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Jon Corey is a principal in McKool Smith's Los Angeles office where he focuses on complex commercial and bet-the-company litigation. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial cases alleging violations of antitrust, unfair competition, intellectual property, ERISA, RICO, and business torts laws, to name a few.

Over the past decade, Jon has tried or arbitrated at least one case each year; these disputes have involved accounting fraud, false claims, government contract, trade secrets, real estate and construction, corporate partnerships, and environmental liability.

Jon also handles cross-border litigation, including cases in Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, East Timor, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, Iraq, UK, and Uzbekistan.

Jon received his JD from Brigham Young University and earned his BA in Finance from Utah State University.

Experience

Representative Matters

Prior to joining the firm:

  • Represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in its landmark RMBS litigation against UBS, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and Bank of America, and other major banks arising from its Conservatorship for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and served as trial counsel for FHFA in its $800 million SDNY trial against Nomura and RBS which was upheld by the Second Circuit. Overall, FHFA recovered approximately $25 billion in these actions.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims and self-dealing claims under ERISA against the administrator running its self-funded health benefit plan.
  • Represented a construction products manufacturer pursuing antitrust and RICO claims against trade association and its members who adopted sham certification standards in an attempt to exclude the manufacturer’s products from the nationwide market.
  • Represented an industrial products manufacturer in a trade secret theft case against a former employee and a foreign competitor.
  • Represented a private equity firm and its primary investor in a breach of fiduciary duty case against former officers of the firm’s investment funds.
  • Represented an investment management firm whose in-house analytical software and decades of client and performance information were systematically downloaded by key employees who left to form a competing firm.
  • Represented an oil exploration company in a suit alleging that a Fortune 100 corporation violated the antitrust laws when it interfered with the company’s efforts to compete for rights to explore for and produce natural gas and oil in the Timor Sea.
  • Represented a consumer products manufacturer in a trade secret theft and RICO suit against a competitor.
  • Represented an acquiring company against the seller for misrepresenting and concealing relevant and material accounting information regarding the financial performance of the target company.
  • Represented a real estate developer in a legal malpractice case against a firm whose lawyers, over a decade, misrepresented to the client both the work conducted and work necessary to obtain federal, state and local permits to proceed with construction of an entertainment complex.
  • Represented a uranium ore processor in a month-long arbitration against parties obligated to pay for the monitoring, decontamination, remediation and decommissioning of a facility in Oklahoma.
  • Represented an investor in an arbitration against a joint venture partner regarding responsibility for lost profits and cleanup costs incurred when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission repeatedly shut down a uranium hexafluoride processing plant due to improper releases of contaminants on-site and off-site. Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a real estate developer in a dispute with a joint venture
    partner over its failure to supervise adequately the construction of the joint venture’s buildings.
  • Represented a software publisher against a foreign heavy equipment manufacturer that improperly accessed, infringed and misappropriated the publisher's source code and defended against claims that the publisher did not properly or adequately implement the software. Won summary judgment, as a plaintiff, that the defendant infringed two of the client packaging company’s patents resulting in an immediate settlement in excess of $23 million.

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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1996

B.A., cum laude, Utah State University, 1993

Court Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern Districts of California
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • The U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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