Jason Pinney focuses his practice on securities enforcement and litigation matters. Jason represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity firms, board members, and individuals in litigation, arbitrations, and regulatory investigations across the United States. Jason represents clients in federal and state court, as well as before the SEC, FINRA, and state securities agencies. He conducts internal investigations on behalf of senior management and directors, and advises clients on a variety of regulatory, compliance, and corporate governance issues, including fiduciary laws and regulations, research conflicts, and solicitor issues. Jason lectures on securities industry issues and conducts continuing education programs for clients.
Jason is active in pro bono matters and nonprofit work. He was part of a team that won landmark victories representing a group of Uighur prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. All 12 of his clients were cleared of wrongdoing and ordered released. He also leads a team that serves as counsel to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, a nationally recognized nonprofit that protects and serves the local fishing community. Jason is also on the Boston Advisory Board for Harlem Lacrosse, a school-based nonprofit that mentors at-risk youth in five cities through the sport of lacrosse. Prior to that, Jason served as a board member and pro bono counsel for MetroLacrosse. He has testified before Congress in connection with his pro bono work, and has been profiled in Above the Law, The American Lawyer, and other publications.
In 2012, Jason was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly. In 2015 he was named a top “40 under 40” lawyer in Boston by the National Law Journal.
Jason currently serves as the hiring partner for Morgan Lewis’s Boston office. Prior to that, Jason served as the chair of the Boston office’s Pro Bono Committee.
Jason received his J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College Law School where he was an executive editor for the Environmental Affairs Law Review and taught environmental law to undergraduates. In 2010, he served as a special prosecutor for the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office.
Part of a team serving as national coordinating defense counsel to a major Wall Street brokerage firm responding to more than 75 arbitrations related to employee stock and stock options
Part of a team serving as national coordinating defense counsel to a major clearing broker-dealer defending against hundreds of claims relating to mortgage-backed securities
Part of a team serving as national coordinating defense counsel to a major Wall Street brokerage firm responding to a series of auction rate securities claims
Successfully represented a major Wall Street brokerage firm in defending against a series of regulatory investigations concerning research analysts
Successfully represented a major Wall Street brokerage firm in resolving SEC and FINRA investigations, litigation and arbitrations regarding structured product Successfully defended the CEO of a public company in a SEC investigation
Successfully defended a major brokerage firm responding to multiple wire transfer claims brought in federal court and in FINRA arbitrations
Successfully represented an investment company in litigation concerning a $600 million real estate development
Successfully defended a private equity firm in lawsuit relating to the sale of a company for $75 million
Boston College Law School, 2003, J.D., magna cum laude
Union College, 1997, B.A.
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
US District Court for the District of Connecticut
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Securities Regulation, US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in Boston by the National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune (2015)
Recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly/Massachusetts Bar Association, Up and Coming Lawyer Award (2012)
Ranked, Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation (New England) (2013–2014, 2017–2020)
Ranked, Super Lawyers, Massachusetts Rising Stars, Securities Litigation (2009–2012, 2015)
Recipient, Center for Constitutional Rights ProBono Service Award (2009)
Recipient, John J. Curtin Jr. Public Service Award (2008)
Recipient, Boston Bar Association President’s Award (2007)