Jerry Roth, a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson resident in its San Francisco office, is a trial lawyer specializing in business and international litigation and white collar criminal defense. He has been widely recognized for the breadth and depth of his practice, the high profile of his matters and the results obtained for his clients.
In the business litigation area, Jerry has defended large-scale intercompany commercial disputes; securities fraud, antitrust, RICO and consumer class actions; and intellectual property cases including trade secret misappropriation and trademark matters. He recently has represented Verizon, Shell Oil, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, Pitney Bowes, World Savings Bank and Universal Music Group.
Jerry is an active member of the international litigation bar and has represented European, Asian and Latin American clients in a variety of both criminal and civil litigation matters. He speaks French, Spanish and Italian; is president-elect of the American section of the Union Internationale des Avocats based in Paris and co-director of its International Human Rights Committee; and has been the co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section's International Litigation Committee (2005-2008). Jerry recently obtained a French-language master's degree in European business law from the Université de Paris II. In 2007, Jerry was among a handful of ABA members who spearheaded a program to train Sudanese lawyers to represent victims of the Darfur tragedy before the International Criminal Court. He lectures frequently on international aspects of U.S. litigation, both in the U.S. and abroad.
As a former federal prosecutor in New York, Jerry also specializes in white collar criminal defense and related matters such as SEC enforcement actions and internal corporate investigations and he frequently represents individual executives as well as corporations. His clients include:
- the former CFO of a technology company in a stock options backdating SEC and DOJ investigation.
- an airline executive in the DOJ investigation into alleged antitrust violations in the air cargo industry.
- Schwab in the SEC’s after-hours trading and market timing investigation.
- Boeing in a multi-agency government investigation into alleged theft of trade secrets from a competitor.
- an Avant! Corp. executive in a criminal prosecution for alleged theft of trade secrets.
- a software executive in a DOJ investigation into FCPA violations in China.
- Equilon, an affiliate of Shell Oil, in a federal Pipeline Safety Act prosecution.
- the Special Committee of Whole Foods in an independent investigation into postings by a company executive on internet financial message boards.
While at the Department of Justice, Jerry received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance and a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service. He is a former chair of the Northern California branch of the ABA's White Collar Crime Section.
Jerry is an active member of the San Francisco and Sonoma communities and has sat on the board of directors of the French American International School and of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Society.
Jerry graduated magna cum laude in 1979 from Harvard College and magna cum laude in 1983 from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and wrote his student note on the applicability of the RICO statute to commercial disputes. He clerked after law school for U.S. District Judge William Schwarzer in San Francisco.