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Jonathan Youngwood is Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and leads the Civil Securities Litigation Practice. He has more than 25 years of experience representing corporations, boards of directors, and other clients in a wide range of high-profile complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, investigations, and regulatory matters. In addition to securities matters, Jon’s practice focuses on disputes and other matters concerning corporate control, ERISA, and antitrust. 

Chambers and Partners
consistently recognizes Jon as a leading securities litigator (Band 1), describing him as a “very well-respected lawyer with a tremendous reputation, and is very good in the courtroom”; “an outstanding advocate, and everything that a client would want in a difficult case”; and “the best lawyer on his feet – he is incredibly comfortable before judges and panels.” He is recognized in the “Hall of Fame” and 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 2020, Jon was named a Law360 “MVP” in Class Actions, and was recognized among Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” In 2017, he was named a “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal, was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and was listed as a “Top 10 Nationwide Securities Star.” Jon is consistently recognized as a national and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. 

Jon received the Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award in 2020 from The Jewish Theological Seminary in recognition of his dedication to public service, professional accomplishments and deep commitment to the Jewish community. He has also received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing. He edits the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter published by the Firm and is the Co-Chair of PLI’s annual program entitled “Securities Litigation: from Investigation to Trial. 

In 2020, Jon was featured as “New York Trailblazer” by the New York Law Journal, which highlighted Jon’s and the Firm’s commitment to high-impact civil and voting rights matters, detailing pro bono work in Mississippi. Among a number of significant pro bono achievements, Jon led the Simpson Thacher team that, along with the ACLU of Mississippi and the ACLU, secured a groundbreaking consent decree that will help to prevent Mississippi’s Madison County Sheriff ’s Department from engaging in racially motivated policing practices. The Firm was also recognized for its achievement with a Benchmark Litigation Impact Case Award and was named the Benchmark Litigation Pro Bono Firm of the Year. 

Jon holds a B.A. with honors from Brown University, a J.D. in 1994 with honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and a Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago. 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. 


Updated Sep 2021