Jonathan B. Waxman earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as a senior editor of the Journal of Business Law. He also received a certificate in Business Economics and Public Policy from The Wharton School.

While in law school, Jonathan served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also worked as a volunteer for the Innocence Project, helping to pursue claims of factual innocence for those who have been wrongfully convicted. Jonathan was heavily involved with the Entertainment and Sports Law Society at Penn, where he served the organization as president.

Jonathan is fluent in Spanish.

Experience

  • Represented an oil and gas production company in defending a series of investor class actions challenging public disclosures in connection with the company's purchase and merger of a series of previously independent limited partnerships.
  • Defended, including acting as counsel in an entirely successful two-week trial, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company in a complex merger litigation arising from its acquisition via mergers of several limited partnerships in which it served as the general partner. (See "Shout-Out: Irell Locks Up Win for Public Storage” in The AmLaw Litigation Daily—subscription required—and "Public Storage Defeats Shareholder Class Action" in the Los Angeles Business Journal.)
  • Represented Angelo Mozilo, former CEO of Countrywide Financial Corporation, in civil investigations led by the Department of Justice. (See "Justice Department Drops Civil Fraud Case Against Countrywide’s Angelo Mozilo" in The Wall Street Journal, "Countrywide’s Mozilo Off Hook as U.S. Said to Abandon Suit" in Bloomberg Businessweek and "Feds won't file fraud suit against Countrywide's Mozilo" in the Associated Press.)
  • Represented 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 settled on confidential terms shortly before trial.
  • On a pro bono basis, obtained an award from the Labor Commissioner on behalf of four former restaurant employees for the entire amount that clients sought.

Community Involvement

  • Steering Committee co-chair (2018-present) and board member, American Jewish Committee in Los Angeles; Jonathan regularly meets with members of the United States Congress and foreign diplomats on behalf of the organization

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2013), magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Senior editor, Journal of Business Law

The Wharton School (Certificate in Business Economics and Public Policy, 2013)

University of Southern California (B.S., Business-Cinema/Television with an emphasis on Finance, 2010), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2014
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