Pierce Atwood partner Jeffrey E. Francis has been named a “Go-To” Business Litigation lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Jeff has successfully represented clients in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation matters throughout the U.S., with a particularly significant focus on technology disputes in the software, cloud computing, and consumer products and services industries.
Jeff’s practice includes litigation involving patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes; technology development and licensing; large-loss fire investigations, commercial property and business interruption insurance; and commercial disparagement, defamation and harassment.
Jeff has tried numerous matters in courts in Massachusetts, New York, and Florida, and before the American Arbitration Association. Of particular note, Francis secured one of the largest jury verdicts in Massachusetts state court history. In that case, Francis represented LoJack, a maker of antitheft devices for automobiles, in a breach of contract suit against a company that agreed to develop circuits and assemblies for LoJack’s wireless tracking devices. The devices didn’t work and Francis’s client sued for breach of contract. The jury awarded Francis’ client $36 million, though the trial judge subsequently reduced the size of the judgment.
He also represented a financial group in claims it brought against two investment advisors who, with approximately $1 billion dollars under management, left the company for a competitor. Francis obtained a pre-arbitration injunction against the former employees prohibiting the theft or use of trade secrets, including client information. The matter resolved with an amicable settlement.