Douglas R. Jensen

Partner, New York

Biography

Overview

Douglas Jensen has more than 30 years' experience as a white collar defense attorney, commercial litigator, criminal prosecutor and trial lawyer. He has successfully represented executives and corporations caught up in the major criminal and regulatory investigations pursued over the last decade by the US Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies. In all but a small number of cases, Douglas’ clients have avoided the filing of any criminal charges, and in many instances have avoided regulatory charges. Douglas has also obtained favorable results for his clients in high-stakes civil litigations and arbitrations, conducted multiple internal investigations, and served as an independent monitor for corporations subject to government investigations.

Before joining White & Case, Douglas was a co-founder and managing partner of a boutique white collar criminal defense firm. Prior to that, he was a partner in the New York office of a national law firm and served for 11 years as Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He held multiple supervisory positions in the US Attorneys’ office, including that of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and Chief of the Narcotics Unit. Douglas tried or supervised dozens of jury trials, including securities fraud, money laundering, narcotics and mail and wire fraud cases. 

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
JD
New York University School of Law
MA
Columbia University
BA
Colorado College
Languages
English

Experience

White Collar Criminal/Regulatory Matters

  • Represented senior executive of global bank under investigation by DOJ for packaging and marketing of securities based upon what government contended were fraudulently obtained life insurance policies. No charges brought against client.
  • Represented Big Four accounting firm and one of its partners in multi-year tax shelter investigation conducted by DOJ. No charges brought against clients.
  • Represented CEO of investment firm under investigation by DOJ and SEC for marketing of limited partnership interests in offshore oil and gas wells based upon what government contended was false data. No criminal charges brought against client, and SEC charges resolved with nominal penalty.
  • Represented treasurer of UK-based global bank under investigation by DOJ, SEC and CFTC for alleged manipulation of LIBOR rates. No criminal or civil charges brought against client.

Civil Litigations and Arbitrations

  • Represented global electronics manufacturer in international arbitration brought by licensor alleging unpaid installations of its software on manufacturer's devices. After completion of hearing on merits, arbitrators denied all claims brought by licensor except those conceded by manufacturer pre-hearing.
  • Represented investment firm and its CEO regarding investor claims alleging fraud in marketing of limited partnership interests in offshore oil and gas wells. Obtained dismissal of most claims on summary judgment.

Internal Investigations

  • Investigation of allegations of improper revenue recognition by global telecommunications company, reporting to outside auditors at Big Four accounting firm.
  • Investigation of allegations of accounting improprieties by CFO of software firm, reporting results to outside auditors at Big Four accounting firm as well as DOJ.

Monitorships

  • Appointed independent examiner for NYSE-listed technology corporation that had been the target of a major accounting fraud investigation conducted by DOJ and SEC. Responsible for monitoring the company's accounting practices, with particular focus on revenue recognition, as well as its compliance with non-prosecution agreements signed with the government.
  • Appointed independent auditor for pharmaceutical corporation subject to investigation by New York State Attorney General over its marketing practices. Responsible for monitoring company's compliance with agreement with Attorney General resolving investigation, as well as ongoing practices and procedure.
Publications

The Use of Wiretaps to Investigate Financial Crimes Post-Rajaratnam, International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime (4th Ed. 2014)

The Rights of Employees in Post-Stein Internal Investigations, International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime (3rd Ed. 2013)

Notes and Comments Editor, Review of Law and Social Change, New York University School of Law