Jo enjoys representing individual clients and businesses in all manner of disputes. Whether defending a client accused of trade-secret misappropriation, suing a former employee for breach of contractual obligations, or defending clients involved in government investigations, criminal prosecutions, or SEC enforcement proceedings, Jo focuses on the best interests of her client and how best to position the case for success at trial.
Employee Mobility & Trade Secrets
Jo has represented clients on all sides of employee mobility and trade secret disputes--the former employer, the former employee, the new employer, and interested third parties. What happens when employees move from one job to the next can be very tricky, both in terms of protecting confidential data and in terms of protecting a company's valuable personnel. In this very active area of law, Jo has developed deep experience.
Criminal, Securities, and Fraud Defense
Jo defends individuals and companies from accusations brought by the government, shareholders, competitors, and other companies. Whether in the criminal context, SEC enforcement, or civil litigation between companies or individuals, Ms. Golub is often called upon to assist with difficult, high-stakes disputes involving claims of conspiracy, fraud, or other alleged malfeasance.
Jo has represented companies, executives, and employees in various cases involving allegations of breach of contract, unfair competition, employment discrimination, trade-secret misappropriation, and fraud. She has experience with cases that span multiple industries and subject matters, including internet technologies, solar power, electric cars, real estate, venture capital & investments, food distribution and packaging, Medicaid, CalOSHA, and others. Whatever the field is, Jo is prepared to provide a vigorous defense for her clients and to reach the best possible result in the case.
Jo loves being in the courtroom fighting for her clients. On top of her two years of experience clerking for a federal judge at the trial level, Jo has gone to trial multiple times in both federal and state court. If trial is the best strategy for the client, Jo is highly qualified and fully prepared to try a case to a jury verdict.
Pro Bono Work
Jo is committed to providing pro bono legal assistance and has an active pro bono practice. In 2013, she helped her client Ronald Ross return home after having been wrongfully convicted of an attempted murder in 2006. After almost five years of working on Mr. Ross’s case, Jo and the Keker, Van Nest & Peters team successfully exonerated him and had all charges against him dismissed. She is also part of the Keker, Van Nest & Peters team representing a death row inmate in his federal habeas proceedings. Jo has helped obtain asylum for a client based on her history of incest and abuse in her former country. In addition, Jo was the second chair in a section 1983 trial in federal court in which Keker, Van Nest & Peters represented a California state prisoner in his civil rights suit against the correctional officers who denied his grievance claims in prison.
Google v. Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron
We represented Google in arbitration claims against former employees Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron, alleging that they breached their contracts with, and legal duties to Google, and also committed acts of unfair competition during and after their Google employment. Levandowski worked in Google’s self-driving Chauffer Project (now Waymo). Levandowski and Ron founded self-driving truck startup Otto, which was sold to Uber in 2016. The arbitration panel issued a $179 million arbitration award in Google’s favor.
Ten-X LLC v. Commercial Real Estate Exchange Inc. (CREXi)
We represented real-estate startup CREXi and its Chief Executive Officer in bet-the-company litigation brought by industry giant Ten-X involving claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract. Ten-X asserted in litigation that it was entitled to millions of dollars in damages, plus ownership of CREXi. After a year of very hard-fought litigation, CREXi was able to resolve the case for a minimal cost-of-defense settlement and was free to continue serving the commercial real estate market.
United States v. Executive
We defended the former owner of a California-based agribusiness company from antitrust, mail fraud and bribery charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. Prosecutors alleged our client violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by participating in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition in the tomato processing industry by raising and fixing prices, and rigging bids for the sale of tomato paste within the U.S. We were able to negotiate a successful plea agreement.
United States v. Executive
We represented an investment fund executive charged with criminal tax fraud related to a tax-shelter transaction that the fund designed and implemented. We resolved the matter by negotiating a plea to reduced charges.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Clean Energy Company
We represented a clean energy company’s board member in connection with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation into alleged insider trading. We prepared our client and accompanied him when he testified before the SEC, and successfully helped him avoid any enforcement action.
Capital Management Firm v. Investment Manager
We represented the former investment manager of a London-based hedge fund in securities fraud litigation. The case, which involved the 2007 bond market crash that resulted in the liquidation of the hedge fund, was settled on confidential terms early in the discovery process.
Former Employee v. Internet Search Engine
We defended a leading high-tech company from an age and disability discrimination suit brought by a former executive. We were able to help our client reach a successful settlement.
Mortgage Fraud Cases
We represent a national lender in various state and federal court litigations regarding mortgage fraud-related claims, both as plaintiff and as defendant. We have obtained numerous favorable rulings for the lender regarding cutting-edge, mortgage fraud-related issues, including favorable rulings on the scope of federal lending statutes such as RESPA, TILA, and federal preemption of state causes of action.
Ziptronix v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
We won summary judgment of non-infringement for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. and its subsidiary TSMC, North America in a long-running patent lawsuit brought by North Carolina semiconductor company, Ziptronix, Inc. Ziptronix had asserted nine patents and more than 500 patent claims directed to TSMC’s manufacturing of semiconductors for use in backside-illumination image sensors used predominantly in smartphone cameras. On behalf of TSMC, we defeated Ziptronix’s claims by arguing that the territorial limits of U.S. patent law prohibited reaching TSMC’s business transactions and manufacturing operations in Taiwan.
Televisa v. Univision Communications
We represented Univision, the country's leading Spanish language television network, in a breach of contract jury trial. Televisa, a Mexican multimedia conglomerate which supplied Univision with its most popular Spanish language programs, attempted to terminate a long-term exclusive licensing agreement and sought more than $100 million in damages. The case was settled during trial on favorable terms. We also represented Univision in a bench trial which sought declaratory judgment to prevent Televisa from broadcasting over the Internet the same highly popular programs that it exclusively licensed to Univision. We won a complete victory at trial.
February 19, 2020
In a major arbitration over self-driving vehicle technology, plaintiff Google LLC sought to hold former employees Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron accountable for alleged breaches of contract and unfair competition. Read more
KVN represented whistleblower Robert C. Baker, who alleged Tennessee-based CHS violated the False Claims Act by presenting fraudulent claims for federal matching Medicaid funds. Read more
California Lawyer recognized them for exonerating Ronald Ross, wrongfully convicted of attempted murder, and forced to serve nearly seven years of his 25-to-life sentence. Read more
Partner Jo Golub will offer an "Introduction to Timing and Sequencing of Litigation in Federal Court" at this day-long program. Read more
The firm was chosen for Law360's annual pro bono series for notable work ranging from pressing national issues to life-altering representations of individual clients. Read more
Ronald Ross, wrongly convicted of a 2006 shooting in Oakland, wept as he was ordered released by a judge after spending nearly seven years behind bars. Read more
Ronald Ross exonerated of attempted murder charge after serving nearly seven years of 25-to-life sentence. Read more
Keker & Van Nest devoted more than 2,000 hours to freeing a man wrongfully convicted of attempted murder. Read more
Ms. Golub Handles White Collar Criminal Defense and Complex Civil Litigation Read more
Northern California Innocence Project commends Keker & Van Nest's pro bono efforts. Read more
- "Easy Come, Easy Go, Legal Developments and Best Practices When On-and Off-boarding Employees," KVP CLE Workshop, 2021
- "Keeping Your Secrets: How to Protect Your Proprietary Data," Collective Health, 2018
- "Internal Fraud Investigations: Perspectives from Counsel and an Accountant," Financial Executives International, 2018
- "Protecting Your Employees and Trade Secrets," in-house client presentation, 2017
- "Updates on Non-Competes and Employee Issues," in-house client presentation, 2014
- "Introduction to Timing and Sequencing of Litigation in Federal Court," Continuing Education of the Bar, 2013
- “Unannounced Visits from Law Enforcement,” 2013