Timothy Blakely is a litigation partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense practice group. Mr. Blakely’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation. His experience includes representing numerous public companies, and their officers and directors, in securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, government investigations, regulatory proceedings, arbitrations, internal investigations, and other complex litigation matters. Mr. Blakely has represented multinational and Chinese clients in various industries, including telecommunications, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.
Mr. Blakely also is a member of the firm’s FCPA + Anti-Corruption Task Force. He has conducted internal investigations of potential FCPA violations, led pre-acquisition FCPA-related due diligence, and provided advice, counseling, and training to clients about FCPA and anti-corruption related issues.
Mr. Blakely graduated, magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 1996, with an A.B. in Government. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Senior Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following his graduation from Penn, Mr. Blakely served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Blakely was an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.
Litigation and Arbitration
- SP Syntax LLC v. Ernst & Young LLP, et al. (Cal. Super. Ct.) Following a three-week trial, won a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of Ernst & Young, defeating claims that the accounting firm had made negligent representations in connection with financial statements issued by a public company. (2010)
- In re JDSU Securities Litigation. (N.D. Cal.) Obtained a complete jury defense verdict on behalf of JDSU and three former executives in a class action seeking $20 billion for alleged securities fraud and illegal insider trading. (2008)
- Chanian et al. v. Ashjaee. (JAMS Arbitration) Obtained arbitration victory on behalf of a Russian technology company and inventor involving breach-of-contract and fraud claims arising out of purchase of a technology company. (2008)
Internal and Government Investigations
- Representing U.S.-listed Chinese company in SEC investigation involving allegations of fraud and other potential violations of U.S. securities laws.
- Represented multinational corporation in internal investigation of potential violations in China of the FCPA and related anti-corruption laws.
- Represented U.S.-listed technology company in internal investigation of potential violations of import-export laws and accounting regulations in Taiwan.
- Represented U.S.-listed global biotechnology company in SEC investigation involving allegations of improper self-dealing and other potential violations of U.S. securities laws.