Jenny Walters’ practice involves a wide range of business litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country, including commercial contract and insurance disputes, business torts, bankruptcy and fraud actions. Ms. Walters also routinely advises clients on securities and regulatory compliance.
Practice & Background
A large part of Ms. Walters’ practice involves providing litigation advice to hedge funds, private equity funds, and other investment funds and vehicles, as well as to the managers of those funds and their investors, concerning redemption and liquidity issues, management and control matters, fund dissolution and government investigations. Ms. Walters also advises clients on all aspects of securities work, from issuer and adviser compliance—with a focus on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, exemptions to registration under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Adviser’s Act of 1940, and FINRA regulations—to securities litigation. Through this practice, Ms. Walters represents public companies, directors and officers, and broker-dealers in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, internal or regulatory investigations, and FINRA securities arbitrations.
Ms. Walters also represents businesses involved in the EB-5 immigrant investor program, regularly working with regional centers and private equity funds to develop new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments, as well as counseling on domestic and foreign regulatory requirements, broker-dealer involvement, and ongoing compliance programs.
Ms. Walters also devotes her time to significant pro bono engagements, handling a wide range of matters including representing asylum seekers, indigent plaintiffs in civil rights cases, and lobbying for, and obtaining, passage of a bill enacting an American Indian Heritage Day in the state of Texas. In 2013, Ms. Walters’ pro bono contributions were recognized by the firm when she was named Firmwide Pro Bono Counsel of the Year.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Walters served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Paul Stickney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.
Ms. Walters received her B.S. in communication studies from the University of Texas in 2004. She received her J.D. in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an associate editor of the Washington University Law Review. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. Ms. Walters is also a member of the Dallas office associate and counsel committee.
Ms. Walters’ past and current community, civic and charitable activities include:
- board of directors, Southwest Jewish Congress
- council, The Younger Set
- community fellow, Leadership DISD
- associate, Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
- member, Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute
- member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class
- member, Attorneys Serving the Community
Awards & Accolades
- Recognized in a peer-review survey as a Super Lawyers Texas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014
- In 2010, 2012 and 2014, Ms. Walters was named in a survey of her peers as an “Outstanding Lawyer Under 40” by the Attorney Division of the Jewish Federation.
- EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, SEC Compliance Requirements for Regional Centers, January 14, Dallas In-House CLE Presentation
- The Basics of EB-5 Lending, UT Law CLE Mortgage Lending Institute, September 18, Austin, TX. Topics covered included the background and current developments of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, including basics of EB-5 lending and investing, considerations for lenders when EB-5 money is in the capital stack, and common compliance issues associated with using EB-5 capital.