- University of Southern California (J.D., 1999); Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi, Recipient of the USC Law Alumni Award (highest GPA in graduating class); Notes Editor for the Southern California Law Review, Alfred J. Mellenthin Award, Gerald G. & Sally D. Kelly award for academic excellence.
- University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Classical Civilization, 1994).
- Hon. Arthur Alarcon, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2000–2001)
- Hon. Edward Rafeedie, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1999–2000)
Iian Jablon is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focuses on professional liability defense, securities litigation, business litigation, IP litigation, and white collar defense. He is also the firm's Co-General Counsel, a position he has held since 2010.
Mr. Jablon handles a broad range of complex litigation matters in both federal and state courts, and has extensive trial and arbitration experience in high-stakes matters, including first-chairing several trials. Recent representative civil cases include:
- Mr. Jablon has successfully represented three nationally prominent law firms and several partners at those firms in numerous lawsuits alleging claims for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice.
- Cone, et al. v. Causeway Capital Management LLC, et al., SC123777 (Los Angeles Superior Court 2015). Mr. Jablon currently represents the plaintiffs in a business dispute arising out of the termination and alleged squeeze-out of one of the founding members of a prominent investment management company. The matter is currently set for trial in early 2017.
- Blue, et al. v. Hill, et al., 3:10-CV-02269-O (N.D. Tex. 2010). Mr. Jablon represented a husband and wife in a dispute with their former attorneys over the amount of the contingent fee those attorneys were entitled to for representing the clients in a long-running trust and estate litigation. The matter was tried in federal court in Dallas, and the former attorneys' fee claims were ultimately reduced by more than $25 million.
- Securities and Exchange Commission v. Angelo Mozilo, et al., CV 09-03994 JFW (MANx) (C.D. Cal 2009). Mr. Jablon represented Angelo Mozilo, former CEO of Countrywide Financial Corporation in a lawsuit filed by the SEC alleging securities fraud and insider trading. A highly publicized settlement was reached with the SEC in the fall of 2010, shortly before the scheduled commencement of trial.
- In re Countrywide Financial Corporation Securities Litigation, CV 07-05295 MRP (MANx) (C.D. Cal. 2007). Mr. Jablon represented Angelo Mozilo in a multi-defendant securities class action filed by several large pension funds. The parties reached a settlement while the defendants’ motions for summary judgment were pending. Mr. Jablon also represented Mr. Mozilo in several other civil matters between 2010 and 2015.
- Madison Tyler Holdings, LLC, et al. v. Financial Asset Trading & Technology of California, LLC, et al., Ref. No. 1220038462 (JAMS 2009). Mr. Jablon was lead trial counsel representing the plaintiff in a complex, multi-party arbitration that included claims of alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, corporate espionage, and breach of contract. The matter settled after three days of trial.
- Madison Tyler Holdings, LLC, et al. v. Zone Equity Group, LLC, et al., NY Sup. Ct., Index No. 601960/08 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2008). Mr. Jablon represented the plaintiffs in an action in New York Supreme Court alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and interference with contract. The parties entered into a confidential settlement prior to trial.
- Fletcher International, Ltd. v. Syntroleum Corp., 08-CV-5851 (D. NY 2008). Mr. Jablon represented the plaintiff in federal court in New York relating to alleged breach of a securities purchase agreement, including an eight-figure damages claim. Mr. Jablon successfully moved to dismiss a cross-action filed by the defendant in Oklahoma, and the parties subsequently settled.
- Aviza Technology, Inc. v. ASML U.S., Inc., et al., Ref. No. 1100049618 (JAMS 2008). After a one-week arbitration, Mr. Jablon won a defense award in favor of his clients on all claims, including claims for fraud and negligent misrepresentation in connection with the sale of a business division. Mr. Jablon’s clients also obtained a seven-figure attorneys’ fees award against the claimant.
- Recipco Corporation v. Salomon Smith Barney, et al., FINRA Arbitration No. 06-00393 (FINRA 2007). After a seven day trial, Mr. Jablon won a defense award in favor of his client on all claims, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and other alleged misconduct. Mr. Jablon’s client was also awarded attorneys’ fees.
- In re the Matter of the Burton Lancaster 1988 Revocable Trust, BP 086877 (Los Angeles Sup. Ct. 2006). Mr. Jablon won summary judgment for his client in this complex, multi-party probate court litigation involving alleged misuse of trust assets.
- GLOBEtrotter Software, Inc. v. Elan Computer Group, Inc., 362 F.3d 1367 (Fed. Cir. 2004). Mr. Jablon won summary judgment for his client on claims for tortious interference and unfair competition, and then obtained a published affirmance from the Federal Circuit.
Representative criminal cases include:
- United States v. Gene F. Haas, CR 06-467-CAS (C.D. Cal. 2007). Mr. Jablon represented the prominent owner of a large private machine tool company who was accused of tax fraud and conspiracy.
- United States v. Peter B. Tafeen, CR 05-398-PA (C.D. Cal. 2006). Mr. Jablon represented a former Executive Vice President of Homestore, Inc. who was accused of securities fraud and insider trading.
- United States v. Sultan W. Khan, CR 02-951(A) FMC (C.D. Cal. 2005). Mr. Jablon represented a former CEO of a publicly traded technology company who was accused of securities fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering.
- United States v. William E. Frantz, CR 02-1267(A) MMM (C.D. Cal. 2004). After a lengthy trial, Mr. Jablon won an acquittal for his client (a tax attorney) on all five counts of tax evasion and conspiracy to evade taxes.
Mr. Jablon has also represented clients (both plaintiffs and defendants) in cases involving patents, business contracts, valuations, securities, real estate, corporate governance disputes, waste of corporate assets, bankruptcy, employment issues, and numerous other matters. He has also represented clients in connection with several complex class actions.
Mr. Jablon received his J.D. in 1999 from the University of Southern California Law School, where he graduated first in his class. While at USC, Mr. Jablon served as a notes editor for the Southern California Law Review, was elected to the honor societies of Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi, and received the Law Alumni, Alfred J. Mellenthin, and Gerald G. & Sally D. Kelly awards for academic excellence.
Prior to joining Irell, Mr. Jablon served as a law clerk to the Honorable Arthur Alarcon, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2000–2001), and to the Honorable Edward Rafeedie, United States District Court for the Central District of California (1999–2000).
Mr. Jablon received his B.A. in Classical Civilization in 1994 from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth, Fifth and Federal Circuits
- U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado