Jessie M. Gabriel works smartly and tirelessly to resolve investment disputes for her clients, which include private investment funds, public issuers, boards of directors and C-level executives. She also counsels her clients on ways to reduce regulatory and litigation exposure through well-crafted compliance programs, investor agreements, insurance policies and corporate documents.
Jessie is a frequent commentator on the changing landscape of securities litigation and private fund compliance, and how companies benefit from an industry-based approach to legal services. She leads the firm’s Investment Funds team.
Jessie believes that management skills are just as important as substantive legal knowledge. Drawing from her previous career in economics, she demands strong project management and efficient, cost-effective utilization of resources in all her cases.
In her representation of Irving H. Picard, the Trustee for the global liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Jessie has managed the Trustee’s claims against Madoff’s largest hedge fund investor and his primary banker.
Jessie formerly chaired the Women’s Committee for the New York office and is currently Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of New Destiny Housing, a non-profit organization that develops housing for families victimized by domestic violence.
- Assisting numerous diverse private fund managers (private equity, hedge fund, venture and private real estate) to gain access to pension fund and corporate emerging managers program by structuring their funds to be MWBE-compliant, and obtaining certification as women- and minority-owned businesses.
- Representing energy-focused, middle market private equity firm in dispute over management company and GP ownership following personnel departure.
- Provided litigation risk assessment, including action plan for reducing or eliminating that risk, for potential acquisition by $1.3 billion private equity fund.
- Successfully represented the executive of a portfolio company taken public by private equity fund in an internal investigation prompted by SEC investigation and shareholder demand, resulting in no action against the client.
- Achieved the prompt resolution of a section 14(a) suit against a publicly-traded bank, related to the impact of tax changes on executive compensation. (E.D.N.Y. 2018)
- Represented a major financial institution that served as the underwriter of equity and debt offerings for multiple issuers against securities fraud claims arising out of those offerings. (E.D. Tex. 2016)
- New Destiny Housing: Board of Directors (2017 to 2018)
- Vice Chair of the Board of Directors (2019)
- American Bar Association
- Securities Litigation Committee
- Annual Meeting Securities Program: Chair (2017)
- New York State Bar Association
- California State Bar Association
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2004, cum laude, Order of the Coif; Campbell Moot Court Champion; Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Race & Law
- B.A., Dartmouth College, 1998
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2018
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2012
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2017
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2018
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2018
- New York, 2005
- Ohio, 2006
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