Jonathan D. Plaut is part of the Ritholz Levy Fields LLP litigation practice group and is licensed to practice law in both New York and in Massachusetts.
Jonathan is an experienced litigator in nearly all facets of civil and criminal trial work and appeals. He has conducted over 200 jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and appeals (including as a criminal prosecutor) in front of a wide number of tribunals including the New York Supreme Court, the New York appellate courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, Southern District and Massachusetts District, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the Rhode Island Court of Appeals, the New Hampshire Probate Court, FINRA, the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, many professional mediators and others.
Jonathan is on the Amicus Curiae Committee and lectures on Business Litigation at the Bar Association, and he has taught law courses as Tufts University and Boston College. He is a long-time boardmember of the Jewish National Fund and has many charitable interests.
Jonathan also speaks fluent Japanese and represents a number of Japanese businesses in a wide variety of legal matters. He is a former Foreign Legal Associate at Anderson Mori Bengoshijimusho in Tokyo, Japan. Jonathan's practice focuses on business and litigation, including commercial litigation, entertainment cases, personal injury, attorney malpractice suits, criminal defense and governmental investigations, international litigation, intellectual property law disputes and Federal Civil Rights cases. Some recent cases include:
• Represented former members of rock supergroups Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot and Rainbow in record company contract disputes and negotiations
• Numerous large personal injury and attorney malpractice verdicts and settlements
• Multi-million dollar verdict (after a five week jury trial) against a major bank
• Represented numerous Japanese citizens and businesses in a variety of matters including corporation formation, civil lawsuits, criminal defense and governmental investigations
• Litigation involving the music and movie industries and “A-list” celebrity spokesperson contracts
• Cases involving professional boxing and professional horseracing.
• Products liability lawsuit against a major doughnut store chain
• Securities FINRA arbitration against major U.S. brokerage firm
• Represented many professionals in front of their regulatory boards (including attorneys, physicians, teachers, accountants, physical therapists and chiropractors)
• Sued a major sneaker and apparel company for breach of contract arising out of hospitality services at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
• Numerous appellate arguments in business cases, probate litigation and constitutional law cases
• Federal appellate litigation involving law school accreditation
• Successfully won inmate’s freedom after more than one year imprisonment on constitutional grounds
• Represented probate executors, administrators, legatees and beneficiaries in disputes of wills and trusts
• Real estate and zoning code disputes, business and partnership dissolution cases, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and unfair and deceptive business practices litigation
• Criminal defense including cocaine trafficking, Federal immigration visa fraud, conspiracy, bribery, insurance billing fraud, assault and battery, motor vehicle offenses, breach of the public trust, and domestic violence cases
• Civil rights cases, including race and gender discrimination.
Jonathan is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School. Jonathan plays guitar and bass guitar and is the lead singer for Jane’s Great Dane (www.JanesGreatDane.com). He has played music at many venues throughout the Northeast including with Carmine and Vinnie Appice (of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck fame), and he played viola for Michelle Shocked on tour.
He finds inspiration in the John Holmes quotation, “This is the world, the Kingdom I was looking for” and does his best to try to make the world a better place. Jonathan lives in Boston, Massachusetts and commutes regularly to New York City.