Jonathan Su is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of the Washington, D.C. office and a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. He represents clients regarding federal investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Congress, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, among other federal institutions. As part of these representations, Mr. Su regularly advises senior executives and boards of directors regarding strategy and response to such investigations.
Before rejoining Latham, Mr. Su served as Special Counsel to President Barack Obama. In this role, he advised senior White House and Executive Branch officials on a wide range of matters, including Congressional investigations, risk management, nominations, personnel issues, litigation matters involving the White House, and matters relating to the DOJ. Mr. Su was responsible for engaging on behalf of the White House Counsel’s Office with senior officials of several cabinet agencies, including the DOJ and the departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and several offices within the Executive Office of the President. Mr. Su was also responsible for advising the President on executive clemency matters.
Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Su was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland. As a federal prosecutor, he conducted twelve jury trials to verdict. Among his first-chair matters includes the securing of trial convictions and guilty pleas of the leaders of a US$78 million Ponzi scheme, as well as leading the Maryland component of a joint Maryland / District of Columbia prosecution of a US$49 million embezzlement from the District of Columbia government. In 2011, then-United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein awarded him the US Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud.