Jacob Kahn



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Jake Kahn is a persistent and calculated litigator whose calm demeanor – even in the heat of battle – is incredibly persuasive.  He relishes the challenges of litigation, taking on his clients’ problems as his own and finding solutions when it looks like none exist.

Jake has represented a broad range of clients in litigation, from Fortune 100 companies to individual traders to prisoners featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Whether defending class actions or securities arbitrations, or prosecuting civil rights claims on a pro bono basis, Jake approaches each case the same way: he carefully considers what the client needs and then devises the most efficient way to deliver that result.

Leveraging his economics degree, Jake has also developed a nuanced understanding of the financial markets and their regulation. He regularly defends clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Futures Association (NFA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and various financial exchanges.

Jake understands that a lawyer’s most valuable asset is his credibility – and he knows how to protect it.  It’s why clients trust him, why judges and regulators listen to what he has to say, and why, despite living in Chicago as an ardent fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, he remains good friends with a number of Cubs fans.

  • Education

      • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2008, high honors
        • Order of the Coif
        • Notes and Comments Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
        • Judicial Extern, Honorable Morton Denlow, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
      • Amherst College, B.A., Economics, 2003, cum laude

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Professional Memberships

    • Chicago Bar Association

      • Futures and Derivatives Law Committee – Co-Chair (2016-2018)

      Futures Industry Association

      Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

    Honors & Awards

      • Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network (2017)

    Speeches & Presentations

      • “Enforcement Update,” (moderator) Chicago Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Law Committee Annual Seminar (June 9, 2017)
      • “Take a Deep Breath: What’s Next for the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program?,” Chicago Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Law Committee (March 15, 2017)
      • “Enforcement and Litigation,” (moderator) Chicago Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Law Committee Annual Seminar (June 10, 2016)
      • “Preparing for the Inevitable: A Cybersecurity Primer for the Futures and Derivatives Industry,” (moderator) Chicago Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Law Committee (Jan. 19, 2016)
      • “Disruptive Trading and the Search for Wrongful Intent,” (co-author) The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (2015)
      • “Navigating the Thicket of Disruptive Trading Prohibitions in the Commodity Exchange Act and Exchanges’ Disciplinary Rules,” (co-author) Banking & Financial Services Policy Report (April 2015)
      • “The CFTC’s New False Statement Authority: A Practitioner’s Guide,” (co-author) Futures and Derivatives Law Reporter (2014)
      • “Deterring Disruption in the Derivatives Markets: A Review of the CFTC’s New Authority over Disruptive Trading Practices,” (co-author) Harvard Business Law Review Online (March 2013)
      • “Municipal Antitrust law,” (co-author) Section in Illinois Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation, and Home Rule, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2012, 2015)
      • “The Dodd-Frank Act’s Prohibition of Disruptive Trading Practices,” (co-author) The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (2012)
      • “From Borden to Billing: Identifying a Uniform Approach to Implied Antitrust Immunity from the Supreme Court’s Precedents,” Chicago-Kent Law Review (2008)