Jason Geisker is the principal legal advisor to Claims Funding Australia and a principal lawyer in the national class actions team at Maurice Blackburn.
Jason is a highly regarded class action & commercial litigator who is recommended for litigation and dispute resolution in NSW by the 2018 Doyle’s Guide
Jason holds a Masters of Law from the University of NSW, Diploma of Law from the Legal Profession Admission Board and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from University of Technology, Sydney. Since his admission to practice in 1996, Jason has acted in several high-profile and ground-breaking matters, including shareholder class actions and cases on behalf of consumers and investors.
In his role as principal legal advisor to CFA, Jason draws on his extensive commercial litigation, class action and dispute resolution experience to inform decision making by the company.
Recently Jason oversaw the conduct of the Australian class actions against disgraced German vehicle manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda over the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal. These class actions were brought on behalf of 100,000 Australian motorists seeking redress as a result of the VW Group’s marketing and sale of dirty diesel engine vehicles, which were passed off to consumers as environmentally friendly, low emission, clean diesel technology.
In his 15 years at Maurice Blackburn, Jason has led other significant cases including:
- A Federal Court action against former City Pacific Limited directors for breaches of the Corporations Act. This action culminated in a $70m judgment for the benefit of investors against former City Pacific directors. This trial win against all defendants was successfully maintained on appeals to the Full Federal Court in 2017 and the High Court of Australia in 2018.
- Nufarm class action settlement of $46.625m obtained in 2012 for over 3,000 Nufarm Ltd investors, following claims that Nufarm had breached its continuous disclosure obligations to the ASX.
- AWB class action settlement of $39.5m for almost 1,300 eligible shareholders in 2010. This case centred on AWB’s involvement in the UN sanctions busting ‘Oil-for-food’ kickback scandal, involving the former Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, as examined by the Cole Inquiry in 2005.
Jason is sought-after for his legal commentary on class actions and litigation funding and the valuable role they play in providing access to justice for claimants who would otherwise not be able to fund a legal case.
This article in the July 2018 Law Society of NSW journal, co-authored with special counsel colleague Jenny Tallis, analyses the changing regulatory environment around litigation funding.
Accreditations & memberships
- Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1996
- Admitted to the High Court of Australia in 1996
- Law Society of NSW member
- International Bar Association member
- American Association of Justice member
- Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) associate member
- Law Council of Australia Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section member
- Doyle's 2016 list of Leading NSW Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyers
- Doyle's 2018 list of Leading NSW Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyers