Jennifer Chunias is a partner in Goodwin’s Securities Litigation, White Collar Defense and Business Litigation practice. She concentrates in the areas of government and internal investigations; shareholder, founder, and partnership disputes and litigation; post-closing disputes, arbitrations, and litigation; crisis management and data breaches; and higher education litigation. Her 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 clients before federal and state regulators, including the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, and the Massachusetts Securities Division, and in particular has extensive experience representing public companies and individual directors and officers facing SEC investigations, government enforcement actions, and shareholder demands and lawsuits. She has conducted dozens of internal corporate investigations for companies, universities, boards of directors, audit committees, and special board committees into allegations of healthcare fraud, securities fraud, revenue recognition treatment and other financial accounting improprieties and data breaches, 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 the FCA. Ms. Chunias also handles all aspects of self-reporting decisions and government investigations that may ensue as a result of internal investigation findings, as well as remedial measures identified during investigations, and the development of appropriate compliance protocols, policies, training, and due diligence.

Ms. Chunias also handles a variety of shareholder, founder, and partnership disputes, litigation, and governance matters, including, in particular, in the Delaware courts. 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.

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

  • Leading Goodwin’s representation of the Independent Directors of Granite Point Mortgage Trust, Inc., a public commercial mortgage REIT, in a confidential, binding arbitration relating to the termination of Granite Point’s external manager and internalization of its management function.
  • Currently defending Worcester Polytechnic Institute (“WPI") against fraudulent conveyance claims brought in Massachusetts federal court by the former spouse of a major donor to the University, seeking to claw back significant donations to the University that the plaintiff claims she was entitled to in her divorce.
  • Co-led an internal investigation on behalf of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into its donations from and interactions with Jeffrey Epstein. A link to the Goodwin Report can be found here.
  • Represented the seller of Telequality Communications LLC, a large rural health care telecommunications provider, in post-closing litigation in Delaware Superior Court alleging breaches of representations and warranties, breaches of contract, and fraud in connection with the sale of the company and ensuing Federal Communications Commission investigation.
  • Represent WPI in a putative class action lawsuit pending in Florida federal court relating to a dispute with recreational club equity members and homeowners regarding a property owned by the University.
  • Won a significant victory in federal court in Boston on behalf of the President & Fellows of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School; Ms. Chunias was one of the partners leading the team that obtained the complete dismissal of a lawsuit brought by two prominent research scientists over an ongoing institutional investigation into alleged research misconduct under federally funded research grants. This dismissal was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented the Audit Committee of public company in SEC and DOJ criminal investigations related to $250 million, multi-year restatement.
  • Represented a global technology company in relation to civil False Claims 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 contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, and allegations of contract and immigration fraud, and export violations.
  • Represented a prominent international private equity firm in post-closing litigation in Delaware Chancery Court in its capacity as shareholder representative of the former shareholders of Microban International, Ltd. against W.M. Barry & Company, Inc.
  • Represented the Audit Committee of a U.S. publicly-traded global manufacturer of scientific and diagnostic instruments in an internal investigation and multi-year government 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.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented 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. Prior to and during law school, she was a public health researcher and spent a decade working with survivors of sexual assault.

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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Northeastern University School of Law
B.A.
The University of Vermont

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U.S. District Court of Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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