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Who's Who Legal

Global Leader

Investigations 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

"Jonathan is an excellent white-collar criminal lawyer"
"He has very solid international experience"


Jon King is a partner at DLA Piper and co-chair of the global investigations practice. Mr King primarily focuses on white-collar crime and investigations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related issues. Before joining DLA Piper in 2002, he served for more than eight years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, and for more than four years as a state prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Mr King tried a wide variety of cases on behalf of the government, including serving as lead counsel in a high-profile prosecution of the mayor of a Chicago suburb and two other defendants. Before leaving the US Department of Justice, Mr King was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

In his practice at DLA Piper, Mr King has directed and conducted numerous cross-border investigations of FCPA and other anti-corruption issues in a wide variety of industries and sectors, and in locations across the globe. His recent work includes conducting and leading cross-border FCPA investigations in Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, in China, Indonesia, the UAE and elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Europe. He recently negotiated and obtained no-action/declination decisions from both the DOJ and the US Securities and Exchange Commission in one such matter.

In addition to his FCPA and global anti-corruption work, Mr King has conducted numerous other corporate internal investigations, on such issues as corporate fraud and abuse; securities fraud (including insider trading, accounting and restatement issues); antitrust; criminal tax; and other regulatory and compliance matters (including trade controls, theft of trade secrets, and insurance and financial services-related issues). In this regard, he has served as lead counsel on behalf of corporations and other entities, as well as board audit committees. In these and numerous other white-collar matters, Mr King has successfully defended both individuals and businesses in grand jury investigations conducted by the DOJ; investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC; and investigations and prosecutions brought by other agencies at both the federal and state levels.

In related work, Mr King also represents clients in False Claims Act (FCA) and related investigations and matters, and has obtained the dismissal of an FCA matter pending in US District Court, as well as the successful negotiations of such matters, including to a non-FCA resolution. He has also been appointed to serve as both a chapter 11 and 7 trustee in a significant bankruptcy matter involving allegations of fraud and abuse.

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