Jake Walker is an attorney at the law firm Block & Leviton LLP in Boston, where he represents investors and consumers in individual and class actions. Prior to joining Block & Leviton in September 2015, Jake was an associate at Gibson Dunn in Palo Alto and Skadden Arps in Boston. Jake is a 2010 graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and a 2001 graduate of Babson College.
Jake has represented boards of directors, corporate acquisition targets, and acquirers in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions. For example, he represented defendants in litigation related to the $5.3 billion private equity acquisition of Del Monte Foods Company in state and federal courts in California and in the Delaware Court of Chancery, as well as in litigation related to Intel’s $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee Inc. in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. He has also represented numerous third-parties, including various investment banks, in M&A litigation in California and Delaware courts.
In addition, he has represented several large technology companies, including in the defense of consumer class actions related to privacy and technology issues. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and has a deep understanding of technology and privacy issues. Jake has also represented companies in antitrust class actions and investigations, stockholder derivative actions, securities class actions, and in investigations before the FTC and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.
As part of his pro bono practice, Jake was part of a team of attorneys who represented Indian workers illegally trafficked to the Gulf Coast on behalf of a ship repair company in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The workers were forced to live in squalid labor camps and were given short-term temporary work permits after paying tens of thousands of dollars to labor recruiters who falsely promised green cards and permanent residency. Claims against the company have been proposed to be settled for over $20 million as part of a pending bankruptcy case. Jake deposed several executives of the defendant, and successfully argued in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against a motion to dismiss filed by some of the defendants. Jake has also been recognized by the American Bar Association for his pro bono work on behalf of active duty military members and for his work teaching financial literacy skills to Boston-area high school students.
Before becoming an attorney, Jake started two companies in the live music recording business: DiscLive and The Show. As part of that business, Jake worked and toured with bands such as Pixies, Dead Can Dance, Kenny Loggins, Devo, and Jefferson Starship, among others.
In his spare time, Jake enjoys learning about technology, watching baseball, and photography.