Jeff Almeida is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer practicing in the areas of corporate, securities and consumer litigation.
Mr. Almeida has a wide breadth of complex commercial litigation experience, with over 18 years of litigation experience. He has primarily represented domestic and foreign institutional investors in prominent securities fraud class actions and opt-out cases, including In re JPMorgan Chase & Co. Securities Litigation (London Whale) (S.D.N.Y.); In re Medtronic Securities Litigation (D. Minn.); In re Refco Inc. Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.); In re Merck & Co., Inc. Vytorin/Zetia Securities Litigation (D.N.J.); In re Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.); In re Pfizer Inc. Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.); In re Global Cash Access Holdings Securities Litigation (D. Nev.); and In re Career Education Corp. Securities Litigation (S.D. Ill.).
Mr. Almeida has also been actively engaged in derivative, class, and appraisal litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, including the matters In re Tyson Foods, Inc. Consolidated Shareholder Litigation, which resulted in historic rulings clarifying the fiduciary duties of corporate directors in connection with the administration of stock option plans; Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System v. Crawford (Caremark), a well-publicized derivative action challenging the terms of the Caremark and CVS merger that resulted in a $3.2 billion settlement; and In re Genentech Inc. Shareholder Litigation, where he successfully represented Genentech minority stockholders against Roche’s heavy-handed attempt to squeeze out the minority to seize control of Genentech.
In consumer litigation, Mr. Almeida currently serves as counsel for plaintiffs in two separate consumer class actions against Ford Motor Company, one of which involves Ford’s defective infotainment system and the second of which involves unintended acceleration. In other commercial fraud litigation, he has also successfully represented hedge fund clients in claims involving short-squeeze market manipulation and the marketing and sale of abusive tax shelters.
Prior to joining Grant & Eisenhofer in August 2004, Mr. Almeida was affiliated for seven years as an attorney with a major Philadelphia defense firm, where he practiced in the areas of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on consumer class actions, commercial contract disputes, and insurance coverage and bad faith defense.
Mr. Almeida is a 1994 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he captained the varsity basketball team and achieved election to Phi Beta Kappa, and a 1997 graduate of William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mr. Almeida is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, along with several federal district courts.
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