Jessica N. Djilani

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Jessica Djilani
Jessica Djilani is counsel in Weil’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s Securities Litigation practice. Ms. Djilani focuses on complex corporate and securities litigation, and counseling on governance-related matters arising from mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Ms. Djilani also advises in connection with governmental and regulatory investigations.

Ms. Djilani has played lead roles at all phases of litigation and investigations. Her experience encompasses drafting key pleadings and dispositive motions, overseeing fact and expert discovery and depositions, strategizing with experts, and preparing for hearings and oral arguments, as well as leading internal investigations and interfacing with state and federal regulators and enforcement divisions.

Ms. Djilani’s recent experience includes serving on Weil teams representing:

  • Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company, in litigation brought by holders of contingent value rights issued in connection with Sanofi’s 2011 acquisition of Genzyme, relating to the performance of Sanofi’s multiple sclerosis drug, Lemtrada.
  • J. Crew Group, Inc. and its debtor-affiliates, one of the nation’s premier clothing retailers with approximately $2 billion in funded debt, in several lawsuits with creditors involving J.Crew’s out-of-court debt restructuring.
  • A major investment advisor and broker-dealer in connection with a wide variety of regulatory enforcement actions and investigations commenced by the SEC and state agencies.

Ms. Djilani also has an active pro bono practice, which has included work with the Center for Constitutional Rights to file an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court case, Ziglar v. Abbasi, on behalf of a group of medical professionals concerning psychological and physiological effects of solitary confinement; and assisting the New York State Bar Association Wrongful Convictions Task Force with the preparation of a report analyzing current practices for preventing wrongful convictions in New York.

Ms. Djilani received her J.D., cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where she was the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and a Dennis J. Block International Business Law Fellow. During law school, Ms. Djilani published a Note titled, “The British Importation of American Corporate Compliance,” 76 Brook. L. Rev. 303 (2010). She received her B.A. in English from Hamilton College.

Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Djilani clerked for the Honorable Shelley C. Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. She is fluent in French.

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