Jonathan R. Streeter focuses on white collar and securities litigation matters, trial practice, complex business disputes, internal investigations and securities enforcement.
He has tried 17 federal jury trials to verdict, including most recently as lead trial counsel for the government in the Galleon case United States v. Raj Rajaratnam, the largest insider trading case in history. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Streeter served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York for more than 11 years. In addition to the Rajaratnam case, he successfully investigated and tried numerous other complicated securities fraud cases, including Marc Dreier’s $700 million fraud that victimized various hedge funds, a two-month long accounting fraud trial against the CEO of Duane Reade drug store chain and an insider trading trial against a partner at Ernst & Young. He also has significant appellate experience, having successfully briefed and argued 16 appeals before the Second Circuit.
Prior to becoming Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Mr. Streeter served as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the Southern District of New York. In that role he investigated and prosecuted a wide array of federal securities fraud offenses and coordinated parallel civil proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, bankruptcy trustees, court-appointed receivers and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. In addition, Mr. Streeter served in the Major Crimes Unit of the Southern District, where he prosecuted wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, bank bribery, insurance fraud, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and perjury.
Former colleagues and adversaries quoted in The Wall Street Journal have described Mr. Streeter as “unflappable” and as a “go-to,” “seasoned” trial lawyer who has “a good rapport with the jury.” He received the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, which is the Department of Justice’s highest award given to attorneys, for Outstanding Achievement in Asset Forfeiture on the Dreier case, and received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service on the Rajaratnam trial. In 2013, Mr. Streeter was recognized by The Legal 500 United States for his white-collar criminal defense practice. He has also been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America.
Since joining Dechert in early 2012, Mr. Streeter has focused his practice on white collar defense, SEC enforcement actions and civil litigation. Recent examples of his work include representation of:
- Various individuals in US Attorney’s Office and SEC insider trading investigations
- Corporate executives at Japanese auto parts manufactures in Department of Justice antitrust investigations
- Jon Corzine in the CFTC enforcement action and in multiple complex civil cases bought in connection with MF Global
- Numerous hedge funds and mutual funds on insider trading compliance and other compliance matters
- A Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation of payments to government entities
- Various individuals in the DOJ and UK Financial Conduct Authority FOREX and LIBOR probes
- A Fortune 100 company in a major civil antitrust litigation
- A Fortune 500 company in a DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation
- A hedge fund in a contract dispute in federal district court and Delaware Chancery Court
- A bank employee in a US Attorney’s Office civil division investigation of government mortgage program practices
- A law firm in an SEC investigation of Chinese reverse mergers
- A real estate developer in bankruptcy court litigation
From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Streeter practiced as a litigator in the Washington, D.C. office of a major international law firm. He focused on civil trials and pre-trial litigation, including antitrust, product liability, contract, trade secret and patent matters.
Colgate University, A.B., 1990, cum laude, Recipient of Award for Most Outstanding History Student
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude, Associate Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, Recipient of the William Jennings Bryan Award as winner of the Northwestern University Moot Court Competition
District of Columbia
Honorable Melvin T. Brunetti, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit