Randall W. Jackson
Randall W. Jackson is a partner in the Litigation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Randall focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and regulatory compliance.
Randall has served as lead or co-lead attorney in over 20 federal trials, including some of the longest and most complex in recent years. In 2022, he co-led a major victory and complete acquittal for client Thomas Barrack, founder of Colony Capital, in a highly publicized trial in the Eastern District of New York alleging illegal foreign lobbying, obstruction of justice and other charges. In 2019, Randall co-led the successful defense of shipbuilding executive Jean Boustani against charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging a $2 billion international securities fraud scheme, securing a complete acquittal on all counts after a months-long jury trial in the Eastern District of New York. In 2016, Randall led the successful trial defense of an international bank in a highly publicized civil trial in the Southern District of New York involving wide-ranging claims of misconduct and retaliation against an executive, culminating in a complete jury finding for the financial institution. Randall has also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and he has been instrumental in negotiating favorable resolutions of regulatory matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and other agencies.
Before private practice, Randall served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (2007 – 2015), where he led numerous sensitive investigations and prosecutions that spanned the globe, including successfully co-leading the six-months-long jury trial of the top culpable executives at Madoff Securities. At the time Randall left the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he conducted a number of joint and parallel investigations with the FBI, SEC, CFTC, IRS and other agencies. Over the course of his career as a prosecutor, his work included securities fraud, accounting fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, public corruption, various tax crimes, terrorism and international narcotics trafficking.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Randall was a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, for the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Nina Gershon for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York.
Randall received his B.A. from Morehouse College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Randall has been cited in a variety of publications, including Forbes, as a force in the courtroom. He was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award and the John Marshall Award. Randall is ranked by Chambers USA as one of the leading attorneys in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations and is recognized as a “Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation.