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Jonathan K. Youngwood
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: 1-212-455-3539
Fax: 1-212-455-2502
Jonathan Youngwood is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. Jon has represented financial institutions and other clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters, including securities, corporate control, antitrust and ERISA disputes. He is widely recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation. In 2017, he was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Benchmark Litigation, an award that recognizes the country’s most distinguished litigators. Jonathan is the Co-Chair of one of PLI's annual programs on securities litigation and an Editor of the Firm's Securities Law Alert.

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Accolades
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Securities Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 U.S., "Leading Lawyer"
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Top 10 Nationwide Securities Star"
  • Benchmark Litigation, National and New York "Litigation Star"
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement
  • Securities Law360’s “10 under 40” in Securities Litigation
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, 1994 J.D.
    With Honors; University of Chicago Law Review, Comment Editor, 1992–1994
  • Brown University, 1990 B.A.
    Honors in Major (Public Policy)
Clerkships
  • Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1994–1995)
Admissions
  • New York 
  • Supreme Court of the United States 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York 
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York 

Jonathan Youngwood is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. For more than 20 years, Jon has represented financial institutions, corporations, executives and boards of directors in a wide range of high-profile litigations, arbitrations and regulatory investigations. His practice focuses on matters involving securities, antitrust and ERISA law as well as M&A litigation.

Chambers and Partners consistently recognizes Jon as a leading securities litigator, describing him as a “very well-respected lawyer with a tremendous reputation, and is very good in the courtroom”; “the best lawyer on his feet - he is incredibly comfortable before judges and panels”; a “smart, focused and creative lawyer who brings the required intensity to the job.” Chambers also recognizes him as “a detail-oriented litigator with the ability to get to the nub of an issue” who “has extensive securities knowledge” and “flair for written work and oral advocacy.” He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500, where market commentators describe him as “very talented”; who has a “client-oriented approach”; “technically superb, bright and articulate”; an “outstanding securities litigator”; and “smart, hardworking and extremely professional.” In 2017, he was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, an award that recognizes the country’s most distinguished litigators; he was listed as a “Top 10 Nationwide Securities Star”; and is consistently recognized as a national and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, where sources have described him as “one of the smartest lawyers I know. He not only is hardworking, but he has the ability to be both a big-picture thinker and also pay incredible attention to detail.”

He edits the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter published by the Firm, is the Co-Chair of PLI’s annual program entitled “Handling a Securities Case: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between,” and received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing.

Among a number of significant pro bono achievements, Jon served on the Simpson Thacher team that achieved a finding (after a seven-month trial) that the New York City public schools fail to provide a constitutionally adequate education. 

Jon received his B.A. with honors from Brown University in 1990. He received his J.D. in 1994 with honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. He also holds a Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago (1992). Jon joined Simpson Thacher in 1995 following a one-year clerkship with Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He became a Partner in 2003.

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