Jonathan R. Ference-Burke
Jonathan Ference-Burke represents clients in complex criminal and civil litigation and enforcement matters, including in internal investigations, trial proceedings, and appeals. He has experience with a broad range of industries, including health care, intellectual property, bankruptcy, criminal law, data privacy and security, investment management, securities, and antitrust. Jonathan has particular experience with the False Claims Act, including representing a leading drug manufacturer in a case presenting novel issues in the district court and on appeal, and in representing mutual fund clients in cases brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act.
As an appellate litigator, Jonathan has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court at the petition and merits stages, before most federal circuit courts of appeal, and in state appellate courts. He has argued and won multiple cases in the federal courts of appeal and served as second chair at the Supreme Court.
Jonathan has represented clients in trial court proceedings across the country and in sensitive, high-profile investigative matters, with particular experience in health care and private equity. In 2018, Jonathan was part of a team that successfully represented Metropolitan West Asset Management, LLC at trial, resulting in a decisive ruling rejecting the plaintiff’s claims and nine-figure damages demand.
Prior to coming to Ropes & Gray, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Florence Y. Pan of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; the Honorable Jan E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Jonathan has served as an adjunct professor of law at his alma mater, Georgetown University Law Center.
Jonathan maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented clients in the District of Columbia courts, federal district courts and courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court, in criminal, landlord-tenant, child custody, civil rights, bankruptcy, human trafficking, immigration, and other matters.