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Hon. Pamela A. Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Hon. Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1999

  • Order of the Coif

Haverford College, B.A., 1993

  • Haverford College Baseball (1989-1993): Captain, Team MVP, All Region
  • Haverford College Basketball (1989-1991, 1992-1993)
  • Alumni Varsity Club Award (1993)
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Jon R. Fetterolf

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Jon R. Fetterolf has extensive experience in white collar criminal defense, civil enforcement proceedings, complex civil litigation and sports litigation, arbitration and other representations. Mr. Fetterolf’s criminal practice has involved the representation of companies and individuals under investigation for antitrust violations, bribery, money laundering, and a variety of other types of financial fraud, including tax, securities, accounting, and government contract fraud. He has conducted corporate internal investigations relating to possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including representing a Fortune 100 company in a resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to alleged FCPA violations. Mr. Fetterolf also counsels companies on anticorruption issues, including assisting in acquisition due diligence relating to anticorruption issues, in addition to assisting them in developing corporate compliance plans to address FCPA and OFAC risk.

Mr. Fetterolf has also represented companies and individuals in a variety of civil enforcement proceedings and internal investigations, including investigations conducted by the SEC, various congressional committees, and other federal and state regulators with a particular emphasis on antitrust, financial and accounting fraud violations. In his civil practice, Mr. Fetterolf has focused on complex commercial matters, with a particular emphasis on antitrust litigation. Mr. Fetterolf has represented corporations and individuals in multidistrict litigation, class action proceedings, and other complex litigation matters in numerous state and federal courts, as well as in international and domestic arbitration proceedings.

A certified agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), Mr. Fetterolf maintains an active sports law practice. He has represented players and coaches in contract negotiations, salary arbitrations, and free agency, as well as negotiated numerous endorsement and marketing contracts on their behalf. Among his clients are two major league players recognized among the 10 smartest athletes in professional sports by Sports Illustrated. Mr. Fetterolf has also represented players appearing before congressional committees; represented players under investigation by Major League Baseball (MLB); advised numerous players and their families regarding their selection in the MLB first year player draft, including a number of high-round selections; and advised amateur athletes and their families on NCAA eligibility issues. Mr. Fetterolf has also represented sports agencies, agents, and former players in a variety of litigation matters, including salary arbitration proceedings, fee disputes and civil litigation.

Mr. Fetterolf regularly speaks on panels relating to baseball salary arbitration, as well as other issues regarding major league baseball. He has regularly served as a judge and panelist at the Tulane Law School National Baseball Arbitration Competition. He has been a speaker at sports law events organized by Fordham Law School, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Prior to joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Mr. Fetterolf was a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC. Before entering private practice, Mr. Fetterolf served as a law clerk for the Hon. Pamela A. Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Hon. Edmund V. Ludwig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professional Highlights

  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a Fortune 100 company in a five-year internal investigation relating to possible violations of the FCPA. He oversaw a worldwide investigation and risk assessment, and ultimately negotiated a public resolution with the DOJ and SEC.

  • Mr. Fetterolf represented an accounting firm and its partners in an enforcement proceeding relating to violations of the SEC’s auditor independence rule. After receiving a Wells submission, the SEC declined to prosecute.

  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a player in a salary arbitration hearing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he was then a starting pitcher. Despite a 1-11 record in his most recent season, a three-judge arbitration panel awarded the player his requested salary. This salary arbitration hearing was one of only three cases to go to a hearing during the 2011 salary arbitration season.  

  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a public company identified by the DOJ as a target of an investigation related to allegations of price fixing in the polyester staple fiber industry. After a three-year investigation, the DOJ declined to prosecute.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a multinational investment bank in investigations by the DOJ and SEC related to a variety of antitrust violations and fraud.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented an accounting firm and its partners in an enforcement proceeding relating to violations of the SEC’s auditor independence rule. After receiving a Wells submission, the SEC declined to prosecute.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented an accounting firm and its partners in a variety of SEC and DOJ proceedings relating to investigations of its clients for accounting, tax, and other types of fraud, as well as investigations relating to adherence to various SEC rules and regulations.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a multinational investment bank in a DOJ political corruption investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a senior executive of a public company in a DOJ political corruption investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a senior executive targeted in a DOJ price-fixing investigation. The DOJ declined to prosecute this individual after a multiple year investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a Fortune 100 company in a five-year internal investigation relating to possible violations of the FCPA. He oversaw a worldwide investigation and risk assessment, and ultimately negotiated a public resolution with the DOJ and SEC.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a public company identified by the DOJ as a target of an investigation related to allegations of price fixing in the polyester staple fiber industry. After a three-year investigation, the DOJ declined to prosecute.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented the CEO of an oil and gas company targeted in DOJ and IRS tax-fraud investigations. After a seven-year investigation involving multiple guilty pleas, both the DOJ and IRS ended their investigations without prosecuting Mr. Fetterolf’s client.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a telecommunications executive in a DOJ fraud investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a financial services executive in a DOJ fraud investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a senior executive of a public company in SEC insider-trading investigations.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented several executives in an SEC insider-trading investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a former All-Star MLB pitcher, who was one of the six players to appear and testify at the 2005 Committee on Government Reform congressional hearings on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a MLB player in a civil lawsuit related to allegations of sexual assault.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented the senior executive of a public company before U.S. Senate and House committees in hearings related to a political leak.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a principal of a private equity firm in an internal accounting fraud investigation.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a public company in numerous federal and state class and non-class proceedings relating to alleged price fixing in polyester staple fiber.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a Fortune 100 company in an international arbitration relating to the termination of a foreign joint venture.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a Fortune 100 company in litigation involving allegations of theft of trade secrets. After seeking damages of more than $400 million, the plaintiff’s claims were dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a public data aggregation company in various class actions related to data privacy issues.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a multinational investment bank in federal and state class action proceedings related to bid rigging in municipal derivatives.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a hedge fund in an SEC investigation related to the purchase and sale of certain securities.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented an accounting firm in response to an investigation conducted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
  • Mr. Fetterolf represented a player in a salary arbitration hearing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he was then a starting pitcher. Despite a 1-11 record in his most recent season, a three-judge arbitration panel awarded the player his requested salary. This salary arbitration hearing was one of only three cases to go to a hearing during the 2011 salary arbitration season.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member, Criminal Justice and Antitrust Sections, American Bar Association
  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association (SLA)

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, SportsChallenge

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