Randall W. Jackson
Areas of Practice
Harvard Law School, J.D., 2003; Harvard Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Law Review, Senior Editor, Executive Board; Black Law Students Association; Harvard Defenders.
Morehouse College, B.A., English, 1999
Hon. Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2005 – 2006
Hon. Nina Gershon, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004 – 2005
District of Columbia
United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Columbia, and District of Colorado
United States Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit, Seventh Circuit, District of Columbia
Randall W. Jackson is a partner in the firm’s New York City office. His practice focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, complex civil litigation, and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Jackson, who joined the firm after eight years as a federal prosecutor, is widely considered one of the best trial lawyers to come out of government service in recent years. He has served as lead or co-lead attorney in 15 federal trials, including some of the longest and most complicated federal trials in recent years. He has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the District of Columbia. Named a “Rising Star” by the New York Daily News, Mr. Jackson has been cited by a variety of commentators as a force in the courtroom. In profiling Mr. Jackson, Forbes observed that “juries adore him,” and noted that, as a prosecutor, he was “revered in the office as one of the best trial lawyers for rebuttals in big cases—brought in like baseball’s Mariano Rivera in the 9th inning to preserve the lead.” After a particularly damaging cross-examination of a white collar defendant, the New York Post labeled him the “Pit-bull Prosecutor.” At the conclusion of a lengthy securities and accounting fraud trial, Bloomberg reported that “the jury was particularly impressed with prosecutor Randall Jackson’s closing statement, which cemented the jurors’ views.” The New York Law Journal reported after a verdict that Mr. Jackson’s jury address was described by a juror as “incredible.”
From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Jackson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he led numerous sensitive investigations and prosecutions that spanned the globe. He has coordinated with international law enforcement agencies on five continents. At the time Mr. Jackson left the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he conducted a number of joint and parallel investigations with the FBI, the SEC, the CFTC, the IRS and other agencies. Over the course of his career as a prosecutor, the subject matter of Mr. Jackson’s work included securities fraud, accounting fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, public corruption, various tax crimes, terrorism, and international narcotics trafficking.
Mr. Jackson served as lead or co-lead prosecutor in some of the most important and sensitive cases brought by the Department of Justice, including:
- United States v. Daniel Bonventre et al., the prosecution of five lieutenants of Bernard Madoff, all convicted after a six-month jury trial on 31 counts of securities, tax, and accounting fraud related to the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme operated at Madoff Securities;
- United States v. Faisal Shahzad, the prosecution of a Pakistani Taliban operative, known as the “Times Square Bomber,” who attempted to detonate a bomb in New York City;
- United States v. Larry Seabrook, the prosecution of a prominent, corrupt, New York City Councilman who defrauded New York City of millions of dollars;
- United States v. Gerardo Aguilar Ramirez, aka “Cesar,” Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, aka “Ivan Vargas”, Ignacio Leal Garcia, Juan Jose Martinez-Vega and Erminso Cuevas Cabrera, the prosecutions of the extradited leadership of Colombian narco-terrorist organization FARC-EP, including the Commander of the 1st Front and the heads of several other divisions;
- United States v. Gilberto Valle, the prosecution of a New York City policeman, dubbed the “Cannibal Cop,” for kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized access to restricted federal databases;
- United States v. Rafael Mercedez Valez, the prosecution of the leader of a vast international money laundering conspiracy, responsible for laundering of over $2 billion of illegally obtained funds;
- United States v. Raj Mehta, the prosecution of a convertible bonds trader at an international bank for fraudulently inflating the value of a proprietary trading portfolio; and
- United States v. Joseph Lombardo, the prosecution of the head of an investment company that managed the finances of the National Basketball Players Association for conspiring to defraud the NBPA of millions of dollars.
In 2011, Mr. Jackson was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award by the Attorney General of the United States. In 2014, he was awarded the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award by the Attorney General. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Mr. Jackson was a law clerk to two federal judges and was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter LLP.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Selected, The Root 100, a ranking of the 100 most influential African Americans in the United States under the age of 45, by The Root, online subsidiary magazine of the Washington Post (2014, 2013)
Bronx Councilman Is Convicted of Fraud and Loses Seat (The New York Times)
Jurors Appreciated Lawyers Work (New York Law Journal (subscription required))
Madoff Jurors Say Aides Were Bernie’s Willing ‘Soldiers (Bloomberg News)
Ex-Madoff Exec Gets Grilled at Fraud Trial (New York Post)
Times Square Bombing Suspect Appears in Court (The New York Times)