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Jonathan K. Youngwood

Jonathan K. Youngwood

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York, NY, USA


Jonathan Youngwood is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. For more than 20 years, Jon has represented financial institutions, corporations, executives and boards of directors in a wide range of high-profile litigations, arbitrations and regulatory investigations. His practice focuses on matters involving securities, antitrust and ERISA law as well as M&A litigation.

Chambers and Partners consistently recognizes Jon as a leading securities litigator, describing him as a “very well-respected lawyer with a tremendous reputation, and is very good in the courtroom”; “the best lawyer on his feet - he is incredibly comfortable before judges and panels”; 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” and “flair for written work and oral advocacy.” He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500, where market commentators describe him as “very talented”; who has a “client-oriented approach”; “technically superb, bright and articulate”; an “outstanding securities litigator”; and “smart, hardworking and extremely professional.” In 2017, he was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, an award that recognizes the country’s most distinguished litigators; he was listed as a “Top 10 Nationwide Securities Star”; and is consistently recognized as a national and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, where sources have described him as “one of the smartest lawyers I know. He not only is hardworking, but he has the ability to be both a big-picture thinker and also pay incredible attention to detail.”

He edits the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter published by the Firm, is the Co-Chair of PLI’s annual program entitled“ Handling a Securities Case: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between,” and received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing.

Among a number of significant pro bono achievements, Jon 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.

Jon 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 Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago (1992). Jon joined Simpson Thacher in 1995 following a one-year clerkship with Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He became a Partner in 2003.
Jonathan K. Youngwood is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Securities Litigation 2017: From Investigation to Trial
Securities Litigation 2018: From Investigation to Trial
Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues - Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues 2018, Monday, March 26, 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Jonathan K. Youngwood and Nihara K. Choudhri, The Extraterritorial Application of Section 10(b) After Morrison v. National Australia Bank (August 11, 2017) - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges - Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges, Monday, November 13, 2017
Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues - Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues , Monday, March 26, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges - Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges, Monday, November 13, 2017
Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues - Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues , Monday, March 26, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges - Private Securities Litigation: Navigating the Latest Challenges, Monday, November 13, 2017
Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues - Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues , Monday, March 26, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues 2018, Friday, March 30, 2018, New York, NY
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