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Jeff Severson


Jeff Severson is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco and New York offices, where he is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. Jeff's white collar practice focuses on representing individuals, multinational companies, and global financial institutions during internal and government investigations, including by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Reserve Board, and State Attorneys General. In particular, he has experience defending allegations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities fraud, health care fraud, and criminal antitrust violations.

The breadth of Jeff’s practice is illustrated in the following examples of his work representing:

  • A managing director at a U.S. investment bank in a DOJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve Board investigation of possible FCPA violations in Asia. In defending enforcement action brought by the Federal Reserve, negotiated a settlement involving no monetary penalty or admission of liability. 
  • A multinational corporation in a grand jury investigation into hiring practices (no-poach/non-solicitation). 
  • An international pharmaceutical company in a NJ Attorney General inquiry into potential fraud in a tax incentives program. 
  • A pool of employees at a publicly traded pharmaceutical company as part of a DOJ health care fraud investigation. 
  • Multiple traders as part of SEC securities fraud investigations. 
  • Multiple broker-dealers in FINRA enforcement actions.
  • Employees of international financial institutions as part of a SEC RMBS investigation. 
  • Senior traders as part of a CFTC ISDA fix investigation.

Jeff also maintains an active pro bono practice and focuses on representing clients in asylum and refugee resettlement proceedings, as well as indigent criminal defendants in the SDNY as part of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel, in cases ranging from narcotics trafficking to criminal fraud.

In law school, Jeff was the senior articles editor for the Fordham International Law Journal, a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, and a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights. Prior to law school, Jeff worked for a prominent international human rights organization.


  • Carleton College, B.A. history magna cum laude
  • Columbia University, M.A. political science
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2013) cum laude


Admitted to practice: California, New York, Colorado, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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"SEC Charges Vale with Securities Law Violations after Brumadinho Dam Collapse," White Collar Alert (April 28, 2022). Contacts: Elizabeth B. Dawson, Michael D. Mann, Thomas A. Hanusik, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The SEC Seeks to Expand Scope of Required Climate Risk Disclosures," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (March 22, 2022). Contacts: Thomas A. Hanusik, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Byron R. Brown, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Did I Hear That Correctly? DOJ Antitrust Division Seeks to Criminally Prosecute Monopolization," Antitrust Law Alert (March 4, 2022). Contacts: Daniel L. Zelenko, Megan L. Wolf, Jeff Severson, Juan A. Arteaga, Shawn R. Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SEC Enforcement Warms Up: Commission Creates Climate and ESG Task Force," Administrative Law Alert (March 5, 2021). Contacts: Daniel L. Zelenko, Jeff Severson, Rebecca Lennon Baskin, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Monty Cooper
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Trends in Business and Human Rights Law in the Group of Seven (G7)," Human Rights and Business Initiative, UC Berkeley (August 2020). Authors: Diana A. Jeschke, Jeff Severson, and Maria Vanikiotis.
Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel and 26 to Counsel Positions (January 2, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
Global Investigations Review Names Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group to “GIR 100” Fifth Year in a Row (November 5, 2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"I Can’t Get No (Retroactive) Relief," White Collar Alert (June 8, 2018). Contacts: Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Derek A. Hahn, Thomas A. Hanusik, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Avoiding Compliance Red Cards After FIFA Scandal," Law360 (July 2, 2015). Authors: David Ervin, Jeff Severson, and Christopher A. Cole.
"Avoiding Compliance Red Cards After the FIFA Scandal: Anti-Corruption Considerations for Sponsors and Sports Marketing Companies," Advertising & State AG Alert (June 8, 2015). Contacts: David Ervin, Christopher A. Cole, Glen G. McGorty, Stephen M. Byers, Jeff Severson
Client Alert / Newsletter

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