Jonathan King > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Corporate and Securities Litigation; White Collar and Corporate Crime; Healthcare


Partner; Co-Chair, Global Investigations


Jon King’s primary focus is on white collar crime, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related issues involving corporate compliance and internal investigations. Jon co-chairs DLA Piper’s Global Investigations practice, ranked among the top 30 global investigations practices by Global Investigations Review (GIR). He previously co-chaired DLA Piper’s White Collar, Corporate Crime and Investigations practice.

Over the course of the nearly two decades since he left service as a federal prosecutor, Jon has directed and conducted numerous cross-border investigations of FCPA and other anti-corruption and fraud issues in a wide variety of sectors, among them energy, industrials, and life sciences, in locations all across the globe.

Jon has negotiated and obtained no-action decisions from US law enforcement authorities and has negotiated global resolutions of anti-corruption matters with law enforcement authorities outside the US. He also assists his clients with a wide variety of other FCPA and other anti-corruption related issues, including the development of effective compliance programs, due diligence issues and general FCPA advice.

In addition to his work on FCPA and global anti-corruption issues, Jon has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations on behalf of corporations and other entities, as well as corporate boards of directors and audit committees. Jon serves as counsel to individuals and businesses on numerous white collar matters involving domestic public corruption, corporate fraud and abuse, criminal antitrust, securities fraud, including insider trading and accounting irregularities, criminal tax and other regulatory and compliance matters, including trade controls, insurance and financial services-related issues. Jon regularly represents both individuals and businesses in connection with grand jury investigations conducted by the US Department of Justice, investigations and enforcement actions brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and investigations and prosecutions brought by other state and federal agencies.

Jon also represents clients in False Claims Act (FCA) and related investigations and matters. His experience includes obtaining the dismissal of an FCA matter pending in a US district court, as well as the successful negotiation of another such matter to a non-FCA resolution. He has also been appointed to serve as both a Chapter 11 and a Chapter 7 Trustee in a significant bankruptcy matter involving allegations of fraud.

Before joining DLA Piper in 2002, Jon served for more than eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and for more than four years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois, where he tried a wide variety of criminal matters on behalf of the government. In 1997, Jon was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service by then Attorney General Janet Reno.


J.D., Northwestern University; B.A., The University of Chicago

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar, corporate crime and investigations department at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations and enforcement matters across continents. The team is led by John Hillebrecht and Karl Buch, Philadelphia’s Courtney Saleski and Chicago’s Jonathan King. Hillebrecht is a veteran trial and appellate attorney, who is recommended for criminal and civil litigation and investigations. King specialises in white-collar crime, FCPA matters, compliance and internal investigations. The team saw a number of additions over 2021, including Naana Frimpong in Atlanta from King & Spalding LLP, and Austin Brown and Christian Ford in Washington DC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the DOJ, respectively. Matt Graves left to become the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.