John F. Savarese
Honorable William J. Brennan, Supreme Court of the United States, 1983 – 1984
Honorable Louis H. Pollak, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981 – 1982
John F. Savarese
John F. Savarese has been a partner in the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for the past 25 years. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 corporations, major financial institutions and senior executives in SEC and other regulatory enforcement proceedings, as well as white-collar criminal investigations, complex securities litigations, and internal investigations. His extensive experience includes major investigations arising out of the financial crisis of 2008, as well as accounting fraud, insider trading, criminal tax, and criminal antitrust allegations.
Mr. Savarese joined Wachtell Lipton in 1988, after working in the United States Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of New York, where he tried numerous jury trials, received the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, and also served as Chief Appellate Attorney. Prior to his work with the United States Attorneys’ Office, Mr. Savarese served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan of the United States Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Savarese teaches a course on white-collar criminal law and procedure at Harvard Law School. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association and was the first chairman of the Association’s White Collar Criminal Law Committee. He is a member of the American Law Institute, and serves as Adviser to the ALI’s project on Principles of Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management. He also is a frequent lecturer and panelist for the American Bar Association, Stanford Law School’s Directors’ College program, the Practising Law Institute, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association concerning a wide variety of topics, including defending civil and criminal litigation, handling corporate crises and conducting internal investigations. He has written numerous articles on those subjects and serves as a member of the Board of Editors of the “Wall Street Lawyer.”
Mr. Savarese also is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, a member of the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the former President of the board of trustees of The Brearley School in New York.
Mr. Savarese graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977 and received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1981, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Savarese is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top litigators, including being selected in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Chambers USA Guide and Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
- Revisiting Whistleblower Response Procedures in Light of SEC’s Whistleblower Bounty Payments Milestone,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, September 21, 2021.
- Vermont’s Fossil Fuel Suit Underscores Climate-Change Pressures Faced by U.S. Companies,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, September 17, 2021.
- SEC Maintains Focus on Contingent Liabilities,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, August 27, 2021.
- A New Variation in SEC Insider Trading Enforcement,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, August 20, 2021, Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, August 23, 2021 and NYU Law School’s Blog on Compliance and Enforcement, August 21, 2021.
- Latest SEC Enforcement Action Reinforces Critical Need to Maintain Effective Disclosure Controls Concerning Cybersecurity Breaches and Risks,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, August 18, 2021 and Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, August 20, 2021.
- Important Supreme Court Business Cases Decided During October Term 2020 and Cases to Watch in October Term 2021,
in Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, July 15, 2021.
- Supreme Court Confirms that “All” Evidence Rebutting Price Impact Must Be Considered on Motions to Certify Securities-Fraud Classes,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, July 6, 2021.
- A New Angle on Cybersecurity Enforcement from the SEC,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, June 26, 2021.
- Cybersecurity Oversight and Defense — A Board and Management Imperative,
in NYU Law School’s Blog on Compliance and Enforcement, May 12, 2021 and Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, May 14, 2021.
- Is the SEC Pushing the Boundaries of Regulation FD?,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, March 10, 2021.
- White-Collar and Regulatory Enforcement: What Mattered in 2020 and What to Expect in 2021,
in NYU Law School’s Blog on Compliance and Enforcement, February 4, 2021.
- Government Wins Significant Spoofing Conviction,
in NYU Law School’s Blog on Compliance and Enforcement, September 29, 2020.
- Supreme Court Limits SEC Disgorgement Remedy,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, June 27, 2020.
- Remaining Attuned to Internal Whistleblower Reports,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, May 16, 2020.
- Mass Incarceration: Where Do We Go From Here?,
Report of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Mass Incarceration, January 2017.