Jacob Gardener

Associate 212 335 2965

Jake is an experienced litigator who represents corporations and individuals in criminal, civil, and regulatory matters.  He has extensive experience managing internal and government investigations, complex commercial disputes, and appeals.  He has helped lead internal investigations into high-stakes matters involving alleged violations of the FCPA and securities laws.  Jake has also successfully handled numerous civil cases in a variety of areas, including commercial contract disputes, mortgage-backed securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions, bankruptcy, and employment law.  He has significant in-court experience, including briefing and arguing several criminal and civil appeals.

Jake maintains an active pro bono practice.  He has represented on appeal and retrial indigent defendants convicted of murder, helping to secure the release of one client who had been wrongfully sentenced to death.  He has also worked with the New York State Justice Task Force to prevent wrongful convictions and has assisted with the filing of a civil rights class action on behalf of indigent criminal defendants deprived of their right to counsel.

Before joining Walden Macht & Haran, Jake practiced law at a preeminent global law firm.  He also clerked for the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  In addition, Jake served for several years as a New York City firefighter, assigned to Ladder 43 in East Harlem.

Jake’s academic scholarship has been published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law.

Jake graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review.  He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors and distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Education
Yale Law School, J.D. (2011)
Stanford University, B.A. (2003)

Bar Admissions
New York