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Jeffrey A. Lehtman

F:  917.344.8796


Jeffrey A. Lehtman is a co-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.


  • Multinational financial institution in connection with a cross-border internal investigation relating to issues in Brazil that ranged from potential embezzlement to issues arising under U.S. and local anti-corruption legislation.
  • Prominent international law firm in connection with allegations by one of its clients that a partner in a foreign office had engaged in conduct that violated the FCPA.
  • Head equities trader of a multinational investment bank in connection with investigation by foreign regulator that the bank’s trading had violated local securities laws as well as the follow-on U.S. investigations by FINRA and the SEC.
  • Audit committee of a public global asset manager in connection with FCPA investigation, interaction with U.S. DOJ and SEC, and evaluation of internal controls and compliance systems.
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to enforce loan guarantees extended by the Argentine affiliates of a Brazilian-based borrower. Obtained a favorable outcome on summary judgment for more than US$168 million.
  • Multi-billion dollar private investment fund in connection with investigations by securities regulators in Spain and Hong Kong relating to potential violations of local laws on market manipulation and the short-selling of securities.
  • Latin American sports marketing and production company in connection with DOJ and local investigations pertaining to allegations of bribery, fraud and money laundering arising out of the FIFA scandal.
  • Global financial services firm in an internal investigation into improper trading by a foreign exchange specialist on its Latin American trading desk.
  • Former senior officer of the Latin American region of a global financial group in connection with a DOJ investigation into allegations that the global financial group had operated as a multi-jurisdictional Ponzi scheme.

Honors & Awards

Named a White Collar Crime Trailblazer by The National Law Journal (2018)

Named a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Latin America for Corporate Crime and Investigations. (2017-2019) 

Selected by Benchmark Litigation as a National Litigation Star for White Collar Crime and Securities Litigation (2017-2019)

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 areas of Corporate Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense (2012, 2015-2018). Clients surveyed commented that Mr. Lehtman “performs his work with great skill and confidence, and analyzes problems and tackles sensitive situations creatively and knowledgeably.” 

Named to Latinvex's Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers List (2018)