Staff

George Kroup is a Partner at JFB Legal.  He is a creative lawyer with substantial experience in every aspect of commercial litigation practice, from pre-dispute research and investigation through trial and appeal.  George works across industries – including telecommunications, media, energy, health care, and finance – and has taken cases to conclusion before federal and state courts, bankruptcy courts, arbitral bodies, and administrative tribunals.  Many of his matters have a cross-border component, and he has frequently partnered with counsel and experts from other jurisdictions, including England, The Bahamas, Italy, and Latin America to apply foreign law in U.S. courts or to resolve international disputes that implicate U.S. law.   

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2007, cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Semifinalist, Hinton Moot Court Competition
  • Cornell University, B.A., College Scholar, 2002
    • Scholarship, Cornell Branch of Telluride Association
    • College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholar

Civil Litigation

  • Represented, as trial counsel, an international cell tower builder in arbitration claims concerning breach of asset purchase and share purchase agreements.
  • Represented minority investors in arbitration claims against a multi-billion dollar asset management firm in connection with the unlawful forced redemption of their membership interests.
  • Represented tenants of an international co-working company in connection with disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represented a power plant builder and operator in connection with a multimillion-dollar statutory interpleader action arising from a dispute between investors.
  • Represented, as trial and appellate counsel, a major cable provider in a lawsuit alleging violations of FCC regulations. Obtained a complete victory on de novo review by the full commission.
  • Represented the media company debtor in a disputed bankruptcy confirmation proceeding. The debtor’s plan was confirmed over all objections.
  • Represented a global financial institution in a lawsuit concerning the valuation of defaulted derivatives contracts. The matter settled at trial.
  • Represented an energy company – and obtained a total victory – in a dispute concerning the tax obligations of affiliated entities following a spin-off transaction.
  • Represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and the Institute of International Bankers as amicus curiae in connection with litigation arising from the Madoff bankruptcy.

Employment Law

  • Represented an international solar energy company accused of violating the whistleblower retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Achieved dismissal of all claims.
  • Represented an employee with SEC whistleblower claims against a financial services firm.
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in connection with litigation and advice concerning non-compete obligations and other restrictive covenants.
  • Represented ex-executive in separation negotiations, including alleged claims of gender and racial discrimination under Title VII.

Pro Bono Matters

  • Represented various artists and arts organizations in litigation and dispute matters through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
  • Represented a resident alien subject to deportation in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Represented veterans’ organizations as amici curiae in support of challenges to the Department of Defense’s discriminatory policies against transgender service members.
  • Represented New York City Bar Association’s Cyrus Vance Center in connection with engagements concerning international anti-corruption law.

Walden Macht & Haran LLP, New York, NY (2019-2021)
  • Senior Counsel
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY (2007-2018)
  • Associate

Bar Admissions
  • New York State
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Daniel Schwartz is a Counsel at JFB Legal. Dan is a seasoned civil litigator with extensive experience advocating for his clients in both federal and state courts and in arbitration. During his career, Dan has represented a wide range of clients, from multinational financial institutions and corporations (including a professional sports league) to small, privately held companies, and individuals. Dan has experience of complex civil litigation and has handled matters involving antitrust, bankruptcy, breach of contract, business torts, employment, and intellectual property.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude
    • Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., History, 2006, magna cum laude

Recognition

  • Named a “NY Metro Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for 2019, 2020

Civil Litigation

  • Represented global bank in multibillion adversary proceeding arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Represented major professional sports league in connection with putative class action brought by former players.
  • Represented national manufacturer in antitrust class action alleging participation in purported national price fixing conspiracy.
  • Represented numerous employers against claims common law and statutory claims brought by former employees in state and federal courts and in arbitration.
  • Represented prominent manufacturer of delicatessen products against claims brought by former distributor.
  • Represented intellectual property owner in arbitration brought by licensee alleging violation of exclusive license.
  • Represented trustees in action seeking declaratory judgment that purported beneficiary was not entitled to a share of the trusts’ assets.

Internal and Regulatory Investigations

  • Represented special committee of the board of directors of publicly traded company in connection with internal investigation.

Sill Cummis & Gross PC, Newark, NJ (2019-2021)
  • Litigation Associate
Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, LLP, New York, NY (2018-2019)
  • Litigation Associate
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY (2012-2018)
  • Litigation Associate

Bar Admissions
  • New York State
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Maryia Jones is a Counsel at JFB Legal. She specializes in complex litigation and trial work. Maryia represents clients in business disputes, insurance coverage matters, and products liability lawsuits, among others. Maryia has handled individual and class actions in many states, including Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, and Texas. She has successfully prosecuted and defended jury and bench trials in federal and state courts. On the appellate level, Maryia has obtained victories for her clients in the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Maryia graduated from William & Mary Law School in the top ten percent of her class. Prior to joining JFB Legal, Maryia served as outside counsel to national banks and other financial institutions in lawsuits brought under federal and state consumer protection laws.

Education

  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2009
    • Graduated in the Top 10%
    • Vice-President of International Law Society
  • Belarusian State University, B.A. and M.A., International Studies, 2004, magna cum laude

Civil Litigation

  • Currently represent a leading food and beverage manufacturer in products liability lawsuits and business disputes.
  • Successfully defended national banks and other financial institutions in class actions and individual lawsuits brought under federal and state consumer protection laws nationwide.
  • Secured early dismissals and summary judgments on various claims arising from mortgage origination and servicing against numerous creditors.
  • Defended credit reporting bureaus against claims brought under Fair Credit Reporting Act in individual and class actions nationwide.
  • Represented national bank in a series of class actions arising from mortgage forbearance practices under the CARES Act.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in a federal jury trial in favor of an oil company, including an award of punitive damages against defendants.
  • In a case of first impression, obtained an important ruling in client’s favor on valuation of partnership assets in a complex business dispute.
  • Secured a seminal ruling from a federal court denying plaintiffs’ novel motion for a county-only class certification.

Internal and Regulatory Investigations

  • Represented numerous financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state attorneys general, and bank commissioners.

Pro Bono

  • Obtained political asylum for a national of Liberia at risk of persecution based on his connections to an overthrown former political leader of Liberia.

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders, Virginia Beach, VA (2010 – 2021)
  • Litigation Associate

Bar Admissions
  • New York State
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

  • Russian
  • Belarusian

Ian Robertson is an Associate at JFB Legal. A recent graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, he has experience working on litigation in a variety of both civil and criminal matters. Mr. Robertson was a senior staff member of the Business Law Review where he frequently contributed to its news blog. He was also the director of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Spring Qualifying Tournament and a semi-finalist in the Tulane Sports Law moot court competition.

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2020, cum laude
    • Business Law Review
    • Moot Court Honor Society
  • George Washington University, B.A., Economics & Political Science, Minor in Business Administration, 2015

Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C. (2019)
  • Legal Intern
Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. (2018)
  • Judicial Intern

Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • Virginia Supreme Court

Imani Curry-Johnson is a Researcher at JFB Legal. Imani uses her background in science research to assist the firm’s attorneys with understanding the complex scientific issues in their cases. Imani has experience in cancer research, Parkinson’s Disease, and the synthesis of molecular structures. Imani also works in the medical field helping one of the poorest communities in the U.S. fight the COVID-19 pandemic and other assorted health issues. Additionally, Imani danced professionally in contemporary ballet in New York City after college.

Education

  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, B.A., May 2016
    • Concentrations Pre-Medicine and Dance
    • Vice President, Sarah Lawrence College Natural Sciences Review
    • Biology research paper on The Effect of CAM and Alternative Medicine on Breast Cancer Patients was presented to the Science Department.

Scribe, CityMD, New York, NY (November 2020–Present)
  • Support supervising physicians by performing in-house testing, drawing blood, documenting patient interaction, and assisting with medical procedures.
Intern, Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, Brooklyn, NY (June 2016–June 2017)
  • Researched and presented prominent literature on Parkinson’s Disease and dance therapy, including helping create and assemble research materials.
  • Streamlined self-reporting process enabling the program to collect more accurate data. Took on responsibilities of Program Manager during her absence.
  • Worked with dancers in class to ensure they could participate in a manner appropriate with their mobility.

  • The National Association of Legal Assistants

Rachel Dunn is a Senior Researcher at JFB Legal. Rachel uses her background in science and policy to close the divide between scientific findings and their implications. Energy, transportation, and pollution are among the issues she has addressed through interdisciplinary research and communication. She has applied her knowledge in the research, non-profit, government, and now, legal arenas. Rachel’s interests include behavioral and environmental modeling as tools for answering policy questions. Rachel was invited to present her independent research at a noted scientific conference.

Education

  • Bard College, Center for Environmental Policy, M.S., Climate Science and Policy, 2020
    • Rachel Carson Award for capstone project with a high quality of research and potential for policy impact. Presenter, International Environmental Modeling and Software Society Conference, The Prediction of Violent Conflict under Environmental Change.
  • University of North Carolina, B.S., Atmospheric Science, 2018, cum laude
    • Model United Nations, Treasurer
    • Blue Ridge Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster

Intern, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C. (Sept 2019 – Dec 2019)
  • Supported US climate negotiators by researching domestic and international developments in renewable energy, carbon mitigation, and climate resilience.
Executive Assistant Intern, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Takoma Park, MD (June 2019 – Aug 2019)
  • Assisted in the development of a Clean Energy Mandate campaign for the state of Virginia by drawing on existing legislation, potential endorsements, and local climate impacts.
Intern, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, Asheville, NC (Jan 2017 – May 2018)
  • Wrote case studies for the US Climate Resilience Toolkit, informing community leaders about climate resilience programs in place across the country and emphasizing solutions to problems climate change presents to US residents.

  • The National Association of Legal Assistants

Jordan W. Reece is an Associate at JFB Legal. He has experience with trial and document preparation in a civil and criminal context, for both state and federal courts. Mr. Reece served on William & Mary’s Business Law Review and was Captain of the ABA Student Tax Law Challenge Team. Prior to joining JFB Legal, Mr. Reece worked as a Law Clerk at Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson on issues ranging from landlord/tenant disputes, to contract revocation, and establishing the existence of an implied-in-fact contract in the absence of formal writing. Mr. Reece has also provided pro bono assistance through one of William & Mary’s clinics, helping low-income residents navigate the complexities of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax code.

Education

  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2021, cum laude
    • Business Law Review
    • ABA Student Tax Law Challenge Team, Captain
    • Law Capella, Vice President
  • University of Mary Washington, B.A., Philosophy, B.A. English, 2011, summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa Scholar
    • Honors Thesis in Philosophy
    • University of Mary Washington Rugby

Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC, Fredericksburg, VA (Summer 2020)
  • Summer Clerk – Wrote in-depth research memoranda and briefs on issues pertaining to client needs, e.g., whether a South Carolina judgment domesticated in Virginia and outside the South Carolina statute of limitations may be enforced in Virginia. Wrote medical and deposition summaries in anticipation of litigation, and a variety of correspondence to opposing counsel, e.g., letters of deficiency.
Swem Library, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (2019 – 2020)
  • Public Services Student Assistant – Helped students conduct academic research utilizing the library’s electronic databases and physical resources. At times served in a supervisory capacity over other student employees. Responded to student inquiries with excellent customer service concerning library resources.
Office of the Public Defender, Fredericksburg, VA (Summer 2019)
  • Summer Intern – Conducted legal research on topics, e.g., the circumstances necessary to be found guilty of misdemeanor versus felony and assisted the Public Defender’s Office in representing clients facing felony charges. Interviewed clients in anticipation of trial. Served the Public Defender by taking the lead on other necessary tasks that arose, such as preparing, filing, and editing motions, as well as pulling search warrants.

Bar Admissions
  • Virginia

John C. Treat is an Associate at JFB Legal. John has experience representing clients in a variety of civil litigation matters in state and federal court. He has assisted with successfully resolving false advertising and unfair competition claims for a pharmaceutical company and with obtaining emergency relief for a healthcare provider. In his pro bono practice, Mr. Treat played an active role on a trial team prosecuting a housing and discrimination case in San Francisco, successfully opposing summary judgment.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2018
    • Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Associate Editor
    • Winter 2017 Certificate of Merit
  • Stanford University, B.A., Political Science; B.A., History; 2014
    • Stanford Cardinal Baseball Team, NCAA Division I (Pitcher), 2011-2012

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented large financial institution in federal trial concerning mistaken transfer of funds to investment managers and lenders involved in a $900 million syndicated loan.
  • Served as a member of a team defending a specialty pharmaceutical company against false advertising and unfair competition claims.
  • Conducted a risk assessment of breach of contract and trademark infringement claims and filed an emergency temporary restraining order for a healthcare provider.
  • Drafted appellate briefs for an insurance company in related personal jurisdiction proceedings in Texas appellate court and quasi-bankruptcy litigation in Delaware state court.

Pro Bono

  • Served as a key member of a litigation team, including engaging in extensive discovery and drafting a motion successfully opposing summary judgment, to gain relief for tenants in San Francisco who had suffered from abusive and discriminatory practices by their landlords.

Ropes & Gray LLP, New York, NY (2018-2020)
  • Associate

Bar Admissions
  • New York State

Nathaniel E. Marmon is a Counsel at JFB Legal. As a young lawyer, Nathaniel cut his teeth working with Jack on a multi-billion-dollar trial and appeal, quickly learning the value of hard work and exceptional preparation. Almost a decade later, Nathaniel is now a seasoned commercial litigator with experience successfully handling high-stakes, complex matters for sophisticated clients across a wide array of industries. He has represented banks, accounting firms, insurance companies, investment funds, real-estate developers, and high-net-worth individuals in commercial disputes involving securities violations, business torts, breach of contract, and a variety of other claims. On all matters, Nathaniel focuses on delivering pragmatic, thoughtful, and straightforward advice; on winning cases, where possible, or resolving them efficiently; and on always communicating with clients, lawyers, and judges in a clear, careful, and persuasive way.

Education

  • New York University Law School, J.D., 2006
    • New York University Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Yeshiva University, B.A., 2000
    • Computer Science

Civil Litigation

  • Represented Citibank in federal trial concerning mistaken transfer of funds to investment managers and lenders involved in a $900 million syndicated loan.
  • Represented Citigroup in connection with successful defense of $30 billion lawsuit brought by the bankruptcy administrator of Parmalat S.r.l., including major victory on summary judgment and $365 million jury verdict in favor of Citigroup on its counterclaims.
  • Represented the hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners in $60 million breach of contract/compensation dispute with former partner/employee, including award by trial court in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division of summary judgment in favor of defendants on all issues. Retained by Harbinger after joining Hogan Lovells to work as co-counsel with Paul Weiss in connection with successful defense of appeal in the First Department.
  • Represented a national insurance company in $100 million coverage litigation.
  • Represented a national insurance company in pre-litigation counseling concerning coverage for long-tail exposure liability.
  • Represented a media company in contract litigation arising out of asset purchase.
  • Represented a lender in multiple disputes over the terms of non-recourse loans.
  • Represented California plaintiffs in connection with enforcement proceeding and related action in New York Supreme Court respecting plaintiffs’ $8.5 million jury award.
  • Represented the Morgans Hotel Group in connection with expedited derivative litigation in Delaware Chancery Court involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty brought by dissident director.
  • Represented a private-equity fund in connection with expedited litigation in Delaware Chancery Court involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty brought by former partner. Represented fund in ongoing litigation respecting enforcement of parties’ settlement agreement.
  • Represented Wells Fargo in connection with First Department appeal concerning application of CPLR 3408(f) and other foreclosure-related litigation.
  • Represented Citigroup in connection with defense of various lawsuits related to the collapse of the auction rate securities market.
  • Represented corporate directors in connection with successful defense of civil lawsuits asserting violations of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act.

Legal Aid & Pro Bono Matters

  • Lead trial counsel in pro-bono representation of indigent mother in Family Court proceeding to terminate mother’s parental rights.
  • Assisted Legal Aid in successful pro-bono representation of indigent worker prosecuting wage and hour litigation in Queens County Supreme Court.
  • Assisted Legal Aid in successful pro-bono representation of low-income, Chinese-speaking restaurant workers in prosecution of wage and hour litigation in the Eastern District.

Lupkin LLP, New York, NY (2018-2020)
  • Counsel
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York, NY (2014-2018)
  • Litigation Associate
Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, New York, NY (2012-2013)
  • Litigation Associate
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY (2006-2012)
  • Litigation Associate

Bar Admissions
  • New York State
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • American Bar Association

Caroline George is the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at JFB Legal. Caroline brings over 18 years of experience as an Accountant in the financial services sector, along with almost 10 years as a Property Developer, building and managing a portfolio of beach rental homes located in the Outer Banks, NC. After maximizing the portfolio’s yield and market valuation, Caroline chose to sell her business and return to professional services. At JFB Legal, Caroline is responsible for managing the non-client aspects of the business operations. Caroline is originally from England and maintains dual British-American citizenship.

Education

  • University of Leeds, B.A. in Classics, 1989, cum laude
    • Leeds University Crew
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
    • Associated Chartered Accountant, 1993 (active license)
  • FINRA Series 27
    • Financial & Operations Principal (inactive license)

JCB Duck, LLC – Kitty Hawk, NC (2012 – 2022)
  • Real Estate Investment Property Developer – Built and managed a real estate investment portfolio of beach rental properties located in the Outer Banks, NC.
Citigroup Inc. – New York, NY (2002 – 2008)
  • Director, International Financial Planning & Analysis Unit – In charge of a reporting function with 110 staff located in 38 countries, responsible for compiling/reporting Citigroup’s results on a geographic basis, for use within the quarterly earnings statements.
  • Program Director, Audit & Risk Review – Responsible for managing audits in the broker-dealer businesses.
  • Chief Auditor, Citibank Canada.
Cantor Fitzgerald – New York, NY & London, UK (1998 – 2001)
  • Senior Vice President, Risk Management – Responsible for developing and monitoring various risk management controls and procedures in the New York office.
  • European Financial Controller – Role included Accounting oversight and responsibility for the European offices, plus the branches located in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Johannesburg.
Price Waterhouse CoopersLondon, UK & New York, NY (1990 – 1998)
  • Audit Manager – Responsible for managing audits and consulting projects at various international banks and broker dealers. Role included a two-year Executive Management posting to the New York office, and several shorter assignments working in Russia and Estonia.

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales – North American Chapter
  • The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – New York & Virginia Chapters
  • Financial Women’s Association
  • National Real Estate Investors’ Association