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Peter J. Romatowski
Of Counsel


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

Bar Admissions

  • New York, District of Columbia, and Montana

Government Service

  • 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)

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).

Honors & Distinctions

  • 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
Peter Romatowski