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Abernethy, Jonathan S.

800 Third AvenueNew York, NY 10022
Phones: 212 707 1322
Fax: (212) 957-4514
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Mr. Abernethy represents clients in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation.  He is a recognized authority on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and regularly advises global companies on FCPA matters.  Additionally, he represents companies and individuals in sensitive investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, wire and mail fraud, antitrust, commodities fraud, and other white collar matters.  He has extensive experience with various U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Department of Justice, the SEC, the CFTC, and the Manhattan D.A.'s Office.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Abernethy served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was a lead prosecutor on FCPA, money laundering, and financial fraud cases, and practiced at Fulbright & Jaworski.  Mr. Abernethy is a frequent lecturer and has written articles for the New York Law Journal, the ABA Securities Litigation Journal, and other publications.  He has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense: White Collar since 2010.  He is recognized for his work in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA.

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Practice Areas
Litigation and ArbitrationWhite Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations
Bar Admissions
New YorkU.S. District Court Southern District of New YorkU.S. District Court Eastern District of New YorkU.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
Other Affiliations
New York State Bar Association American Bar AssociationNew York City Bar AssociationFederal Bar Council
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1995 - 1996
Classes and Seminars
Insider Trading Post-Galleon, 5th Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Banking Law Committee of New York City Bar Association
The Ever-Expanding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Risk Management, Due Diligence, and Compliance Strategies
Health Care Fraud Enforcement Trends
Navigating the FCPA in Global Financial Transactions: Strategies to Reduce Risks, Anti-Fraud/Anti-Money Laundering Conference
What To Do When the Prosecutor Calls: Practical Criminal Defense Tips
Uncovering Recept FCPA Investigations and Predicting Future Enforcement Trends, FCPA and International Anti-Corruption for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industries
International Investigations of Business Organizations
Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1996
Stanford University
Honors: With High Honors
Published Works
Lessons from the Galleon Prosecution, American Bar Association Securities Litigation Journal, Summer, 2011The Next Wave: Finding the Line Between Puffery and Securities Fraud, The Champion (magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), August, 2009Skilling and the Future of Securities Fraud Cases, Securities Law 360, January 8, 2009Fifth Circuit Affirms Skiing Conviction in Opinion that May Impact Future Securities Fraud Cases, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Alert, January, 2009
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800 Third AvenueNew York, NY 10022
212 707 1322
(212) 957-4514
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