Jay Herron

Of Counsel

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J. Jay Herron draws on his more than 30 years of in-depth experience in corporate governance, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions to provide legal advice to public and private companies. He assists clients in preparing to go public, raising capital through private and public offerings, and acquiring and selling businesses.

Jay serves or has served as counsel for a wide range of public companies, including Align-rite International (photomask manufacturer acquired by Photronics, Inc.), DigitalGlobe, Inc. (high resolution satellite images), Pacific Mercantile Bank (community bank), Sportsman’s Warehouse’s Holdings, Inc. (retail sporting goods), Western Digital Corporation (a leading developer and manufacturer of storage solutions), Wynn’s International, Inc. (automotive products manufacturer acquired by Parker Hannifin) and Yahoo Inc. (a global internet brand).


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 as a “Notable Practitioner” in the practice areas of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity (California) (2019 - 2021) 
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021 for Copyright Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law in Newport Beach, CA; Jay has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2011 and he has also been named Lawyer of the Year (Mergers and Acquisitions) in local jurisdiction (2013, 2016).
  • Recommended by Legal 500 for M&A large deals ($1bn+)
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine (2006, 2011-2016)


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Stanford University, J.D., 1980: Order of Coif
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1977: Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Alpha Psi

Professional Activities


  • California Bar Association


  • SEC Hot Topics Institute (Spring 2004)
  • KPMG Audit Committee Roundtable Program Panelist (2007-2011)
  • Forum for Corporate Directors (2010)
  • USC Corporate Governance Summit (2010-2012)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Annual Securities Regulations Program – Panelist (2013, 2015)
  • $3.6 billion acquisition of DigitalGlobe by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates
  • $4.8 billion acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies by Western Digital Corp.
  • Phenomenex in its acquisition by Danaher
  • $1.3 billion acquisition of Anchor Gaming by International Game Technology
  • $1.0 billion acquisition of Komag by Western Digital Corp.
  • $460 million acquisition of Hudson Respiratory by Teleflex, Inc.
  • $350 million dollar sale of Wynn's International, Inc. (automotive parts manufacturer) to Parker Hannifin