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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.


  • Pro bono client, a first-time offender, serving a thirty-two year sentence obtains compassionate releaseOn November 22, 2021, Jones Day attorneys secured the compassionate release of Daniel Alan Gregory.
  • Pro bono client serving ten-year sentence for non-violent drug offense obtains compassionate releaseOn March 5, 2021, Jones Day secured the compassionate release of Gadelle Ferguson, in light of the fact that his pre-existing health conditions rendered him uniquely susceptible to an elevated risk of severe illness or death if he were to contract COVID-19 in federal prison.
  • 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.
  • Pro bono client obtains not guilty verdict on first-degree murder charges; appeal on second-degree murder pendingJones Day attorneys accepted a community appointment to represent Rodney Jackson against state murder charges.
  • Mortgage originators successfully resolve lawsuits arising from 2008 financial crisisJones Day represented two mortgage originators in successfully resolving breach-of-contract and indemnification claims brought by a liquidating trust of a defunct mortgage-loan securitizer relating to the origination, sale, and securitization of residential mortgage loans.