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 test results from FDA and alleged false statements to USDA in connection with a major food recall. He has served as monitor to oversee a company's compliance with a settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) 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" (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); "clients describe him as ‘among the strongest defenders of companies in enforcement actions — fair but tough’" (2019); and "considered ‘one of the greats of the DC Bar’" (2020).
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.
Evidence Collection in Criminal Investigations: Cross-Border Issues and Corporate Employee Considerations
Department of Justice FCPA Pilot Program Outlines Incentives for Corporate Self-Disclosure and Cooperation: What's New and Will It Matter?
- June 25, 2015
PLI’s Internal Investigations 2015
- December 10-11, 2014
Brazilian Companies and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Exploring the Reach of the FCPA
- November 13-14, 2014
ABA Ninth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud
- June 24, 2014
PLI’s Internal Investigations 2014
- September 26, 2013
Executive Roundtable Series - Responding to a Government Investigation: Defending the Company and Its People and Protecting Its Reputation
- June 26, 2012
PLI’s Internal Investigations 2012: How to Protect Your Clients or Companies in the Global, Post-Dodd-Frank World
- June 10, 2009
Executive Roundtable Series: Responding to Government Investigations: Inspectors General, Whistleblowers, and the False Claims Act
- June 9, 2009
Internal Investigations 2009: How to Protect Your Clients or Company
- 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 (2007-2020)
The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers