Jennifer Pafiti became associated with the Firm in May 2014, and became a partner in December 2015. A dual-qualified U.K. solicitor and U.S. attorney, she is the Firm’s Head of Investor Relations and also takes an active role in complex securities litigation, representing clients in both class and non-class action securities litigation. In 2016, the Daily Journal selected Ms. Pafiti for its prestigious “Top 40 Under 40” list of the best young attorneys in California. In 2017, Ms. Pafiti was named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Ms. Pafiti has also been included in Super Lawyers and Rising Stars: Top Women Attorneys in Southern California for the year 2017. In 2018, Ms. Pafiti was recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction, an honor bestowed upon less than 10% of attorneys in any given state.
Ms. Pafiti was an integral member of the Firm’s litigation team for In re Petrobras Sec. Litig., a case relating to a multi-billion dollar kickback and bribery scheme at Brazil’s largest oil company, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A .- Petrobras, in which the Firm was sole Lead Counsel. She helped secure a significant victory for investors in this case at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, when the court rejected the heightened ascertainability requirement for obtaining class certification that had been imposed by other Circuit courts such as the Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Working closely with Lead Plaintiff, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited, she was also instrumental in achieving the historic January 2018 settlement of $3 billion for Petrobras investors, the largest securities settlement in a decade, and the largest settlement ever in a class action involving a foreign issuer and a foreign lead plaintiff.
Ms. Pafiti is also involved in the litigations of Dabe v. Calavo Growers, Flynn v. Sientra, Inc., Isensee v. KaloBios, Robb v. FitBit, Inc., Monachelli v. Hortonworks, Inc., Plumley v. Sempra Energy, and Greenberg v. Sunrun, Inc., in which the Firm is Lead Counsel.
Ms. Pafiti earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Thames Valley University in England prior to studying law. She earned her law degrees at Thames Valley University (G.D.L.) and the Inns of Court School of Law (L.P.C.) in the U.K. Ms. Pafiti is admitted to practice law in England and Wales (Solicitor) and in California.
Before studying law in England, Ms. Pafiti was a regulated financial advisor and senior mortgage underwriter at a major U.K. financial institution. She holds full CeFA and CeMAP qualifications. After qualifying as a Solicitor, Ms. Pafiti specialized in private practice civil litigation which included the representation of clients in high-profile cases in the Royal Courts of Justice. Prior to joining Pomerantz, Ms. Pafiti was an associate with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in in their San Diego office.
Ms. Pafiti regularly travels throughout the U.S. and Europe to advise clients on how best to evaluate losses to their investment portfolios attributable to financial fraud or other misconduct, and how best to maximize their potential recoveries.
Ms. Pafiti serves on the Honorary Steering Committee of Equal Rights Advocates (“ERA”), which focuses on specific issues that women face in the legal profession. ERA is an organization that protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.
Ms. Pafiti is a member of the National Association of Pension Fund Attorneys and represents the Firm as a member of the California Association of Public Retirement Systems, the State Association of Country Retirement Systems, the National Association of State Treasurers, the National Conference of Employee Retirement Systems, the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems, and the U.K.'s National Association of Pension Funds.
Ms. Pafiti is admitted to practice in England and Wales; the State of California; and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California. She is based in Los Angeles.