J.R. Scherr is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience representing financial institutions and large companies in complex commercial and class action disputes. J.R.’s practice focuses on the securities, intellectual property, and business issues facing software licensors, commercial mortgage lender/servicers, government contractors, and consumer-facing enterprises across industries. He also regularly represents clients in shareholder disputes, commercial speech, and business tort matters.
J.R. has handled SEC and other government investigations for major financial institutions, served as national counsel for large lender/servicers and investment funds, and lead trial counsel in multiple business disputes and class actions in state and federal courts. He has litigated several consumer class actions to favorable resolution, and routinely counsels owners, investors, lenders, and loan servicers on civil litigation and business risks in real estate, technology, and other sectors.
A lifelong resident of Maryland, J.R. is active in the Maryland bar and devotes his pro bono services to organizations in his local community of Montgomery County.
Micro Focus (US) Inc. v. Express Scripts, Inc., No. 8:16-cv-00971-PX (D. Md.) – obtained complete defense verdict in two-week jury trial on $23 million license and copyright claims by software licensor.
Quan-En Yang v. G & C Gulf, Inc. d/b/a G&G Towing, No. 403885V (Mont. Cnty.) – successfully lobbied for rule change by Maryland Court of Appeals abolishing defendant class actions in Maryland, based on representation of defendants in bilateral class action in Maryland State Circuit Court.
K&D, LLC t/a Cork v. Trump Old Post Office LLC & Trump, No. 1:17-cv-00731-RJL (D.D.C.) – obtained dismissal of all claims against the President of the United States in action for unfair competition under DC law based on the President’s ownership of a controlling interest in the Trump International Hotel.
Representations by Discipline
Securities and Shareholder Disputes
Obtained dismissal of shareholder claims in multi-jurisdictional dispute against issuer of stock in pre-IPO financing transactions
Represented clients in multiple SEC investigations into 10b-5 and other violations by primary and secondary MBS market participants
Successfully defended Government-Sponsored Enterprise in SEC investigation and civil securities fraud litigation
Represented major mortgage loan servicing firms in foreclosure-related litigation and regulatory inquiries from SEC, FRB and state attorneys general
Served as lead corporate counsel in mortgage finance shareholder dispute
Served as shareholder counsel in broker-dealer commercial dispute
Media and E-commerce
Represented major Internet-based travel and lodging providers in cybersquatting and spyware litigation
Successfully litigated defamation and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims over commercial use of stealth Internet proxy services
Successfully litigated First Amendment and defamation issues on behalf of major broadcasting/publishing companies in television, radio, newspaper, and Internet
Represented large telecommunications provider in federal court litigation involving Voice-over-Internet (VoIP) and allegations of “stealth” services in wireless telecommunications
Represented large television and Internet Service Provider in commercial cable dispute
Longtime trademark counsel for global owner of food certification and other marks including successfully prosecuting to judgment or favorably settling dozens of infringement and cybersquatting disputes relating to the client’s trademarks
Represented global electronics manufacturer in trademark litigation involving multibillion-dollar infringement dispute with competitor
Franchise and Trade Regulation
Represented international electronics supplier in class action antitrust dispute
Represented global personnel company in multiple franchise, licensing and commercial disputes
Represented clients in extensive franchise-related trial and appellate litigation in the electronic security industry
University of Maryland School of Law, 1998, J.D., with honors
University of Pennsylvania, 1994, B.A.
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the District of Maryland
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
US Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Securities Regulation, US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)