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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Jeffrey Wittenberg, Esq.
Mr. Wittenberg founded Wittenberg Law in 2010 to advise business and investors on complex business and financial issues including litigation, arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and day-to-day management of business affairs.
Mr. Wittenberg has been named a SuperLawyer rising star, and has served on the Corporations and Finance Committees of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. He also served as a FINRA arbitrator on several matters.
Mr. Wittenberg graduated The Ohio State University and relocated to New York City in 1994 at the age of twenty one, where he embarked on a career on Wall Street working as a financial advisor for high net worth families and hedge funds. Mr. Wittenberg’s experience on Wall Street led him to a strong desire to study law with a focus on business and investments (otherwise known in the law field as a corporate/securities focus).
Mr. Wittenberg graduated Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 at which time he accepted an offer from legal powerhouse Jenner & Block LLP as an associate in its corporate and securities department of its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Wittenberg worked with one of the foremost experts advising Fortune 500 Company boards of directors regarding high level corporate action (including mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings and day-to-day corporate affairs) with a focus on advising boards in relation to their fiduciary duties and the business judgment rule. Clients included General Motors, General Dynamics, Exelon, and a host of other Fortune 500 companies operating in a wide spectrum of business sectors. Notable matters included a $20 billion, international securities offering of several different securities in several different currencies; and a $20 billion split up of a joint venture between two of the largest worldwide Fortune 50 pharmaceutical companies. Other business transactions including mergers and acquisitions ranging from $10 million to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mr. Wittenberg subsequently accepted an offer to return to California to work with the prestigious, internationally-recognized law firm Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP in its Los Angeles office. While there, Mr. Wittenberg advised clients in regards to the legal aspects of financing corporate assets such as buying and servicing mortgage loans, forming a special purpose entity to take possession and title to the loans, and then offering securities out of that special purpose vehicle for sale in public and private markets. Mr. Wittenberg also headed up the Financial Derivatives department of the Los Angeles office and was integral in successfully negotiating hundreds complex derivative contracts.
In 2008, Orrick seconded Mr. Wittenberg to its Hong Kong office to operate as leading attorney on a billion dollar cross-border securitization of South Korean mortgages to a Chinese investor. This was one of the highlights of Mr. Wittenberg’s corporate law career.
In 2010, Mr. Wittenberg followed his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own law firm. Mr. Wittenberg got off to a fast start representing a $1 billion money management firm in arbitration against Credit Suisse Securities LLC concerning a breach of contract and holding the investment bank accountable for reneging on a bond trade. Mr. Wittenberg’s success in this arbitration led to many follow on referrals for business litigation and transactional work and to numerous other successful representations recouping millions of dollars for this clients.
Since 2010, Mr. Wittenberg has helped a large number of companies, managers, employees and investors (including registered investment advisors, high net worth families and retirees) across a wide swath of business and investment sectors. Mr. Wittenberg has successfully advised clients on business formation, startup advice, capital raising, loan agreements, duties of boards of directors, investor relations, partnership agreements, partner disputes, employee agreements, employee lawsuits, intellectual property issues, investment agreements, broker-dealer agreements, financial derivatives, litigation in state and federal court and several arbitration forums, and a litany of high stakes lawsuits and business transactions for his clients.
Publications / Presentations
Money and Risk, “Avoid Becoming a Victim of Investment Fraud”, 2011
Finance Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, “Dodd-Frank: New Rules, Regulation & Proposed Reforms Impacting Investment Advisers”, 2010
Mathew Bender Treatise, Illinois Corporate Law, “The Board of Directors” and “Committees of the Board of Directors”, 2005
Jenner & Block News Alert – “SEC Adopts Rule Relating to Listed Company Audit Committees”, April 2003
Jenner & Block News Alert – “NYSE: Summary of the Corporate Governance Proposals as of April 25, 2003”, April 2003
Jenner & Block News Alert – “NASDAQ: Summary of the Corporate Governance Proposals as of April 25, 2003”, April 2003
Jenner & Block News Alert – “Interim Filing Guidance for Complying With Pension Blackout Periods and Earnings Releases or Similar Announcements Under New Rules Now in Effect”, April 2003
Jenner & Block News Alert – “Proposed Amendments to the Rules for CEO/CFO Certifications Under Section 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Interim Guidance on Furnishing Section 906 Certifications”, April 2003
Jenner & Block News Alert – “New SEC Website for Creating and Filing Ownership Forms Pursuant to Section 16 of the Exchange Act”, April 2003
Jenner & Block News Alert – “Retention of Records Relevant to Audits and Review”, January 2003
Financial Institutions Committee, State Bar of California, Member (2010-2011)
Corporations Committee, State Bar of California, Communications Vice Chair, Member (2011-2014)
Attend regular meetings with liaisons from the California Department of Corporations, California Secretary of State, and Los Angeles office of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Santa Monica Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2012-2014), Member (2009-present)
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), Member
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Member
California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012
California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013
Avvo Rating 10 (Superb)
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), JD, 2002
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science, 1994
Arbitrator Training, FINRA, 2012
Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, Illinois, 2002-2004
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Los Angeles, California 2005-2009
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Hong Kong, China 2008
Bar Admissions / Arbitration Forums
Northern District of Illinois, 2002
Central District of California, 2010
Southern District of California, 2017
Arbitrator, FINRA, 2012- 2016