Jonathan R. Streeter


Jonathan R. Streeter


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
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Jonathan R. Streeter focuses on white collar and securities litigation matters, trial practice, complex business disputes, internal investigations and SEC and CFTC enforcement actions.

He represents companies, financial institutions and individuals in government investigations, civil litigation, internal investigations and at trial. During the course of his career he has tried eighteen federal jury trials and two bench trials. Prior to joining Dechert in early 2012, Mr. Streeter served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2000 - 2012. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office he was lead trial counsel for the government in the Galleon case United States v. Raj Rajaratnam, one of the largest insider trading cases in history. He also served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and on the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. In those roles he investigated and prosecuted a wide array of federal securities fraud offenses and coordinated parallel civil proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition to the Rajaratnam case, he successfully prosecuted Marc Dreier’s US$700 million fraud that victimized various hedge funds, tried a two-month long accounting fraud case against the CEO of the Duane Reade drug store chain, and tried an insider trading case against a partner at Ernst & Young. He also has significant appellate experience, having successfully briefed and argued 16 appeals before the Second Circuit.

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.” Since 2015, Chambers USA has ranked him for his white collar and government investigations work in private practice, stating that interviewees are “incredibly impressed” and describe him as “a very prepared lawyer and a very smart guy.” He has also been recognized for his white collar defense practice by The Legal 500 US since 2013 and Benchmark Litigation 2015 named him a Litigation Star and praised the "high marks" he received from clients and peers. Mr. Streeter has also been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America. 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.

From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Streeter practiced as a litigator in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm. He focused on civil trials and pre-trial litigation, including antitrust, product liability, contract, trade secret and patent matters.

  • Numerous individuals and businesses in U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC insider trading investigations.
  • Jon Corzine in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission enforcement action and multiple complex civil cases bought in connection with the bankruptcy of MF Global.
  • The Dow Chemical Company in a jury trial of civil antitrust claims in federal court.
  • The Takata Corporation in an internal investigation and Department of Justice investigation of faulty air bags.
  • Numerous traders at Citibank in a CFTC investigation of treasury bond trading practices.
  • A credit union in an investigation by the New York State Department of Financial Services.
  • Various hedge funds and mutual funds in connection with compliance practices, including the prevention of insider trading.
  • The CEO of a foreign currency options brokerage firm in a CFTC and New York Attorney General's investigation.
  • Corporate executives at Japanese auto parts manufacturers in DOJ antitrust investigations.
  • A Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation of payments to government entities.
  • Various individuals in DOJ and UK Financial Conduct Authority FOREX and LIBOR probes.
  • A Fortune 500 company and various individuals in DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.
  • A hedge fund in a civil contract dispute in federal district court and Delaware Chancery Court.
  • A lawyer at General Motors in the DOJ investigation of faulty ignition switches.
  • A lawyer at Blackrock in an SEC investigation of alleged conflict of interest violations. 
  • Colgate University, A.B., 1990, cum laude, Recipient of Award for Most Outstanding History Student
  • Northwestern University Pritzker 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
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Honorable Melvin T. Brunetti