Jay Holtmeier

Jay Holtmeier is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. He co-leads the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group and is a member of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Working Group. He joined the firm in 2004.


Mr. Holtmeier's breadth of experience as a litigator includes service as a federal prosecutor, a senior in-house attorney and a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Holtmeier represents institutions and individuals in complex government and internal investigations and matters of corporate governance and compliance. He has particular expertise in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

In FCPA matters, Mr. Holtmeier has represented clients in government and internal investigations involving conduct in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. He regularly counsels clients facing difficult FCPA issues in a variety of business contexts, and he has assisted clients in numerous industries in developing and implementing FCPA compliance programs. He devotes substantial attention to advising clients on FCPA problems that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. He writes and speaks extensively on the subject and is a co-author, with Roger Witten, Kimberly Parker and Erin Sloane of the firm’s New York office, of the leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Matthew Bender, 9th ed. 2016).

As a senior vice president and principal legal counsel with the Reuters Group, Mr. Holtmeier was responsible for all litigation and compliance matters in North and South America. As an assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he tried several cases to verdict and led extensive grand jury investigations of various crimes, including racketeering, securities fraud, murder, narcotics and counterfeiting. Significant prosecutions included United States v. Jose Muyet, et al., and United States v. Ronald Ocasio, et al., related cases involving more than twenty murders, for which Mr. Holtmeier received the Director's Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office for US Attorneys, and United States v. Carol Bayless, which received national attention and calls for the impeachment of the presiding US District Judge.

Professional Activities

In 2017, Mr. Holtmeier was elected to the Board of Directors of The City Bar Fund of the New York City Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Holtmeier is a member of the Board of Directors, and formerly the Chairman of the Board, of the New York City Bar Justice Center, the nonprofit legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.


    • Representation of a major financial institution in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s first enforcement action involving the hiring of relatives of foreign officials.
    • Representation of a global manufacturer in enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, SEC, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce and the US Navy involving allegations of improper kickbacks under the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, violations of the FCPA and violations of US export laws.
    • Representation of a global airline in a non-prosecution agreement and a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ for alleged violations of the FCPA and Travel Act.
    • Representation of the chief executive officer of a public company in a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ and a civil settlement with the SEC for alleged violations of the FCPA and US sanctions laws.
    • Representation of the audit committee of a global networking and communications company in a DOJ and SEC investigation of FCPA issues in Russia, Thailand and numerous other countries.
    • Representation of a major accounting firm in SEC and FDIC investigations relating to alleged financial reporting fraud at two financial institution clients.
    • Representation of the audit committee of a national food distributor in an investigation by the SEC into allegations of improper accounting.
    • Representation of the chief executive officer of a large newspaper in an Eastern District of New York grand jury investigation.
    • Representation of an accounting firm in investigations by the DOJ, the SEC, the PCAOB and the New York Attorney General into alleged financial reporting fraud at a major financial institution.
    • Representation of numerous companies and individuals in the pharmaceutical, financial services, media, manufacturing and other industries in numerous government and corporate internal investigations.


  • Named a leader in the field of FCPA by Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business in its 2015–2021 editions, with clients identifying him as a "very practical and very strategic" attorney with "incredible knowledge of what needs to be done and how the government is going to react to a situation." 
  • Recognized in the 2015–2020 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his FCPA and white-collar crime litigation practices, with clients calling him "very experienced" with an "ability to anticipate issues and help put effective solutions in place."
  • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers" in the area of criminal defense: white-collar in the 2013–2021 editions of the Best Lawyers in America.
  • Recommended in the 2017 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 United States for corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense.
  • Main Justice selected the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group as the recipient of its most prestigious honor, “Practice Group of the Year,” in 2012.

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  • Education

    • JD, Cornell Law School, 1990

      magna cum laude Articles Editor, Cornell Law Review
    • BA, University of Minnesota, 1986

  • Admissions

    • New York

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1990 - 1991