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Mark Segall

Mark E. Segall, Esq.

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Doug Duzant
T: 212-607-2787
F: 212-228-0222
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Mark E. Segall, Esq. is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on the evaluation of litigation risk, settlement strategy and mediation of cases involving financial services firms. He has been an active speaker at industry and litigation conferences and a participant in court-appointed focus groups. Since joining the JAMS Financial Markets Group in August 2010, Mr. Segall has been engaged in a variety of complex matters in which he has brought to bear the extensive experience he gained managing litigation and difficult, high-profile matters both domestically and world-wide during his 20-year tenure at JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) and its predecessor firms.

Mr. Segall possesses a thorough understanding of the complex issues involved in resolving financial industry disputes, the result of having served as JPMC’s Head of Litigation, Senior Vice President, and Associate General Counsel from 2003-2010. The litigation spanned JPMC’s six businesses -- Investment Banking, Retail Financial Services, Card Services, Commercial Banking, Treasury & Security Services, and Asset Management. Most of the important cases brought against JPMC involved claims under the securities laws as did countless more mundane matters. Claims involving financial services matters were asserted in both litigation and arbitration, and many of these cases were resolved as a result of successful mediations.   Mr. Segall negotiated with a wide range of institutional litigants including hedge funds, insurance companies, public pension funds, other investment banking firms, real estate firms, trustees and creditors’ committees in bankruptcies, and Fortune 500 companies.

Representative Matters

Personally negotiated or supervised settlements of a number of high profile matters at JPMorgan Chase and supervised the negotiation of settlements and the conduct of mediation in countless other matters ranging from large securities, antitrust, and bankruptcy cases to consumer class actions, check fraud cases, and employment litigation brought both individually and on behalf of classes of employees. The following are of particular significance:

  • Negotiated the settlement in Enron following mediation with the bank lenders and purported successors-in-interests who together held over $1 billion in Enron bank debt and was part of the team that negotiated JPMC’s recovery of $502 million plus claims valued at the time of $75 million from certain insurance companies, the team that negotiated the $2.2 billion settlement of the Newby class action, and the team that negotiated the settlements with the SEC and the New York District Attorney’s Office
  • Negotiated the $55 million settlement following mediation of the claim of the bankruptcy trustee in American Business Financial Services
  • Negotiated and supervised various settlements, which included mediations, with the noteholders, the SEC, and other parties involved with National Century Financial Enterprises
  • Negotiated settlement, which included mediation, of the Copper Antitrust Litigation, which arose out of heritage J.P. Morgan’s dealings with Sumitomo Corporation
  • Negotiated settlements, which included mediations, with other financial institutions, the trustee in bankruptcy, and the auditing firm for Arochem Corporation
  • Part of the negotiation team that reached settlements related to Iridium with Motorola, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, the Iridium creditors’ committee, and other corporate defendants
  • Negotiated settlement through a mediation during trial of a very significant litigation against a purported guarantor of certain obligations to one of  JPMC’s predecessor firms
  • Supervised the negotiation of the settlements of the IPO Allocation Cases
  • Was part of the team that negotiated the settlement of the auction rate securities investigation with the state attorney generals
  • Supervised the negotiation of the settlements of countless cases in which JPMorgan Chase was a defendant including both class actions and cases brought by individual plaintiffs

At JPMorgan Chase was responsible for the following:

  • Strategy, tactics, reserves, and settlements of the Firm’s extraordinarily large portfolio of cases including cases arising out of underwritings; putative class action securities cases brought by purchasers of securities in heritage institutions such as Bank One Corporation and Bear Stearns; FINRA arbitrations; consumer class actions challenging the manner in which financial institutions market and service financial products, as well as lawsuits involving retail bank deposit and collection procedures and mortgage lending and foreclosure practices and securitizations; litigation involving the sale and marketing of complex financial products such as swaps and other forms of derivatives to institutional investors, municipalities and individuals; workout and bankruptcy litigation; employment litigation including claims under the FLSA and related state statutes and class individual actions involving allegations of discrimination; claims arising under the antitrust laws involving the sale and marketing of various investment banking products and retail products such as credit cards; common law claims against large borrowers, guarantors and other providers of credit support such as insurance companies;and cases brought by individual and corporate customers who claimed to have been defrauded
  • Supervision of the creation of an Early Dispute Resolution program for actual and threatened claims against JPMC
  • Oversight of the Firm’s significant regulatory investigations including investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General’s office and other state attorney generals, and FINRA as well as internal investigations of alleged wrongdoing
  • The setting and maintenance of appropriate litigation reserves in all pending and threatened litigation brought against JPMC
  • Litigation disclosure in the Firm’s public filings and for reporting on litigation to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, JPMC’s outside auditors, the underwriters of its securities and its regulators
  • Management of outside litigation counsel and control of outside legal expenses on litigation
  • Supervision of an in-house Evidence Lab responsible for the first stage of gathering and production of electronic evidence, the subpoena compliance group, and a regulatory response unit
  • Registered Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Recipient, Matthew G. Leonard Award for Pro Bono Achievement, MFY Legal Services, 2008
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Mobilization for Justice, NY, and its predecessor organizations since 2005, and Board Chair from 2012-2014
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Westchester Reform Temple, 2007-2013
  • Institute for Legal Reform
    • Held JPMorgan Chase’s seat on the Board of Directors, 2007-2010
    • Member, Audit Committee of the Board, 2009-2010
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Fairview Country Club, 2004-2009
  • Speaker and moderator at legal education programs focusing on settlement strategy, mediation, risk assessment, and the effective litigation of commercial and employment cases
  • Head of Litigation, Senior Vice President, and Associate General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co., May 2003-January 2010
    • Head of Workout, Bankruptcy, and Antitrust Group in Litigation, 1996-2003 (promoted to Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, 1997)
    • Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Chemical Bank (subsequently merged with Chase), 1990-1996
  • Partner specializing in complex securities and antitrust litigation, Myerson & Kuhn, 1988-1989
  • Partner and Associate, specializing in complex litigation, Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey, 1985-1987
  • Associate, specializing in antitrust, securities, and M&A litigation, Davis Polk & Wardwell, 1978-1985
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1975 (President, The Harvard Independent, a newsweekly)

Counsel Comments

    • “Mark Segall is a highly effective mediator. He brings common sense and a wealth of life and work experience to mediation. He is fair to both sides and not shy about sharing his opinions. He earns the trust, not only of the counsel, but of the clients. This helps the parties resolve complicated and challenging matters.” 

      - Founding Partner of a Leading Plaintiff’s Law Firm Specializing in Employment Law 
    • "Mark Segall is brilliant and pragmatic, able to unravel the most complex matters while never losing sight of the core issues. Mark also is willing to roll up his sleeves, and do whatever is necessary, to achieve resolution."

      - Chair of an AmLaw 100 firm
    • “Mark Segall has the great ability to size up a dispute and the amount at which it can be resolved, and then works hard to get a matter settled.”

      - Senior Litigation Partner, AmLaw 100 firm
    • "Many lawyers have a comprehensive knowledge of the law. Mark certainly has that, too, but where Mark separates himself from the crowd is by bringing to the table a creativity and balanced sensibility necessary to be a successful mediator. Mark understands and perfectly fulfills his most important role in the alternative dispute resolution process."

      - Managing Partner of a law firm that represents senior executives in employment and contract matters

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