Peter Romatowski has deep experience in the representation, prosecution, and defense of U.S. and foreign companies, their directors, board committees, and executives in all variety of criminal, internal investigation, and securities enforcement matters.
As a federal prosecutor and Chief of the SDNY Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, Peter tried cases involving insider trading by a Wall Street Journal reporter, 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 USDA in connection with a major food recall. He has served as a monitor to oversee a company's compliance with a settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges and as U.S. counsel to an FCPA monitor for a foreign issuer.
Client and peer reviewers cite his "extensive trial experience in securities cases" (Chambers 2008); "a first choice for referrals for peers" (2009); "wonderfully smart and analytically strong" (2010); "a charismatic man and a superb lawyer" (2011); "an outstanding communicator with all constituents" (2012); "the go-to lawyer for investigations and securities cases for many companies ... particularly praised for his analytical skills" (2013); "terrific, very well prepared and smart" (2015); "[t]ermed ‘an institution’ by peers . . . ‘[e]veryone likes and respects him, including the government and investigators’" (2016); and "clients describe him as ‘among the strongest defenders of companies in enforcement actions — fair but tough’" (2019).
The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.
White House officials
Represented a White House Press Secretary and an Associate Counsel to the President through investigations of Whitewater and related matters by two independent counsels and the grand jury, four congressional committees and two inspectors general.
Associate Attorney General represented in Whitewater Investigation
Served as lead trial counsel for a former Associate Attorney General of the United States on his third indictment by the Whitewater Independent Counsel. The case was resolved shortly before trial by a favorable guilty plea and agreed sentence of probation and the stipulated dismissal of related charges against the client, his wife, his lawyer, and his accountant.
FBI Sniper/Observer represented in Ruby Ridge investigations
Represented a sniper/observer member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team in grand jury and congressional investigations of the Ruby Ridge incident.
Department of Justice FCPA Pilot Program Outlines Incentives for Corporate Self-Disclosure and Cooperation: What's New and Will It Matter?
- November 2017DOJ's New FCPA Enforcement Policy Continues its "Carrot-and-Stick" Approach
- September 2017Second Circuit Court of Appeals Expands Insider Trading Liability
- June 2017U.S. Supreme Court Significantly Limits SEC's Power to Recover Disgorgement
- February 2017Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs
- January 2017FCPA 2016 Year in Review
- December 2016U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for "Tippee" Insider Trading Liability
- April 2016Department of Justice FCPA Pilot Program Outlines Incentives for Corporate Self-Disclosure and Cooperation: What's New and Will It Matter?
- March 2016Individuals in the Cross Hairs? What This Means for Directors
- January 2016FCPA 2015 Year In Review
- February 2016SEC Enforcement in Financial Reporting and Disclosures—2015 Update
- September 2015SEC Flexes Its Muscle on Accounting Fraud and Targets More Individuals
- September 2015U.S. Department of Justice Announces Updated Guidelines on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing
- August 2015SEC Enforcement Cases and the Role of Monitors
- March 2015Revisiting My Brother's Keeper: Latest Learning and Best Practices on Dealings with Third Parties under the FCPA
- March 2015Supreme Court Clarifies Liability Standard for Opinions Expressed in Registration Statements
- February 2015FCPA Year in Review: 2014
- June 2014Supreme Court Decision in Halliburton II Affords Welcome Tool to Defendants
- May 2014Federal Appellate Court Rules that the FCPA Prohibits Corrupt Payments to Certain Foreign Government-Owned Businesses
- June 2013The Future of Admitting When Settling SEC Enforcement Actions: Some Initial Considerations
- April 2013SEC Endorses Use of Social Media Under Regulation FD
- March 2013District Court Rules FCPA Jurisdiction Has Limits
- January 2013Corporate Internal Investigations: Best Practices, Pitfalls to Avoid
- December 2012DOJ/SEC's Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Jones Day Summary and Analysis
- March 2011Outside Directors Fail to Heed Red Flags and Wind Up in SEC Hurricane
- March 2011U.S. Supreme Court Rules That a Drug’s Adverse Event Reports May be Material to Investors Even Though not "Statistically Significant"
- April 2010SEC Targets Independent Director for Failing to Investigate CEO
- March 2010Pending Legislation Would Expand Scope of Parties that May Be Sued for Securities Fraud
- October 2009SEC Faces Challenge to Its Attempt to "Claw back" Millions from Senior Executive Not Charged with Wrongdoing
- March 2006The Legal Obligation to Maintain Accurate Books and Records in U.S. and Non-U.S. Operations
- June 20, 2017Current Issues in Internal and Government Investigations: What Companies Should Know
- November 13-14, 2014ABA Ninth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud
- Georgetown University (J.D. 1975); Harvard University (A.B. cum laude in Government 1972)
- New York, District of Columbia, and Montana
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York (1979-1986) and Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit (1984-1986)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law (2011 and 2012)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995
Chambers USA (2007-2019)
The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers