Jarrod is co-chair of the Ponzi Litigation team and is a member of McGuireWoods’ Financial Services Litigation group representing clients in complex litigation and class actions. Jarrod focuses his practice on banking and consumer financial services industries while also serving a broader array of clients in complex litigation.
Banking and Financial Services Litigation
Jarrod has significant experience litigating on behalf of clients in the financial services industry, particularly areas involving consumer and financial services. Jarrod has defended numerous credit card issuers, national banks, vehicle finance companies and financial institutions in putative class actions across the country litigating them through class certification and, when warranted, settling cases on a class-wide basis. Jarrod’s experience includes litigating consumer finance claims (FCRA, TCPA, FDCPA, UCC), allegations of improper fees and conduct representing clients in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court alleging violations of discharge injunctions.
Jarrod also focuses on representing major financial institutions in Ponzi scheme and financial fraud cases involving some of the largest Ponzi schemes in the country. This work involves internal investigations through litigation brought on behalf of individuals, bankruptcy trustees and receivers seeking to hold banks liable for victim’s losses or seeking to recover fraudulent transfers. Jarrod helped to launch and is a frequent author on McGuireWoods’ Ponzi Perspectives blog.
Jarrod also works with private equity firms to counsel them on acquisition-related due diligence issues, including potential fraud, and initiating litigation to recover losses as a result any improper conduct. Jarrod has also assisted management companies in connection with fee disputes resulting from transactions or termination of management fee agreements. Through those relationships, he also assists equity firms in defending and pursuing litigation on behalf of their portfolio companies.
General Commercial Litigation Practice
Jarrod maintains a broad complex commercial litigation practice representing a wide range of industries. Through this practice, Jarrod has handled complex business disputes, including both the defense and prosecution of high-stakes restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, breach of fiduciary duty claims, unfair trade practices and RICO claims.
Jarrod also values service in the community and in 2016 he was appointed to serve on Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Investment Commission. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and has significant pro bono experience litigating and taking to trial a prisoner right’s case.
- Defense of numerous banks in class action and multi-plaintiff cases across the country alleging that the banks were liable for Ponzi scheme losses. Some representative examples include the Rothstein Ponzi Scheme in Florida, In re TelexFree Secs. Litig., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13681 (D. Mass), NCA Inv’rs Liquidating Tr. v. TD Bank, N.A., 2019 Bankr. LEXIS 3632 (Bankr. D. Del.)
- Defense of merchant services processers in litigation relating to credit card processing, including class actions relating to allegedly improper fees, theft and chargebacks.
- Handled numerous consumer class action and individual TCPA cases for clients across the country.
- Defense of credit furnishers in class actions and individual cases alleging FCRA violations
- Representation of banks in bankruptcy adversary proceeding where the banks are alleged to violate bankruptcy discharge orders because of credit reporting.
- Representation of multiple vehicle finance companies facing class actions related to violation of various state and federal consumer protection laws, including “letter cases,” improper fees and failure to disclose fees.
- Obtained injunction and prosecuted claims against client’s employees for misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with contractual relations.
- Defense of technology client in connection with multi-case litigation alleging defamation and RICO violations, including obtaining summary judgment on behalf of the client.
- Co-counsel for technology client in an investigation initiated by the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- Villanova University School of LawJD2004
- The Pennsylvania State UniversityBS2001
“Lawyers on the Fast Track,” The Legal Intelligencer, 2013
- Co-author, Ruling Clarifies Bankruptcy Courts’ Class Action Jurisdiction, Law360, September 6, 2023
- Author, Second Circuit Strikes Down Attempted Bankruptcy Contempt Proceedings In Class Context, Class Action Countermeasures, August 16, 2023
- Author, Ponzi Perspectives: 2023 Midyear Roundup, Ponzi Perspectives, July 24, 2023
- Author, Ponzi Perspectives: 2022 Year-End Roundup, Ponzi Perspectives, February 23, 2023
- Author, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action Against Those Who Aid and Abet Fraud, Ponzi Perspectives, January 31, 2023
- Author, Ponzi Perspectives: 2022 Midyear Roundup, Ponzi Perspectives, August 12, 2022
- Author, Ponzi Perspectives: 2021 Year-End Roundup, Ponzi Perspectives, December 7, 2021
- Author, Ponzi Schemes: A Growing Hazard in Film Financing, Ponzi Perspectives, September 3, 2021
- Co-author, "Ponzi Schemes: A Growing Hazard In Film Financing", Law360, September 2, 2021
- Author, Personal Jurisdiction – An Effective Defense As Illustrated by the Southern District of New York in Dismissing Ponzi Litigation, Ponzi Perspectives, April 22, 2021
- Co-author, "Limitations on Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Nationwide Class Actions Alleging Violation of Discharge Injunction Under Section 524(A)(2)", Quarterly Report, Vol. 74, No. 2, 2020
- Author, Fifth Circuit Holds that Receiver Has Standing to Bring Derivative Claims on Behalf of Investors Harmed by Ponzi Scheme, Ponzi Perspectives, February 3, 2021
- Author, Second Circuit Rejects Ponzi Scheme-Related Facilitation Claims against Bank, Ponzi Perspectives, November 13, 2020
- Author, In the Wake of the CARES Act, States Focus on Consumer Credit Protection, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 10, 2020
- Author, CFPB Adopts “Flexible Approach” to FCRA Enforcement in COVID Era — Will Courts Do the Same?, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 3, 2020
- Author, Due to COVID-19, Most Pennsylvania Businesses Ordered to Cease Operations, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 20, 2020
- Author, Ninth Circuit Removes “Random or Sequential” From Automatic Telephone Dialing System Definition, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, September 27, 2018
- Author, ATDS in Light of ACA International — Location Matters for TCPA Claims, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 29, 2018
- Co-author, "The Possible Pitfalls Of A Text Messaging Ad Campaign", Law360, January 23, 2018
- Author, Call Me Maybe: Equivocal Statements May Partially Revoke Consent Under TCPA, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, August 21, 2017
- Author, Court: Consumer Cannot Unilaterally Revoke Contractually Agreed-Upon TCPA Consent, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 23, 2017
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Speaker, When the Plates Stop Spinning: How Financial Institutions Can Prepare for Ponzi Scheme Investigations and Litigation, May 14, 2020
- Speaker, "Lessons Learned Defending Banks During the Credit Crisis", CLE: Ethics and Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, August 29, 2017
- Speaker, The Data Breach Class Action, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 5, 2017