Jerry Shulman has been with Williams & Connolly LLP since 1972 (a partner since 1978), with a one-year excursion into the business world as the Vice President, Planning and Corporate Development at Studebaker-Worthington, Inc.
In the early 1980s, Mr. Shulman, who was originally a litigator, began developing the firm's corporate, transactional, and finance practices. These practices, together with associated tax, sports, and media practices, now constitute a significant portion of the firm's practice.
Currently, Mr. Shulman focuses on:
- Counseling high net worth individuals and privately held concerns regarding the creation and governance of both operating and investment entities,
- "Non-marital divorces" resolving intrafamily business disputes,
- Mergers and acquisitions,
- Corporate governance issues for public and private entities,
- Executive employment and severance matters (for both employers and executives), and
- Complex financing and commercial transactions.
Mr. Shulman also participates actively in corporate and securities litigation matters.
Recent examples of Mr. Shulman's practice include the following:
- Representing partners in a series of DC real estate partnerships in a complex and hostile renegotiation of partnership governance and economic arrangements, including several related refinancings;
- Representing the Sidney Harman family in its acquisition of Newsweek Magazine and its merger with The Daily Beast;
- Representing a large financial institution in disputes regarding residential mortgage-backed securities;
- Representing a senior official during an internal investigation at a government-sponsored enterprise;
- Representing a major financial industry consulting group in developing a strategic plan, including an equity incentive plan and a securities trading policy;
- Negotiating a wide variety of employment agreements and severance agreements for chief executive officers and other senior executives - of both public and private companies.
Mr. Shulman has served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Hiring Committee and Pension Committee. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, a PLI panelist on securities filings, and a trustee of Georgetown Day School. Mr. Shulman is currently a member of the Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations within the Business Law Section of the ABA.