Jennifer Chunias is a partner in Goodwin’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, a leader of the firm’s Technology Companies Investigations and FCPA Sector group and a leader of the firm’s M&A Post Closing Disputes Sector group. Ms. Chunias has over twenty years of experience handling government and internal investigations, shareholder demands, and litigation; complex commercial disputes, and whistleblower 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 colleges and universities.

Ms. Chunias regularly represents clients 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, universities, boards of directors, and special board committees into allegations of healthcare fraud, securities fraud, revenue recognition treatment and other financial accounting improprieties, workplace misconduct, and cybersecurity incidents, as well as alleged FCPA, and FCA violations. She advises clients 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, partnership, and appraisal 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.





Ms. Chunias' recent representations have included:

  • Trial Counsel for 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.
  • Conducted high-profile internal investigation on behalf of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into its donations from and interactions with Jeffrey Epstein, and relevant development protocols. A link to the Goodwin Report can be found here.
  • Forensic investigation on behalf of a public cloud-based cybersecurity company relating to high-profile Solar Winds data security incident.
  • On behalf of a specialty pharmacy provider, obtained dismissal of federal court action in Florida alleging FCA and Anti-Kickback Act violations relating to claims for reimbursement for compounded ophthalmic products.
  • 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.
  • Conducted an expedited internal investigation on behalf of the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit corporation and government contractor into allegations of senior management misconduct and inappropriate “tone at the top,” including in relation to ongoing federal defense contracts with the U.S. Navy and FCA considerations.
  • Retained by the Board of Directors of a publicly-traded global telecommunications company to conduct an expedited internal investigation into a whistle-blower allegation concerning certain year-end accounting procedures and improper “tone at the top” on the part of senior members of the company’s Finance team.
  • 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 ITAR violations relating to the engineering work of back office employees in Russia.
  • 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.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a public engineering software company on complicated cybersecurity concerns. Multiple issues intersected, including access to company emails without authorization, potential theft and export of technology into China, and allegations of bribes paid to circumvent technology controls designed to prevent the supply of software to prohibited foreign state-owned enterprises.
  • 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 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 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 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.
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.


Ms. Chunias is recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense as well as her venture capital and emerging companies practices, 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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