Jennifer Chunias is a partner in Goodwin’s Securities Litigation, White Collar Defense and Business Litigation group. She concentrates in the areas of government and internal investigations; shareholder, founder, and partnership disputes and litigation; private equity and venture capital post-closing disputes, arbitrations, and litigation; and higher education litigation.

Ms. Chunias’ clients include public and private healthcare, life sciences, and technology companies and their boards, officers, and directors; private equity and venture capital firms and their directors; and prominent universities.

Ms. Chunias regularly represents public and private companies, officers, and directors before federal and state regulators, including the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, and the Massachusetts Securities Division. She has conducted dozens of internal corporate investigations for companies, boards of directors, audit committees, and special board committees into allegations of healthcare fraud, securities fraud, financial accounting improprieties, and insider trading, as well as alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), #MeToo, immigration, and export violations. She has extensive experience through these matters on a wide variety of whistleblower issues, including under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, as well as qui tam whistleblowers under the FCA.

She handles a variety of shareholder, founder, and partnership disputes, litigation, and governance matters. These have included shareholder and other disputes among members of closely held corporations, shareholder derivative and Delaware Section 220 demands, as well as litigation alleging breaches of shareholder agreements, minority shareholder rights, and fiduciary obligations. She also frequently represents her investment firm clients in a variety of post-closing matters, including arbitrations and litigation arising out of escrow and indemnification disputes, restrictive covenant violations, and working capital disputes.

Ms. Chunias routinely works with public and private company clients on the implementation of appropriate policies and remedial actions identified during corporate investigations, as well as the development of appropriate compliance protocols, particularly FCPA, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption policies, training, and due diligence. She also advises independent directors and private equity and venture capital clients on corporate governance matters, fiduciary obligations, as well as best practices for portfolio company board service.

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Among her recent representative matters, Ms. Chunias' representations include:

  • A global technology company in connection with civil False Claim Act qui tam litigation and criminal investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division, relating to defense contracts and allegations of visa fraud, contract fraud, and ITAR violations.
  • Research misconduct investigations and related litigation on behalf of universities and research institutions. Such representations have included the successful dismissal of a federal lawsuit challenging an institutional research misconduct investigation on behalf of Harvard Medical School.
  • An international investment firm in connection with partnership disputes and numerous emergency arbitration proceedings relating to the firm’s investment in certain medical cannabis entities, ultimately negotiating a favorable settlement and return of the firm’s investment.
  • A U.S. publicly-traded software company in federal court post-closing litigation seeking indemnification for numerous fiduciary and restrictive covenant breaches, ultimately negotiating a highly favorable settlement.
  • A U.S. publicly-traded global manufacturer of scientific and diagnostic instruments in connection with investigations by the SEC, DOJ and Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption into alleged bribery and corruption violations at several of the Company's China subsidiaries.
  • A global private equity firm that has raised over $18 billion of capital in connection with an arbitration involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.  Ms. Chunias was a member of the Goodwin team that ultimately obtained a $170 million award and defeated over $100 million in counterclaims.
  • A financial consulting firm in False Claim Act and class action litigation arising out of “pay-to-play” allegations relating to the New Mexico State pension system.
  • The former CEO of a pharmaceutical and medical device company in connection with a federal indictment relating to the company's sale of allegedly unapproved and adulterated drugs.
  • A private healthcare consulting firm in connection with multiple FCA qui tam whistleblower suits arising out of allegations that the company assisted hospitals seeking and receiving inflated Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
  • A national pension consulting firm in connection with claims relating to the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • The principals of The Pyramid Companies, a multi-billion dollar commercial real estate firm in connection with a breach of fiduciary duty suit brought by a minority partner seeking to dissolve and liquidate one of The Pyramid Companies’ asset-holding general partnerships valued at over $200 million. Ms. Chunias was part of a Goodwin team that defeated all fiduciary duty claims against the principals and obtained judgment after a three-week trial that the minority partner had wrongfully attempted to dissolve the partnership.
  • The buyers of National Manufacturing, Inc. in an arbitration and numerous post-arbitration litigation proceedings after obtaining an award that sellers had breached environmental warranties and were responsible for full environmental remediation costs.
Professional Activities

In 2016, Ms. Chunias was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to the State Ballot Law Commission.

Ms. Chunias has served on the Board of the Women's Bar Foundation, on the BBA's Individual Rights Responsibilities Section Steering Committee, and as a pro bono Bar Advocate, handling dozens of court appointments in the Criminal Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2005, Ms. Chunias was a lecturer at Harvard Law School. Before that, she was an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston.

Recognition

Ms. Chunias is recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice, and is listed in Global Investigations Review 100, a guide to the world’s leading firms for corporate investigations. In 2009, Ms. Chunias was selected by the Boston Business Journal as one of the top 40 business leaders in Massachusetts under the age of 40 and honored at a "Women of Justice" event by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Women's Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. She also was selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" for 2005 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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The University of Vermont

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