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John F. Sylvia

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Boston
617.348.1820
New York
212.692.6206



Education

  • Boston College (JD)
  • Dartmouth College (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Jack is Co-chair of the Securities Litigation Practice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer whose clients include public and private corporations, officers, directors, special committees, accountants, mutual funds, portfolio managers, and investment advisors. His practice encompasses all facets of securities and financial fraud litigation, and he has handled complex civil and criminal matters involving insider trading, revenue recognition, high-yield investment schemes, market timing, late trading, options backdating, and auction rate securities. In addition, he frequently represents clients in connection with internal investigations and investigative and enforcement proceedings conducted by the SEC, FINRA, and state regulatory agencies.

In addition to his trial experience, Jack also has represented clients in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, including proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and FINRA. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary on high-profile civil and criminal cases, having appeared on CNBC, FOX News, the BBC, and WHDH and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and Businessweek.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a former employee of a pre-eminent financial services industry firm charged with violations of the securities laws in connection with the firm's sale of funds invested in subprime securities; tried the case for three weeks in March 2011 before the SEC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, who ruled in favor of the client on all charges
  • Jury acquittal for a CEO client charged with criminal tax evasion arising from an options backdating investigation
  • Defense jury verdict in class action litigation for a prominent biotech corporation and a CEO charged with violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  • Defense jury verdict for corporate officers charged with violation of Section 10(b) in connection with the purchase of convertible-preferred securities
  • Favorable post-trial decision in Delaware Court of Chancery for corporate and individual clients charged with breaches of fiduciary duties

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Litigation: Securities (2011 – 2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Securities Litigation (2006, 2010 – 2013)