While technology makes it possible for lawyers and clients halfway around the world from one another to stay in touch, there’s still an undeniable sense of comfort and convenience when your attorney is in your own backyard. Jonathan “Jack” Harrington, Counsel at the firm and chair of our International Regulation, Enforcement & Compliance practice group, brings this reassurance to clients on Long Island, who previously needed to look beyond Nassau and Suffolk Counties to receive counsel on the highly specialized areas of law pertaining to international business operations.
Jack counsels clients from multinational public companies to individuals in a variety of white collar and enforcement matters and provides compliance and governance advice to corporations with a global footprint. He has conducted internal investigations throughout the world and has represented clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering, international trade sanctions, cross-border investment, and securities matters before the U.S. Congress, DOJ, SEC, and other federal agencies.
According to Jack, “Long Island is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies ranging from advanced manufacturing to pharmaceuticals. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular, however, face challenges navigating the complex web of laws and regulations governing how they may conduct business across borders. Our firm is in a great position to assist local companies who cannot afford the higher price tag of New York City firms, but recognize that they also cannot ignore the legal risks in today’s globalized economy.”
Jack also represents clients in federal commercial litigation. He represents corporations and senior executives in complex business disputes and arbitration, often with an international component. An experienced appellate litigator, he has also represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jack recently celebrated his first anniversary as a member of the CMM team. A Suffolk County native, Jack returned to Long Island after practicing in Washington D.C. and New York City. His diverse legal career includes serving as a post-graduate legal intern in the White House Counsel’s Office, where he advised White House lawyers and policymakers on a range of international, criminal, and constitutional law matters. Jack was also a member of the Yale Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic—providing pro bono clients representation before the Supreme Court—and a legal fellow on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
In addition to his legal practice, Jack is a recognized national security expert with broad experience across the government, academic, and consulting sectors. He is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He has advised various government agencies on intelligence, counter-terrorism, and homeland security matters.
A graduate of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law. Jack co-founded and serves on the board of the Linda Ross-Harrington Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting foreign language studies, multicultural education, and literacy among Long Island residents.
Jack lives with his wife and young son in Stony Brook, where he serves as a Vice-Chair of the Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee and member of the vestry at St. James Episcopal Church. He will kick off 2017 with his induction into the Long Island Business News Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.