Jonathan Su

Jonathan Su

Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Jonathan Su, Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office and a former Special Counsel to the President, advises clients on government, Congressional, and internal investigations as well as related litigation.

Mr. Su advises corporations, boards of directors, and individuals on investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), US Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other federal agencies. Mr. Su also conducts internal investigations regarding a wide range of alleged misconduct, including corruption, financial irregularities, and sexual misconduct.

As part of his work, Mr. Su helps navigate often intense government and media scrutiny so that clients can maintain their business operations. In so doing, he draws on significant experience both in private practice representing leading corporations and individuals, as well as his prior work at the highest levels of the Executive Branch and as a federal white collar crime prosecutor.

In his prior role as Special Counsel to President Barack Obama, Mr. Su advised the President and senior White House and Executive Branch officials on a wide range of matters, including Congressional investigations, risk management, nominations and personnel issues, litigation matters involving the White House, and matters relating to the DOJ. He also advised the President on executive clemency matters. Mr. Su’s responsibilities at the White House Counsel’s Office included engaging with senior officials of several cabinet agencies, including the Departments of Justice, the Treasury, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and several offices within the Executive Office of the President.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Su served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland where he conducted 12 jury trials to verdict. Among his most significant matters, Mr. Su led a team of FBI and IRS agents in securing convictions (through jury trials and guilty pleas) of the leaders of a US$78 million Ponzi scheme affecting more than 1,000 victims in the East Coast and California (United States v. Andrew Williams, et al). Mr. Su also led the Maryland component of a joint Maryland / District of Columbia federal prosecution of the largest embezzlement (US$49 million) in the history of the District of Columbia government (United States v. Harriette Walters, et al). In 2011, then-United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein awarded Mr. Su the US Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Su served as a law clerk to both Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr. of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Judge Ronald M. Gould of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Su currently serves as Chair of Latham’s Global Pro Bono Committee, through which the firm has provided more than 3.5 million hours of free legal services valued at more than US$1.6 billion since 2000.


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