Jonathan Abernethy represents clients in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation. He is an expert on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), having handled significant FCPA matters as a prosecutor and in the private sector. Jon also represents companies and individuals in sensitive investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, public corruption, antitrust, commodities fraud, health care 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, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Manhattan D.A.'s Office.
Jon has been recognized in Chambers USA's white collar and government investigations category each year since 2015. He is also recognized in Legal 500's United States coverage for corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense and has been named one of New York's Super Lawyers for white collar criminal defense each year since 2010.
Prior to joining the firm, Jon 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.
Jon is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jon is a frequent lecturer and has written articles for the New York Law Journal, the ABA Securities Litigation Journal, and other publications.
Columbia Law School (J.D. 1996); Stanford University (B.A., with highest honors, 1991)
New York State; Massachusetts; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Activities and Affiliations
Member, American Bar Association (Criminal Justice Section)
Regional Representative for North America, Criminal Law Committee, International Bar Association
Member, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
Member, New York City Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association (Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation)
Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn