District of Columbia


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Litigation - District of Columbia


What the team is known for Offers expertise in cases concerning public policy and national security. Supported by a strong regulatory practice and also maintains notable strength in white-collar litigation, not least in the areas of healthcare fraud, financial and securities fraud, antitrust and government contracts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are doing so many different types of work that they have a very holistic understanding of our cases."

"In a highly political environment they are able to walk the line between being appropriately defensive without being inappropriately offensive."

Work highlights Represented Pennsylvania voters in a highly publicized case objecting to the state's controversial Voter ID law.

Defended a physician in a criminal investigation related to Senator Robert Menendez, with allegations involving Medicare fraud, underage prostitution and tainted campaign contributions.

Acted for SAIC in consolidated actions brought by a class of five million individuals alleging injury as a result of the theft of back-up data tapes from a SAIC employee.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Schreiber represented AIG-related insurance carriers in lawsuits brought by NFL players claiming damages for concussion-related injuries. His varied civil practice draws plaudits from clients, who say that he is "diligent, well organized and an excellent crisis manager."

The "fantastic" James Cooper wins the appreciation of clients, who report that he is "super-smart, a great tactician and an amazing trial lawyer." He has recently advised notable public figures on white-collar matters, and continues to be a force on the criminal defense side of the practice.

"Very strong lawyer" David Gersch covers the gamut of commercial litigation. One recent case saw him act for the voters of Pennsylvania in a challenge to the state's contentious Voter ID law.

Commentators highlight John Nassikas's "considerable trial experience" in leading defense teams in complex criminal and civil investigations, and praise his collegial approach to matters.

When conducting trials, Baruch Weiss "marries cerebral thought with practical application." His white-collar criminal defense practice encompasses a broad range of matters including SEC, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) investigations.

Significant clients Motorola, Visa, Bank of America, Altria, Endo Pharmaceuticals.

What the team is known for Highly experienced in representing notable clients across a broad array of general commercial and antitrust matters. Also especially well regarded for its work in criminal cases, and has received several notable mandates concerning investigations into potential corruption in the US Congressional ear-marking process and investigations into the US 'Shale Gas' revolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They distinguish themselves in white-collar crime matters because they are true courtroom lawyers who know how to try a case." 

"The team has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to understand very complex fact patterns and to then boil them down in a manner that can be easily grasped." 

Work highlights Represented former Bank of America CFO Joe Price in a class action brought by Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.

Secured a EUR765 million award for Liberty Media following a unanimous jury verdict in a claim against Vivendi Universal and Universal Studios.

Acted for Grant Thornton in a $1 billion class action brought by Winstar Communications.

Notable practitioners  

"A-plus lawyer" William Jeffress is able to draw on a great deal of experience in undertaking a range of civil and criminal matters. He maintains a strong reputation in the market and commentators say that "he's top of the class in DC." 

Michael Barta is commended by clients as "an excellent courtroom advocate." He represents prominent individuals and organizations in government investigations, in addition to taking the lead in more general commercial work.

Significant clients Halliburton, Kimberly-Clark, Marathon Oil, Samsung.

What the team is known for Acts for household-name companies in significant civil and criminal litigation, particularly in the pharmaceutical and healthcare arenas. Also known for its high-stake white-collar criminal defense and high-profile government investigations work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand the nuances of complex commercial relationships and provide us with great business advice in addition to legal advice."

"Their breadth and depth of knowledge of the pharma industry is unsurpassed."

Work highlights Lead trial counsel for BP in the highly publicized civil litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Represented Johnson & Johnson in class actions and government investigations arising from its product recall of over-the-counter medicines in 2009.

Successfully acted for the NFL in a $1 billion class action alleging that clubs had violated a series of collective bargaining agreements in colluding to suppress players' salaries.

Notable practitioners

John Nields has particular expertise in matters related to the US Congress, but is active across the full range of civil practice and white-collar criminal defense. "He works zealously and fervently on cases," say interviewees.

Stephen Anthony is lauded as a "terrific lawyer" with a "keen mind for white-collar work." He led the team acting for Johnson & Johnson in a number of government investigations stemming from the recall of over-the-counter products.

Lanny Breuer headed up the Criminal Division for four years in his role as Assistant Attorney General. In rejoining Covington, he brings a wealth of experience in white-collar and government investigations. Commentators welcome his return to practice, and describe him as an "extremely strong advocate."

Significant clients Samsung, Selix Pharmaceuticals, Merck, BMS, JPMorgan Chase.

What the team is known for Maintains longstanding relationships with prominent clients and adopts a tailored approach to cases. Particular specialties include antitrust, IP and healthcare disputes. Also sought after for its product liability expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They consistently exceed expectations and always prepare me well for what may happen in the case."

"Really strong trial capabilities, primarily in complex commercial litigation."

What's new? Recent client gains include Amazon, Dow Coming and Tesla Motors.

Work highlights Secured $919.9 million in damages and a 20-year injunction for DuPont against Kolon Industries in a trade secrets case.

Acting for four Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies on refuting allegations of having violated antitrust laws.

Notable practitioners  

Litigation practice leader Kathleen Taylor Sooy is commended by clients for her ability to "translate the needs of the business into an actionable plan," and particularly for her capacity to foresee all potential turns in litigation. Sources say she is a very effective guide and "an excellent person to rely on for advice as you move through litigation."

Philip Inglima is very highly commended for his work in white-collar criminal defense, and for providing excellent service to all his clients. One source reports that "with Philip as your attorney, you could go to trial with your life depending on it and you would be in very good hands."

Thomas Hanusik heads the white-collar and regulatory enforcement department. He is very highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of all white-collar matters, for being "very much attuned to which arguments will work," and for always "genuinely having his client's best interests at heart."

Significant clients AT&T, CSX Transportation, Marriott International, GM, GE.

What the team is known for Far-reaching experience in a variety of practice areas, including white-collar, government contracts and congressional investigations. Also represents a fine choice of counsel for securities, FCPA and healthcare disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their service has been impeccable. They're responsive, easy to talk with and knowledgeable, and they fight for the rights of their clients.”

“They get to the essence of issues very quickly. I like that they try to match the talents and personalities of their lawyers with the client.”

Work highlights Acted for David Sokol, formerly a senior executive at Berkshire Hathaway, on all matters concerning Sokol's purchase of $10 million of stock in Lubrizol, successfully averting charges of violation of insider trading rules.

Acting for Robert McFarlane, previously the National Security Advisor to President Reagan, during the inquiry into McFarlane's alleged infringement of government sanctions against Sudan.

Notable practitioners  

The "methodical and patient" Barry Levine is white-collar practice co-leader and "excels at oral advocacy," according to commentators, who add that he is "unbelievably well prepared" and "very, very effective." He is further lauded for his total commitment to the case, and to "getting the very best for his client."

Barbara Van Gelder is head of the congressional investigations practice and co-leader of the white-collar criminal defense and investigations team. Sources particularly praise her "total attention to detail" and "tremendous tenacity."

Significant clients Neal Kemkar, Shelly Singhal, Nova Datacom/Min Cho, Protection Strategies Incorporated (PSI).

What the team is known for Broad-ranging practice noted for its expertise in antitrust, FCPA, product liability and securities work, among other areas. Well regarded for its practice on both a federal and state level within the US, as well as globally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very responsive and client-oriented – they are always readily available to discuss the issues."

"Their response is very prompt whenever I need assistance from them. They excel at everything I ask them to do."

Work highlights Acting for Pool Corporation and its subsidiaries in a case concerning the alleged infringement of antitrust laws when distributing swimming pool products and supplies.

Representing Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) in successfully refuting a motion for injunctive relief on two accounts, both relating to the acquisition of HGSI by GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head Mary Elizabeth Gately is recommended for her work in disputes concerning product liability, IP and employment discrimination, and is also noted for her strength in First Amendment litigation. Sources say she is "responsive, extremely knowledgeable, organized and tenacious – exactly what you need for litigation."

Earl Silbert is lauded by peers as a "first-rate white-collar lawyer." His well-established practice encompasses a variety of specialties, ranging from securities and defense procurement to environmental law and healthcare.

Significant clients McCormick & Company, TEAC America, Western Surety Company, The Columbia Association, National Association of Home Builders.

What the team is known for Offers expertise across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, defense, energy and manufacturing. Highly capable of taking cases from the initial briefing all the way up to the Supreme Court. Also represents an excellent choice of firm for prominent companies and individuals in significant white-collar crime cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has a great temperament in the white-collar space. It is good at being aggressive when needed and taking a more measured approach when appropriate." 

"A strong team with very good subject matter knowledge and a high-quality work output." 

Work highlights Represented Facebook in a failed suit brought by Paul Ceglia, who claimed 50% of Mark Zuckerberg's share in the company.

Acted for UBS throughout the DOJ's highly publicized criminal and civil Libor investigations.

Successfully represented PepsiCo and its subsidiary SoBe in achieving the dismissal of a labeling and product marketing suit.

Notable practitioners  

Client have "nothing but superlatives" for Joseph Warin, who is widely recognized as a leading figure in the field. His work includes advising and representing Fortune 500 companies in high-profile government investigations.

David Burns is a "rising star" of the team and involved in high-profile work such as taking the lead in representing UBS in the DOJ's criminal investigation concerning Libor. Commentators identify him as a "very effective litigator," and highlight his practical and detail-oriented approach to matters.

Andrew Tulumello is described as "a terrific lawyer who is hard-working, smart and super-organized." He led the team in successfully defending PepsiCo in claims brought against the food and beverage industry.

Significant clients Allied Defense, FINRA, Allergen, NASDAQ, Capital One, International Paper.

What the team is known for Noted for its work in consumer financial services and insurance litigation. Also well regarded for its growing presence in data security-related work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very strong team of lawyers, who excel at oral and written advocacy. They are good strategic thinkers."

"They're very timely in their responses; the level of communication is very good."

Work highlights Acted for Lafarge North America in a case relating to the large-scale destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which was alleged to have cost the plaintiff $100 billion in damages.

Acted for CIRCOR International on bringing about the swift confirmation of an asbestos bankruptcy plan for CIRCOR's Leslie Controls subsidiary.

Notable practitioners  

The highly regarded John Aldock principally focuses on commercial litigation, covering areas such as insurance and securities work. He is also recommended for his arbitration strengths.

Mark Raffman is hailed as a timely and responsive practitioner who "understands the bigger picture." He represents a fine choice of counsel for complex product liability and insurance litigation.

Significant clients Arrowood Indemnity Company, Bank of America, CertainTeed, Teva Pharmaceuticals.

What the team is known for Represents high-profile healthcare clients in cutting-edge class actions. Offers specific knowledge of and experience with large-scale government investigations in the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are particularly impressive in the litigation context due to their responsiveness, the creativity of their arguments, and the strength of their written work."  

"The lawyers are outstanding oral advocates." 

Work highlights Successfully represented WellPoint in a decade-long class action brought by practicing dentists and the American Dental Association.

Obtained victory for US Airways in a Supreme Court case concerning section 502(a)(3) of ERISA.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Bennett is recognized as "one of the deans of the white-collar Bar" as well as a "very good lawyer who is very persuasive when dealing with prosecutors." He represents individuals and Fortune 500 companies in criminal proceedings.

Ty Cobb is said to be "tremendously responsive." He maintains an active white-collar practice and earns plaudits from clients for his "phenomenal trial lawyer instinct." 

David Hensler led the team in achieving summary judgment for Dominion Resources in a claim concerning the right to construct new LNG facilities. Sources reserve particular praise for his creative approach to matters.

Craig Hoover co-heads the litigation practice and also chairs the firm's global class action group. He is said to be "very driven for his client" and a "tremendous asset in making sure any bumps in the road are addressed quickly."

Peter Spivack has "diverse experience that serves him well in any kind of white-collar matter." His practice sees him represent significant companies in complex FCPA investigations across the globe.

The "wonderful" Carl Rauh is lauded as someone who "courageously fights for his clients." He continues to be an active member of the team, with significant experience in the white-collar space.

Jonathan Diesenhaus has "an exceptional grasp of the complex inner workings of government agencies." He took the lead in representing Solvay Pharmaceuticals in a wide-ranging False Claims Act investigation led by the USA, 27 states and the Attorneys General of Texas and Virginia.

Desmond Hogan achieved a significant victory for WellPoint in a class action brought by dentists and the American Dental Association. Clients praise him as being "extremely responsive and exceptionally dedicated."

Stephen Immelt is global co-head of the litigation and arbitration practice, and recently joined the DC team from the firm's Baltimore office. Sources describe him as "a very bright guy and a creative and analytical thinker," and also single out his organizational abilities and communications skills as being among his key attributes.

Significant clients Ford, GE, Hyundai, Honeywell, Nestlé.

What the team is known for Able to draw on a global network of attorneys with substantive expertise in a broad array of industries. Maintains a fine appellate group with significant experience in Supreme Court cases. Also enjoys a fine track record in white-collar work, in matters ranging from fraud, antitrust and securities improprieties to international trade and breaches of the FCPA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the intellectual firepower to think through complex legal situations as well as a healthy dose of streetsmarts to get the job done."

"The team was well organized and very diligent. Most importantly, they put the client's interests first."

Work highlights Represented the National Federation of Independent Business in a Supreme Court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Won dismissal of an action brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Alien Tort Statute on behalf of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Romatowski leads the firm's securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice while maintaining a strong presence in white-collar criminal defense. Commentators "think the world" of him and say that he is "a very good and very smart attorney."

Henry Asbill attracts "lots of admiration" for his extensive experience in white-collar crime and government investigation work. He receives considerable praise for his creative approach.

Global disputes practice head Thomas Cullen is well versed in a broad spectrum of complex commercial litigation. He handles cases at both state and federal level, and is also recognized for his work on cross-border disputes.

Significant clients Bayer, Chevron, Experian, IBM, Ascension Health, Essilor.

What the team is known for Substantial team well versed in a wide variety of disputes, including securities, antitrust and M&A. Also sought after for its expertise in insurance coverage and fraud litigation. Extensive experience of acting for Fortune 500 companies in government investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"At trial, our number-one lawyer was terrific, our number-two lawyer was terrific and our number-three lawyer was also terrific."

"I would rate them as my top firm in terms of client service and responsiveness."

Work highlights Representing BP in the numerous civil and criminal investigations related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Successfully defended Siemens in a $10 billion RICO claim brought by the Iraqi government.

Acted for Honeywell against the DOJ in a high-profile False Claims Act claim alleging the production of defective body armor.

Notable practitioners  

Eugene Assaf took the lead in successfully obtaining the dismissal of a nationwide RICO claim brought against BASF. Clients commend him for being "extremely smart and responsive."

Fine litigator Thomas Yannucci maintains a varied civil practice. He formed part of the team defending Siemens in a multibillion-dollar RICO action brought by the Republic of Iraq.

Craig Primis is a "rising star" of the DC litigation Bar. One recent case saw him lead the defense of Honeywell in a claim brought by the DOJ concerning the manufacture of defective body armor.

Significant clients Facebook, SIPC, Raytheon, Wyndham.

What the team is known for Strong white-collar practice, able to draw upon the extensive experience of its attorneys, many of whom have previously held high-level positions in various government investigative departments, including the DOJ and SEC. Unanimously acclaimed for its highly competent practice in diverse matters such as FCPA, antitrust and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team were warm and embracing from day one. The firm has an incredibly strong reputation in trial defense, but I have been most impressed with the quality of the personnel and their professional approach to all aspects of the client experience."

"They know all the players, are attuned to the way DC works and to the way a Senate subcommittee works. They know the rules and procedures."

Work highlights Defended hedge fund analyst Matthew Teeple against charges of conspiracy and securities fraud filed by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York. The case concerned the alleged violation of insider trading laws that would have earned the defendant more than $27 million in unlawful profits and evaded losses.

Acted for Brian Hunter, formerly the head of energy trading for $9 billion hedge fund Amaranth Advisors, who was charged by FERC for manipulating the natural gas market, and succeeded in abrogating FERC's right to file charges in this matter.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Bruce is widely praised by peers for work in FCPA enforcement; other areas of expertise include securities, insider trading and antitrust issues. He is commended for his strong talents as a trial lawyer and praised for his "meticulous preparation" and "absolutely brilliant cross-examinations."

Significant clients Alexander and Thomas Hunter of Regency Investment, Kyoungwon Pyo.

What the team is known for Recommended for its far-reaching expertise in diverse areas such as white-collar, IP, securities, FCPA and environmental law. The team draws upon the substantial collective experience of its attorneys, many of whom have previously held prominent positions in governmental departments including the DOJ and SEC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"These lawyers are capable, responsive and smart. They're strong writers and oral advocates, who are always willing to go the extra mile for the client."

"They're good at strategic thinking and looking at the big picture. They're patient, they don't overreact and they stick to the point."

Work highlights Obtained a significant victory for NFL Players Association (NFLPA) in a federal licensing class action concerning an alleged failure on behalf of the NFLPA and its licensing arm to secure licensing opportunities for retired players.

Represented Eli Lilly in a matter concerning the alleged infringement of FCPA over a 15-year period and in four different countries, culminating in a favorable settlement of $29.4 million.

Acted for Walgreens in a multijurisdictional matter against the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), concerning various issues, including the DEA's revocation of controlled substance registrations of six pharmacies.

Notable practitioners  

Office managing partner Alice Fisher focuses on white-collar criminal investigations, counseling clients on a variety of matters concerning healthcare, securities and procurement fraud and FCPA infringement, among other matters. Clients describe her as an "amazing strategist" and further commend her "exceptional delivery."

Douglas Greenburg's work is concentrated on internal corporate investigations, white-collar criminal defense and SEC enforcement proceedings. Clients praise him as being "very practical, listening well and giving very relevant and useful advice.”

Significant clients NFLPA, American Beverage Association, Bausch + Lomb, Toshiba, HSBC, The Carlyle Group.

What the team is known for Particularly acclaimed for its appellate work. Offers a broad range of expertise in areas encompassing securities enforcement and litigation and antitrust disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Fantastic attention to detail and sensitivity to client needs." 

"They are tireless workers who produce a very high-quality work product."

Work highlights Acting before the Supreme Court in an action brought under the Indian Child Welfare Act concerning an Indian birth father's custody of his daughter, who was put up for adoption without his prior knowledge by the non-Indian birth mother.

Acting for the former CEO of Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, Craig Zucker, who has been ordered by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct a $57 million recall of the allegedly unsafe products Buckyballs and Buckycubes.

Notable practitioners 

Dan Himmelfarb, Erika Jones and Evan Tager are practice group leaders and key contacts for the group.

Significant clients Starwood Hotels, Nestlé USA, CSX, AXA Mediterranean.

What the team is known for Particularly commended for its robust white-collar and FCPA and anti-corruption practices. Extensive jury trial experience, both nationally and internationally, acting for both individuals and corporate entities in high-profile cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very practical in their solutions and they have noteworthy core expertise."

"They're very responsive and their approach is balanced and reasonable."

Work highlights Successfully averted charges brought by the DOJ and IRS against Jon Flask, accused of criminal conspiracy and tax obstruction claimed to be worth more than $200 million.

Notable practitioners  

Much of Barry Pollack's practice concentrates on complex financial litigation. He is particularly noted for his considerable courtroom experience and strong trial capabilities. Clients praise him for being "accessible, responsive and proactive – all the things you want in outside counsel."

Litigation department chair Mark Rochon has far-reaching expertise in FCPA and fraud investigations, including insider trading, accounting and bank fraud matters. He wins acclaim for his tireless approach to matters, and is also singled out for his "unique strategic ability" and "affable nature."

The "accomplished, experienced and very effective" Richard Hibey is a distinguished customs lawyer. He concentrates on defending clients against criminal and civil enforcement actions, and on advising on customs compliance, tariff avoidance techniques and general customs planning.

Andy Wise has extensive trial experience at both a federal and state level, representing clients in matters concerning securities, tax and honest services fraud allegations. He earns particular praise for his fine judgment.

Kirby Behre recently joined Miller & Chevalier Chartered from Paul Hastings LLP and is hailed as an "exemplary attorney" with an excellent grasp of international disputes work. His extensive expertise encompasses a wide range of practice areas, including antitrust, FCPA, banking and government contracts.

What the team is known for Particular experience in representing notable clients in class actions and securities litigation. Substantial criminal practice includes expertise in FCPA matters, antitrust and sensitive internal investigations.

Work highlights Represented Bank of America as nationwide coordinating counsel in a range of auction-rate securities matters.

Acting for a range of global financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, on enforcement and investigation matters, as well as litigation.

Claimed a significant victory for Humana in defeating a class action certification sought by physicians in Florida.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kilduff is a strong securities lawyer whose practice has seen him representing Fannie Mae in numerous matters over the last ten years. His performance in court earns the respect of peers, who praise his excellent judgment in litigation.

Significant clients H&R Block, UnitedHealth Group, Ally Financial, OneWest.

What the team is known for Fields an experienced group of former government attorneys whose expertise spans a range of white-collar criminal defense work. Regularly handles major internal and external investigations, attracting an impressive corporate client base with its multijurisdictional capabilities and litigation skills.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They had an excellent knowledge of the topics and a practical understanding of how the process works."

What's new? Michael Spafford, Michael Levy and Amy Carpenter-Holmes have moved from Bingham McCutchen LLP, significantly boosting the firm's white-collar criminal defense group in DC.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Levy recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen LLP. He focuses primarily on white-collar defense, investigations, and acting for both companies and individuals on matters concerning government enforcement initiatives. He is lauded for his "excellent knowledge base and interpersonal skill set," and for his "calm and collected demeanor."

Amy Carpenter-Holmes is another recent addition to Paul Hastings LLP, joining from Bingham McCutchen LLP. Clients are particularly impressed with her understanding, work ethic and assured handling of matters.

Michael Spafford is a key contact for global enforcement investigations, and maintains particular expertise in dealing with complex derivatives and trading investigations. He is praised for his "vast knowledge" and "pragmatic approach." He also joins the firm from Bingham McCutchen LLP.

What the team is known for Specialist white-collar practice with substantial experience representing a diverse body of clients in trials, appellate proceedings and grand jury investigations, as well as in government investigations and enforcement matters. Acts for a significant number of governmental institutional clients in cases relating to national security.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very shrewd, knowledgeable and very client-focused.”  

"They're great for representing individuals." 

Notable practitioners  

Preston Burton has longstanding experience as a defense attorney and federal prosecutor, representing high-profile clients in complex white-collar criminal matters and related proceedings. Peers laud him as "a great strategic thinker, a great negotiator and a real team player."

Gregory Poe is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who concentrates on complex white-collar criminal cases, as well as post-trial litigation and federal sentencing proceedings. Sources state that he "excels at client communication" and are impressed by "his thorough and strategic preparation and research, his insight and his sensitivity."

What the team is known for Diverse white-collar practice with extensive experience defending individuals and corporations in matters relating to the infringement of FCPA, government contracting fraud and tax evasion. Also commended for its work in connection with environmental crimes, immigration and forced labor, and securities and healthcare fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A devoted white-collar practice – flexible and very effective in representing individuals."

Notable practitioners  

David Schertler is highly regarded as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. His expertise encompasses numerous substantive areas of white-collar law, including bribery and gratuities, false claims, FCPA, healthcare fraud and money laundering. He wins much acclaim for his fine advocacy and tenacious approach to matters.

What the team is known for Large team offering integrated litigation, regulatory and policy services. Provides particular expertise in representing defendants in multijurisdictional FCPA investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have exceptional trial skills, particularly when cross-examining witnesses."

"It's our go-to firm for complex legal matters. We would always think of them for bet-the-company litigation or cases turning on legal principle."

Work highlights Represented former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron in a number of securities matters, and a significant SEC investigation.

Acting for a group of global insurers seeking civil damages in various actions related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Achieved a majority decision of the US Supreme Court on behalf of Southern Union in a case concerning the role of the jury in increasing fines in criminal cases.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Green led the team in obtaining a notable defense victory for a former executive of AIG convicted of involvement in a fraudulent reinsurance transaction. Clients report that he is "very focused, very calm and very comprehensive."

Mark Hopson was retained as trial counsel by Johnson & Johnson in a claim brought by the federal government and others alleging that the company had taken part in a scheme to violate certain state and federal laws. He is noted for his "ability to take complex cases and simplify them for the jury."

Commentators say that Karen Popp is "a fabulous lawyer who is very levelheaded, capable and tenacious." She is particularly experienced in defending healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in complex government investigations.

Clients "can't say enough good things" about Kristin Graham Koehler, who has particular expertise in the white-collar space. She obtained victory for Bayer in a case concerning the drug Baycol.

Significant clients Duke Energy, Raytheon, Statoil, AT&T, KPMG, Bank of America.

What the team is known for Comprehensive team with specialties in multiple areas, including healthcare, securities enforcement and mass torts. Frequently retained in disputes concerning corporate control, and also noted for its work in fraud actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are exceptionally good at getting to the heart of the matter and limiting the scope of potential liability."

"I have not been disappointed a single time after many engagements."

Work highlights Advised Daimler in multifaceted internal investigations across multiple jurisdictions.

Represented the Principality of Monaco in a breach of contract action brought by Robert Eringer, who claimed that he formerly ran the Principality's intelligence service.

Acted in a securities class action concerning the drugs Bextra and Celebrex for the former CEO of Pfizer.

Notable practitioners  

Mitchell Ettinger led the team in obtaining victory for a class of Maryland leaseholders who successfully challenged a law passed by the Maryland General Assembly, which purported to extinguish their vested proprietary rights. He is recognized as a "top-of-his-game litigator who is very down to earth and personable."

Significant clients Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Rosetta Stone, Community Health Systems.

What the team is known for Talented white-collar team with a particular focus on FCPA and securities work. Highly active trial practice renowned for its representation of individuals in high-profile cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional. They put me at ease with the whole situation and did a tremendous job of making sure I felt comfortable throughout the whole process."

Work highlights Acted for former BP executive David Rainey in a criminal investigation relating to the explosion and oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

Defended Paul Slough, a former Blackwater private security guard, against charges of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in an ongoing criminal investigation regarding a 2007 shootout in Baghdad that allegedly resulted in the deaths of several Iraqi civilians.

Notable practitioners  

The "preeminent" Reid Weingarten has a wealth of experience as a trial attorney and is particularly commended for his work in connection with public corruption cases. He is "always extremely well prepared - he works hard, is smart and practical, and has great instincts," said one interviewee.

Brian Heberlig heads the firm's white-collar criminal defense practice group and focuses particularly on trial work. He has extensive experience representing individuals and corporate entities in cases relating to alleged securities fraud, FCPA, antitrust, healthcare fraud and environmental crimes. Sources regard him as an "articulate, responsive and personable" attorney, and he is further commended for his "outstanding writing and analytical skills.”

Significant clients Special Board Committee of Pilot Flying J, Rep. Richard Renzi, Anthony Chiasson, Hiroshi Watanabe.

What the team is known for A powerhouse across the whole spectrum of high-stakes litigation. Offers particular expertise in representing high-profile companies and individuals in matters related to white-collar crime and government investigations. Maintains a fine track record in disputes concerning professional liability, securities and antitrust.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's the gold standard for litigation in DC." 

"An absolutely first-rate firm with an extremely deep bench." 

Work highlights Represented Google in a long-running and highly publicized FTC investigation related to online and mobile search.

Successfully acted for Ernst & Young  in a claim related to a multibillion-dollar fraud at HealthSouth.

Represented The Carlyle Group in an action filed by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation asserting various claims valued in excess of $1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Brendan Sullivan is a preeminent practitioner in white-collar crime as well as general commercial work, and is described as "a dean of the trial Bar in DC." He took the lead representing Bank of America in various actions related to securitization of mortgages.

Commentators hold David Zinn in "very high regard" for his expertise in white-collar crime and praise him as "a super-smart and effective advocate." 

Kevin Downey is lauded as "a fine lawyer who does an absolutely outstanding job for his clients." He is particularly well known for acting in high-profile securities litigation, such as his successful defense of the former chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae.

John Villa is singled out as someone who has "consistently delivered the highest quality work product in both written and oral advocacy." His impressive client base includes Pfizer, for which he acted in an appeal before the Second Circuit.

David Kendall is praised as "an exceptional lawyer" who brings "gravitas and wisdom to the preparation of cases." He remains an active and respected member of the team, and is able to draw on a wealth of experience in undertaking a broad variety of general commercial cases.

"Extremely intelligent" Robert Van Kirk is part of the team representing The Carlyle Group in a number of claims related to breach of fiduciary duty. He draws plaudits for being "very insightful, very practical and solution-oriented." 

Dane Butswinkas elicits much praise from the market for his practical approach to matters. He took the lead role in acting for nine BGC brokers in a multimillion-dollar claim brought by Tullett Prebon.  

Robert Cary divides his time between criminal and civil litigation. Commentators recognize him as a force in white-collar crime and report that he is "extremely able and very strong."

The team is able to rely on John Vardaman's wealth of experience as well as his "outstanding and seasoned judgment." He is a distinguished member of the DC litigation Bar and continues to act on a range of general commercial matters.

As senior member of the team, William McDaniels has years of experience and remains "an extremely hard-working and tenacious lawyer." 

Significant clients Cantor Fitzgerald, Deutsche Bank, McGladrey, The Washington Post.

What the team is known for Broad, deeply skilled group active across civil and criminal litigation, with one of the nation's premier appellate groups. A one-stop litigation shop for clients, who use the firm for securities, IP and commercial litigation, as well as government investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are brilliant lawyers who are very thorough and very focused on meeting the client's needs."

"The firm has good leadership and a great understanding of our industry."

Work highlights Represented Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a $500 million claim brought by RSM under RICO.

Acted for the American Psychological Association on achieving the dismissal of a putative multimillion-dollar class action concerning the payment of members' annual dues.

Successfully achieved dismissal of all charges against David Ard of Stryker Biotech in the prosecution of a high-profile criminal conspiracy.

Notable practitioners  

Howard Shapiro is the chair of the litigation and controversy department and brings years of experience to his white-collar criminal defense cases. He is particularly praised for his "enthusiasm and passion to succeed."

The highly regarded David Ogden took the lead in securing the dismissal of a $50 million class action brought against American Psychological Association. 

Significant clients Parametric Technology Corporation, BAE Systems.

What the team is known for Distinguished white-collar practice with longstanding experience representing individuals in government enforcement actions, Congressional investigations and criminal prosecutions. Also commended for its work in complex commercial disputes, class actions, professional negligence claims and bankruptcy litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely expert at complex litigation. Each of the individual attorneys was very competent, but their core strength stems from excellent teamwork and clear communication.”

"They're hard-working, experienced, creative thinkers, who pay an enormous amount of attention to detail.”

Work highlights Acted for the former chief financial officer of a European telecommunications company in a matter pertaining to the alleged infringement of FCPA throughout investigations conducted by the DOJ and SEC, as well as related investigations initiated by foreign authorities.

Secured a class action settlement worth more than $40 million for 48,000 consumers who were misled by marketing forces into purchasing a health insurance policy they believed to be equivalent or superior to major medical policies.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned trial attorney William Taylor is highly regarded for his distinction in the courtroom at both federal and state level. Clients and peers describe him as a "top-notch litigator" whose "level of insight is exceptional."

Steven Salky focuses on representing corporate entities and individuals in white-collar criminal matters, regulatory agency investigations and civil litigation. He is described as an "excellent legal strategist" and "tenacious lawyer," with "an expedient level of understanding.”

Firm founder Roger Zuckerman is lauded by clients as "the quintessential 'think-outside-the-box' guy." He is commended for his expertise in a variety of areas, including fraud and securities cases, customs and immigration disputes, and healthcare investigations.

Graeme Bush concentrates on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal investigations, and is distinguished by his extensive experience handling class actions, SEC investigations, malpractice claims and pension litigation. He is held in high regard across the board as a "brilliant strategist" who is particularly adept at "handling the business relationship.”

Blair Brown is described as an "extremely smart, hard-working and tenacious trial lawyer" who impresses clients and peers alike with his "terrific courtroom manner." As a white-collar criminal defense attorney his practice encompasses antitrust and securities matters, as well as cases connected with FCPA and RICO.

Eric Delinsky divides his time between representing individuals and companies in government investigations, white-collar criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement proceedings, and acting on behalf of clients in business litigation and arbitration. He is hailed as an "engaging and personable, knowledgeable and very well-informed" attorney.

Significant clients Willis, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Tribune Company, Oneida Nation of New York, Ethypharm.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The highly regarded Barbara Wahl of Arent Fox LLP is noted for her work across the board in complex commercial litigation, and is well versed in acting on both the plaintiff and defendant side.

John Rowley at Baker & McKenzie focuses on defending clients in False Claims Act and FCPA cases. He is also commended for his work handling procurement fraud and financial investigations.

Henry Schuelke at Blank Rome LLP is highlighted by peers for his skill, judgment and "coolness under fire." Much of his recent work has focused on matters pertaining to FCPA, healthcare fraud and accounting irregularity investigations.

Stephen Best of Brown Rudnick LLP focuses on complex internal investigations, SEC enforcement, FCPA and complex civil litigation. Clients are impressed by his "experienced and practical approach," and his "novel solutions and recommendations."

Mark Tuohey of Brown Rudnick LLP focuses on white-collar criminal litigation and internal corporate and congressional investigations, as well as arbitration, at both a national and international level. He is particularly commended for his experience in handling government-related matters.

Gregory Bruch of Bruch Hanna LLP is lauded by peers for his SEC expertise and extensive experience as an enforcement defense lawyer. He focuses on representing a variety of companies and individuals in matters concerning civil and criminal securities law enforcement, compliance and litigation.

BuckleySandler LLP's David Krakoff is a seasoned practitioner with far-reaching experience in numerous areas of law, including antitrust, healthcare, FCA and environmental matters. He is commended for his unwavering focus on the needs of his clients.

Abbe David Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP specializes in litigation, special investigations and regulatory enforcement, and is commended by clients for his "creative thinking."

Barry Boss of Cozen O'Connor is a "highly skilled courtroom attorney" and is praised for his expertise on federal sentencing issues. Peers also praise his work on international antitrust cases.

Raul Yanes of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has extensive experience representing high-profile individuals and corporations in government investigations, and is well known for his work relating to FCPA and antitrust matters. Clients describe him as "accessible, proactive and very constructive in his advice," with a "good sense of strategy and a great sense of judgment."

Charles Leeper heads up the white-collar criminal defense team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and is lauded as an "extremely thorough and insightful" litigator who "pursues every avenue yet remains excellent at sifting through details in order to determine what is important."

Benito Romano of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP is a recognized presence in the white-collar space and has extensive experience in handling a range of criminal defense work. His recent work includes serving as the independent compliance monitor for MoneyGram International.

Thomas Connolly of Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is described as a fierce advocate with "sound judgment and an excellent sense of strategy." His courtroom expertise encompasses matters pertaining to FCPA, antitrust, environmental issues and healthcare fraud.

Joseph Esposito of Hunton & Williams LLP is a highly regarded general commercial litigator, lauded by clients for being "extremely attentive, approachable and thorough."

The strategic, thorough and personable Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah PLLC maintains a fine reputation for his white-collar practice and is also highly regarded for his knowledge of the internet gambling space.

Carol Bruce of K&L Gates is universally acclaimed for her practice in white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Clients say she is "personable and accommodating," and "very thorough and very responsive."

Amy Conway-Hatcher heads Kaye Scholer LLP's DC white-collar practice and is commended by clients and peers alike as a "diligent, energetic and persuasive advocate." She is particularly noted for her FCPA work.

John Bray of King & Spalding LLP is widely recognized by his peers for his diverse and longstanding practice in such varied areas as federal tax, antitrust, defense procurement and environmental law.

Bobby Burchfield of McDermott Will & Emery LLP has an established reputation as a commercial litigator. He is described as a "strong communicator," and is lauded for his ability to "identify alternative options" and for his readiness to "always go the extra mile."

Since publication, Bobby R Burchfield has joined King & Spalding LLP

Sole practitioner Bernie Grimm is highly commended for his strengths as a trial attorney and is singled out in particular for his expertise in disputes concerning insurance matters, bribery and visa fraud, and money laundering.

Sole practitioner Stephen Braga is highly regarded for his work in commercial litigation, criminal defense law, regulatory enforcement litigation and securities litigation.

Steven McCool of Mallon & McCool, LLC is commended by peers as a "very impressive trial attorney," and is noted for his varied white-collar practice covering FCPA, environmental issues and securities fraud, as well as complex civil litigation.

Laura Ariane Miller of Nixon Peabody LLP concentrates on internal investigations and white-collar defense, with a special focus on handling cases involving whistle-blower statutes. She attracts particular praise for her "ability and willingness to work collaboratively."

Clients describe Michael Madigan of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as an "astute and experienced" white-collar lawyer, and especially note his strong practice in FCPA matters.

Jim Meyers of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is highly commended as a securities litigator whose practice incorporates all aspects of SEC enforcement matters, including insider trading and accounting and financial fraud. Clients describe him as an "incredibly engaged, responsive and thoughtful counselor.”

Beth Wilkinson of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has far-reaching expertise in general litigation and white-collar criminal defense. She is highly regarded as a "very dedicated, very thoughtful, first-rate trial attorney," and commended for her "great rapport with clients."

William Burck is chair of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's white-collar practice and is described as a "practical, smart and engaged" practitioner with particularly strong leadership skills.

Michael Lyle of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is well regarded as a "thorough and commanding" trial attorney, with a specialist focus on product liability and mass tort cases.

Juan Morillo of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has far-reaching expertise in litigating matters pertaining to securities and tax fraud, antitrust, FCPA and healthcare fraud. Clients praise his "excellent communication skills" and remarkable ability to "navigate through issues and keep things under control."

Michael Mann of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is hailed as a "top-drawer securities enforcement lawyer," with a notably strong practice advising hedge fund clients. His clients are comforted by his "exhaustive knowledge of the subject matter," and by his expert ability to preempt and prepare for the next stage of the investigation.

Lawrence Robbins of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP is hailed by peers as a "very smart, strategic and talented criminal appellate litigator," who has extensive experience acting on behalf of clients in governmental investigations.

Adam Hoffinger works primarily on complex civil and white-collar criminal matters, demonstrating far-reaching expertise in a number of areas ranging from RICO and money laundering to healthcare and securities work. He recently moved from Morrison & Foerster LLP to Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Peter White of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP represents clients in a variety of investigations connected with SEC enforcement proceedings, False Claims Act (FCA) and shareholder class actions. He has impressed peers in the courtroom with his "great sense of strategy."

Plato Cacheris of Trout Cacheris PLLC enjoys a distinguished reputation for his expert representation of individuals in investigations pertaining to a wide variety of white-collar matters, including alleged bank fraud, securities violations, obstruction of justice and espionage. He is widely respected for his "impeccable judgment."

The "superb" Robert Trout of Trout Cacheris PLLC has a wealth of expertise regarding complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense, in addition to the defense of administrative agency enforcement actions.

The work of Bill Lawler of Vinson & Elkins LLP centers around white-collar criminal matters and government investigations. He is highly commended by peers and clients alike for his FCPA and anti-corruption work, and is acclaimed for his "tremendous insight into current DOJ thinking and practices."

Wiley Rein LLP's Ralph Caccia has a wealth of experience representing clients in complex matters pertaining to healthcare fraud, FCA and FCPA, antitrust and securities fraud.

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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