Jay Eisenhofer, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Jay W. Eisenhofer is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bench Walk Advisors. He is also Co‐Founder and Managing Director of Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., and has been counsel in more notable cases than any other securities litigator, including the Tyco settlement, the United Healthcare settlement, the Global Crossing settlement, the historic pan‐European settlement in Shell, as well as the Marsh & McLennan settlement, General Motors settlement and DaimlerChrysler settlement.
Mr. Eisenhofer was also the lead attorney in the seminal cases of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Employees Pension Plan v. American International Group, Inc., where the U.S. Court of Appeals required shareholder proxy access reversing years of SEC no‐action letters, and Carmody v. Toll Brothers, wherein the Delaware Court of Chancery first ruled that so‐called “dead‐hand” poison pills violated Delaware law. He has served as litigation counsel to many public and private institutional investors, including APG Asset Management; California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS); John Hancock; and New York City Retirement Funds, Inc.
Mr. Eisenhofer is consistently ranked as a leading securities and corporate governance litigator and he has been named by Lawdragon to its list of the top 500 lawyers in America each year since 2006. He is also recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The Martingdale‐Hubbell directory shows his peer review as AV – the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. The National Law Journal has selected Grant & Eisenhofer as one of the top ten plaintiffs’ law firms in the country for the last nine years, earning the firm a place in The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Firms Hall Of Fame,” and Law360 lists Grant & Eisenhofer as one of the 10 “Most Feared Plaintiffs Firm” and “one of the most high‐profile shareholder and whistleblower advocates in the country, securing record‐high cash settlements.”
He has written and lectured widely on securities fraud and insurance coverage litigation, business and employment torts, directors’ and officers’ liability coverage, illiquid and rogue hedge funds, and the Delaware law of shareholder rights and directorial responsibilities. Among the publications he has authored is the Shareholder Activism Handbook (Aspen Publishers).
Mr. Eisenhofer serves as a member of the NYU Law School Advisory Board for the Center on Civil Justice, the New York City Mayor’s advisory board, and as co‐chair for the Securities Litigation Committee of the American Association for Justice. Prior to forming Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. in 1997, Mr. Eisenhofer was an attorney with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and was a partner in the Wilmington office of Blank Comisky & McCauley.