Jon is known for being a tough adversary who keeps his sense of humor in the most challenging of cases. Clients value the business-focused nature of his advice. As chair of the firm’s Private Fund Disputes team, he represents offshore liquidators, managers, limited partners and institutional investors in disputes related to hedge, private equity, venture, tax credit and real estate funds, and investment vehicles consisting of any alternative asset classes such as residential and commercial mortgage backed securities, credit default swaps, corporate trusts and collateralized debt obligations.
I take a business-focused approach to the resolution of disputes in two primary areas.
Long before fund disputes were in vogue, I founded our Private Fund Disputes team because I foresaw the exposure of alternative investment funds to market and regulatory forces. Such forethought, detailed in numerous thought leadership articles and speaking engagements, was prescient as the credit crises exposed the risks inherent in such investment vehicles and asset classes. I was fortunate that clients put their trust in my skillset, and today represent a cross-section of the fund industry, including offshore liquidators. As one prominent client noted, “Jon’s qualities and offshore pedigree mean that we consider him a ‘go-to’ counselor for handling complex offshore fund disputes.”
E-discovery has become one of the most onerous and expensive burdens facing large corporations. As chair of the firm’s electronic discovery and digital evidence practice, I created a ground-breaking approach to electronic discovery before the amendments to the federal rules at a time when the business community had never heard of e-discovery. Due to this vision, companies in the technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and financial services sectors have all retained my team to provide them with the most up-to-date, cost-effective and successful strategies.
I see a confluence of the regulatory forces in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Asia and offshore jurisdictions resulting in global pressure on private investment funds ultimately leading to novel litigation associated with compliance and regulatory issues.
Jonathan has achieved numerous successful litigation results in high-profile cases, including:
The Wall Street Journal | June 16, 2017
Boston partner and commercial litigation co-leader Jon Sablone provides third party commentary in this article about criticism around how the Justice Department is handling the payout of the Madoff’s Victim Fund.
The New York Times | November 22, 2016
Boston partner and co-leader of the commercial litigation practice Jon Sablone is quoted in this article about a recent ruling in federal bankruptcy court in favor of Madoff fund investors.
Law360 | August 12, 2016
Boston commercial litigation partner Jonathan Sablone and associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns wrote this article about a recent decision in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeals confirming that shareholders who have redeemed their shares, but who have not received the redemption proceeds, have claims against the liquidating company as creditors, ranking behind ordinary unsecured creditors but ahead of continuing shareholders.
Law360 | March 22, 2016
Boston partner and co-leader of the commercial litigation practice Jon Sablone and New York City commercial litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin co-authored this column discussing the impact of a New York bankruptcy court decision on investors who still face claims by trustee Irving Picard. Their commentary focuses on a reevaluation of the litigation strategy for a more aggressive approach.
Law360 | March 11, 2016
Partner and co-leader of the commercial litigation practice Jon Sablone is quoted in this feature article discussing three high-profile spoliation disputes featuring lost, destroyed or hidden electronic data and what these cases mean moving forward.
Law360 | October 06, 2015
Partner and co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice Jon Sablone and New York City Commercial Litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin authored this column discussing how the insertion of boilerplate language can now obviate an important and powerful tool of the Cayman Islands Companies Law and invest even more power in offshore funds.
Law360 | August 17, 2015
Partner and co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice Jon Sablone and New York City Commercial Litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin discuss Citco Group Ltd.’s recent $125 million settlement in Anwar et al. v. Fairfield Greenwich Ltd. and it’s implications on PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in a class action the company is facing.
Law360 | March 27, 2015
Boston partner and co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice Jon Sablone and Boston Commercial Litigation associate Christine Colmey authored this article discussing how a recent Southern District of New York ruling pertaining to the Madoff Ponzi scheme serves as a caution to service providers to funds.
Private Fund Disputes Alert | 08.02.17
Private Fund Disputes Alert | 11.23.16
Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence Alert | 08.05.16
Private Fund Disputes Alert | 07.25.16
Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence Alert | 07.22.16
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | 06.13.16
Private Fund Disputes Alert | 05.10.16
Private Fund Disputes Alert | 03.17.16
Boston College Law School, J.D.
Harvard College, A.B., cum laude
U.S. Supreme Court
Jon was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Commercial Litigation.
Jon has been recognized for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 for Litigation: General Commercial (Massachusetts). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years. Other recognitions include: Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated trial attorney; “Super Lawyer,” Boston magazine, 2008-2011; and Boston Business Journal's “40 Under 40,” 2008
Jonathan volunteers his time as a faculty member at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, where he teaches courses related to discovery and deposition practice. He is also a past board member and secretary of the Starlight Children’s Foundation of New England, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of seriously and terminally ill children. Jonathan also serves as a volunteer alumnus interviewer for the Harvard and Radcliffe college admissions committees. He also sits on the advisory board of the New England Legal Foundation.
Jonathan is a member of the Massachusetts, New York State, Boston, and American bar associations. He also sits on the Civil Advisory Board for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and serves as a Board Member of the New England Legal Foundation. Additionally, Jonathan is on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Jon Sablone presents on the use of predictive coding in the practice of e-discovery.