Representative Matters

Ken Yeadon uses his experience as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and SEC Enforcement Attorney to provide defense, representation, and advice to individuals and corporations on any number of criminal, securities, health care, and civil regulatory matters.

Drawing on his criminal enforcement and civil regulatory background, Ken assists individuals and companies in responding to inquiries from the DOJ, SEC, HHS-OIG, and other government agencies. He has also conducted internal investigations involving sensitive and high-stake matters.

Professional Background

During his nearly ten years with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ken tried 15 federal criminal cases, and led a number of significant investigations and prosecutions involving the federal securities and commodities laws, insider trading, FCPA, bribery, forfeiture, money laundering, obstruction of justice, perjury, trade secret theft, and bank, financial, health care, tax, and wire fraud. Ken oversaw the U.S. Attorney Office's bankruptcy fraud program. He also argued more than 10 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

During his more than seven years with the SEC, Ken was the lead attorney on numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions involving broker-dealers, investment advisers, public companies, accounting firms, officers and directors, and insider trading. Ken has extensive experience litigating in the SEC's administrative hearing process. Ken also worked on parallel SEC investigations with U.S. Attorney's Offices, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the New York Attorney General's Office, and FINRA.

During law school Ken served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Wayne R. Anderson, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Before his legal career, Ken was a CPA. He passed the Uniform CPA Examination in 1992.

Honors & Awards

  • Division of Enforcement Director's Award, SEC Division of Enforcement
  • Special Acts Award, SEC Division of Enforcement

Representative Matters

Ken has successfully tried 16 cases in federal district court and in SEC Administrative Proceedings, argued nine cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and led many investigations.

Following are details on a few of the cases Ken has handled:

  • Aircraft leasing company and its CEO were convicted of investor fraud, bribery, and obstruction of justice in a seven week trial in United States v. Brian Hollnagel and BCI Aircraft Leasing, Inc., et al.
  • Investment adviser for high net worth individuals was convicted of bank fraud in a two week trial in United States v. Robert Lunn.
  • Commodities trader was convicted of theft of trade secrets in United States v. David Newman.
  • Hedge fund manager was convicted of fraud in United States v. Neal Goyal.
  • Concrete company owner was convicted of bankruptcy fraud in a one week trial in United States v. Ronald Laverdure.
  • Aircraft leasing company executive was convicted of tax fraud in a one week trial in United States v. Christopher Keller.
  • Pharmacy owner was convicted of healthcare fraud in a two week trial in United States v. Katrin Saroukhanian.
  • Travel company owner was convicted of fraud in a two week trial in United States v. Rashid Minhas. Defendant was later convicted of selling fraudulent Hajj travel packages.
  • Real estate investor was convicted of bank fraud, mortgage fraud, and obstruction of justice in a two week trial in United States v. Keith Austin.
  • Investment adviser was barred from the industry for fraud in an SEC Administrative Proceeding in SEC v. Christopher A. Lowry.


  • "Internal Investigations for Illinois Municipalities," 2018 Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 20, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Cybersecurity in the Workplace: How to Strengthen and Protect Your Business in an Era of Easy Computer System Access," Webinar, August 16, 2018

  • "Health Care Fraud and the 60 Day Over Payment Rule," Hinshaw University, Chicago, Illinois, June 21, 2018
  • Panelist, "General Counsel's Office: Legal Oversight of Business Operations," NAIC Midwest Zone Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 2018
  • Moderator, "Global Risk Management and Compliance Strategies," 18th Annual SuperConference, Chicago, Illinois, May 23, 2018
  • "How Home and Community Based Programs are Becoming the New Legal Target: Hot Spots for Fraud and the 60 Day Over Payment Rule," 2018 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting and Expo, Schaumburg, Illinois, April 17, 2018

  • "A Practical Guide for Health Insurers in Defending False Claim Act Cases after Escobar," DRI's Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar, Boston, Massachusetts, April 12, 2018
  • "Recent Events in Insider Trading," Hinshaw University, Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 2018
  • "SEC Enforcement in Municipal Public Finance," 2017 Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 22, 2017
  • "Ethics in Negotiating and Documenting Private Transactions," Practicing Law Institute's Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017 Conference, New York, New York, June 23, 2017

  • "Latest SEC Enforcement and Regulatory Issues," Hinshaw University, Chicago, Illinois, May 24, 2017
  • "FCPA and Anti-Corruption Due Diligence for Joint Ventures and Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America," Trade Restrictions and Anti-Corruption Laws: The Realities of Doing Business in Latin America, Miami, Florida, May 9, 2017

  • Instructor, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training Programs, Bangladesh Police Staff College Financial Crimes Training Program, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2016


J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2000

  • Journal of Health Care Law, Member

B.A., Accounting, Western Washington University, 1991