People: Jason R. Parnell, Associate

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Jason R. Parnell

Associate

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9650
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Jason Parnell is an associate in the downtown Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Corporate Practice Group.  Mr. Parnell represents public and private companies, investors, institutional lenders, issuers, trustees, and investment funds in a wide variety of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, private equity and financing arrangements, venture capital, asset-backed securitizations, land acquisitions and dispositions, and over-the-counter derivatives.  He also has experience in advising clients in derivatives-related transactional and regulatory compliance, general corporate governance, franchise law, corporate litigation, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the formation and dissolution of taxable and tax-exempt entities.

Mr. Parnell is also a published author where he has written law review articles on various issues of franchise law, including whether CEOs, franchisors, and franchisees can be held liable for making controversial political statements that harm their company’s brand name and the longstanding impact of the Financial Crisis on the business practices of the U.S. auto industry.  While in law school, Mr. Parnell was a mock trial competition semi-finalist for the University of Florida Trial Team where he presented cases and argued legal motions on a variety of civil and contractual disputes.  He also worked as an editor for the Florida Journal of International Law where he wrote an analysis on U.S. national security and business interests in Southeast Asia.  For two summers, Mr. Parnell served as a judicial extern for three different courts where he performed research and drafted orders on a variety of federal and state issues, including commercial contract disputes, piercing the corporate veil, Ponzi schemes, and corporate fraud. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Parnell performed litigation and due diligence support in bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, trade secret, trademark, copyright, tax, and SEC matters for a prominent California law firm.

Jason Parnell is an associate in the downtown Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Corporate Practice Group.  Mr. Parnell represents public and private companies, investors, institutional lenders, issuers, trustees, and investment funds in a wide variety of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, private equity and financing arrangements, venture capital, asset-backed securitizations, land acquisitions and dispositions, and over-the-counter derivatives.  He also has experience in advising clients in derivatives-related transactional and regulatory compliance, general corporate governance, franchise law, corporate litigation, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the formation and dissolution of taxable and tax-exempt entities.

Mr. Parnell is also a published author where he has written law review articles on various issues of franchise law, including whether CEOs, franchisors, and franchisees can be held liable for making controversial political statements that harm their company’s brand name and the longstanding impact of the Financial Crisis on the business practices of the U.S. auto industry.  While in law school, Mr. Parnell was a mock trial competition semi-finalist for the University of Florida Trial Team where he presented cases and argued legal motions on a variety of civil and contractual disputes.  He also worked as an editor for the Florida Journal of International Law where he wrote an analysis on U.S. national security and business interests in Southeast Asia.  For two summers, Mr. Parnell served as a judicial extern for three different courts where he performed research and drafted orders on a variety of federal and state issues, including commercial contract disputes, piercing the corporate veil, Ponzi schemes, and corporate fraud. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Parnell performed litigation and due diligence support in bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, trade secret, trademark, copyright, tax, and SEC matters for a prominent California law firm.

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida, Levin College of Law (2012)
    Research Editor, Florida Journal of International Law (2010-2012)
    National Mock Trial Competition Semi-Finalist and Co-Chair, University of Florida Trial Team (2009-2011)
    Teaching Assistant for Trial Practice (2010)
    Judicial Extern for the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips, United States District Court, Central District of California (2009)
    Judicial Extern for the Honorable Charles Margines, Superior Court of California, Orange County (2010)
    Judicial Extern for the Circuit Court Staff Attorneys’ Office, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Alachua County (2010)

  • Master of International Business, University of Florida, Hough Graduate School of Business (2012)
    Research Assistant for Professor Robert Emerson, Huber Hurst Professor of Business Law, University of Florida (2010-2012)

  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)
    Dean’s List
    Links Scholarship Recipient

Admissions

  • California
  • Florida

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Barristers Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar  Association, Business and Corporations Law Section
  • State Bar of California
  • The American Association for Justice
  • The Florida Bar

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Bankruptcies and Bailouts: The Continuing Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Franchise Auto Dealer Industry,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (2019)
  • Co-Author, “Franchise Hostages: Fast Food, God, and Politics,” University of Virginia Journal of Law and Politics (2014)
  • Author, “A Nuclear North Korea: An Assessment of U.S. National Security Interests,” Florida Journal of International Law (2011)