Jonathan E. Paikin


  • Vice Chair, Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group

Jonathan Paikin is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience representing companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in high-stakes complex litigation matters before federal and state appellate and trial courts in numerous jurisdictions, as well as in arbitration. He has extensive experience litigating complex commercial matters with serious financial implications, consumer class actions, qui tam lawsuits, technology-related disputes, and cases involving Native American tribal interests. Mr. Paikin also provides confidential advice to clients with public profiles on policy issues, litigation strategy, mass arbitrations, pending and newly enacted legislation and compliance with various federal regulations.

In addition, Mr. Paikin has an active pro bono practice.


  • Commercial Disputes

    • Representing and advising various clients in connection with mass arbitration arising out of consumer protection claims.
    • Representing the leaseholders of the World Trade Center buildings in a dispute with certain airlines arising out of the events of September 11, 2001 in the Southern District of New York.
    • Representing a large financial institution in a dispute arising out of a software outage related to the calculation of net asset values (NAVs) for mutual funds. 
    • Prosecuting a dispute over possession of the skiable terrain at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah state court.
    • Arbitrating a fee dispute on behalf of an international fund with one of its former lawyers.
    • Representing a photo services vendor that was the victim of a cyber-attack in connection with claims brought by its corporate clients. 
    • Representing a global media and technology company in a dispute arising out of a regional sports network in Houston.
    • Representing a Polish chemical company in a high-stakes dispute arising out of a supply contract in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 
    • Prosecuting a dispute in New York Supreme Court on behalf of a credit union against a service provider and insurer arising out of defaulted mortgages. 
    • Representing a defense contractor in a three-week trial in Indiana state court.
    • Defending a major insurer in a four-week trial in San Francisco involving billions of dollars of asbestos liabilities.
  • Consumer Class Actions

    • Defending a national tax service provider in putative consumer class action and related lawsuits arising out of mass arbitration claims.
    • Defending a tribal lending company in putative class actions filed in the Eastern District of Virginia arising out of consumer loans.  
    • Defending a national retailer in multi-district litigation consolidated in federal district court in Chicago arising out of the sale of herbal supplements. 
    • Obtaining dismissal of putative class actions filed against a professional organization arising out of statements made in connection with certain dues payments in federal district court in the District of Columbia.
    • Obtaining dismissal of consumer class actions against a satellite radio service provider arising out of a service interruption in federal district courts in Alabama and New Jersey.
    • Defending a national college testing organization in a putative class action in federal district court in Minnesota arising out of a scanning problem on a college entrance exam.
    • Defending a standardized testing company in multi-district litigation consolidated in federal district court in New Orleans arising out of a scoring anomaly on a teacher certification exam.  
  • Government Litigation

    • Defending a national on-line tax service provider in federal district court and at trial in a Part 3 administrative proceeding  brought by the Federal Trade Commission arising out of allegedly deceptive television and social media advertising.
    • Representing a health care provider in federal district court in Tampa, Florida in a False Claims Act action arising out of alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback statute.
    • Defending a national wireless service provider in federal district court in the District of Columbia in a False Claims Act lawsuit arising out of a Federal Communication Commission broadband spectrum auction. 
    • Representing a national student loan service provider in federal district court in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in a lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau arising out of servicing and collection practices.
    • Representing a financial institution in False Claims Act actions arising out of the underwriting of municipal bonds filed in state courts in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.
    • Obtaining dismissal of a False Claims Act action in federal district court in Orlando, Florida, against a vacation resort company arising out of a contract with the United States Postal Service, and successfully defending the decision on appeal.
    • Obtaining dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit in federal district court in Atlanta against a non-bank lender arising out of Small Business Administration loans, and successfully defending the decision on appeal.
    • Obtaining a dismissal of an investment company in a False Claims Act suit filed in state court in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    • Advising a national rail passenger company on all aspects of its legal strategy in connection with the on-time performance of its trains.  
  • Pro Bono

    • Successfully challenging the State of Texas's photo identification voting requirement under Section II of the Voting Rights Act. 
    • Arbitrating a dispute with an architect and contractor over renovation work at a national historic site in an arbitration on behalf of a trust for historic preservation.
    • Supervising appeals of convictions on behalf of criminal defendants before the Maryland appellate courts. 


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  • Education

    • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1996

      cum laude
    • BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1993

      with honors Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York



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