Jonathan Wolfman


Co-Chair, Public Company Counseling Group

Wolfman, Jonathan

Jonathan Wolfman co-chairs the Public Company Counseling Group. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Wolfman has established an exceptional practice advising public companies on a wide range of disclosure, corporate governance and compensation issues. He regularly advises public companies on understanding and addressing new SEC rules and other emerging issues. He has represented a variety of clients in M&A and capital markets transactions.


Mr. Wolfman concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law. He advises public companies on a wide range of disclosure, corporate governance and compensation issues, including compliance with SEC and stock exchange rules responding to shareholder proposals, formal and informal communications with investors and others, and understanding and addressing the impact of new and emerging disclosure and governance practices.

Mr. Wolfman also advises purchasers and sellers in various corporate transactions including tender offers, mergers and asset transactions. Additionally, he represents issuers and underwriters in initial and follow-on offerings of equity and debt securities.

His clients come from a broad range of industries, including computers, consumer products, telecommunications, biotechnology and retail.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2013-2016 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business  in the field of corporate/M&A for Massachusetts. In 2016, a client said that he "is always clear, helpful, incredibly knowledgeable on all applicable regulations. Everything is efficient and at his fingertips."
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his corporate governance practice, and was named the 2016 Boston Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Included in the 2014 and 2016 editions of BTI Client Service All-Stars for combining "exceptional legal expertise with practical advice, business savvy and innovative, effective solutions—all of which help make your clients' lives easier."
  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his work in the M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Corporate Governance field
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2007-2013 issues of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

July 1, 2016

WEX Completes Acquisition of Electronic Funds Source

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, completed its previously announced acquisition of Electronic Funds Source LLC, a provider of customized corporate payment solutions for fleet and corporate customers.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 25, 2016

Applying the New SEC Staff Guidance on Non-GAAP Measures to Your Next Earnings Announcement

All public companies should consider and address the SEC staff's new guidance, as well as other recent developments regarding the use of non-GAAP measures, as they prepare for their next earnings announcement. To help you work through the implications of the new guidance, we discuss the new and revised CDIs, and offer our analysis of key takeaways and action items.

March 24, 2016

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, recent FAST Act amendments that further streamline the IPO process and much more.

March 24, 2016

2016 M&A Report

Our 2016 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; updates on takeover defenses and public company deal litigation; practical guidance on avoiding antitrust violations in pre-merger integration planning; a look at what buyers need to know about appraisal claims in private company mergers; and a survey of key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

March 24, 2016

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms. We also highlight two new funding techniques that have expanded the pre-IPO financing toolkit; five common mistakes made by fledging entrepreneurs; and four things you need to know about doing business in California.

February 8, 2016

BTI Names Lantier, Lee and Wolfman Among 2016 Client Service All-Stars

Partners Bill Lee, Greg Lantier and Jonathan Wolfman have been included in the 2016 edition of the BTI Client Service All-Stars report.

December 10, 2015

Overview of Securities Law Provisions of the FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The FAST Act, which is aimed principally at authorizing spending on highway and transit projects, includes several amendments to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and other securities law provisions, some of which are effective immediately.

Professional Activities

Mr. Wolfman is a member of the ABA's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities and is a former co-chair of the Subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting.

Mr. Wolfman is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and serves on the advisory committee of the Eastern New England Chapter.

Mr. Wolfman is the author of the corporate governance chapter in PLI’s Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public and was a co-editor of The Practitioner’s Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act published by the American Bar Association.


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JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989

BS, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1986

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia

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