Jeffrey D. Perconte

Partner Chicago
Phone: (312) 569-1361 (312) 569-1361


Jeffrey D. Perconte is a former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients facing government inquiries and enforcement actions, conducting internal investigations, advising clients on compliance matters, and handling complex civil litigation and appeals. He is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group and a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations Team.

Jeff has extensive experience leading and responding to government investigations into various federal criminal offenses and civil enforcement provisions, including securities fraud, commodities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, mail and wire fraud, racketeering (RICO), money laundering, and embezzlement. His investigative experience includes parallel investigations involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and internal enforcement regulators from multiple national exchanges, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

Jeff is a contributor to the firm's SEC Law Perspectives Blog, which provides reports, discussions, and analyses on noteworthy trends in enforcement and regulatory activity of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other agencies, such as the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, where he was part of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section. During his six years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jeff tried numerous jury trials and argued dozens of contested hearings involving constitutional, statutory, evidentiary, and sentencing issues. Jeff also has argued several cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, including an en banc appeal regarding the scope of the entrapment defense.


Jeff’s representative matters since joining Drinker Biddle & Reath include:

  • Secured a non-prosecution agreement on behalf of business unit of a publicly traded company under investigation by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Led an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by an officer of a technology company.
  • Currently representing two health care providers in separate government investigations based on qui tam complaints alleging violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in a civil case that involves allegations of trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Stored Communications Act.
  • Representing the former president of a company charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
  • Part of the team that represented a former owner and CEO of a hospital charged with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying physicians for referrals.

Jeff’s representative matters as a federal prosecutor included:

  • Part of the prosecution team in a health care kickback case against a surgery center owner who also was a major fundraiser for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  • Briefed and argued an en banc appeal before the Seventh Circuit regarding the scope of the entrapment defense. This was the first en banc appeal argued by an AUSA in the Chicago office in more than 15 years.
  • Part of the prosecution team that investigated and charged a trader with commodities fraud.
  • Led a grand jury investigation into a corporate kickback scheme that resulted in the indictment of multiple defendants on mail fraud charges.
  • Led a grand jury investigation into a series of hundreds of financial transactions that resulted in structuring charges.
  • Coordinated a 30-month grand jury investigation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions and resulted in federal racketeering, drug trafficking, and firearms charges against 70 defendants.
  • Served as trial counsel in a murder-for-hire trial of a prominent suburban real estate developer.
  • Coordinated a 10-month investigation into the drug trafficking and money laundering activities of a street gang, which resulted in federal charges against 19 defendants.


Emerging Lawyer, Criminal Defense Law: White Collar Health Law, Leading Lawyers (2017)
U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force National Award for Outstanding Investigation (2014)

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Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2000, magna cum laude

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • Speaker at the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago’s Equal Justice Under Law events