Jason de Bretteville

Partner, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Jason de Bretteville defends companies, financial institutions and executives in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation matters. When other legal teams see hurdles and complications or say it simply cannot be done, Jason finds the evidence and arguments that win. He is a tenacious litigator whose deep industry and regulatory experience, knowledge of the courts and ability to connect with judges and juries have earned him a reputation as a serious trial threat.
Jason served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California from 2001 through 2006. As a prosecutor, he tried seven felony cases to verdict, investigated and prosecuted significant crimes of violence and fraud, supervised teams of federal agents engaged in the detection and prevention of terrorist activity, and briefed and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jason has secured favorable settlements and trial and appellate victories for clients facing civil and criminal allegations relating to securities fraud, white-collar crime and abuses of the False Claims Act and the FCP. He also has represented medical device companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, investment banks, technology companies, consumer goods manufacturers, oil and gas concerns, and other companies in a wide variety of complex business disputes. When he is not litigating, he helps his clients optimize their compliance programs and navigate pre-litigation securities matters to minimize potential liability.
Some highlights of Jason’s career include the following cases:
Jason and his team secured a rare dismissal with prejudice on behalf of Endologix, a publicly traded medical device company, in a case that was expected to survive the pleading stage in a shareholder class action arising out of FDA approval for its Nellix device. (Nguyen v. Endologix, et al., Central District, California)
Jason negotiated and drafted the first-ever deferred prosecution agreement issued by the SEC, relating to alleged FCPA violations by one of the world’s largest producers of tubular goods used in the production of oil and gas wells.
Jason and the Stradling team secured a landmark white-collar criminal defense dismissal for a key defendant involved in an extensive wiretap investigation. After filing a motion to suppress the wiretapping evidence which led to a three-day evidentiary hearing, the government voluntarily dismissed the case.
Jason successfully defended Inet Airport Services and Michael Colaco against accusations of fraud in the sale of Inet to Cavotec at trial, forced Cavotec to advance nearly all attorney’s fees through appeal, and then secured an affirmative claim on behalf of Colaco on appeal.

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