Jeffrey A. Lehtman is the chair of the Litigation Department at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP. Mr. Lehtman has extensive experience in securities enforcement, regulatory investigations and complex cross-border litigation and regulatory matters. He has particular expertise in counseling clients in connection with civil, criminal and regulatory issues arising in their international operations, ranging from corporate governance issues to devising strategies for mitigating potential reputational risk to firms and individuals and interfacing with local regulatory authorities in foreign jurisdictions. Mr. Lehtman has broad experience in the international arena and advises clients facing parallel investigations by both U.S. and foreign authorities. more +
Mr. Lehtman represents public companies, officers and directors and financial firms and professionals in connection with investigations before the Securities & Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and numerous other domestic and foreign regulatory and government bodies. Mr. Lehtman has represented public companies and employees in accounting and disclosure investigations related to revenue recognition, market timing and late trading of mutual funds, Regulation FD, research analyst conflict of interest issues and other financial reporting and disclosure issues.
In addition, Mr. Lehtman has conducted internal investigations on behalf of audit committees concerning financial reporting irregularities, potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering regulations, and issues related to other legal and regulatory requirements. Mr. Lehtman also has conducted numerous investigations on behalf of companies into potential violations of applicable laws and regulations and internal policies and procedures arising from regulatory inquiries and employee ethics complaints.
Prior to joining RK&O, Mr. Lehtman was Senior Regional Counsel at Citigroup, where he was responsible for regulatory, litigation and corporate matters involving Latin America. Mr. Lehtman also served as a trial attorney in the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice and was a partner at an international law firm based in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lehtman is fluent in Spanish.
Selected by Benchmark Litigation as a National Star for White Collar Crime and Securities Litigation (2017)
Latin Lawyer (2013) described Mr. Lehtman as, “without question, one of a very short list of true Latin American anti-corruption specialists…peers recommend him for his thorough understanding of the anti-corruption compliance issues businesses face in Latin America and for his ‘deep relationships in the Latin American business community.”
Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of Litigation: White Collar Criminal Defense (2012, 2015, 2016). Clients surveyed commented that Mr. Lehtman “performs his work with great skill and confidence, and analyzes problems and tackles sensitive situations creatively and knowledgeably.”