Jane Willis is a partner and the co-head of the business & securities litigation practice at Ropes & Gray. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics in 1991, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994. In school, she had a reputation as a mathematical whiz, and was recruited into the MIT Blackjack Team. The book Bringing Down the House and the film 21 are based upon the team's success. Willis is portrayed as a character named “Jill” in both the book and film. As a lawyer, Willis has twenty years of experience representing clients in complex business litigation and antitrust matters, including business disputes and class actions. As a part of her antitrust practice, Willis has represented many of the firm’s clients in mergers and acquisitions subject to antitrust merger review and investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission. Willis has been interviewed for her litigation and antitrust experience by various publications including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Legal Times, Competition Law360, Modern Healthcare, Reuters and Bloomberg News Services.
Willis is recognized nationally as a top attorney for business litigation. The researchers at Chambers USA have ranked Willis as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the last ten years. She has also been recognized by Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation, the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards (2014), The Best Lawyers in America, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women in Law (2013).
Willis is married to former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey, who is the current chief executive officer of Boston 2024, a group planning Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Notes and references
- "40 Under 40: Richard Davey". Boston Business Journal. October 11, 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Shanahan, Mark (March 25, 2008). "Count her out". The Boston Globe.
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