Jay W. Eisenhofer

Managing Director

Jay Eisenhofer, co-founder and managing director of Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., has been counsel in more multi-hundred million dollar cases than any other securities litigator, including the $3.2 billion settlement in the Tyco case, the $922 million UnitedHealth Group settlement, the $486 million settlement with Pfizer, the $450 million settlement in the Global Crossing case, a $400 million settlement with Marsh & McLennan, a $303 million settlement with General Motors and a $300 million settlement with DaimlerChrysler. Internationally, Mr. Eisenhofer has organized cases on behalf of investors leading to substantial recoveries, including the $1.5 billion settlement with Fortis in the Netherlands, the $1 billion recovery against Royal Bank of Scotland in the United Kingdom, and the historic $450 million pan-European settlement in the Royal Dutch Shell case in the Netherlands. Mr. Eisenhofer was also the lead attorney in the seminal cases of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Employees Pension Plan v. American International Group, Inc., where the U.S. Court of Appeals required shareholder proxy access reversing years of SEC no-action letters, and Carmody v. Toll Brothers, wherein the Delaware Court of Chancery first ruled that so-called “dead-hand” poison pills violated Delaware law.

Mr. Eisenhofer has served as litigation counsel to many public and private institutional investors, including, among others, Amalgamated Bank, APG Asset Management, California Public Employees Retirement System, California State Teachers Retirement System, Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, the Florida State Board of Administration, John Hancock, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System, New York City Retirement Funds, Inc., and Service Employees International Union.

Mr. Eisenhofer is consistently ranked as a leading securities and corporate governance litigator and he has been named by Lawdragon to its annual list of the top 500 lawyers in America for several consecutive years. He is also recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal has selected Grant & Eisenhofer to its “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the country since the List’s inception, earning the firm a place in The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall Of Fame” in 2008, as well as to its list of “Elite Trial Lawyers: The 50 Leading Plaintiffs Firms in America” since commencement of the list. The firm has been selected as a “Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm” by Law360 as “one of the most high-profile shareholder and whistleblower advocates in the country, securing record-high cash settlements.” U.S. News & World Report has also repeatedly named Grant & Eisenhofer to its list of “Best Law Firms” in the fields of Securities Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Corporate Law. Mr. Eisenhofer is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Eisenhofer has written and lectured widely on securities fraud and insurance coverage litigation, business and employment torts, directors’ and officers’ liability coverage, and the Delaware law of shareholder rights and directorial responsibilities. Among the publications he has authored: Shareholder Activism Handbook (Aspen Publishers); “Proxy Access Takes Center Stage – The Second Circuit’s Decision in AFSCME Employees Pension Plan v. American International Group, Inc.” Bloomberg Law Reports, Vol. 1, No. 5; “Investor Litigation in the U.S. – The System is Working” Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter, Vol. 22, #5; “In re Walt Disney Co. Deriv. Litig. and the Duty of Good Faith Under Delaware Corporate Law” Bank & Corporate Governance Law Reporter, Vol. 37, #1; “Institutional Investors As Trend-Setters In Post-PSLRA Securities Litigation” Practising Law Institute; “In re Cox Communications, Inc.: A Suggested Step in the Wrong Direction,” Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter, Vol. 35, #1; “Does Corporate Governance Matter to Investment Returns?” Corporate Accountability Report, Vol. 3, No. 37; “Loss Causation in Light of Dura: Who is Getting it Wrong?” Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter, Vol. 20, #1; “Giving Substance to the Right to Vote: An Initiative to Amend Delaware Law to Require a Majority Vote in Director Elections,” Corporate Governance Advisor, Vol. 13, #1; “An Invaluable Tool in Corporate Reform: Pension Fund Leadership Improves Securities Litigation Process,” Pensions & Investments; and “Securities Fraud, Stock Price Valuation, and Loss Causation: Toward a Corporate Finance-Based Theory of Loss Causation,” Business Lawyer. Mr. Eisenhofer has also authored a number of articles on illiquid and rouge hedge funds, including “Time for Hedge Funds to Become Accountable to Fiduciary Investors,” Pensions & Investments; and “Hedge Funds of the Living Dead,” New York Times Dealbook.

Mr. Eisenhofer serves as a member of the NYU Law School Advisory Board for the Center on Civil Justice. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Order of the Coif. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Vincent A. Cirillo, President Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court and thereafter joined the Wilmington office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Mr. Eisenhofer was a partner in the Wilmington office of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley until forming Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. in 1997.

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude,
    Order of the Coif
    1986
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
    1978

Admissions

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)
  • Supreme Court of the State of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of DE
  • U.S. District Court for the District of NJ
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA
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