state Attorneys General investigation into allegations arising from the recall of Firestone Wilderness AT tires provided as standard equipment on Ford Explorers.
Hooked Media Group, Inc. v. Apple Inc., et al. Represent former Chief Technical Officer accused of misappropriation of trade secrets.
Winston & Strawn LLC v. SunLink Corporation Represent manufacturer of commercial and industrial solar power installations in commercial litigation.
Agility Capital II, LLC, and Montage Capital, LLC v. Cataphora, Inc. Represented software company against action brought by loan-to-own investment banking firms to enforce alleged agreement to issue shares of stock and pay substantial fees. In response to cross-complaint, plaintiffs agreed to settle for a small fraction of the demand and without stock transfer.
Beal Bank v. Kobayashi, et al. Successfully represented guarantors of fraudulently obtained loan; matter resolved by successful dispositive motion.
FINRA Claim Against Registered Representative. Represented registered representative accused of violations of FINRA regulations that allegedly caused substantial investment losses. Matter resolved through confidential settlement.
Int’l Union of Operating Engineers Loc. #68 Welfare Fund v. Merck & Co., Inc. Represented Merck & Co., Inc. in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of third-party payors (i.e., HMOs, insurers, employers, and union welfare funds) that sought damages under the NJ Consumer Fraud Act for alleged misrepresentations about the safety of Vioxx. Certification defeated on appeal to the NJ Supreme Court.
In re New Jersey Vioxx Litigation. Served as lead trial counsel representing Merck in connection with economic harm claims by over 80 third-party payors under New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act following decertification of third-party payor class.
California Vioxx Coordinated Class Action cases.Represented Merck in connection with coordinated class action cases brought in California Superior Court alleging economic harm arising from Vioxx purchases on behalf of end-user consumers and third-party payors.
Ford Tire Cases. Represented Ford Motor Company in the first case selected for a bellweather trial in a consolidation proceeding involving thousands of personal injury and wrongful death actions alleging strict product liability, negligence and violation of various state consumer fraud statutes for damages allegedly arising from rollovers in Ford Explorers equipped with Firestone Wilderness AT tires.
Howard, et al. v. Ford Motor Company. Represented Ford in trial of class action lawsuit for alleged violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumers’ Legal Remedy Act arising from purported misrepresentations about the safety and reliability of “thick film ignition” systems, which replaced mechanical distributors in over 20 million Ford vehicles built in the 1980s.
UC HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW J.D. cum laude 1988
- Honors: Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; 1066 Foundation Scholarship
- Activities: Senior Research Editor, Vol. 39 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL; Editor, Vol. 38 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL; Dean’s Discussion Group Leader 1987-1988 (Constitutional Law); Dean’s Discussion Group Leader 1986-1987 (Contracts)
- Publication: The Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing: Examining Employees’ Good Faith Duties, 39 HASTINGS L.J. 483 (1988)
HARVARD COLLEGE A.B. Psychology
- Honors: Dean’s List; Arnheim Prize; David McCord Prize; Dudley House Master’s Award