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Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations — District of Columbia


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Flourishing white-collar litigation practice with considerable experience trying cases at both state and federal level. Regularly defends individuals facing serious criminal charges, particularly in relation to government contracts fraud, money laundering and bribery. Also enjoys a robust investigations practice that encompasses cross-border and international matters concerning the FCPA, along with other anticorruption laws. Noted strength in handling high-profile Congressional investigations, with considerable experience representing clients before both House and Senate committees.

Strengths A client praises the team's "attention to detail and their ability to advise and prepare a client," and also notes: "The depth of the team was also a real distinction - they have the ability to call on multiple resources and specialisms as the need arises."

Clients say: "They do a great job - they are really responsive, practical and you can put a lot of trust in them."

Work highlights Represented Bryan Pagliano, the former Director of Information Technology for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, in connection with federal and congressional investigations relating to the installation and use of private computer servers by US Department of State officials.

Obtained an order of dismissal on all counts of a federal grand jury indictment charging Republic National Distributing Company with multiple counts of wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering, as well as a demand for forfeiture of over $188 million.

Notable practitioners

The "very practical and very effective" Mark MacDougall is lauded by interviewees as a "very experienced lawyer who is not afraid to go to trial." He represents both individual and corporate clients, including government officials, multinational companies and public institutions, facing criminal charges on both a domestic and international scale. Commentators further describe him as offering "the complete package" for white-collar work, saying: "He can do the pre-trial work, he can do the investigation and he can win a case - that's a rare commodity."

Paul Butler is described by one interviewee as "a big picture lawyer" who can "see all the moves on the chessboard for clients facing all kinds of multijurisdictional challenges." He is known for his representation of individual and corporate clients in government and internal investigations into foreign bribery and corruption, including FCPA-related matters. His practice includes considerable focus on cross-border issues, particularly in Asia and Latin America.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Versatile litigation practice, heavily involved in both trials and investigations in the areas of healthcare fraud, criminal antitrust and government contracts, with additional substantive expertise on the civil side. Recognized for its established class action defense practice, and also has considerable expertise in securities matters. Experienced in representing clients before US regulatory authorities including the DOJ and SEC, in addition to foreign government bodies such as the UK Serious Fraud Office. Broad client base that includes pharmaceutical, industrial and financial services companies, along with individual executives, public officials and healthcare professionals.

Strengths Sources note that the team "brings a range of skills to the table and is excellent at staffing," and highlight the strength of the firm's junior talent: "It is a pleasure to deal with the associates - I felt comfortable getting candid advice from them as well as the partners."

Work highlights Continued to represent retinal surgeon Dr. Salomon Melgen in criminal proceedings brought in both Florida and New Jersey relating to a number of healthcare and bribery-related charges.

Represented Samsung in consumer class action litigation arising out of the recall of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone due to issues with its lithium ion battery, as well as consumer class actions alleging issues relating to other Samsung Galaxy phone models.

Represented former SunTrust Mortgage loan officer Humaira Iqbal in a criminal jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia for alleged mortgage wire fraud conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Scott Schreiber "has really good judgment, provides excellent advice and is a great litigator" according to one client, while another notes that "he is very knowledgeable, experienced and easy to work with - he anticipates my questions and concerns." He frequently defends clients in complex securities fraud class actions and also fields additional strength in securities enforcement matters. He regularly appears in both trials and SEC administrative tribunals.

James Cooper frequently handles investigations and criminal defence work on behalf of both major corporations and individuals, drawing praise from his clients for his "pragmatic and creative" approach. He fields considerable expertise in handling federal grand jury investigations, whistle-blower allegations and administrative subpoenas, among other matters. Market sources describe him as "very intelligent but also very gracious and gentle in how he deals with people - he finds solutions without a lot of acrimony and brings a unique perspective to cases."

"Exceptional attorney" John Nassikas is held in high regard by commentators for his "outstanding judgment and real strategic considerations in support of the client." He is known for his expert handling of complex internal investigations, in addition to offering strength in criminal defense work for clients in cases concerning global anticorruption, criminal antitrust and government contracts fraud. Market sources draw attention to his ability to be "an amazing advocate for his client yet still be able to work as part of a larger co-defense team," adding that "he does a phenomenal job."

The "very bright and very wise" Amy Jeffress receives marketwide praise for her broad-ranging criminal defense and investigations practice, frequently assisting clients with export enforcement, wire fraud and FCPA-related matters. She fields considerable strength in advisory work for individuals and government contractor clients facing matters involving issues of national security, due to her wealth of experience as both a federal prosecutor and Chief of the National Security Section. Sources say: "She is really well regarded, has a subject matter expertise which is in high demand and also tries cases - she is the whole package."

Kirk Ogrosky is highly regarded for his expert handling of criminal defense matters in the life sciences sector, garnering praise from interviewees who regard him as "a star of the healthcare arena." He regularly represents major corporate and individual clients including medical device manufacturers, physicians and senior executives. His expertise also extends to investigations concerning the FCA, FDCA and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

Baruch Weiss is known for his broad white-collar criminal practice, fielding experience in investigations concerning securities fraud and public corruption, OFAC enforcement and the FCPA. Clients describe him as "a wonderful advocate and great adviser," and also note the benefit of his extensive experience working within government, including posts with the New York US Attorney's Office and the Department of Homeland Security.

Craig Margolis of Vinson & Elkins LLP is known for his defense of leading corporations in complex government investigations relating to a wide range of matters including FCPA violations, healthcare fraud and political corruption, and is also noted for his "real expertise in government contracting work." He also assists clients with internal investigations and compliance matters, as well as fielding expertise in white-collar criminal defense.

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Baker Botts LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Robust white-collar team offering broad expertise in criminal investigations and enforcement actions. Well versed in handling sensitive, cross-jurisdictional matters for a wide range of clients, with particular experience representing companies in the oil and gas, manufacturing and energy sectors. Also enjoys strong credentials for its work in securities, healthcare and antitrust matters. Highly experienced team that includes a number of former federal prosecutors and senior government officials.

Strengths Clients note the value of the firm's "very good relationships with the folks at the SEC," and also add: "They give us practical advice and put an appropriate amount of resources on things - they don't overlawyer their cases."

Work highlights Represented Toyoda Gosei and its North American subsidiaries in three indirect purchaser class actions alleging a global conspiracy between Toyoda Gosei and its competitors to violate Section 1 of the Sherman Act along with various state antitrust and unfair competition statutes.

Notable practitioners

"Seasoned white-collar practitioner" and "lion of the Bar" William Jeffress has a vast wealth of experience representing both corporate and individual clients in complex criminal investigations. He frequently lends his expertise to cases involving allegations of bank fraud, money laundering and antitrust offenses, among others. He is also highly esteemed for his trial practice, having acted extensively for clients in both civil and criminal disputes throughout his career.

"Exceptional lawyer" Amy Conway-Hatcher wins praise for her "intense loyalty to her clients," and "extremely strong attention to detail." One source particularly highlights her conscientious approach to cases, noting: "She is always thinking about the client and turning the case over in her mind." She handles a broad range of internal and government-led cross-border investigations, with a noted strength in matters involving US sanctions, antitrust issues and the FCPA.

Bridget Moore focuses her practice on SEC investigations, regularly advocating for clients before the SEC in addition to conducting internal investigations concerning FCPA violations, accounting issues and whistle-blower allegations, among other matters. Clients praise her as "unflappable and very calm," adding that "she thinks things through, has a sense of humor and is exceptionally easy to deal with."

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Buckley Sandler LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong team of white-collar practitioners, including a number of experienced trial lawyers. Frequently engaged for a range of matters including internal and government investigations, accounting and tax fraud, antitrust and securities. Also acts for clients in complex FCPA and other anticorruption-related enforcement actions. Robust trial practice adept at representing company executives, directors and employees along with other leading professionals in sensitive, high-stakes cases.

Strengths Interviewees describe Buckley Sandler as "an excellent firm; very sophisticated, with a lot of experience in all sorts of white-collar matters."

Sources note that the team are "very astute and experienced lawyers," adding that "they give sophisticated, nuanced and highly effective advice to their clients."

Work highlights Continued to represent 12 former and current employees of Volkswagen in ongoing US criminal and civil investigations into the emissions cheating scandal. Advised on claims concerning both environmental and false advertising issues relating to the case.

Represented Scott Paterson, a former executive of Berkshire Power, in a DOJ investigation concerning violations of the Clean Air Act and emissions issues.

Notable practitioners

"Outstanding criminal defense lawyer" David Krakoff garners marketwide recognition for his expert representation of clients in high-stakes litigation, acting for them in federal and state courts as well as before government agencies. Commentators note that "one of his greatest strengths is that he is unflinching in his willingness to try cases," and also add: "He really knows his way around the court and the justice system - there is no aspect of a criminal case he has not handled in the past."

The "absolutely fearless" Henry Asbill regularly defends both individual and institutional clients against a range of criminal charges, garnering praise from market commentators as "one of the best trial lawyers in the city." He is also highly regarded for the strength of his appellate practice.

Preston Burton is highly regarded for his representation of high-profile clients in internal investigations, white-collar criminal cases and government enforcement actions, and is frequently called upon to handle matters with a cross-border element. Sources draw attention to his in-court expertise, describing him as "a very experienced trial lawyer and an aggressive advocate." Another source adds: "He is an outstanding attorney - very response, cooperative and easy to work with, he knows the DOJ well and is very well respected by prosecutors."

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Buckley Sandler has a robust litigation practice encompassing a wide range of white collar, complex civil, class action, appellate, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution matters. We are routinely in courtrooms across the country defending the nation’s leading banks, insurers, mortgage lenders and servicers, credit card issuers, auto lenders and retailers, as well as individual clients. We have proven time and again that we are willing to take cases to trial, if appropriate, and win. We also have extensive experience handling parallel and appellate proceedings that arise in these matters and are often able to achieve favorable results.

Buckley Sandler has one of the pre-eminent white collar defense practices in the country, with dozens of lawyers who have been involved in almost every significant Department of Justice white collar enforcement initiative, including the Enron and AOL accounting fraud matters, the LIBOR and Foreign Exchange rate fixing investigations of major banks, investigations of a global oil company and Volkswagen, and the DOJ's criminal antitrust inquiry into the Japanese auto parts supply and auto shipping industries over the past two decades. We successfully defended individuals at trial in the DOJ’s largest prosecution of individuals under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the, then-largest, environmental criminal prosecution, and more recently, in a federal prosecution of corruption and fraud in awarding government contracts.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Stalwart Washington practice, adept at handling large-scale investigations and international disputes for a roster of significant corporate and financial clients. Lauded for its market-leading healthcare practice, with additional strength in matters pertaining to SEC enforcement and anticorruption. Also houses considerable experience conducting FCPA investigations on a global scale. Can claim an impressive roster of practitioners offering extensive experience in government, as well as top trial skills.

Strengths Interviewees draw attention to the team's deep resources, noting that "when we need an expert, they either have the person at the firm or are able to get in touch with someone really quickly - they have really good contacts."

Sources say: "Especially since Lanny Breuer has been back at the firm they're very strong in multiple areas - they have done a great job of maintaining a level of excellence and a good group of people at the top of the team."

Sources praise Covington as "a spectacular investigations firm."

Work highlights Represented Hyperdynamics Corporation in DOJ investigation into potential FCPA violations related to its business activities in the Republic of Guinea, resulting in no charges being brought.

Successfully convinced a federal judge in California to dismiss a False Claims Act case against Gilead Sciences, which alleged that it cheated the government by selling contaminated and defective drugs to Medicare and Medicaid.

Notable practitioners

Lanny Breuer draws praise from interviewees for his "great credibility in the white-collar community and government," while handling a wide variety of Congressional and internal investigations, drawing on his wealth of experience as former head of the DOJ's Criminal Division. Market sources laud him as "clear-sighted and very easy to work with," adding that "he is an outstanding person for conducting internal investigations - he is very forthright in his dealings with everyone and can secure cooperation." He is frequently mandated to work on high-profile, bet-the-company engagements.

Stephen Anthony is "a very even-keeled defense lawyer who knows how to navigate the dangerous terrain of a criminal case and parallel civil proceedings," according to market sources. He frequently defends clients in public corruption trials, in addition to offering experience in cases involving allegations of obstruction of justice, bribery and fraud, among other crimes.

Steven Fagell is particularly well regarded for his representation of both institutional and individual clients in FCPA investigations, in addition to offering expertise in defense work for clients facing allegations of accounting fraud and export controls-related crimes. He is an experienced trial attorney, garnering praise from interviewees for his "very calm demeanor."

The "smart and hard-working" Mythili Raman "has fantastic experience from her time at the DOJ" according to market sources, who add that "she knows what the prosecutors are doing and is able to anticipate their moves to create a strong strategy." She is highly regarded for her investigations practice, with experience defending both executives and leading companies in a wide variety of complex criminal and regulatory matters.

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Crowell & Moring LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation group, active in criminal and civil enforcement matters and large class actions. Known for its experience in complex multijurisdictional cases, with particular expertise in antitrust and fraud matters. Handles a broad range of investigations relating to alleged violations of the FCA, FCPA and securities laws, aided by its robust understanding of government regulatory agencies. Particularly active on matters concerning government contracting, financial services and technology-related disputes.

Strengths Clients praise the team as "very talented and very responsive to clients' needs," adding that "they are eager to engage on new issues, they educate themselves on what the client's issues are and make creative offers of advice."

Clients say: "The team works well together and responds quickly to queries and requests for advice."

Work highlights Represented eight Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in significant multidistrict antitrust litigation. Over 50 class actions are asserted by physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers as well as plan members, accusing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of conspiring to violate antitrust laws by limiting competition through exclusive service areas.

Advised Mondelēz International on a contract dispute with precast concrete manufacturer Tindall concerning the construction of a new large-scale bakery in Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Philip Inglima is known for his expertise in matters concerning bribery, FCPA violations and false statements, assisting clients with disclosure and internal investigations as well as the designing of corporate compliance programs. He also fields considerable experience defending criminal fraud cases. Interviewees note: "He is an unflappable, very talented and intelligent guy who knows how to operate both as part of and leading a team. A class act to deal with and very good in the courtroom."

Kathleen Taylor Sooy "is very client-oriented, has great leadership skills and is very experienced in litigation" according to impressed clients, who also note her ability to "identify different resources in the firm that can be tailored to the needs of the clients." She is highly regarded for her expert handling of complex class actions, frequently acting for high-profile clients in national and multidistrict disputes. She currently serves as national chair of the firm's class action litigation practice.

Thomas Hanusik is lauded by interviewees as "a very effective lawyer in all respects - as an investigator, counselor and advocate," and also for his "deep experience in the key government agencies." He has considerable experience in SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings and internal investigations, counting publicly and privately held companies, high-profile politicians and senior executives among his clients. His practice also includes expertise in FCPA, insider trading and financial fraud, among other criminal matters.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Formidable litigation practice with considerable experience in matters that involve the DOJ, SEC and federal regulatory agencies, including complex investigations and appellate work. Fields an enviable bench of talented lawyers, many of whom also maintain sophisticated civil practices incorporating class action defense and regulatory enforcement. Adept across a range of sectors, with environmental, telecommunications and securities disputes among its particular specialties. Recent mandates demonstrate the firm's expertise in multijurisdictional investigations involving alleged violations of the FCPA and other anticorruption laws.

Strengths Clients praise the team as "strategically minded and very practical," adding that "when I work with them I get the benefit of high-level expertise but also really practical support when I need it."

Clients say: "They are a premier, top-tier white-collar firm. They have a lot of resources in this area so if you need full-service representation, they have the expertise. They move with a sense of urgency and have very good contacts at all levels - they can really provide insight that a lot of firms can't."

Interviewees draw attention to the team's excellent client service, noting that "they have been available around the clock any day of the week. Any issue, big or small, gets immediate attention and the level of service is sustained over a long period of time."

Work highlights Represented Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in a DOJ and SEC investigation of potential FCPA violations.

Successfully obtained a motion for summary judgment for Frito-Lay North America in a class action challenging label statements on certain products as misleading and alleging violations of federal regulations.

Defended International Paper Company against tort claims asserted by more than 300 plaintiffs.

Notable practitioners

"Superstar" Joseph Warin retains his stellar reputation as a leading investigations attorney, frequently called upon to advise senior management boards on cross-border government investigations, as well as advocating for clients before enforcement and regulatory authorities. He fields considerable strength in matters concerning the FCPA and complements his broad practice with experience in securities and class action litigation. Clients praise him as "the deal closer," adding that "he has the gravitas, the reputation and the skill set to get things finalized with the government when an investigation gets to that stage. He is pragmatic, a straight talker and an excellent strategist, working with the client to get to the best possible outcome."

Andrew Tulumello focuses his practice on class action defense work, with experience handling cases concerning securities, antitrust and consumer protection law issues. He regularly appears in court for his clients at both trial and appellate level. Clients say: "In addition to being a terrific and thoughtful lawyer, he is also very collegial and likable."

David Burns is noted for his strength in investigations concerning allegations of FCPA violations, healthcare fraud and cartel enforcement, frequently handling matters with an international element. His varied white-collar practice also encompasses regulatory enforcement work on behalf of financial institutions and large corporate entities. He wins accolades from clients, who regard him as "very smart, dedicated and detail-oriented."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Prominent white-collar litigation practice with particular strength in handling large investigations and defending class action lawsuits. Known for its extensive expertise in cases of healthcare fraud and also has valuable experience in litigation concerning cybersecurity and data breaches. Regularly chosen by multinational companies for representation during complex, cross-border anticorruption investigations and enforcement proceedings. Draws on the firm's broad global footprint to provide a seamless service to clients faced with scrutiny from regulatory agencies and prosecutors in jurisdictions around the world.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "Hogan Lovells has an excellent assortment of talent, particularly those with experience as former prosecutors or in-house counsel with government agencies."

Clients praise the team as "effective advocates and knowledgeable experts" and add: "They are bright, responsive and have consistently provided sound counsel and customer service."

Clients say: "Hogan Lovells is a fantastic firm that any client would be lucky to have as their advocate. They have consistent high-level lawyering across their bench."

Work highlights Continued to represent Chemed Corporation and Vitas Healthcare in an 11-year nationwide False Claims Act case in which the government is seeking over $1 billion in damages. The case is part of a series of enforcement actions against hospice companies for allegedly admitting ineligible patients and providing higher levels of care than warranted.

Successfully represented Anthem in a class action lawsuit filed by the former employees and retirees of the state of Connecticut, who alleged that under Anthem's Articles of Incorporation, they should have been recognized and compensated as Anthem's mutual members in connection with Anthem's $1 billion demutualization and IPO in 2001.

Won a motion on behalf of Zimmer Biomet to dismiss a qui tam complaint alleging false claims submitted due to violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark law.

Notable practitioners

Craig Hoover draws strong recognition for his class actions defense practice, with noted experience representing his clients in complex multidistrict litigation and high-stakes trials. Clients describe him as "a leader who tirelessly works to advocate for his clients and to build consensus as needed."

Peter Spivack "has established himself as one of the leading white-collar criminal defense attorneys in the city," according to one interviewee, who also adds: "He is extremely diplomatic but at the same time very forceful in terms of holding firm in advocating for his clients." He frequently defends clients in criminal cases involving anticorruption, government contracts and healthcare issues, among others.

David Hensler focuses his practice on commercial disputes across the insurance and energy sectors, with experience acting for clients as both plaintiff and defendant in jury and non-jury trials. Clients praise him as "a very good sounding board" adding that "he provides us with very good guidance in terms of potential litigation exposure."

Jonathan Diesenhaus focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense and matters relating to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, with a particular strength in handling FCA litigation and qui tam cases. Clients attest: "He is an excellent lawyer and at the top of his game - when it's a complicated and difficult issue he is extremely good at analyzing it and communicating his recommendation. He thinks very quickly on his feet."

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Jones Day - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Accomplished criminal and commercial litigation practice with a broad array of resources at its disposal, including impressive appellate capabilities. Displays increasing strength in white-collar matters, with the ability to oversee major cross-border investigations concerning the FCPA, public corruption and fraud, among other areas. Also has significant expertise in disputes arising out of commercial agreements, including antitrust and breach of contract claims. Houses recognized trial expertise, with experience defending clients before state and federal courts across the US as well as the Supreme Court.

Strengths Clients say: "We like their one-firm culture and professionalism - they're always available to us."

Sources say: "It's a world-class firm with superb skills - they are excellent in every area."

Work highlights Represented SW General before the US Supreme Court in a case involving the President's ability, under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, to fill high-level vacancies without the Senate's advice and consent.

Represented the US Chamber of Commerce in a lawsuit challenging a Seattle ordinance authorizing independent-contractor for-hire drivers, including those who use ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft, to unionize and collectively bargain with ride referral companies over prices and other terms of their contractual relationships.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" and "very experienced" Peter Romatowski is highly regarded for his broad white-collar defense and investigations practice, fielding considerable expertise in matters involving the FCPA, bank fraud and securities enforcement, among other areas. He counts several domestic and foreign companies, as well as senior executives and directors, among his varied client list.

Hank Walther frequently defends clients facing allegations of financial or healthcare fraud, along with violations of the FCPA and other anticorruption laws, garnering praise from interviewees as a "very talented lawyer" with the ability to "inspire a lot of confidence in a company, a board or the government." He is a skilled investigations attorney, with significant experience conducting investigations domestically and on an international scale.

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King & Spalding LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well known for its rigorous representation of corporate entities, with particular expertise in the life sciences, banking and energy sectors. Regularly involved in both internal and government investigations that concern FCPA and securities law violations, along with other allegations of corruption and fraud. Considerable strength in handling multijurisdictional investigations, with experience defending clients before both domestic and foreign enforcement authorities. Also has notable experience in representing audit committees.

Strengths Clients say: "We go back to King & Spalding as they do great work and their service, attentiveness and responsiveness are top notch. There is a clear focus on being responsive to the client."

Clients praise the team's "flexible approach to the work," adding that "they're eager learners, they are helpful in terms of crafting innovative ways to get to the truth and providing legal advice."

Work highlights Served as counsel to the Audit Committee of comScore, conducting a comprehensive internal investigation into more than 20 allegations of misconduct relating to complex accounting issues, including revenue recognition practices, disclosures, internal controls, corporate culture and certain employment practices.

Continued to represented PwC Brazil in connection with investigations and litigation stemming from its audit client Petrobras's involvement in the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil.

Notable practitioners

Bobby Burchfield acts for a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and trade associations, in complex commercial litigation. He regularly argues cases before both judges and juries, and is experienced handling appellate proceedings all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Sedwick Sollers is "a terrific strategist, creative lawyer and someone who is not afraid to get into the courtroom," according to one interviewee. Another source notes: "His experience allows him to take a very long, strategic view, and that experience allows you to trust him when he gives advice you might not necessarily like." He is particularly well regarded for his defense of clients facing serious white-collar criminal charges in the healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Exemplary litigation practice with a national and global reach. Acts for large multinational corporations in white-collar matters, and in civil disputes and class actions spanning a breadth of industry sectors. Particularly well regarded for its handling of product liability disputes, frequently acting for clients in complex multidistrict cases. Known for the strength of its trial practice as well as its ability to handle investigations brought by the SEC, DOJ and other government bodies. Also regularly appears before arbitration panels and appellate courts.

Strengths Clients say: "They're the cream of the crop. They're extraordinarily innovative in strategy and they're extremely good at tackling complex litigation," adding: "They bring a real element of practicality to the solutions they propose."

Clients praise the team as "very experienced, very knowledgeable, very practical and not risk-averse."

Work highlights Represented Teva Pharmaceuticals North America and Teva Russia in related DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations.

Represented Accenture in a putative whistle-blower class action claiming it violated the False Claims Act through an alleged kickback scheme with Sanofi.

Assisted Caterpillar in connection with numerous investigations by the DOJ, IRS, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Department of Commerce.

Notable practitioners

Eugene Assaf is "a very experienced trial and appellate lawyer" according to impressed clients, who add that "he is very good on his feet." He is well regarded for his representation of industry leading clients in complex disputes concerning technology, environmental issues and a wide range of commercial matters. Market sources further add that "he is fantastic, very smart and stands out for client service," describing him as "very good at high-level strategy and corralling different issues."

Clients praise Craig Primis as "an excellent attorney," going on to describe him as "a creative thinker and very responsive." He regularly defends market-leading companies in commercial litigation including class actions, antitrust disputes and product liability claims, drawing on his wealth of trial experience when arguing for his clients in courts across the US.

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Kirkland & Ellis is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration. The Firm believes that the best litigation results — whether achieved in court or across the bargaining table — occur when the lawyers and client act on the assumption that Kirkland will try the case and Kirkland is prepared to do so if necessary. Kirkland's focus on trial-readiness drives successful and more cost-efficient results for clients, as critical issues are identified early, addressed and used to maximum advantage in the litigation and negotiation processes.

The Litigation Practice Group comprises approximately 500 attorneys throughout the Firm's offices worldwide. The Firm's international experience enables effective representation of non-U.S. plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. judicial proceedings. Kirkland represents clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. The Firm also represents clients in connection with proceedings involving government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and various Offices of Attorneys General.


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Kobre & Kim - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Global firm with strengthening DC presence, well positioned to navigate complex, cross-border investigations and enforcement work. Also provides adept representation to clients in high-stakes trials, frequently appearing in courts across the country. Known for representing large corporate clients as well as individual executives and officers, particularly in the financial services industry. Areas of expertise include securities fraud, FCPA, insider trading and market manipulation.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "adaptability, expertise, multijurisdictional solutions and pragmatic, actionable advice which facilitates solutions."

"They have an experienced team," one client notes, adding: "A number of their people have sat on or been involved in the Department of Justice so they know the system back to front. They are also a firm that is not afraid of taking on the regulators or big financial institutions should they need to."

Work highlights Represented DRW Investments and its principal, Donald R. Wilson, in a civil complaint brought by the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission concerning the allege unlawful manipulation of the settlement price for interest rate swap futures contracts the company entered into in 2010.

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Eric Bruce is lauded by sources as a "very talented trial lawyer" who also demonstrates "extraordinary investigation skills." He is regularly mandated for high-profile individual representations in DC-based Congressional and government investigations, with his practice also encompassing defense work concerning allegations of corruption and bribery on both a domestic and an international scale.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Stellar reputation in the areas of white-collar defense and complex commercial litigation. Possesses highly credible strength in FCPA matters, as well as securities fraud, antitrust and FCA violations. Impressive team that features a number of prominent practitioners with considerable government experience and regulatory expertise. Frequently represents clients across a diverse range of sectors, including highly regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare and energy.

Strengths Clients say: "I think their greatest strength is the perspective their lawyers have on those in the government - they have such deep government experience and really understand the landscape in Washington."

One client praises the team as "extremely bright and extremely knowledgeable" and also adds: "They were able to bring in other experiences to consistently show us areas where other companies had gone astray. They were very approachable and very easy to work with; we felt very comfortable going back and asking for follow-ups."

Clients report: "They are pragmatic and forward-leaning, they understand our business and the drivers that we have. They have a very good continued dialogue and they have the ability to bring their experience from one case to the next."

Work highlights Represented Dow Chemical in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that the company had cheated the government out of billions of dollars for allegedly hiding the dangers of isocyanate chemicals.

Represented Charter Communications in a suit initiated by the New York Attorney General alleging that Time Warner Cable, which merged with a subsidiary of Charter in May 2016, misrepresented the broadband performance it provides to customers.

Acted for Exterran in an accounting restatement as well as an SEC investigation into accounting issues and other related matters.

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Sources praise Alice Fisher as "someone with a lot of knowledge, experience and very good judgment," adding that "as a former high-ranking DOJ official she brings a lot of credibility and has excellent strategic thinking skills." She is regularly involved in complex corporate investigations, with noted expertise in cross-border work involving export sanctions and the FCPA. Clients laud her as "a thought leader, analytical and smart - she is able to go to the heart of a complex problem."

Known for her expert representation of clients in both criminal and civil jury trials, Kathryn Ruemmler is regarded by interviewees as "a great strategic thinker" and "a real rare talent." Her enviable practice also includes Congressional and internal investigations, and government enforcement matters, to which she brings a wealth of experience in dealing with the SEC, DOJ and other agencies. Sources praise her as "a terrific advocate," adding that "she has the judgment, legal skills and client management skills to represent her clients effectively."

Douglas Greenburg is praised by interviewees for his "extraordinarily good judgment and very effective way of getting to the right results." He frequently defends private equity houses and leading companies in the oil and gas sector in internal investigations and SEC enforcements, drawing on his deep experience in federal securities matters, money laundering and anticorruption. He is also noted for his advisory work concerning the design and implementation of compliance programs.

Barry Sabin is known for his handling of complex criminal and internal investigations concerning white-collar crimes such as accounting and securities fraud, potential FCPA violations and national security matters, among others. Sources describe him as "very bright and very tenacious," adding that "he is very well regarded from his time in the DOJ."

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Widely regarded as a go-to firm for all aspects of FCPA compliance and government enforcement. Further expertise in investigations concerning criminal tax and antitrust, alongside a broad range of other white-collar matters, such as money laundering, bribery and public corruption. Specialist group of attorneys with a wealth of trial expertise and a strong reputation for complex cross-border work. Expertly represents high-profile individual clients as well as multinational corporations.

Strengths "Miller & Chevalier is among the premier firms in the US for white-collar defense work," one source notes, adding: "All the lawyers I have worked with display all the attributes one is looking for: They are bright, well informed, totally committed to the job in hand and have excellent client-handling skills."

Another source reports: "They are phenomenal - their lawyers are extremely strong and they have really great depth in the white-collar and government investigations area. That they punch well above their weight in the representations they get is a tribute to the lawyers they have there."

Interviewees draw attention to the firm's "remarkable depth of talent," noting that "top to bottom they have senior people who are real leaders of the practice, excellent midlevel people who actually try cases as well as handling investigations, and some excellent young people."

Work highlights Continued to advise VEON (formerly known as VimpelCom) on matters relating to an extensive investigation and FCPA resolution concerning the company's activities in the former CIS region.

Represented Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with respect to criminal investigations in the United States concerning the release of classified information.

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"Very experienced trial lawyer" Mark Rochon draws marketwide acclaim for his handling of FCPA and anticorruption matters on behalf of multinational corporations, frequently conducting internal investigations into potential FCPA violations and defending his clients in both jury trials and appellate proceedings. Sources describe him as "the consummate defense attorney" who is "great with clients and prosecutors" as well as being "incredibly bright and a supreme tactician."

Kirby Behre is noted for his wealth of experience in financial fraud and criminal antitrust matters, frequently defending both companies and executives in government investigations into alleged cartel activity. Interviewees praise him as "extremely talented, especially in international corruption cases," and also note: "He understands the system and knows what can and can't be done - he approaches matters with a practical approach to get the best outcome for the client."

Andrew Wise is "a spectacular guy and great to work with" according to interviewees, who go on to praise him as "super strategic and wise in his judgments." He is frequently called upon to defend corporate entities in criminal trials involving allegations of fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice, in addition to regularly conducting internal investigations. Sources further praise him as "a true trial lawyer," adding that "he is so personally committed to his clients, he thinks really hard on how to get the best out of bad circumstances."

The "fantastic" Addy Schmitt is noted for her representation of individual clients and government agencies facing allegations of a wide range of federal crimes, frequently appearing in trials and appeals proceedings in DC courts. Interviewees praise her as "a real star among the younger lawyers and the white-collar criminal defense Bar here in DC."

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The firm’s White Collar Defense practice includes criminal trial lawyers with government experience as prosecutors, public defenders, and independent counsel. We are known for our skills in the courtroom and have tried literally hundreds of criminal trials before juries in jurisdictions around the country. It is with the benefit of this experience that our White Collar Defense lawyers advise and represent both corporate and individual clients at every stage of criminal litigation, including the initial investigation and grand jury process, trial, sentencing, and appeal. Our clients often face the complicated challenges presented by matters involving questions of both U.S. and international criminal law and simultaneous action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies. These matters can also include parallel criminal and civil litigation. Our White Collar Defense lawyers bring their wealth of governmental and private criminal litigation experience and creative, effective problem solving skills to assist clients in making the crucial strategic and tactical decisions necessary to navigate the complex and dangerous governmental enforcement environment.

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Paul Hastings LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Experienced and growing white-collar team, noted for its capabilities in FCPA, sanctions, antitrust and trading investigations. Experts in tackling all manner of fraud allegations relating to financial matters, including securities, accounting and tax. Regularly represents national and global financial institutions along with individual executives, traders and officers facing significant criminal allegations. Frequently acts for clients facing allegations of corruption in highly regulated industries, including major petrochemical, defense and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Clients draw attention to the firm's "quality of attorneys, global reach, quality of work product, timeliness and responsiveness," adding that "truly, Paul Hastings excels in each of these areas."

Clients say: "The team works well together, making for a productive and seamless experience - the availability and attention to any concerns or questions has been fabulous."

Work highlights Served as co-counsel to Braskem during negotiations of a settlement with the DOJ and SEC, along with Swiss and Brazilian authorities, concerning violations of the FCPA in relation to the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil.

Represented NCI in matters arising from the actions of the company's controller, Jon Frank, who embezzled more than $19 million over a seven-year period. Assisted with conducting an internal investigation as well as representing the company during the criminal case against Mr. Frank.

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Michael Levy is known for his expert representation of both individual and corporate clients in government enforcement proceedings and investigations, as well as white-collar criminal defense matters. Clients describe him as "outstanding," noting that he is "very responsive and very creative but also very personable, which is really important in this line of work." He is frequently called upon to appear in bet-the-company and high exposure cases.

The "very experienced and knowledgeable" Robert Luskin is described as "a skillful negotiator" by clients, who also add that "he is extremely well connected and respected." He wins recognition for his courtroom experience at both trial and appellate level, with a noted strength in handling matters concerning the FCPA and public corruption. Interviewees also note his "brilliant mind, incredible work ethic and the enormous amount of integrity he is able to bring to the advantage of his client."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent reputation in the DC market for high-stakes, big-ticket white-collar defense matters. Noted for the strength and success of its trial practice, with a number of highly effective litigators among its ranks. Also demonstrates increasing prowess at managing major international anticorruption investigations. Further substantive expertise in civil litigation and class action matters. Advises an enviable client list including major domestic and foreign corporations, financial institutions and high-profile individuals.

Strengths Sources commend the firm's strategic thinking and ability to effectively implement that strategy.

Work highlights Represented the former owners of leading Mexican pharmaceutical company Rimsa in litigation connected with the sale of the company to Teva in 2015 for $2.3 billion.

Advised the Odebrecht Group on the resolution of a multijurisdictional criminal investigation into bribery of high-level executives and public officials in Brazil. Secured a favorable settlement and successfully negotiated a 20% reduction in the amount owed to the United States.

Acted for FIFA in connection with US and Swiss criminal investigations against current and former football officials into allegations of bribery and corruption in the international soccer world. Also assisted FIFA with conducting its own internal investigation into these issues.

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William Burck is known for his expertise in cross-border investigations, frequently advising his clients on matters involving FCPA violations, financial crime and export control matters. He is equally adept at advising leading corporates, senior executives and boards of directors.

Experienced trial lawyer Tara Lee has notable experience acting for defense contractors on cross-border disputes, and is particularly well regarded for her handling of cases concerning FCA violations, breaches of contract and fraud.

Michael Lyle is known for his broad-based commercial litigation practice, with particular strength in mass tort and product liability cases. He is experienced in acting for clients in jury trials and appellate proceedings in federal and state courts nationwide.

Juan Morillo has a wide-reaching white-collar litigation practice, fielding strength in government and internal investigations involving matters such as healthcare fraud, bribery and corporate misconduct. He also aids clients in the implementation of crisis management strategies. He is well known for his defense of financial institutions, and also counts international companies, foreign governments and senior executives among his clients.

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Schertler & Onorato LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Renowned Washington litigation boutique focused on providing top-level representation to clients in white-collar criminal defense cases, as well as during internal and government investigations. Respected group that includes a number of former federal prosecutors, highly thought of for its trial capabilities. Offers effective guidance for its clients in a range of substantive areas, including anticorruption, international trade, government contracts and antitrust.

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According to interviewees, Robert Bennett "has a tremendous reputation for handling some of the largest, most complex and most high-profile white-collar criminal cases and is an extremely talented trial lawyer." He has a wealth of experience representing corporate and individual clients in a wide range of criminal cases, government investigations and Congressional matters. He recently joined Schertler & Onorato from Hogan Lovells.

The "fantastic" David Schertler is described by interviewees as "a skilled trial lawyer." He is highly regarded for his representation of individuals in investigations and trials concerning allegations of bribery, wire fraud, money laundering and healthcare fraud, as well as a range of other criminal matters.

Impressive trial attorney Danny Onorato is highly regarded for his white-collar criminal defense practice, regularly acting on behalf of executives in high-profile cases involving allegations of securities fraud, bribery and money laundering, among others. Sources praise him as "terrific" and "a very fine lawyer."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Houses an impressive bench of trial lawyers, experienced in representing clients facing allegations of money laundering, public corruption and wire fraud, among other white-collar crimes. Noted for its defense of individual clients including senior executives, officers and employees, in addition to representing several leading corporations and financial institutions. Also known for its expert handling of government investigations.

Strengths Clients say: "They are experts in dealing with the enforcement arms of the regulators on highly technical issues - there is nobody else with their level of expertise in this area."

Work highlights Represented the former CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School against an 11-count federal indictment that alleged mail fraud in connection with a federal program, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

Acted for Joseph Percoco, the former senior aide and campaign manager to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an investigation involving improper lobbying and conflicts of interest, alleging that he earned consulting fees in 2014 from two entities that did business with the state.

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Adam Hoffinger is known for his adept handling of a wide range of white-collar cases such as FCPA, money laundering and criminal tax matters, fielding strength in both trials and both federal and state criminal investigations. Sources say: "He is a strategic thinker and just an absolutely fearless criminal defense lawyer - he is someone who from the beginning of the case is thinking about how this will look at trial."

Peter White is regarded by interviewees as "an incredibly hard-working guy and a super-aggressive and fearless lawyer." He receives acclaim for his defense of individual and corporate clients in FCA lawsuits, government enforcement actions and investigations. Sources further describe White as "a very impressive lawyer with all the tools - he is a wonderful trial lawyer, a great writer and a thoughtful advocate."

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SRZ’s Litigation Group, based in the firm's New York and Washington, DC offices, has premier capabilities in both complex commercial litigation and the specialised areas of securities enforcement, white collar criminal defense and investigations and prosecutions (AML, OFAC and FCPA matters).

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Sidley Austin LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Reputable practice with ample litigation capabilities across the gamut of white-collar criminal defense and agency enforcement matters. Offers diverse regulatory expertise across a range of sectors such as healthcare, environmental and antitrust law. Regularly involved in international investigations concerning the FCPA and other anticorruption matters. Known for its deft handling of complex commercial dispute and qui tam lawsuits. An impressive client list includes financial institutions and leading global corporations, along with their senior management and executives.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "extraordinarily bright lawyers," adding that "in the white-collar space they understand the political aspect and are a great bunch of people to work with."

Work highlights Co-led an internal investigation on behalf of global healthcare company Grifols. Conducted a review of the company's Italian operation and assisted with self-disclosure to the DOJ, who ultimately declined to take any further action.

Represented Ford as the plaintiff in litigation challenging the government's attempt to impose the 25% tariff for cargo trucks to imports of Ford's Transit Connect vehicles, as opposed to the 2.5% duty applicable to passenger vehicles.

Continued to represent CONCACAF in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption in the international soccer world, including advising CONCACAF on instituting organizational reforms to address the risk of corruption.

Notable practitioners

Expert trial attorney Thomas Green currently serves as senior counsel at the firm, and has a wealth of experience in white-collar defense matters. He continues to advise clients on criminal investigations as well as the implementation of corporate compliance programs relating to corruption and fraud.

The "terrific" Mark Hopson is "an excellent trial lawyer," highly regarded for his white-collar criminal defense practice. He also regularly acts for clients facing both investigations and enforcement actions concerning alleged fraud and corruption. He currently serves as managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC office.

Kristin Graham Koehler has notable expertise in the healthcare sector, frequently representing clients in fraud-related investigations and advising on the implementation of compliance programs. She also has experience in investigations involving criminal antitrust and FCPA violations as part of her wider white-collar practice. A source notes: "She is extraordinarily able and has an enormous ability to take very complicated stuff and distill it into very simple concepts," with clients also praising her "steady and quietly confident manner" when interacting with government agencies.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Best known for its representations of financial institutions and large publicly traded companies in internal and government investigations, and related civil enforcement matters. Talented team regularly involved in trial and investigative proceedings regarding procurement fraud, FCA violations, bribery and economic sanctions. Experienced handling multijurisdictional cases within the USA, as well as those concerning international law. Also regularly defends clients in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, including major pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

Strengths Clients praise the team as "extremely experienced and extremely knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners

Mitchell Ettinger receives acclaim for his criminal investigations practice, demonstrating notable strength in defense work for healthcare industry clients facing allegations of healthcare fraud, FCA violations and improper payments. Interviewees draw attention to his excellent in-court advocacy skills, reporting that "he is very talented and has a great demeanor which come across very well with the jury." He is also recognized for his civil litigation practice, frequently handling FCA and qui tam actions on behalf of major corporate clients.

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Our Litigation Group comprises approximately 600 attorneys throughout the firm’s offices, and our attorneys are admitted to practice throughout the U.S. as well as more than 30 other countries and territories. Our international experience enables us to effectively represent non-U.S. plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. judicial proceedings. We represent clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. We also represent clients in proceedings involving government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

We have handled some of the largest and most high-profile cases in recent years. In securities litigation, we have served as lead counsel in several of the largest securities class actions in U.S. history, and we have handled cases responsible for the law that today guides participants in corporate control contests. In the area of mass torts, our litigators pioneered the “national counsel” model of handling this complex litigation, and we have been involved in many of the significant mass tort litigations of the last 20 years.


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Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Formidable white-collar criminal defense practice with a reputation for cutting-edge trial counsel. Highly adept at representing individual clients in high-profile cases concerning allegations of financial crime and public corruption. Also well equipped to advise during investigations by the SEC and DOJ, with particular strength in FCPA matters. Advises clients across a broad array of sectors, including companies and executives in the pharmaceutical, technology and automotive industries.

Strengths Sources say: "The firm is populated with extraordinary lawyers - very smart, very capable and really of the highest quality."

Another interviewee praises the firm's "extraordinarily talented defense lawyers, especially in the white-collar criminal space."

Work highlights Served as lead counsel for Volkswagen in the criminal investigation and prosecutions by the DOJ arising from the diesel emissions controversy.

Obtained a Rule 29 judgment of acquittal in favor of Richard Ireland, clearing him of 79 counts of honest services bribery and money laundering. This case involved "pay to play" allegations accusing Ireland of bribing Pennsylvania's former state treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Rob McCord, with campaign contributions in exchange for state asset management contracts.

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"Superstar" Reid Weingarten is lauded by market commentators for his stellar white-collar criminal defense practice, frequently representing high-profile individuals and corporations in trials and investigations across the US. Interviewees regard him as "a brilliant trial lawyer," adding that he is "very persuasive, has a lot of credibility with the court and the judges and is at the top of his game." Sources further attest: "He has had more significant trials than any other white-collar defense lawyer I know - he is fearless and unafraid to take the government to trial."

The "singularly impressive" Brian Heberlig is "a great leader in the Bar in terms of criminal defense" according to impressed interviewees, who add: "He has all the tools - he is a very smart guy, he can write and he is just a superior advocate." He has a broad-ranging white-collar criminal defense practice, regularly acting for clients including executives, public officials and leading corporations in high-profile trials across the US.

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Williams & Connolly LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Top-flight DC firm and litigation powerhouse, with a legacy of excellence in contentious civil and criminal matters. Deep and dynamic bench of talented litigators consistently involved in the most sensitive white-collar cases along with major commercial disputes and securities litigation. Offers top-drawer advice and masterful trial expertise to an enviable list of clients that includes a whole host of high-profile individuals as well as multinational companies, global financial institutions and media organizations. Houses recognized strength in litigating complex cross-border disputes, as well as resolving matters through international arbitration proceedings.

Strengths Sources say: "It's the best litigation white-collar firm in DC if not in the US - the team is tenacious, creative and unbelievably skilled. To have a firm with dozens and dozens of attorneys at the top of their game is completely unrivaled."

Clients praise Williams & Connolly as "an outstanding litigation firm" that is "willing, able and prepared to litigate cases that others would want to settle."

Clients say: "Their professionalism is outstanding; they manage cases in a very efficient and cost-effective manner. Their associates provide terrific assistance and are as good or better than the partners at many other firms."

Work highlights Represented MoneyGram International in a DOJ criminal investigation into allegations related to its anti-money laundering controls. The case was resolved with the entry of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA).

Obtained a complete defense verdict for Alcon Research with regard to multiple claims brought by a medical device startup relating to purported misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, as well as contract-related claims arising from a stock purchase agreement involving milestone payments.

Served as lead counsel to Bumble Bee Foods in a prosecution alleging criminal violations of workplace safety rules in connection with a plant accident that resulted in an employee's death.

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The "tough, aggressive and tenacious" Brendan Sullivan "has great credibility with government lawyers as a result of his experience and past successes," according to impressed interviewees. He retains his leading market reputation for the representation of corporate clients in internal and external investigations, government regulatory matters and criminal litigation. Sources further attest: "He is unbelievably organized - he puts a team together and takes command of the situation."

Dane Butswinkas is highly regarded for his representation of major corporations in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes across a wide range of industries, with noted sector strength in telecommunications, power, food and financial services, among others. His clients praise him as "an outstanding trial attorney" who is "great with witnesses" and also note that "he is very strategic and gives very good advice on when and how to settle cases." He complements his broad litigation practice with additional expertise in both international and US-based arbitrations.

Kevin Downey is skilled in the defense of both companies and individual clients facing complex white-collar criminal charges, counting senior executives, Fortune 25 companies and government officials among his varied client list. He is also well regarded for his deft handling of matters concerning securities fraud. Interviewees praise him as "an excellent, wonderful lawyer and terrific all-around litigator."

John Villa currently serves as cochair of the firm's financial services and banking practice group, and draws praise from interviewees for his "excellent reputation" in the DC litigation Bar. He is noted for his handling of financial services disputes and securities litigation, in addition to offering considerable experience acting for leading law firms facing allegations of legal malpractice across the US.

David Zinn retains his market-leading reputation in the government investigations space, with sources describing him as "a really great strategist" and adding: "He is like a chess player; he can see all the pieces in the game and can stay a few moves ahead." He regularly represents his clients in matters involving a wide range of allegations, appearing on their behalf before US and foreign regulatory authorities. Interviewees further note: "He is very practical, a master tactician and a tremendously bright lawyer - nothing escapes him and falls through the cracks."

Robert Cary is highly regarded for his representation of high-profile clients in white-collar criminal trials and appeals across the US, with sources describing him as "exceptional" on a range of highly sensitive work. His broad litigation practice also encompasses criminal investigations, appellate work and issues of professional misconduct.

Robert Van Kirk focuses his practice on commercial and securities-related litigation, with experience acting for clients in class actions, breach of fiduciary duty and RICO cases, among others. He complements his civil practice with expertise in SEC enforcement matters and grand jury investigations.

Tobin Romero regularly defends an array of corporate and individual clients in investigations and criminal prosecutions relating to the FCPA, public corruption and securities fraud, with a noted strength in handling cross-border matters. Sources describe him as "a fierce advocate," and add: "He is hard-working, very diligent, careful with the law and a strategic thinker."

The "incredibly talented" Lance Wade is "an excellent client lawyer, a strong advocate and a creative thinker" according to market sources, who add that "he brings every bit the dogged approach to cases Williams & Connolly is known for." He acts for an enviable client list, including chief executives, senior government officials and Fortune 500 public companies, in both government and internal investigations, in addition to offering expertise defending against white-collar criminal prosecutions.

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WilmerHale - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Delivers exceptional representation to clients under investigation by government and agency regulators, with commensurate strength in civil and commercial matters. Advises clients from a broad array of industries on anticorruption measures including the FCPA, along with securities law and FCA violations. Regularly involved in high-stakes commercial litigation and class actions, with a particular focus on cases that arise out of disputes with government regulatory bodies. Advises leading names in the banking, aviation, telecom and defense sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients say: "I have been extraordinarily impressed by the breadth and depth of the team and the credibility they have with the government, which is just priceless. The quality of the team is very impressive - they go the extra ten miles."

Interviewees praise the team as "thorough, responsive and organized," adding that "they have a full grasp of all the facts and legal nuance, and they unfailingly inspire trust and confidence."

Clients say: "They have a lot of accomplished and very smart people in the firm, so when you need understanding on highly technical, complex issues they're very good. They also have a high number of former regulators there, so they're very sensitive to how prosecutors and regulators think."

Work highlights Represented State Street Corporation in parallel investigations by the SEC and the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts into the alleged intentional overcharging of six clients by former employees at the company's transition management business in London.

Defended Navient and its subsidiaries against a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania alleging unfair, deceptive and abusive practices in the servicing and collection of student loans.

Represented Justin Cooper during several FBI interviews carried out in the course of its investigation of Hilary Clinton's personal email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, in addition to representing Mr. Cooper at a Congressional hearing.

Notable practitioners

Howard Shapiro "marries a very strong substantive skill set with a breadth and depth of experience in high-profile corporate matters that is unparalleled," according to impressed interviewees. He draws recognition for his in-court expertise concerning white-collar criminal matters, regularly representing leading companies facing criminal investigations and securities enforcement actions. Clients say: "He combines great experience, technical expertise, authority and balanced judgment - he is a strong advocate and good in the boardroom - I have nothing but the highest regard for him."

David Ogden "is really really smart and has real in-depth knowledge" according to a client, who adds that "he is the kind of person you would go to in a crisis - he is very good at thinking strategically and playing the long game rather than having a knee-jerk reaction." He is noted for his handling of high-value commercial disputes, with significant strength in international civil litigation.

The "incredibly responsive" Ronald Machen regularly defends clients facing allegations of FCA, FCPA and securities law violations, in addition to offering expertise concerning government enforcement actions and Congressional investigations. Clients describe him as "extremely thoughtful - he leaves no stone unturned," and also say: "What is so good about Ron is that you can present a matter to him and he looks at it and gets the big picture very quickly - he can create a strategic plan and get us where we need to go."

About the Team (content provided by WilmerHale)

WilmerHale's global team of nearly 500 litigators and controversy professionals handles highly complex and sensitive matters in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.

Our lawyers have played an integral role in many of the most significant cases across the globe over the past several years, including internal and governmental investigations; international arbitration proceedings; patent, copyright and trademark cases; regulatory, government and public policy disputes; securities class action lawsuits; and federal and state appellate cases. Clients rely on us for our strong understanding of their industries and business goals, pragmatic and clear advice—even in the midst of complicated issues, complex legal and regulatory regimes, and high-stakes decisions—and ability to deliver practical solutions to real-world problems.

To learn more, please visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/litigation/

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding litigation boutique, demonstrating excellence in both individual and company representations. Extensive criminal defense practice, with expertise that spans the full range of white-collar prosecutions and investigations. Notably proficient at tackling highly sensitive cases that concern institutional corruption, bribery and fraud in both domestic and internal contexts. Deep bench of experienced trial lawyers, many of whom also handle a range of civil and commercial disputes to great effect. Also skilled at representing clients in Congressional investigations and securities class actions.

Strengths "They combine real intellectual ability with real practical trial ability," one source reports, adding that "some firms have great trial lawyers and some have lawyers that are great at doing the intellectual footwork - Zuckerman has both so they cover the waterfront for white-collar crime."

Sources say: "They are an expert, top-of-the-line firm. They have outstanding attorneys and they do great research, they're devoted to their clients and they're timely - they're as good as it gets."

Interviewees praise the team as "efficient and extremely client-oriented - when I had a question they were there, when I needed to talk at a certain time or needed a document they were there."

Work highlights Served as counsel to a class of ERISA pension plans in an action against State Street Bank which served as custodian for the plans' assets. The plaintiffs alleged that the bank violated its fiduciary duties, entered into prohibited transactions and committed other violations of ERISA.

Defended an environmental advocacy firm against attempts by both a Congressional investigation and ExxonMobil to obtain privileged and otherwise protected communications with regard to climate change between the firm and the Attorneys General of New York and Massachusetts.

Represented the former CEO of Massey Energy, Donald Blankenship, in the appeal of his misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations, following his earlier acquittal on a number of felony charges.

Notable practitioners

Roger Zuckerman has a wealth of litigation experience, advising corporate and individual clients on a wide range of criminal and civil disputes. He has particular expertise in fraud and securities matters. Sources speak highly of him, with one noting: "He has a great sense of humor and is great in trial preparation for a big white-collar case."

"For high-stakes white-collar criminal defense work" William Taylor "is as good as they come," sources report. He retains his leading reputation for his expertise in both investigations and criminal trials, acting for an enviable client list including Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds and well as senior executives and public officials. Interviewees further note: "He has an extraordinary record of success for clients facing very difficult criminal investigations and getting very good results even at trial on tough cases. He is as good as you can get in both areas."

"Outstanding trial attorney" Graeme Bush is well regarded for his complex commercial litigation practice, with experience acting for clients on both the plaintiff and defendant side. Sources say: "Graeme is very good at setting strategy for a case early on, assessing what the client's interests really are and setting out what litigation approach best serves those interests over time. He is a thoughtful and wise counselor for a client and very effective in the courtroom."

Blair Brown is a noted white-collar criminal defense lawyer, with significant experience representing clients in government investigations and trials concerning crimes such as bribery, false statements to government agencies and financial fraud. Sources draw attention to his "amazing trial presence and very quick mind," adding that "he has all the skills a lawyer needs in court and out, he is not afraid to go to trial and he gets great results."

Eric Delinsky is "at the top of his game," according to a client, who praises him as "very thorough, responsive and very good at explaining difficult legal concepts in plain language to executives on the business side." He has experience acting for a whole host of senior executives and officials facing criminal charges brought by the DOJ and SEC, with a noted strength in crimes involving securities fraud and corruption. Interviewees describe him as "a top-flight lawyer who really really pays attention to detail," adding that "he is great with clients and has brilliant strategic judgment."

Steven Salky focuses his practice on securities enforcement work and white-collar criminal trials, frequently representing high-level executives and other individuals facing allegations of healthcare and financial fraud. Interviewees praise his for his "strategic ability to assess early on in litigation which approach is mostly likely to get the client where they want to be, and then direct a team to get them there."

Caroline Mehta draws praise for her "excellent interpersonal skills," with sources saying: "She is excellent with clients, co-counsel parties and prosecutors." She is noted for her experience in fraud defense work for clients facing allegations of healthcare and securities-related charges, along with mail and wire fraud. She also advises on matters relating to the FCPA. One interviewee notes: "She is an exceptionally strategic and empathetic lawyer - the epitome of someone I would want in my corner if I were facing complex charges."

About the Team (content provided by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP)

Business Litigation

Zuckerman Spaeder handles a broad array of complex commercial disputes, nationally and internationally, including “bet-the-company” lawsuits, private securities and shareholder derivative actions, insurance coverage litigation, professional malpractice claims, antitrust litigation, and class actions, among others.

Zuckerman Spaeder attorneys are courtroom lawyers who try civil cases in federal and state courts and in arbitrations. But litigation is a means, not an end, to achieve the firm’s clients’ business objectives. The firm focuses on developing strategies and tactics that reflect what our client hopes to achieve.

White Collar Defense

Zuckerman Spaeder defends individual and institutional clients in all manners of white collar prosecutions, government investigations, and other criminal matters. With a team assembled from former prosecutors and public defenders, Zuckerman Spaeder is made of trial-ready litigators with decades of experience in court. Because the firm’s teams come from both the prosecution and defense side, they understand prosecutors and regulators, giving clients a better perspective on the case.

Zuckerman Spaeder attorneys possess extensive subject-matter knowledge in a host of heavily regulated areas, including securities, food and drug, health care, tax, government ethics, export control and sanctions regimes, FCPA, and antitrust, to name a few.

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Senior Statesperson

Schertler & Onorato LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to interviewees, Robert Bennett "has a tremendous reputation for handling some of the largest, most complex and most high-profile white-collar criminal cases and is an extremely talented trial lawyer." He has a wealth of experience representing corporate and individual clients in a wide range of criminal cases, government investigations and Congressional matters. He recently joined Schertler & Onorato from Hogan Lovells.

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Senior Statesperson

Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Esteemed practitioner Plato Cacheris of Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC is known for having handled numerous high-profile cases throughout his storied career. He is highly respected for his experience in trials and investigations concerning securities fraud, obstruction of justice, public corruption and espionage, among other matters.

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Senior Statesperson

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Expert trial attorney Thomas Green currently serves as senior counsel at the firm, and has a wealth of experience in white-collar defense matters. He continues to advise clients on criminal investigations as well as the implementation of corporate compliance programs relating to corruption and fraud.

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Senior Statesperson

William H Jeffress Jr

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Seasoned white-collar practitioner" and "lion of the Bar" William Jeffress has a vast wealth of experience representing both corporate and individual clients in complex criminal investigations. He frequently lends his expertise to cases involving allegations of bank fraud, money laundering and antitrust offenses, among others. He is also highly esteemed for his trial practice, having acted extensively for clients in both civil and criminal disputes throughout his career.

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Senior Statesperson

Peter J. Romatowski

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" and "very experienced" Peter Romatowski is highly regarded for his broad white-collar defense and investigations practice, fielding considerable expertise in matters involving the FCPA, bank fraud and securities enforcement, among other areas. He counts several domestic and foreign companies, as well as senior executives and directors, among his varied client list.

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Senior Statesperson

Henry F Schuelke III

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Schuelke of Blank Rome LLP has a wealth of experience representing boards of directors and major corporations facing a variety of white-collar criminal allegations. His areas of expertise include FCPA violations, environmental crimes and accounting fraud, among other matters.

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Senior Statesperson

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Earl Silbert of DLA Piper LLP (US) fields considerable expertise in white-collar criminal cases involving allegations of criminal tax, defense procurement and securities issues, with a noted sector strength in healthcare. He continues to offer the benefit of his many years' experience to clients facing both criminal investigations and trials.

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Senior Statesperson

Roger E. Zuckerman

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Zuckerman has a wealth of litigation experience, advising corporate and individual clients on a wide range of criminal and civil disputes. He has particular expertise in fraud and securities matters. Sources speak highly of him, with one noting: "He has a great sense of humor and is great in trial preparation for a big white-collar case."

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Star Individuals

Brendan V Sullivan Jr

Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tough, aggressive and tenacious"Brendan Sullivan"has great credibility with government lawyers as a result of his experience and past successes," according to impressed interviewees. He retains his leading market reputation for the representation of corporate clients in internal and external investigations, government regulatory matters and criminal litigation. Sources further attest: "He is unbelievably organized - he puts a team together and takes command of the situation."

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Star Individuals

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Superstar"Joseph Warin retains his stellar reputation as a leading investigations attorney, frequently called upon to advise senior management boards on cross-border government investigations, as well as advocating for clients before enforcement and regulatory authorities. He fields considerable strength in matters concerning the FCPA and complements his broad practice with experience in securities and class action litigation. Clients praise him as "the deal closer," adding that "he has the gravitas, the reputation and the skill set to get things finalized with the government when an investigation gets to that stage. He is pragmatic, a straight talker and an excellent strategist, working with the client to get to the best possible outcome."

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Star Individuals

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Superstar" Reid Weingarten is lauded by market commentators for his stellar white-collar criminal defense practice, frequently representing high-profile individuals and corporations in trials and investigations across the US. Interviewees regard him as "a brilliant trial lawyer," adding that he is "very persuasive, has a lot of credibility with the court and the judges and is at the top of his game." Sources further attest: "He has had more significant trials than any other white-collar defense lawyer I know - he is fearless and unafraid to take the government to trial."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lanny Breuer draws praise from interviewees for his "great credibility in the white-collar community and government," while handling a wide variety of Congressional and internal investigations, drawing on his wealth of experience as former head of the DOJ's Criminal Division. Market sources laud him as "clear-sighted and very easy to work with," adding that "he is an outstanding person for conducting internal investigations - he is very forthright in his dealings with everyone and can secure cooperation." He is frequently mandated to work on high-profile, bet-the-company engagements.

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Buckley Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Outstanding criminal defense lawyer" David Krakoff garners marketwide recognition for his expert representation of clients in high-stakes litigation, acting for them in federal and state courts as well as before government agencies. Commentators note that "one of his greatest strengths is that he is unflinching in his willingness to try cases," and also add: "He really knows his way around the court and the justice system - there is no aspect of a criminal case he has not handled in the past."

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Abbe David Lowell

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Abbe David Lowell recently joined Winston & Strawn LLP from Norton Rose Fulbright. He is held in high regard for his white-collar criminal defense practice, frequently advocating on behalf of high-profile clients in special investigations, jury trials and enforcement proceedings. He is experienced in defending clients against a wide array of charges, including allegations of conspiracy, FCPA violations and public corruption, among others. Sources praise him as "a very smart guy and a very good trial lawyer."

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very experienced trial lawyer" Mark Rochon draws marketwide acclaim for his handling of FCPA and anticorruption matters on behalf of multinational corporations, frequently conducting internal investigations into potential FCPA violations and defending his clients in both jury trials and appellate proceedings. Sources describe him as "the consummate defense attorney" who is "great with clients and prosecutors" as well as being "incredibly bright and a supreme tactician."

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Schertler & Onorato LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" David Schertler is described by interviewees as "a skilled trial lawyer." He is highly regarded for his representation of individuals in investigations and trials concerning allegations of bribery, wire fraud, money laundering and healthcare fraud, as well as a range of other criminal matters.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Shapiro "marries a very strong substantive skill set with a breadth and depth of experience in high-profile corporate matters that is unparalleled," according to impressed interviewees. He draws recognition for his in-court expertise concerning white-collar criminal matters, regularly representing leading companies facing criminal investigations and securities enforcement actions. Clients say: "He combines great experience, technical expertise, authority and balanced judgment - he is a strong advocate and good in the boardroom - I have nothing but the highest regard for him."

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William W. Taylor, III

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"For high-stakes white-collar criminal defense work" William Taylor "is as good as they come," sources report. He retains his leading reputation for his expertise in both investigations and criminal trials, acting for an enviable client list including Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds and well as senior executives and public officials. Interviewees further note: "He has an extraordinary record of success for clients facing very difficult criminal investigations and getting very good results even at trial on tough cases. He is as good as you can get in both areas."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Zinn retains his market-leading reputation in the government investigations space, with sources describing him as "a really great strategist" and adding: "He is like a chess player; he can see all the pieces in the game and can stay a few moves ahead." He regularly represents his clients in matters involving a wide range of allegations, appearing on their behalf before US and foreign regulatory authorities. Interviewees further note: "He is very practical, a master tactician and a tremendously bright lawyer - nothing escapes him and falls through the cracks."

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Buckley Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "absolutely fearless" Henry Asbill regularly defends both individual and institutional clients against a range of criminal charges, garnering praise from market commentators as "one of the best trial lawyers in the city." He is also highly regarded for the strength of his appellate practice.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirby Behre is noted for his wealth of experience in financial fraud and criminal antitrust matters, frequently defending both companies and executives in government investigations into alleged cartel activity. Interviewees praise him as "extremely talented, especially in international corruption cases," and also note: "He understands the system and knows what can and can't be done - he approaches matters with a practical approach to get the best outcome for the client."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Boss of Cozen O'Connor "has a great demeanor with clients and regulators, and is unflappable even in the most tense situations," according to impressed interviewees. He has a robust criminal defense practice, regularly acting on behalf of clients facing allegations of money laundering, fraud and environmental offenses, among others. Sources note his "excellent trial skills" and regard him as "a top-rate lawyer with great judgment - he is very passionate about what he does and he really cares about his clients."

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Bruce is lauded by sources as a "very talented trial lawyer" who also demonstrates "extraordinary investigation skills." He is regularly mandated for high-profile individual representations in DC-based Congressional and government investigations, with his practice also encompassing defense work concerning allegations of corruption and bribery on both a domestic and an international scale.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Burck is known for his expertise in cross-border investigations, frequently advising his clients on matters involving FCPA violations, financial crime and export control matters. He is equally adept at advising leading corporates, senior executives and boards of directors.

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Buckley Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Preston Burton is highly regarded for his representation of high-profile clients in internal investigations, white-collar criminal cases and government enforcement actions, and is frequently called upon to handle matters with a cross-border element. Sources draw attention to his in-court expertise, describing him as "a very experienced trial lawyer and an aggressive advocate." Another source adds: "He is an outstanding attorney - very response, cooperative and easy to work with, he knows the DOJ well and is very well respected by prosecutors."

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ralph Caccia of Wiley Rein LLP is particularly well regarded for his defense of companies and executives in investigations and enforcement actions across the healthcare, defense and construction sectors, with notable experience in matters concerning fraud, bribery and public corruption, among other areas. Sources regard him as "a very empathetic, forceful advocate for his client," adding that "he is a force of nature, very smart, quick to figure out the key issues and very persuasive in person."

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Connolly heads up the litigation practice at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, and receives strong recognition for his impressive white-collar practice. He is regarded by interviewees as "aggressive, fearless" and "an unbelievable trial lawyer," known for taking on "really hard cases that have huge human impact." Sources also note: "He really has a gift for making his clients understand the difficult situations they are confronting and giving them great comfort in how to address those."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Cooper frequently handles investigations and criminal defence work on behalf of both major corporations and individuals, drawing praise from his clients for his "pragmatic and creative" approach. He fields considerable expertise in handling federal grand jury investigations, whistle-blower allegations and administrative subpoenas, among other matters. Market sources describe him as "very intelligent but also very gracious and gentle in how he deals with people - he finds solutions without a lot of acrimony and brings a unique perspective to cases."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Downey is skilled in the defense of both companies and individual clients facing complex white-collar criminal charges, counting senior executives, Fortune 25 companies and government officials among his varied client list. He is also well regarded for his deft handling of matters concerning securities fraud. Interviewees praise him as "an excellent, wonderful lawyer and terrific all-around litigator."

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Mitchell S Ettinger

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Mitchell Ettinger receives acclaim for his criminal investigations practice, demonstrating notable strength in defense work for healthcare industry clients facing allegations of healthcare fraud, FCA violations and improper payments. Interviewees draw attention to his excellent in-court advocacy skills, reporting that "he is very talented and has a great demeanor which come across very well with the jury." He is also recognized for his civil litigation practice, frequently handling FCA and qui tam actions on behalf of major corporate clients.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources praise Alice Fisher as "someone with a lot of knowledge, experience and very good judgment," adding that "as a former high-ranking DOJ official she brings a lot of credibility and has excellent strategic thinking skills." She is regularly involved in complex corporate investigations, with noted expertise in cross-border work involving export sanctions and the FCPA. Clients laud her as "a thought leader, analytical and smart - she is able to go to the heart of a complex problem."

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "singularly impressive"Brian Heberlig is "a great leader in the Bar in terms of criminal defense" according to impressed interviewees, who add: "He has all the tools - he is a very smart guy, he can write and he is just a superior advocate." He has a broad-ranging white-collar criminal defense practice, regularly acting for clients including executives, public officials and leading corporations in high-profile trials across the US.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Hoffinger is known for his adept handling of a wide range of white-collar cases such as FCPA, money laundering and criminal tax matters, fielding strength in both trials and both federal and state criminal investigations. Sources say: "He is a strategic thinker and just an absolutely fearless criminal defense lawyer - he is someone who from the beginning of the case is thinking about how this will look at trial."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Mark Hopson is "an excellent trial lawyer," highly regarded for his white-collar criminal defense practice. He also regularly acts for clients facing both investigations and enforcement actions concerning alleged fraud and corruption. He currently serves as managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC office.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Inglima is known for his expertise in matters concerning bribery, FCPA violations and false statements, assisting clients with disclosure and internal investigations as well as the designing of corporate compliance programs. He also fields considerable experience defending criminal fraud cases. Interviewees note: "He is an unflappable, very talented and intelligent guy who knows how to operate both as part of and leading a team. A class act to deal with and very good in the courtroom."

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Charles S. Leeper

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Exceptional white-collar defense lawyer" Charles Leeper of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP frequently acts for both individual and corporate clients in high-stakes cases, including fraud, corruption and securities matters. Interviewees note that he is "very comfortable on his feet in a court setting, and he has a good combination of gravitas and calm in his dealings with clients."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Levy is known for his expert representation of both individual and corporate clients in government enforcement proceedings and investigations, as well as white-collar criminal defense matters. Clients describe him as "outstanding," noting that he is "very responsive and very creative but also very personable, which is really important in this line of work." He is frequently called upon to appear in bet-the-company and high exposure cases.

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Mallon & McCool, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven McCool of Mallon & McCool, LLC regularly represents individual clients in grand jury investigations and criminal trials concerning FCPA violations, accounting fraud and money laundering, among other matters. Sources describe him as an "incredibly talented trial lawyer" who is "super thoughtful and very aggressive" in his "tenacious" defense of his clients.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Exceptional attorney" John Nassikas is held in high regard by commentators for his "outstanding judgment and real strategic considerations in support of the client." He is known for his expert handling of complex internal investigations, in addition to offering strength in criminal defense work for clients in cases concerning global anticorruption, criminal antitrust and government contracts fraud. Market sources draw attention to his ability to be "an amazing advocate for his client yet still be able to work as part of a larger co-defense team," adding that "he does a phenomenal job."

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Law Offices of Gregory L. Poe PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Poe of the Law Offices of Gregory L. Poe PLLC maintains a strong reputation for his white-collar defense work, and is described by sources as "a very good trial lawyer" who displays "diligence and fearlessness." He is particularly well known for his representation of individual clients, including CEOs and COOs of multinational corporations, in a variety of criminal and civil investigations. One source notes: "He is very cutting edge - an incredibly good thinker who is really always ahead of the curve in the way that he strategizes."

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Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees praise Barry Pollack of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP as "super smart," adding that "he is very deeply rooted in his knowledge of criminal defense law, and can see a lot of issues that other lawyers just cannot see." He is well known for his representation of executives and corporate clients in trials and criminal investigations, drawing particular commendations for his in-court advocacy skills. Sources say: "He is a consummate defense lawyer and a passionate trial lawyer."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Known for her expert representation of clients in both criminal and civil jury trials, Kathryn Ruemmler is regarded by interviewees as "a great strategic thinker" and "a real rare talent." Her enviable practice also includes Congressional and internal investigations, and government enforcement matters, to which she brings a wealth of experience in dealing with the SEC, DOJ and other agencies. Sources praise her as "a terrific advocate," adding that "she has the judgment, legal skills and client management skills to represent her clients effectively."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Spivack "has established himself as one of the leading white-collar criminal defense attorneys in the city," according to one interviewee, who also adds: "He is extremely diplomatic but at the same time very forceful in terms of holding firm in advocating for his clients." He frequently defends clients in criminal cases involving anticorruption, government contracts and healthcare issues, among others.

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Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Trout of Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC is praised by interviewees as "a superb trial lawyer" who "thinks outside of the box and is totally respected by prosecutors and other defense lawyers." He is highly regarded for his defense of clients facing a wide variety of white-collar criminal charges and government enforcement actions, drawing accolades from his peers for his "real client dedication."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter White is regarded by interviewees as "an incredibly hard-working guy and a super-aggressive and fearless lawyer." He receives acclaim for his defense of individual and corporate clients in FCA lawsuits, government enforcement actions and investigations. Sources further describe White as "a very impressive lawyer with all the tools - he is a wonderful trial lawyer, a great writer and a thoughtful advocate."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Barta of Dechert LLP is known for his expert handling of a wide variety of complex criminal matters, frequently representing clients in enforcement actions, prosecutions and investigations concerning money laundering, political corruption and environmental crimes, among others. Sources note that "he knows the ins and outs of investigations and the government" and praise him as "a very talented trial lawyer."

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Blair Brown is a noted white-collar criminal defense lawyer, with significant experience representing clients in government investigations and trials concerning crimes such as bribery, false statements to government agencies and financial fraud. Sources draw attention to his "amazing trial presence and very quick mind," adding that "he has all the skills a lawyer needs in court and out, he is not afraid to go to trial and he gets great results."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cary is highly regarded for his representation of high-profile clients in white-collar criminal trials and appeals across the US, with sources describing him as "exceptional" on a range of highly sensitive work. His broad litigation practice also encompasses criminal investigations, appellate work and issues of professional misconduct.

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Amy J Conway-Hatcher

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Exceptional lawyer" Amy Conway-Hatcher wins praise for her "intense loyalty to her clients," and "extremely strong attention to detail." One source particularly highlights her conscientious approach to cases, noting: "She is always thinking about the client and turning the case over in her mind."  She handles a broad range of internal and government-led cross-border investigations, with a noted strength in matters involving US sanctions, antitrust issues and the FCPA.

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Delinsky is "at the top of his game," according to a client, who praises him as "very thorough, responsive and very good at explaining difficult legal concepts in plain language to executives on the business side." He has experience acting for a whole host of senior executives and officials facing criminal charges brought by the DOJ and SEC, with a noted strength in crimes involving securities fraud and corruption. Interviewees describe him as "a top-flight lawyer who really really pays attention to detail," adding that "he is great with clients and has brilliant strategic judgment."

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Hanusik is lauded by interviewees as "a very effective lawyer in all respects - as an investigator, counselor and advocate," and also for his "deep experience in the key government agencies." He has considerable experience in SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings and internal investigations, counting publicly and privately held companies, high-profile politicians and senior executives among his clients. His practice also includes expertise in FCPA, insider trading and financial fraud, among other criminal matters.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Co-head of the white-collar practice group at Vinson & Elkins LLP William Lawler"is terrific and really knows his stuff" according to interviewees. He regularly represents clients in both government and internal investigations, in addition to offering considerable expertise in white-collar criminal trial defense. Sources speak highly of his "decades of experience in public corruption cases" and also praise him for being "really smart and strategic."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Neil Macbride of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP handles a variety of investigations and trial work, frequently assisting clients with matters concerning FCPA and FCA violations as well as healthcare fraud. One client praises his "superb judgment and ability to cut through things and get to the heart of the matters," while another says: "He is extremely knowledgeable and very down to earth. He brings his credentials with no arrogance and no airs."

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Mark J MacDougall

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very practical and very effective" Mark MacDougall is lauded by interviewees as a "very experienced lawyer who is not afraid to go to trial." He represents both individual and corporate clients, including government officials, multinational companies and public institutions, facing criminal charges on both a domestic and international scale. Commentators further describe him as offering "the complete package" for white-collar work, saying: "He can do the pre-trial work, he can do the investigation and he can win a case - that's a rare commodity."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly responsive" Ronald Machen  regularly defends clients facing allegations of FCA, FCPA and securities law violations,  in addition to offering expertise concerning government enforcement actions and Congressional investigations. Clients describe him as "extremely thoughtful - he leaves no stone unturned," and also say: "What is so good about Ron is that you can present a matter to him and he looks at it and gets the big picture very quickly - he can create a strategic plan and get us where we need to go."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Juan Morillo has a wide-reaching white-collar litigation practice, fielding strength in government and internal investigations involving matters such as healthcare fraud, bribery and corporate misconduct. He also aids clients in the implementation of crisis management strategies. He is well known for his defense of financial institutions, and also counts international companies, foreign governments and senior executives among his clients.

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Schertler & Onorato LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Impressive trial attorney Danny Onorato is highly regarded for his white-collar criminal defense practice, regularly acting on behalf of executives in high-profile cases involving allegations of securities fraud, bribery and money laundering, among others. Sources praise him as "terrific" and "a very fine lawyer."

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Salky focuses his practice on securities enforcement work and white-collar criminal trials, frequently representing high-level executives and other individuals facing allegations of healthcare and financial fraud. Interviewees praise his for his "strategic ability to assess early on in litigation which approach is mostly likely to get the client where they want to be, and then direct a team to get them there."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Anthony is "a very even-keeled defense lawyer who knows how to navigate the dangerous terrain of a criminal case and parallel civil proceedings," according to market sources. He frequently defends clients in public corruption trials, in addition to offering experience in cases involving allegations of obstruction of justice, bribery and fraud, among other crimes.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Jonathan Barr of Baker & Hostetler LLP as a "no drama, get to the point kind of lawyer that clients really appreciate." He regularly represents corporations in government investigations involving a wide array of white-collar criminal issues, in addition to conducting internal investigations and acting for clients making voluntary disclosures to the US government. Clients praise him as "unbelievably thorough, supportive and a real advocate in a difficult time."

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Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Best of Brown Rudnick LLP is known for his broad white-collar defense practice, fielding particular strength in FCPA work and SEC enforcement, and acting on behalf of both leading corporates and a variety of individual clients. Sources note: "He cares more about client outcomes than any other lawyer I know - he will do anything from an effort, planning and tactical standpoint to deliver a result."

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Mary Patrice Brown

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Patrice Brown is of counsel at the firm and is described by sources as "very smart and a very good lawyer." She is known for her representation of clients in complex investigations and in government enforcement matters, drawing on her wealth of experience as a former federal prosecutor. Interviewees further praise her as "easy to get along with and incredibly collegial," adding that "she does a great job representing her client."

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Douglas Greenburg

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Greenburg is praised by interviewees for his "extraordinarily good judgment and very effective way of getting to the right results." He frequently defends private equity houses and leading companies in the oil and gas sector in internal investigations and SEC enforcements, drawing on his deep experience in federal securities matters, money laundering and anticorruption. He is also noted for his advisory work concerning the design and implementation of compliance programs.

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Ifrah Law

From the Chambers USA guide

According to clients, Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah Law is "practical, pragmatic and incredibly responsive." He is highly regarded for his white-collar defense work across several industries, fielding particular strength in the gaming and technology sectors. Interviewees further praise him as "extremely hard-working, zealous and strategic," adding that "he is always thinking of out-of-the-box solutions for his clients."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very bright and very wise" Amy Jeffress receives marketwide praise for her broad-ranging criminal defense and investigations practice, frequently assisting clients with export enforcement, wire fraud and FCPA-related matters. She fields considerable strength in advisory work for individuals and government contractor clients facing matters involving issues of national security, due to her wealth of experience as both a federal prosecutor and Chief of the National Security Section. Sources say: "She is really well regarded, has a subject matter expertise which is in high demand and also tries cases - she is the whole package."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Levine of Blank Rome LLP "is smart, defense-minded and has a lot of trial experience" according to impressed interviewees, who also add that "he is terrific in the courtroom as he is so charismatic." His clients further attest: "He stands out because of his responsiveness, technical abilities and his courtroom success." He has a wealth of experience defending individual clients in white-collar criminal cases, counting bankers, executives and high-level public officials among his varied client list.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very experienced and knowledgeable"Robert Luskin is described as "a skillful negotiator" by clients, who also add that "he is extremely well connected and respected." He wins recognition for his courtroom experience at both trial and appellate level, with a noted strength in handling matters concerning the FCPA and public corruption. Interviewees also note his "brilliant mind, incredible work ethic and the enormous amount of integrity he is able to bring to the advantage of his client."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirk Ogrosky is highly regarded for his expert handling of criminal defense matters in the life sciences sector, garnering praise from interviewees who regard him as "a star of the healthcare arena." He regularly represents major corporate and individual clients including medical device manufacturers, physicians and senior executives. His expertise also extends to investigations concerning the FCA, FDCA and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

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J Sedwick Sollers

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sedwick Sollers is "a terrific strategist, creative lawyer and someone who is not afraid to get into the courtroom," according to one interviewee. Another source notes: "His experience allows him to take a very long, strategic view, and that experience allows you to trust him when he gives advice you might not necessarily like." He is particularly well regarded for his defense of clients facing serious white-collar criminal charges in the healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Barbara Van Gelder

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, Barbara Van Gelder of Cozen O'Connor "is as experienced and savvy as any white-collar lawyer there is in DC." She is known for her representation of clients in investigations concerning allegations of criminal fraud and FCPA violations, and also advises handles Congressional investigations and advisory work concerning the implementation of internal compliance programs.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Baruch Weiss is known for his broad white-collar criminal practice, fielding experience in investigations concerning securities fraud and public corruption, OFAC enforcement and the FCPA. Clients describe him as "a wonderful advocate and great adviser," and also note the benefit of his extensive experience working within government, including posts with the New York US Attorney's Office and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Wise is "a spectacular guy and great to work with" according to interviewees, who go on to praise him as "super strategic and wise in his judgments." He is frequently called upon to defend corporate entities in criminal trials involving allegations of fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice, in addition to regularly conducting internal investigations. Sources further praise him as "a true trial lawyer," adding that "he is so personally committed to his clients, he thinks really hard on how to get the best out of bad circumstances."

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Thomas M Buchanan

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Buchanan currently serves as managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP's Washington DC office. He draws praise for his broad white-collar criminal practice, and fields significant courtroom experience in jury trials and federal court appeals across the US. Sources say: "He is an excellent trial lawyer and strategist" and also praise his manner with clients, noting that "he strikes a good balance between putting the clients at ease and being serious in addressing the problems they're facing."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Burns is noted for his strength in investigations concerning allegations of FCPA violations, healthcare fraud and cartel enforcement, frequently handling matters with an international element. His varied white-collar practice also encompasses regulatory enforcement work on behalf of financial institutions and large corporate entities. He wins accolades from clients, who regard him as "very smart, dedicated and detail-oriented."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Butler is described by one interviewee as "a big picture lawyer" who can "see all the moves on the chessboard for clients facing all kinds of multijurisdictional challenges." He is known for his representation of individual and corporate clients in government and internal investigations into foreign bribery and corruption, including FCPA-related matters. His practice includes considerable focus on cross-border issues, particularly in Asia and Latin America.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced trial lawyer Vincent Cohen of Dechert LLP regularly defends both corporate and individual clients facing civil and criminal litigation proceedings. He also assists clients during government investigations and enforcement actions concerning alleged fraud and corruption, often with significant cross-border aspects. Sources describe him as "a wonderful lawyer" and "really terrific."

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Jonathan L. Diesenhaus

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Diesenhaus focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense and matters relating to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, with a particular strength in handling FCA litigation and qui tam cases. Clients attest: "He is an excellent lawyer and at the top of his game - when it's a complicated and difficult issue he is extremely good at analyzing it and communicating his recommendation. He thinks very quickly on his feet."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Fagell is particularly well regarded for his representation of both institutional and individual clients in FCPA investigations, in addition to offering expertise in defense work for clients facing allegations of accounting fraud and export controls-related crimes. He is an experienced trial attorney, garnering praise from interviewees for his "very calm demeanor."

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Law Office of Bernard Grimm

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practioner Bernie Grimm is a well-regarded white-collar defense attorney, noted by one market commentator as "one of the best trial lawyers I have ever dealt with." He frequently appears in cases across DC, Virginia and Maryland, advocating in both local and federal courts on behalf of clients facing criminal charges such as fraud and bribery.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced trial lawyer William Jacobson of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP frequently defends clients in a variety of white-collar criminal cases, garnering praise from one interviewee as "a thought leader in the field." He is particularly well known for his expertise in the FCPA, and also advises large multinationals on investigations concerning other matters such as international sanctions and fraud. Sources speak highly of him as a "very effective advocate" who is "able to make arguments in a deeply compelling way."

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Kristin Graham Koehler

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristin Graham Koehler has notable expertise in the healthcare sector, frequently representing clients in fraud-related investigations and advising on the implementation of compliance programs. She also has experience in investigations involving criminal antitrust and FCPA violations as part of her wider white-collar practice. A source notes: "She is extraordinarily able and has an enormous ability to take very complicated stuff and distill it into very simple concepts," with clients also praising her "steady and quietly confident manner" when interacting with government agencies.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Kramer is particularly well known for his representation of high-profile individuals facing significant white-collar charges in criminal trials. He also regularly lends his expertise to a variety of complex investigations concerning money laundering, cartel activity and fraud, among other matters. Clients praise him for his tenacity and advocacy skills, with one saying: "When he is cross-examining he dives into the material, absorbs it and, like a fighter in the ring, is able to bring it to bear in a very sharp, concise and professional manner before the jury - he is the pinnacle of a litigator."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Margolis of Vinson & Elkins LLP is known for his defense of leading corporations in complex government investigations relating to a wide range of matters including FCPA violations, healthcare fraud and political corruption, and is also noted for his "real expertise in government contracting work." He also assists clients with internal investigations and compliance matters, as well as fielding expertise in white-collar criminal defense.

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Caroline Mehta draws praise for her "excellent interpersonal skills," with sources saying: "She is excellent with clients, co-counsel parties and prosecutors." She is noted for her experience in fraud defense work for clients facing allegations of healthcare and securities-related charges, along with mail and wire fraud. She also advises on matters relating to the FCPA. One interviewee notes: "She is an exceptionally strategic and empathetic lawyer - the epitome of someone I would want in my corner if I were facing complex charges."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bridget Moore focuses her practice on SEC investigations, regularly advocating for clients before the SEC in addition to conducting internal investigations concerning FCPA violations, accounting issues and whistle-blower allegations, among other matters. Clients praise her as "unflappable and very calm," adding that "she thinks things through, has a sense of humor and is exceptionally easy to deal with."

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Patrick O'Donnell

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick O'Donnell of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is "one of the most detail-oriented, meticulous and thoughtful lawyers in the field" according to one interviewee, while others praise him as "an impressive lawyer and a creative 'outside-the-box' thinker." He is well known for his expert handling of government enforcement matters, including fraud, criminal tax, corruption and environmental offenses, and regularly handles cases with significant cross-border elements.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David O'Neil of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is highly sought after for his expertise in sensitive government enforcement matters and Congressional investigations, with particular strength in matters involving cybersecurity and data privacy. Sources describe him as "incredibly smart and a very quick study," and also add: "What sets him apart is that he combines his intellect with absolutely superior judgment - he is able to feel around corners and help navigate in situations in ways that not many other lawyers can."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "smart and hard-working" Mythili Raman "has fantastic experience from her time at the DOJ" according to market sources, who add that "she knows what the prosecutors are doing and is able to anticipate their moves to create a strong strategy." She is highly regarded for her investigations practice, with experience defending both executives and leading companies in a wide variety of complex criminal and regulatory matters.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Alexandre Rene of Ropes & Gray LLP wins praise for his "extensive experience" and "depth of expertise"  in white-collar matters, bolstered by his time working as a federal prosecutor. He fields considerable knowledge of the oil and gas and life sciences industries, regularly handling anticorruption investigations and white-collar criminal prosecutions on both a domestic and international scale.

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tobin Romero regularly defends an array of corporate and individual clients in investigations and criminal prosecutions relating to the FCPA, public corruption and securities fraud, with a noted strength in handling cross-border matters. Sources describe him as "a fierce advocate," and add: "He is hard-working, very diligent, careful with the law and a strategic thinker."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced trial lawyer John Rowley of Baker McKenzie is well regarded for his handling of investigations and white-collar criminal defense. He fields considerable strength representing both domestic and foreign multinational companies before the DOJ and SEC in FCPA-related disputes, with noted experience handling cross-border matters involving Brazil. Clients praise him as a "phenomenal lawyer" who is "technically proficient, incredibly thorough, very strategic and very good at exploring options."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Sabin is known for his handling of complex criminal and internal investigations concerning white-collar crimes such as accounting and securities fraud, potential FCPA violations and national security matters, among others. Sources describe him as "very bright and very tenacious," adding that "he is very well regarded from his time in the DOJ."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Tyrrell of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has "a ton of experience and insight," according to impressed clients, who also add that "he is very good counsel - very calm and levelheaded." He focuses his practice on regulatory enforcement matters, white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations relating to FCPA violations, securities and healthcare fraud, among others. He co-heads the firm's global white-collar defense, regulatory and investigations practice, and is also the managing partner of the DC office.

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly talented" Lance Wade is "an excellent client lawyer, a strong advocate and a creative thinker" according to market sources, who add that "he brings every bit the dogged approach to cases Williams & Connolly is known for." He acts for an enviable client list, including chief executives, senior government officials and Fortune 500 public companies, in both government and internal investigations, in addition to offering expertise defending against white-collar criminal prosecutions.

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Hank Bond Walther

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Hank Walther frequently defends clients facing allegations of financial or healthcare fraud, along with violations of the FCPA and other anticorruption laws, garnering praise from interviewees as a "very talented lawyer" with the ability to "inspire a lot of confidence in a company, a board or the government." He is a skilled investigations attorney, with significant experience conducting investigations domestically and on an international scale.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients praise James Wareham of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as "a very thorough, very knowledgeable and very balanced adviser." He focuses his practice on white-collar defense, government investigations and securities class action litigation, regularly acting for major multinational companies as well as individual senior executives and boards of directors. One source notes: "He is able to provide complex board counsel with an understanding of the implications of his advice for criminal, SEC and civil litigation matters."

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Solomon Wisenberg

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Solomon Wisenberg cochairs the white-collar practice at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. His broad-based white-collar practice includes individual and corporate representations in both jury trials and criminal investigations, while his experience also encompasses parallel running civil proceedings. Interviewees describe him as "a very good, very savvy kind of lawyer."

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Addy Schmitt is noted for her representation of individual clients and government agencies facing allegations of a wide range of federal crimes, frequently appearing in trials and appeals proceedings in DC courts. Interviewees praise her as "a real star among the younger lawyers and the white-collar criminal defense Bar here in DC."

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