Randall Jackson is a partner in the Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the White-Collar Defense Practice Group. Randall focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and regulatory compliance. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Randall is recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers to come out of government service in recent years.
Randall has spearheaded hearings and trials in a number of complex criminal and civil matters. In 2019, Randall co-led the successful defense of shipbuilding executive Jean Boustani, securing a complete acquittal on all counts after a two-month long jury trial in the Eastern District of New York. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged Mr. Boustani orchestrated a $2 billion securities fraud scheme involving Mozambican state-backed loans. After approximately four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a complete defense verdict. In 2016, Randall led a trial team representing HSBC in Manhattan federal court against a former executive who sued the bank alleging retaliation in connection with reports of alleged sexual harassment and other alleged misconduct. After less than two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of no liability on all counts, completely in favor of HSBC.
Randall has also represented a number of other companies and financial institutions in complex litigation and regulatory inquiries. In 2018, he represented a bank in the Southern District of New York in a complex False Claims Act suit related to the bank’s mortgage business. The suit was completely dismissed. In 2016, Randall represented a large hedge fund in a complex securities fraud suit that was settled favorably shortly before trial. Randall has represented multiple entities in civil suits brought by the New York Attorney General’s office that were settled on favorable terms.
As a prosecutor, Randall served as lead or co-lead prosecutor in some of the most important and sensitive cases brought by the Department of Justice, including*:
- U.S. v. 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 multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme operated at Madoff Securities
- U.S. 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
- U.S. v. Larry Seabrook, the prosecution of a prominent New York City Councilman who defrauded the City of millions of dollars
- U.S. v. Gerardo Aguilar Ramirez, et al., the prosecutions of the extradited leadership of Colombian narco-terrorist organization FARC-EP
- U.S. v. Raj Mehta, the prosecution of a convertible bonds trader at an international bank for fraudulently inflating the value of a proprietary trading portfolio
- U.S. v. 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
* These matters were handled prior to joining Willkie.
Randall served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (2007-2015), where he led numerous sensitive investigations and prosecutions that spanned the globe. At the time Randall 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, SEC, CFTC, IRS and other agencies. Over the course of his career as a prosecutor, his work included securities fraud, accounting fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, public corruption, various tax crimes, terrorism and international narcotics trafficking.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Randall was a law clerk for the Hon. Ann Claire Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit and the Hon. Nina Gershon, U.S. District Court: Eastern District of New York.