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Peter J. Romatowski

Peter J. Romatowski

Jones Day

Washington, DC, USA

Peter Romatowski oversees the Firm's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice and also practices white-collar criminal defense.

Peter represents U.S. public companies and foreign issuers, their directors, board committees, and executives, as well as broker/dealers, private investment firms, and law firms, in regulatory and criminal investigations of the full range of  securities law issues. These engagements involve accounting and financial statement issues, disclosure matters, securitization of subprime mortgage   assets, faulty earnings guidance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act payments, recordkeeping and controls matters, insider trading, Regulation FD issues, mutual fund trading practices, and broker/dealer supervision, trading, and sales practice issues.

In his criminal practice, Peter has represented corporate and individual clients from four continents before grand juries, courts, and committees of Congress concerning all manner of suspected violations. He has served as a monitor selected by a company and approved by the Department of Justice to oversee the company's compliance with a settlement of FCPA charges and as U.S. counsel to an FCPA monitor for a foreign issuer.

As a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York from 1979 to 1986 and Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, Peter tried cases involving insider trading based on stories that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, a successful manipulation that tripled the price of an NYSE-listed stock, and other offenses from narcotics to bank fraud. His defense experience includes jury acquittals on criminal charges of withholding pharmaceutical drug test results  from the FDA and alleged false statements to the USDA in connection with a major food recall.


  • FCPA monitor appointed pursuant to DOJ settlement
  • Assistant Attorney General represented in terrorist surveillance and interrogation investigations
  • Bank represented in subprime mortgage and accounting investigation


  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • Corporate Criminal Investigations
  • Antitrust Criminal Investigations
  • Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
  • Life Sciences False Claims Act & Qui Tam Defense


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law (2011-2012)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 20 years
  • Chambers USA
  • The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers


  • Georgetown University (J.D. 1975)
  • Harvard University (A.B. cum laude in Government 1972)


  • New York and District of Columbia


  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York (1979-1986)
  • Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit (1984-1986)

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