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Jennifer Pafiti

Pomerantz LLP - Los Angeles
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Jennifer Pafiti
Pomerantz LLP - Los Angeles
Los Angeles,

Jennifer Pafiti joined Pomerantz as an associate in May 2014 and was elevated to Partner in December 2015. A dual qualified U.K. solicitor and U.S. attorney, she is the Firm’s Head of Client Services and also takes an active role in complex securities litigation, representing clients in both class and non-class action securities litigation. In January 2020, Jennifer was named as a 2020 Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, an award given only to the top 2.5% of attorneys in the region. Also in 2020, Benchmark Litigation recognized Jennifer as a Future Star. In September 2019, Lawdragon recognized Jennifer as a Leading Plaintiff Financial Attorney. Also in 2019, she was honored by Super Lawyers® as a Southern California Rising Star in Securities Litigation, named in Benchmark Litigation’s exclusive 40 & Under Hot List of the best young attorneys in the United States, and in June 2019 was recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California’s Top Young Lawyers. In 2018, Jennifer was recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction, an honor bestowed upon less than 10% of attorneys in any given state. She was honored by Super Lawyers® in 2017 as both a Rising Star and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California. In 2016, the Daily Journal selected Jennifer for its prestigious “Top 40 Under 40” list of the best young attorneys in California.

Jennifer was an integral member of the Firm’s litigation team for In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, a case relating to a multi-billion-dollar kickback and bribery scheme at Brazil’s largest oil company, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras, in which the Firm was sole Lead Counsel. She helped secure a significant victory for investors in this case at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, when the court rejected the heightened ascertainability requirement for obtaining class certification that had been imposed by other Circuit courts such as the Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Working closely with Lead Plaintiff, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited, she was also instrumental in achieving the historic settlement of $3 billion for Petrobras investors. This is not only the largest securities class action settlement of the decade but it is the largest settlement ever in a securities class action involving a foreign issuer, the fifth-largest securities class action settlement ever achieved in the United States, the largest securities class action settlement achieved by a foreign Lead Plaintiff, and the largest securities class action settlement in history not involving a restatement of financial reports.

Jennifer is also involved in the litigations of Dabe v. Calavo Growers, Flynn v. Sientra, Inc., Isensee v. KaloBios, Robb v. FitBit, Inc., Monachelli v. Hortonworks, Inc., Plumley v. Sempra Energy, and Greenberg v. Sunrun, Inc., in which the Firm is Lead Counsel.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Thames Valley University in England, prior to studying law. She earned her law degrees at Thames Valley University (G.D.L.) and the Inns of Court School of Law (L.P.C.) in the U.K. Jennifer is admitted to practice law in England and Wales and in California.

Before studying law in England, Jennifer was a regulated financial advisor and senior mortgage underwriter at a major U.K. financial institution. She holds full CeFA and CeMAP qualifications. After qualifying as a solicitor, Jennifer specialized in private practice civil litigation, which included the representation of clients in high-profile cases in the Royal Courts of Justice. Prior to joining Pomerantz, Jennifer was an associate with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in their San Diego office.

Jennifer regularly travels throughout the U.S. and Europe to advise clients on how best to evaluate losses to their investment portfolios attributable to financial fraud or other misconduct, and how best to maximize their potential recoveries. Jennifer is also a regular speaker at events on securities litigation and fiduciary duty.

Jennifer serves on the Honorary Steering Committee of Equal Rights Advocates (“ERA”), which focuses on specific issues that women face in the legal profession. ERA is an organization that protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.

Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Pension Fund Attorneys, American Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association and British American Business Council. Jennifer represents the Firm as a member of the California Association of Public Retirement Systems, the State Association of County Retirement Systems, the National Association of State Treasurers, the National Conference of Employee Retirement Systems, the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems and the U.K.'s National Association of Pension Funds.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in England and Wales; the State of California; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California; and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. She is based in Los Angeles.

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