Jeffrey A. Brown


Jeffrey A. Brown


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3511 | +1 212 698 3599


Jeffrey A. Brown focuses his practice on white collar defense, securities litigation, SEC enforcement actions, and related commercial litigation. His experience includes conducting internal investigations across multiple industries and across international boundaries, representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities Exchange Commission, and state and local prosecutors. Mr. Brown’s practice also includes representing individuals investigated for “spoofing” and other market manipulation in markets for various commodities.

Mr. Brown previously worked for approximately 9 years at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as Co-Chief of the General Crimes Unit and before that as Acting Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Brown investigated and prosecuted crimes in the Terrorism, International Narcotics Trafficking, Narcotics, Violent Crimes and General Crimes Units. Many of Mr. Brown’s representations at Dechert involve investigations brought by his former Office.

The recipient of the 2011 Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, during his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted several high-profile cases, including United States v. Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, and United States v. Abduwali Muse, the Somali pirate who led the attempted hijacking of the Maersk Alabama.
Before serving in the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Brown spent several years as an associate in the litigation practice of an international law firm.

The Legal 500 recognizes Mr. Brown in the area of Securities Shareholder Litigation.

  • A multinational manufacturing company in connection with class action products liability litigation and multiple related criminal and regulatory investigations.
  • The audit committee of a publicly traded corporation in connection with an internal investigation into claims of misconduct by an independent director, as well as related malpractice claims against the corporation’s former auditor.
  • A national professional services firm in connection with an internal investigation arising from the departure of a former partner charged with criminal activity.
  • A Payday Lender in a civil regulatory action filed in the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Multiple bond traders in investigations regarding alleged misrepresentations and market manipulation.
  • A former bank CEO in U.S. and UK regulatory enforcement actions and related civil litigation.
  • A Fortune 100 CEO in an SEC investigation of accounting irregularities and related civil litigation.
  • Various individuals and businesses in SEC, DOJ and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigations involving public corruption, securities fraud, and other offenses.

Mr. Brown’s pro bono experience includes representing federal inmates in requests for pardons, sentence reductions, and other clemency.

  • The University of Vermont, B.A., 1994, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Outstanding Senior Student in French Studies
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1999, magna cum laude, Executive Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Review
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York