Jennifer Ancona Semko
Representative Legal Matters
Defended a Japanese life insurance company against aiding and abetting claims asserted in four shareholder class actions filed following announcement of multi-billion dollar US acquisition, obtaining dismissal of one lawsuit and settlement of remaining suits without monetary recovery by plaintiffs.
Defended two large Azerbaijani banks in putative class action asserting RICO, anti-spam, and other claims, obtaining full dismissal that was upheld on appeal.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of developer of high-stakes licensing examination, successfully shutting down national test prep company engaged in the theft and resale of highly confidential exam content.
Successfully briefed and argued appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on an issue of insurance contract interpretation, obtaining reversal of an adverse District Court summary judgment.
Successfully defended high-stakes testing program against more than a dozen lawsuits brought by test takers whose scores were invalidated after a cheating scandal, obtaining dismissal or non-financial resolution of all claims.
Conducted internal investigations and negotiated resolutions for numerous clients in connection with alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export sanctions, antitrust, immigration, and other laws.
Provided civil and criminal litigation expertise as member of global, multi-disciplinary Baker McKenzie team representing Japanese manufacturer in civil, bankruptcy and criminal matters resulting from high-profile product liability allegations.
Represented investors in an Eastern European beachfront resort in derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, and violation of state securities laws following majority shareholder's alleged misappropriation of company assets. Obtained favorable settlement after prevailing on several motions.
Extensive experience obtaining ex parte seizure orders from federal courts under the Copyright Act and Defend Trade Secrets Act, which allow the Firm to undertake unannounced raids of the business operations of alleged intellectual property thieves.
- Led a team of lawyers from Baker McKenzie and The Walt Disney Company in drafting the Washington, D.C. edition of the Firm's Homeless Youth Handbook, which provides practical guidance to homeless youth regarding their rights, responsibilities, and local resources.
- Named one of Washington, DC's "Emerging Women Leaders in Law" by DCA Live (March 2020)
- Recognized as one of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation's "100 Women Who Inspire Us" (November 2019)
- Rising Star, SuperLawyers Washington, DC, 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association (Litigation and Business Law Sections)
- Association of Test Publishers (Exam Security Enforcement Committee)
- Louisiana (1998)
- District of Columbia (2003)
- Maryland (2002)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims~United States
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia~United States
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland~United States
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado~United States
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana~United States
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana~United States
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana~United States
- Tulane University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) (1998)
- Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., cum laude) (1995)
Publications & Presentations
Trade and Legal Risks for Taiwanese Companies in the United States; Workshop hosted by Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade; Taipei, Taiwan, November 2019
How to Ensure a Healthy Vendor/Client Relationship; Institute for Credentialing Excellence annual conference, San Diego, CA, November 2019
Best Practices in Managing Supply Chain Disputes and Product Liability; Baker McKenzie Workshop: Supply Chain Risks & Rewards in Emerging Markets, Washington, DC, March 2019
The Erosion of Agency Deference: is Chevron out of gas?; Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (Regulatory Law Seminar), Portland, Oregon, September 2018
"Make Her Stop Copying Me!" (and other things testing programs say to their mothers); Keynote address, Conference on Test Security; Park City, Utah, October 2010