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Jake Vandelist conducts internal investigations and defends corporate and individual clients in government enforcement actions and complex civil and criminal litigation. He has represented clients in the health care, retail, energy, financial services, and professional sports industries.

Jake has helped companies navigate a wide variety of investigations on topics ranging from anticorruption (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/FCPA) to financial and accounting fraud. He has defended companies against civil and criminal investigations brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and state attorneys general. He also has conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 corporate clients on highly sensitive topics. Jake's investigations matters have covered issues in more than 10 countries across five continents.

In addition to conducting investigations, Jake represents clients in civil and criminal litigation. He has extensive experience at every stage of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, and trial. Jake has litigated various types of complex matters, including government enforcement actions, contract disputes, shareholder derivative litigation, and residential mortgage-backed securities lawsuits.

Jake maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representing immigrants seeking asylum and criminal defendants who qualify for public defender services.


  • Global healthcare company obtains declinations from DOJ and SEC after multi-year investigation into corruption in Asia and EuropeJones Day obtained declinations from DOJ and the SEC on behalf of a global healthcare company that was under investigation for allegations of making improper payments in Asia and Europe.
  • Student activist from Venezuela obtains asylumJones Day obtained asylum on behalf of K.P, who, at the age of 20, was forced to flee Venezuela because he opposed the Venezuelan government and its president, Nicolás Maduro.
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