- Shareholder Rights & Fiduciary Duty Litigation
- Shareholder Derivative Litigation
- Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
- Securities Fraud Class Actions
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1997)
- University of California, Irvine (B.A. 1993)
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors
- Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court (2011-2017)
- Public Justice Foundation, Class Action Preservation Project Committee
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Leadership Development Committee (2015-2017)
- Legal 500 Recommended Attorney, Dispute Resolution/M&A Litigation (2018)
- Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal (2016)
Jenny L. Dixon has approximately twenty years litigation experience, with more than fifteen years devoted to prosecuting and defending securities cases from inception through trial. Ms. Dixon currently focuses her practice on shareholder rights litigation. For her work, Ms. Dixon was named Best of the Bar by San Diego Business Journal in 2016.
In addition to her work on behalf of shareholders and the companies in which they invest, Ms. Dixon has substantial employment and complex business litigation experience, having represented both individuals and companies in regulatory proceedings and arbitrations. Ms. Dixon has also litigated pro bono matters, successfully resolving a human trafficking case on a victim’s behalf prior to trial and securing a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a human rights case that was subsequently upheld on appeal.
Ms. Dixon obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, Ms. Dixon was associate articles editor for Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal and a Certified Law Student for the Civil Justice Clinic. Ms. Dixon also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable William W. Schwarzer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and as a law clerk for the Federal Public Defenders office for the Northern District of California. Ms. Dixon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine
Selected Noteworthy Cases
In 2016, Ms. Dixon successfully settled two cases that challenged corporate governance and processes surrounding non-employee director compensation. The judicial decisions in these cases have caused public companies to review corporate practices as to director compensation and make enhanced disclosures to their shareholders as to their practices.
Ms. Dixon served as counsel in shareholder derivative litigation on behalf of Facebook, Inc. arising from the alleged award of unfair excessive compensation by the Board of Directors to its non-employee members. After deposing Facebook's Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and beating a motion for summary judgment, Ms. Dixon helped convince Facebook to impose corporate governance reforms designed to ensure the Board awards executive compensation fairly and not at the detriment of the company, including allowing stockholders to vote on non-employee directors' compensation. As such, Robbins Arroyo LLP helped established that public companies with controlling stockholders must comply with corporate law procedures. Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, C.A. No. 9745-CB (Del. Ch. Mar. 30, 2016).
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Ms. Dixon led the litigation in this shareholder derivative action on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. against its fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty, waste of corporate assets, and unjust enrichment related to equity awards granted in 2011, 2012, and 2013. After extensive litigation, including motion work, discovery, and myriad discussions concerning corporate governance reforms, Citrix agreed to amend its equity plan to impose a ceiling on director compensation that would be subject to shareholder approval, enhance disclosures surrounding director compensation in the annual proxy statements and improve the Compensation Committee's processes. Calma v. Templeton, No. 9579-CB (Del. Ch. Sept. 2, 2016).