For-profit

Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E)

Website:

www.gelaw.com/

Location:

Wilmington, DE

Status:

For-Profit

Founded:

1997

Type:

Law Firm

Managing Director:

Jay W. Eisenhofer

Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) is a plaintiff-side trial law firm [1] headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware [2] that specializes in U.S. and international securities litigation, corporate governance, environmental, mass torts, antitrust, bankruptcy, civil rights, and consumer protection litigation. [3]

Identified in 2022 as a member of a “shady trial lawyer pipeline” that contributes millions of dollars to liberal political campaigns by the right-of-center Alliance for Consumers, [4] 99 percent of Federal Election Commission (FEC) reportable contributions from persons associated with G&E were made to Democrats or Democratic Party-affiliated committees between 2017 and 2020. [5]

In 2019, G&E was on a list of companies banned from giving to public officials in Connecticut because of their potential business interest in the state’s treasury and justice departments. [6] [7] Former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden (D-DE), son of then-Vice President  Joe Biden (D), joined Grant & Eisenhofer as counsel in 2015 before his death from cancer. [8] [9]

History and Leadership

Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) was co-founded by Jay W. Eisenhofer and prominent Democratic Party donor and corporate lawyer Stuart Grant in 1997. [10] [11] [12]

Co-founder Jay W. Eisenhofer is G&E’s managing director. [13]  Other co-founder Stuart Grant retired from his role at G&E as co-managing director in 2018. [14]

Activities and Funding

Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) is a plaintiff-side trial law firm [15] headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, [16] that specializes in U.S. and international securities litigation, corporate governance, environmental, mass torts, antitrust, bankruptcy, civil rights, and consumer protection litigation. [17]

Identified in 2022 as a member of a “shady trial lawyer pipeline” that contributes millions of dollars to liberal political campaigns by the right-leaning Alliance for Consumers, [18] G&E has won more than $29 billion in lawsuits on behalf of its clients since 2007 and has contracts with state governments. [19] [20]

G&E is on a list of companies banned from giving to public officials in Connecticut because of their potential business interests in the state’s treasury and justice departments. [21] [22]

G&E has satellite offices located in New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and San Francisco, California. [23]

Connection to Biden Family

In January 2015, shortly before his death from cancer, former Delaware Attorney and son of then-Vice President Joe Biden Beau Biden (D-DE) joined Grant & Eisenhofer as counsel. [24] [25] While at G&E, Biden worked on whistleblower cases, an issue on which he made settlements with major banks while working as attorney general of Delaware. [26]

Political Contributions

Individuals associated with Grant & Eisenhofer overwhelmingly contribute to Democratic Party-affiliated candidates and left-of-center political causes. From 2017 through 2022, 99 percent of Federal Election Commission (FEC)-reportable donations from G&E affiliated personnel went to Democratic Party candidates and affiliated committees. Between 2017 and 2020, G&E generated more than $1.15 million in FEC donations. [27]

G&E co-founder Jay Eisenhofer gave more than $800,000 of the total $1.15 million total, including $150,000 to the Biden Victory Fund and $100,000 to the House Senate Victory Fund in 2020. [28] Eisenhofer also contributed $71,000 to the House Senate Victory Fund and $50,000 to the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. [29] During the 2022 election cycle, Eisenhofer has made contributions in support of the left-of-center American Association for Justice Political Action Committee and donated  $5,800 to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); $20,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC); $2,500 to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); and $5,800 to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). [30]

In the 2020 election cycle, Eisenhofer made contributions in support numerous candidates including of the presidential campaigns of Joe Biden (D), Kamala Harris (D), and Cory Booker (D). He also made contributions to Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), then-Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), the campaign of Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), then-Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), and the state-level Democratic Party in New Hampshire, Georgia, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan. [31]

G&E co-founder Stuart Grant personally bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama (D) and helped raise money for then-Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) in 2012. [32] Grant has made other contributions to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democratic National Committee (DNC), the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton (D), left-of-center Americans for Responsible Solutions, Arizona State Democratic Central Executive Committee, Democratic State Party of Delaware, then-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and others. [33]

As of October 2022, individuals affiliated with G&E have contributed at least $89,390 to 10 organizations or candidates, 9 of which are Democrats or Democratic Party-affiliated. Recipients include Democratic National Committee Services Corp, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). [34]

Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute

In December 2017, Grant & Eisenhofer founded the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute to work on left-of-center environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) activism. The institute focuses its ESG activism on sustainability and fiduciary duty, climate change and securities law, corporate legal responsibility for activity in developing countries, and legal challenges to limit compensation. [35]

G&E’s ESG-related legal cases include topics related to environmentalist issues, carbon emissions, pollution, civil rights, data protection, gender and racial diversity, labor standards, and other issues. [36] Forty-eight percent of G&E’s ESG cases take place in the United States, with the remaining taking place in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. [37]

Caitlin M. Moyna leads the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute, which constitutes a nine-member board representing institutional investors. [38] [39]

Funding

Grant & Eisenhofer is a for-profit law firm. Since 2007 alone, G&E has recovered at least $29 billion on behalf of its clients. [40]

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Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E)

123 Justison Street, Floor 7
Wilmington, DE