Jay Schleppenbach


Jay Schleppenbach


Chicago | 35 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL, United States of America 60601-1608
+1 312 646 5806 | +1 312 646 5858


Jay Schleppenbach is counsel in Dechert's Chicago office. Mr. Schleppenbach focuses his practice on white collar litigation and has worked on a wide variety of internal investigations, including matters involving complex accounting issues, alleged violations of U.S. securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

He has represented clients in responding to inquiries from a range of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the Illinois Inspector General and numerous United States Attorneys' Offices nationwide. Mr. Schleppenbach has been successful in obtaining declinations of charges and favorable plea agreements for both major corporate clients and individuals. 

Mr. Schleppenbach is highly experienced in handling every phase of litigation matters, both in private practice and at the Illinois Attorney General's Office, where he briefed and argued dozens of criminal appeals, including six before the Illinois Supreme Court. He is also well-versed in alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to private practice, Mr. Schleppenbach is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and coaches the International Arbitration Moot Court Team at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. His writing on white collar and arbitration issues has appeared in numerous publications, including Bloomberg Law White Collar Crime Report, The Public Servant and Finance Digest.

  • One of the world’s largest telecommunications companies in litigation and a multi-week civil trial involving theft of trade secrets, among other claims.
  • A corporation and its principals in a criminal antitrust investigation being conducted by DOJ Antitrust Division and FBI.
  • A software company in a public corruption investigation being conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office and FBI.
  • A government contractor in a public corruption investigation being conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office, FBI and Inspector General.
  • A former controller of a publicly traded company in SEC and Special Litigation Committee investigations relating to revenue recognition issues and earnings restatement.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Millikin University, B.S., B.A., 2000, summa cum laude; Illinois Lincoln Academy Lincoln Laureate for Scholarship & Leadership; Scovill Prize for Scholarship, Leadership, & Service; Outstanding Community Outreach Student
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 2003, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Administrative Editor, The Elder Law Journal; National Moot Court Team; Rickert Awards for Excellence in Legal Publications, Academics, and Oral Advocacy; CALI Awards for Highest Scores in Seven Individual Classes
  • Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association: Member, Business & Securities Law Section Council; Newsletter Editor and former Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council