Jonathan Youngwood is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He has represented financial institutions and other clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigation matters, including securities, corporate control, antitrust and ERISA disputes. Mr. Youngwood has been involved in litigations associated with Blackstone, Bank of Montreal, Enron, Focus Media, Goldman Sachs, HCA, JPMorgan Chase, KKR, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, PXRE, UBS, among many others.
Chambers and Partners has recognized Mr. Youngwood as a leading securities litigator, describing him as a “smart, focused and creative lawyer who brings the required intensity to the job.” Chambers also recognizes him as “a detail-oriented litigator with the ability to get to the nub of an issue,” who “has extensive securities knowledge.” The Legal 500 has called him “[o]ne of the up-and-coming stars of the team”; “smart, hardworking and extremely professional.” Mr. Youngwood was featured in Securities Law 360’s 2007 “10 under 40” series and has been featured as a “Future Star” for litigation in New York in the Euromoney Benchmark Litigation survey. Mr. Youngwood is a frequent contributor to legal publications and speaker at the Practising Law Institute and other events. He is the Co-chair of PLI’s annual program entitled “Handling a Securities Case: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between” and is a contributor to the Securities Law Practice Center. He recently received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing for his article “New Plausibility Standard Impacts Pleading in Employee Benefits Cases,” which was published in BNA, Inc.’s Pension & Benefits Daily in April 2010. Among a number of significant pro bono achievements, Mr. Youngwood served on the Simpson Thacher team that achieved a finding (after a seven-month trial) that the New York City public schools fail to provide a constitutionally adequate education.
Mr. Youngwood received his B.A. with honors from Brown University in 1990. He received his J.D. in 1994 with honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. He also holds a Masters Degree (1992) from the University of Chicago in Public Policy. Mr. Youngwood joined Simpson Thacher in 1995 following a one-year clerkship with The Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was elected a partner in 2002.