Peter Romatowski oversees the Firm's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice and also practices white-collar criminal defense.
Peter represents U.S. public companies and foreign issuers, their directors, board committees, and executives, as well as financial institutions and private investment firms, in regulatory and criminal investigations involving the full range of securities law issues. In his criminal practice, he has represented corporate and individual clients from four continents before grand juries, courts, and committees of Congress, concerning all manner of suspected violations. He 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.
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 the USDA in connection with a major food recall.
Client and peer reviewers describe Peter as a litigator who does it all (Chambers 2007); with extensive trial experience in securities cases (2008); 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); [t]ermed 'an institution' by peers... '[e]veryone likes and respects him, including the government and investigators' (2016).
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)
FCPA monitor appointed pursuant to DOJ settlement
Assistant Attorney General represented in terrorist surveillance and interrogation investigations
Bank represented in subprime mortgage and accounting investigation
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 for more than 20 years
Chambers USA (2007-2016)
The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers
American College of Trial Lawyers.