Jonathan Tompkins is counsel in the International Arbitration and Litigation practices.
He has represented parties in international and domestic arbitrations under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR and DIS. His experience also includes general commercial litigation, investigations (FCPA), securities actions and other matters before state and federal courts.
Jonathan was listed as a rising star in commercial arbitration at the Euromoney LMG Americas Rising Star Awards 2018.
- A Middle Eastern business man in an ICC arbitration in Geneva related to the dissolution of a long-standing family partnership. The law of a Gulf State applies. Billions of dollars are at stake.
- The Dow Chemical Company in an ICC arbitration against Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) arising out of the failure of the latter to close a large joint venture transaction. London seat and English law governed. Dow was awarded more than $2.47 billion.
- Tata Sons Ltd., as award debtor, in proceedings brought before U.S. courts by Japanese telecoms company NTT DoCoMo to seek enforcement of a $1.17 billion award rendered in an LCIA arbitration.
- Essar Global Fund Limited in an arbitration brought by Travis Coal Restructured Holdings arising out of the former’s alleged failure to pay under a corporate guarantee. New York seat, New York law governed, and hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute.
- Thirteen financial investment companies and two individuals, Claimants in an ICC arbitration against a major European telecommunications company. The dispute related to the breach of a settlement agreement that was previously entered into by the parties in relation to multiple claims brought in several litigation proceedings. Paris seat and Brazilian law governed. Over $15 billion at stake.
- A U.S. industrial company in ICC arbitration in New York against a German specialty chemicals company in a dispute over the purchase and sale of certain petrochemical products under a Supply Agreement. German seat, New York law governed, and hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute.
- An Italian energy conglomerate on issues of potential breaches of a stock purchase agreement by Brazilian State entities.
- German automotive company on issues of subsidiary risk and alter-ego/veil piercing liability.
- A U.S. medical devices company in litigation in the Southern District of New York against a competing pharmaceuticals and medical devices company arising out of the alleged breach of a merger agreement. Indiana law governs, and over $5 billion is in dispute.
- A U.S. medical devices company in securities and ERISA litigations in the District Court of Massachusetts against a competing pharmaceuticals and medical devices company.
- Two U.S. financial institutions in a securities class action litigation in the Southern District of New York arising out of Bank of America’s purchase of Merrill Lynch.
- A German corporation in a contract dispute in the Southern District of New York with two former partners of a joint venture formed for investments in emerging private equity markets. A successful settlement for was negotiated in 2009.
- Advising a foreign bank on its ability to obtain reimbursement of funds arising out of the Bernard Madoff scandal.
Compliance and Anti-Corruption Investigation
- Acting as Monitorship counsel on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice in an FCPA investigation of a global diversified technology and industrial company.
- Acting as counsel to a Swiss telecommunications company in a dispute over various contracts alleged to have been procured by means of corruption.
- Lead counsel to the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) in drafting memoranda and providing advice in respect of international criminal law issues relating to ISIS’s treatment of the Yazidi people.
- Counsel assisting Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) in drafting memoranda and providing advice in respect of legal issues involving illegal animal poaching and trafficking efforts affecting Tanzania.
- Counsel to Mexican woman who was the victim of spousal abuse and is currently seeking U-Visa non-immigrant status in the United States.
- Counsel assisting Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) with a project to bring legal expertise to the government of Liberia.
- Counsel to an individual in a New York Housing Court dispute.
- Counsel to the School for Language and Communications Development, a school assisting children with language and autism spectrum disorders.
Washington University School of Law
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. Political Science and Business Administration (minor), with honors
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Member, Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA)
- Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
- Member, New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA)
- Member, ICDR Young & International
- Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Jonathan Tompkins acted as legal fellow to Linda Thomson, former Director of Enforcement at the Securities Exchange Commission, and as law clerk to the honorable Magistrate Judge Audrey Fleissig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
- Jonathan Tompkins served as Lecturer/Instructor at the Universität Bonn, teaching “Civil Litigation in the United States” and “Legal Research.” He also served as Arbitrator in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court.