Jeff Willis is a partner in Rogers & Hardin’s litigation group. His practice is focused on representing clients in complex business litigation, securities litigation, securities regulatory and enforcement matters, and a broad range of other commercial disputes. Mr. Willis is recognized as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©.
Mr. Willis has experience in a variety of complex litigation, including lawsuits and arbitrations against broker-dealers and other financial institutions; securities class actions; litigation of contract including insurance coverage disputes, unfair competition and trade secret claims; employment claims; the defense of qui tam proceedings; and the representation of public companies and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, self-regulatory organizations, and securities regulators of numerous states.
Mr. Willis also leads the firm's Deepwater Horizon Class Action Settlement group, supporting business clients in the filing of their claims to the fund. He has spoken nationally on the claims process and is recognized as an authority on the subject. The firm currently represents over forty Fortune 500 companies and eight Fortune 100 companies in the filing of their claims.
Mr. Willis is a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA’s Committee on Broker-Dealer Litigation, and the Securities Industry Association Compliance & Legal Division.
Mr. Willis is co-editor of the Annual ABA Broker-Dealer Litigation Survey. He is a former Chairman of the Elections Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association and in 2007 received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award. He has taught seminars on federal and state court local rules, the impact of the new federal rules governing electronic discovery, and litigation and compliance issues presented by complex investment products.
Mr. Willis earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of the South, magna cum laude, and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University, where he served as Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and on the Moot Court Board. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Willis clerked for the Honorable Harry W. Wellford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.