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


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Litigation

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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.

Strengths Clients value the firm's "breadth of experience," highlighting the team's ability to "talk through all possible options" and praising the "expertise and genuine humanity" shown throughout difficult and sensitive cases.

Another client highlights the firm's "very good customer service," praising its lawyers' "excellent communication" skills and the "thorough job" they do.

Work highlights Successfully defended retired colonel Ron Tipa, one of four individuals charged with numerous counts of conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud in relation to the acquisition of government defense contracts. The two-week trial resulted in a full acquittal for all of the defendants.

Represented the chair and CEO of a Pennsylvania-based federal service contractor, Tri-Ark Industries, in a DOJ investigation relating to alleged government contract fraud.

Notable practitioners

"Phenomenal advocate" Mark MacDougall is described by sources as a "top-notch trial lawyer" who is "completely unafraid of going toe-to-toe with the government." He regularly represents individuals facing criminal charges, as well as those being investigated by government agencies. He receives high acclaim for his courtroom prowess but is also lauded for his "extremely conscientious" and sensitive manner with clients.

Sources "have great regard" for Paul Butler, who is considered a "really outstanding" lawyer. His practice focuses largely on advising clients during major internal and government-led investigations, not least with regard to the FCPA. He is regularly involved in cases with significant international elements.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Litigation

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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. Broad client base that includes pharmaceutical, industrial and financial services companies, along with individual executives, public officials and healthcare professionals.

Strengths "They know the case law and always put the client first. They know if something is going to cost a lot to defend, and will take the more practical approach. They also have so many lawyers in various states who are in the know – they'll know the political dynamics, they know the judges – so you get the additional benefit of them knowing the jurisdictions as well as being aggressive litigators."

"The quality of their associates has been excellent. They are really top lawyers from great schools who are really driven and thorough in what they do. I've been extremely impressed and would be happy to work with them again."

"Their recent additions to the team seem to be very strategic, allowing them to build the group and give their clients full coverage, which sets them apart."

Work highlights Represented the Institution of Cardiovascular Excellence, along with one of its physicians, in ongoing litigation brought by the DOJ claiming over $100 million for allegedly fraudulent treatment of peripheral cardiovascular disease.

Achieved successful summary judgment for HSBC in relation to a breach of contract claim brought by Sherman Originator, in which the plaintiff bought loans from HSBC and then alleged that the company had failed to honor related loan-servicing obligations.

Defended private equity fund Halifax against allegations of fraud in inducement and a breach of representations and warranties arising out of its acquisition of environmental remediation company USES.

Significant clients Samsung, Barnes & Noble, Carnival Corporation, Alcentra Capital, Fujikura.

Notable practitioners

James Cooper is a "very smart, very tactical" lawyer handling a wide range of investigations and criminal defense work. He draws upon his former experience as a federal prosecutor to expertly advise companies on crisis management, in addition to representing both corporate and individual clients in litigation. One source remarks: "He has a way of defusing situations so he can take the tension of out something and let the client focus on things that really matter."

John Nassikas heads the firm's white-collar defense practice in DC. He is highly regarded for his adroit representation of companies and individuals during complex federal and state investigations. Sources point particularly to his knowledge of criminal antitrust matters, as well as praising him as "exceedingly responsive, engaging, friendly and easy for clients to get along with," adding: "He is someone who's able to best identify what is important to the client."

Scott Schreiber maintains a strong practice in the field of securities litigation, with notable expertise in class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits. He has a considerable depth of experience as lead trial counsel both in federal court and before SEC and PCAOB tribunals. Sources draw particular attention to his skill at representing accountancy firms, while one observer describes him as "a very good litigator" who "truly puts the client first."

Baruch Weiss is described by one client as a "really experienced" lawyer who "knows his way around evidence and an investigation." Having previously worked at the Department of Homeland Security, he is well equipped to handle matters that involve issues of national security, and also regularly takes on cases concerning public corruption and the FCPA.

Kirk Ogrosky handles a range of white-collar work and is particularly well equipped to advise on FCA and healthcare fraud cases. Sources speak highly of his healthcare expertise and trial skills, and one source is also particularly complimentary about his leadership style: "He's very well organized, and he has a unique ability to harness the efforts of a large group of people and keep those people all working toward a particular goal."

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Baker Botts LLP - Litigation

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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.

Strengths One client emphasizes the strength of their offering, saying: "They have a good group that can actually try cases, with a strong bench of partners and associates."

Clients also speak highly of the firm's broad geographic reach: "They've got a good footprint, they're everywhere."

Work highlights Represented the former CFO of Bank of America in a securities class action concerning the bank's failure to disclose its exposure to representation and warranty liability.

Assisted Waste Management of Louisiana in its suit against a competitor, alleging RICO violations with regards to landfill operations during the cleanup following Hurricane Katrina.

Successfully negotiated a favorable resolution for a senior executive at a privately held technology company, which was being investigated in relation to the US government's operations in South Korea.

Significant clients Liberty Media, ExxonMobil, Sand Canyon Corporation, Samsung, Coleto Creek Power.

Notable practitioners

"Legendary lawyer" William Jeffress continues to be regarded as a top-level trial advocate, with one client saying: "You'd go to him if you had a really big matter and your life depended on it." Handling a broad range of civil and criminal matters, he is an expert in cases concerning fraud, public corruption, antitrust and money laundering. He is equally adept at representing both corporations and individual executives in the most sensitive and demanding investigations.

Amy Conway-Hatcher continues to receive praise as a "phenomenal" lawyer who is "smart, tenacious and seasoned" and a "very effective leader" when it comes to complex investigations, particularly in relation to criminal sanctions and FCPA violations. Clients credit her with a high level of technical knowledge as well as being "extraordinarily effective with people," and also praise her ability to always think "two or three steps down the line" during a case.

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Buckley Sandler LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Growing team of white-collar practitioners, strengthened by the recent addition of highly regarded trial lawyer Preston Burton. Frequently engaged for a range of matters including internal and government investigations, accounting and tax fraud, antitrust and securities. Robust trial practice adept at representing company executives, directors and employees along with other leading professionals in sensitive, high-stakes cases.

Strengths "I've been very pleased - they've exceeded expectations. I hear back from them right away, they always make time available to talk within a matter of a day, or in hours. They also have very good business sense and talk through things in a very practical manner."

"I think very highly of all those guys. They're all excellent white-collar lawyers with a tremendous amount of trial experience."

Work highlights Represented 12 Volkswagen employees in ongoing civil and criminal investigations arising out of the recent emissions scandal.

Advised Japanese gaming manufacturer Universal Entertainment and its subsidiary Aruze USA in civil litigation brought by Wynn Resorts concerning alleged FCPA violations.

Notable practitioners

Considered "one of the best lawyers in town," David Krakoff "really knows his way around a white-collar case and isn't afraid to go to trial if he has to," according to market sources. These traits serve him well across his broad roster of work in both criminal defense and government investigations. Known for his expertise especially in FCPA-related matters, he is described by one source as "trial ready" and a "tenacious guy who is extremely good on his feet."

Sources regard Preston Burton as a "strong trial lawyer" who is a "go-to person" for matters involving foreign jurisdictions, describing him as "very familiar with operating overseas as well as with the courts here." He is also known for his experience handling cases involving foreign intelligence and issues of national security.

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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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Buckley Sandler’s International practice is based in London and Washington and focuses on multi-jurisdictional enforcement defense, complex civil litigation involving cross-border disputes, and compliance counseling. Our international work has helped clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, technology, retail, manufacturing and logistics, and real estate industries, among many others. Our lawyers have worked on matters involving over two dozen international jurisdictions, from China and Macau to Ukraine and Kazakhstan, often retaining and managing local counsel on behalf of our clients to ensure consistent quality and responsiveness across the globe. On a daily basis, we help clients identify and resolve strategic and tactical legal issues stemming from their international operations. These considerations may arise from the compliance rigors of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Bank Secrecy Act, economic and trade sanctions regimes, or other U.S. laws applicable to activities outside the U.S., or from an enforcement action involving the U.S. and another jurisdiction. A key element of our international approach is our network of trusted counsel outside the U.S. – lawyers and firms we have worked with over many years – allowing us quickly to extend our service to many international jurisdictions on a variety of matters.


Covington & Burling LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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. Can claim an impressive roster of practitioners offering extensive experience in government, as well as top trial skills.

Strengths Sources describe Covington & Burling as "a great firm" whose lawyers are "extremely well connected and provide extremely good advice."

Commentators speak highly of the firm's many prominent lawyers, saying: "Among the big firms, they're as coveted a group of leaders as you can have."

Another interviewee also praises the firm's "formidable trial capabilities."

Notable practitioners

The "formidable and hard-working" Lanny Breuer is afforded the utmost respect for his "tremendous practice" at the white-collar Bar. Known for his adept representation of corporate and individual clients, he has particular experience handling cases of financial fraud and FCPA matters. He also regularly counsels clients facing congressional investigations.

Stephen Anthony is a "really fine lawyer" handling a broad range of criminal and civil matters, often taking to trial complex cases involving fraud, bribery and obstruction of justice. He has notable experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and also advises US military and national defense organizations.

Steven Fagell has considerable experience as a white-collar defense lawyer, and also cochairs the firm's global anticorruption group. He is best known for his representation of institutions facing sensitive investigations and enforcement actions in both a criminal and civil context. Sources describe him as a "very smart and astute" lawyer who has shown great skill at handling "complex factual matters that require a lot of thought."

Esteemed senior counsel John Nields is recognized as one of the "deans of the Bar" in addition to being a "great guy and a fabulous lawyer." His many years' experience extends to both civil and criminal defense, and he has a particular knowledge of antitrust law, as well as international arbitration.

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Crowell & Moring LLP - Litigation

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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 FCA, FCPA and securities laws, aided by its robust understanding of government regulatory agencies.

Strengths "They're very knowledgeable lawyers, but even more important than that they make a real effort to understand us and our business needs, which means their advice is more practical. They also view us as partners and work with us as a team, which is not always true with outside counsel."

"They are very client-oriented - whatever we need they are willing to help us with. They have very talented and experienced lawyers they can quickly put on an issue, and they are able to figure out what each individual in-house lawyer is looking for very well."

Work highlights Successfully represented Hyperlync Technologies in a suit against Verizon Sourcing and Synchronoss Technologies, concerning alleged breach of contract, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets, in relation to a mobile phone application.

Defended financial services company Matrix Markets during its suit against NEO Markets for defamation, tortious interference and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as in counterclaims by the defendants alleging breach of contract.

Significant clients Marriott International, GM, Hyatt Hotels, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CSX Transportation.

Notable practitioners

Philip Inglima regularly handles criminal fraud cases along with associated regulatory enforcement proceedings. He is also known for advising companies through difficult investigations concerning FCA and FCPA violations as well as environmental crimes. Sources "can't say enough good things about him" and draw attention to his "incredible, even-keeled disposition that creates confidence in clients and the government that he knows what he's talking about."

Kathleen Taylor Sooy is a "very talented" commercial litigator also noted for being "very responsive" with clients. As national chair of the firm's class action practice, she is regularly involved in multidistrict litigation, particularly concerning healthcare, product liability and consumer fraud. She also regularly provides companies with advice on crisis management and litigation strategy.

Thomas Hanusik is cochair of Crowell's white-collar and regulatory enforcement group, and "can really handle all kinds of criminal disputes," according to one impressed client, who highlights his ability to work well both with individual executives and with boards of directors. An expert in federal securities law, he also handles a wide range of matters pertaining to public corruption, trade sanctions and FCPA violations.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Litigation

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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.

Strengths "What I enjoy about working with the firm is that it doesn't matter what you bring to them, whether it's a large class action with significant implications or a smaller matter, they tend to embrace every case as if it's the most important on the firm's docket. With that comes a very high level of service, again irrespective of the size and scope of the matter. They really try to embrace the client and their issues."

"One reason you hire them is their connections in DC. They're regularly before enforcement agencies and regulatory agencies in the city so when you're getting ready for a meeting and talking about strategy, they've been there before and they actually know the people across the table."

Work highlights Continued to represent investment management firm Och-Ziff in an extensive FCPA investigation concerning investments in sovereign wealth funds, many of which are based in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Achieved a favorable settlement for NML Capital after 13 years of litigation arising out of Argentina's default on over $80 billion of sovereign debt to multiple creditors.

Successfully argued on behalf of the Association of American Railroads that a previous statute allowing Amtrak regulatory authority over freight rail tracks was unconstitutional.

Significant clients BlueMountain, Comcast, PepsiCo, Petrobras, UBS.

Notable practitioners

"Top-notch investigations lawyer" Joseph Warin is best known for his ability to advise clients facing investigation by the government, possessing market-leading expertise in the FCPA. He also has a highly respected practice in securities enforcement, including major class actions.

Andrew Tulumello has extensive commercial litigation and appellate experience, and has defended any number of major class actions in federal and state court. He has a particular focus on sports law and marketing in the food and beverage industry. "He is the most thoughtful advocate I have ever encountered," one source remarks, while one client also says: "I feel there's always a true partnership with him and a high level of engagement."

David Burns continues to build a strong reputation for representing clients in investigations brought by federal, state and regulatory agencies, particularly in the financial services industry. He has experience advising clients facing allegations of criminal antitrust, market manipulation and securities fraud, among other areas. One client describes him as "exceptional," adding: "He is super-smart and he works tirelessly."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Litigation

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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.

Strengths "They are very attentive to detail, and provide excellent communication and top-quality lawyering. They knew when to involve me in major decisions, and also would present the issues in a very concise and clear manner."

One client particularly highlights the firm's "tremendous experience" in internal investigations, saying: "They provide the sophisticated advice you need in a timely fashion and they properly staff an investigation so you're paying for the proportionate response you need."

Another source remarks on the team as "easy to work with and very responsive," saying that the attorneys "always make themselves available."

Work highlights Successfully defended Anthem in a long-running class action brought against it by former employees and retirees of the State of Connecticut, which alleged breach on contract in relation to the company's demutualization and IPO in 2001.

Represented Tanzania and Cyprus-based bank FBME during an investigation and associated regulatory proceedings concerning alleged money laundering.

Advised Eletrobras during an ongoing investigation by the SEC and DOJ into the company's activities in Brazil, as part of the broader anticorruption initiative known as 'Operation Car Wash.'

Significant clients Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biomet, Home Depot, PulsePoint, LG Electronics.

Notable practitioners

Craig Hoover is best known for his expertise in class action defense, and has taken the lead on a number of high-profile multidistrict cases in recent years, particularly in the healthcare industry. One client characterizes him as "a fantastic litigator who is great at discovering the issues," while another source highlights his technical abilities, as well as his diplomatic style when working in a group, calling him "a true statesman."

Peter Spivack handles a broad range of white-collar criminal matters and investigations, including cases of healthcare and government contract fraud, antitrust and FCPA violations. Considered a "very hard-working, thoughtful, engaging lawyer," clients appreciate how he "really gets into the nitty gritty of the problem and understands what you want."

David Hensler is a "very good" lawyer with a robust civil litigation practice. He specializes particularly in the insurance and energy sectors, though he also handles securities fraud, ERISA matters and a broad range of other commercial disputes.

Jonathan Diesenhaus maintains a broad practice that encompasses white-collar criminal matters, FCA litigation and healthcare fraud, among other areas. He is particularly well known for handling qui tam cases brought against healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

The "terrific" Robert Bennett is hailed by sources as a distinguished "giant of the Bar" with many years' experience in white-collar criminal defense. Known for his trial expertise, he also has an impressive track record of representing individuals, companies, boards of directors and audit committees during internal investigations.

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Jones Day - Litigation

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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.

Strengths One commentator indicates: "They are outstanding in their knowledge of the law and they are probably the best brief writers than I've ever seen."

The firm elicits substantial praise for its client service, with one observer noting: "They always get back to us immediately, are very proactive and give good counsel. There are a lot of difficult decisions to make and they're not afraid to give advice rather than just laying out all the options."

Work highlights Achieved a successful Supreme Court verdict on behalf of Robert McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia, whose previous convictions for public corruption were unanimously overturned.

Successfully represented STERIS Corporation in antitrust litigation brought by the FTC relating to its acquisition of Synergy Health.

Significant clients Sanofi, AECOM, IBM, Chevron Corporation, Bayer AG.

Notable practitioners

Peter Romatowski leads the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice, and has considerable expertise in white-collar criminal matters. He regularly represents both companies and individuals during investigations concerning securities law, regulatory enforcement and FCPA violations.

Henry Asbill is praised for his trial expertise, having represented any number of clients in a wide array of complex criminal and civil cases. He regularly advises companies as well as individuals facing charges, including public officials and high-level executives. He played a key role in the firm's defense of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell through both the initial trial and the appellate stages.

Hank Walther is a former federal prosecutor building an impressive reputation for both his trial work and his ability to handle major investigations. He has a keen focus on anticorruption, particularly the FCPA, and is also very well versed in cases of healthcare fraud. Sources consider him "very smart and fair," adding that "he knows his stuff and is good to deal with."

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King & Spalding LLP - Litigation

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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. Also has notable experience in representing audit committees.

Strengths Clients speak to the practical nature of the team's advice: "They give us options instead of just legal analysis," adding that "their communication is very clear; when they write it's not in cryptic legal notes but can be easily passed on to a board."

Another source also credits the firm with a high level of technical knowledge, saying: "They have a really thorough and expert understanding of the law, and also of the various government departments and how they do things."

Work highlights Represented PwC Brazil during investigations concerning its audit client, Petrobras, arising out of 'Operation Car Wash.'

Defended Vascular Solutions in a significant criminal lawsuit concerning off-label promotions, achieving an acquittal at trial.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Governor Chris Christie, Deutsche Bank, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

Clients consider Bobby Burchfield "an excellent trial lawyer" who is "very smart and hands-on." He has a wealth of courtroom experience, having regularly taken the lead on major class actions, as well as appearing in cases heard before the Supreme Court. His expertise encompasses a wide range of commercial disputes, in addition to antitrust, healthcare and First Amendment litigation.

Sedwick Sollers is managing partner of the DC office and "a really terrific lawyer," according to market commentators, with others commending his "incredible touch with clients." He has a strong reputation for both company and individual representations, particularly in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. His work also includes investigations with notable cross-border elements.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Litigation

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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 which span a breadth of industry sectors. 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 hail the firm for its litigation prowess, saying: "Kirkland consistently fields litigation teams that are unrivaled anywhere in the world," complimenting the firm on its "creativity, strategic focus and the depth of its bench."

Another client describes the firm as "unparalleled in its quality of both advocacy and client service" and applauds its lawyers as "responsive, creative, resourceful and effective."

Further praise comes for the team's written advocacy, described by one source as "head and shoulders" above other firms. Another remarks that "their ability to distill complicated topics down is impressive."

Work highlights Represented Cerberus Capital Management and a subsidiary company in its case against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, concerning whether the bank breached contract in relation to loan payments.

Secured the dismissal of a $40 million suit against BNSF Railway alleging fraud and tortious interference by BNSF during the sale of of the plaintiff's former business, a refrigerated railcar company.

Continued to advise Pfizer, along with several subsidiaries, in an ongoing qui tam case concerning the prescription of pain relief patches.

Significant clients Accenture, Boeing, GM, BP America, Facebook.

Notable practitioners

Eugene Assaf handles a broad range of claims including environmental and technology disputes, as well as commercial matters. He also has considerable expertise in antitrust, IP and shareholder litigation. Clients applaud him as "a fantastic litigator and a very forceful advocate."

Highly regarded trial lawyer Craig Primis is known for defending major companies during commercial disputes including class actions, and has a particular niche in the aviation industry. One client attests: "He is extraordinarily creative and intelligent, with a likable and personable manner that projects exactly what you want as the face of your company in front of a judge or jury."

Robert Khuzami is considered a "great, experienced lawyer" who "inspires confidence," as well as a "preeminent" securities expert who is deeply acquainted with the workings of the SEC. He regularly advises clients during major investigations and enforcement actions relating to price-fixing, accounting errors and violations of the FCPA, among other areas.

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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

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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. 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 One source remarks that "they are very good at doing investigations and at representing individuals."

Work highlights Advised two Paris-based proprietary trading firms, Omega 26 Investments and Guibor, during an enforcement action brought by the SEC alleging large-scale computer hacking and securities fraud.

Represented the former CFO of Swisher Hygiene, Michael Kipp, in parallel criminal and civil proceedings brought by the DOJ and SEC relating to various allegations of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Significant clients Bank Leumi USA, 3 Red Trading, Navinder Sarao.

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Practice head Eric Bruce brings to bear extensive experience in trying major white-collar cases, as both prosecution and defense counsel. His current practice takes in a wide variety of matters that stem from allegations of corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering, to name a few. Peers describe him as a "very smart guy" and also credit him as being "very knowledgeable about the FCPA."

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths One client remarks on the team's efficiency, describing it as "laser-focused," but also adding that "they're practical in how they work toward a resolution."

Another source comments: "The team is top-quality - they understand things before we say them."

Work highlights Lead counsel to Pacira Pharmaceuticals in an investigation brought by the DOJ regarding the company's marketing of pain-management drug Exparel.

Successfully represented The Hospital Corporation of America in a qui tam case concerning physicians who had allegedly performed and billed for medically unnecessary procedures.

Advised Puma Biotechnology in both a securities class action and shareholder derivative lawsuits filed in California. The suits alleged that the company made false and misleading statements regarding its business operations as well as about a new drug application with the FDA.

Significant clients US Soccer Federation, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Weatherford International, American Beverage Association, National Collegiate Athletic Assocation.

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Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is lauded as a "fairly extraordinary individual" who is "formidable" and "just brilliant." Clients credit her with "extremely good judgment and high credibility with the DOJ." She has an impressive white-collar practice that includes advising high-profile corporate clients on major investigations concerning FCPA and FCA violations, tax evasion and healthcare fraud.

Alice Fisher is known for her deep knowledge of matters concerning anticorruption, FCA violations and healthcare fraud, and has an excellent reputation in particular for representing global pharmaceutical companies. "One of the best white-collar defense attorneys in the healthcare sector," a client observes, adding: "Her real strength is in her communication with the client - she loops us in when strategy decisions are made and always gives us enough information to make good decisions."

Cochair of the DC litigation practice Douglas Greenburg is described by peers as "a great lawyer and an effective leader" who is "understated but highly effective in terms of getting results." He maintains a broad international practice and has significant expertise in handling major anticorruption and money laundering investigations, economic sanctions and FCPA matters.

Barry Sabin represents clients facing investigation and enforcement action relating to trade sanctions and export control, FCPA violations and issues of national security. He also heads the firm's global practice in aerospace, defense and government services.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered - Litigation

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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.

Strengths Commentators note: "They have really solid strategic thinkers who are very experienced and do a great job of guiding clients through different problems."

"The team exhibited the highest level of technical competence and work efficiency, and yet also displayed a level of sensitivity and professionalism that facilitated what would otherwise have been extremely difficult actions."

Work highlights Represented VimpelCom in a far-reaching investigation concerning the company's activities in Europe and former CIS states.

Advised an executive at a Swiss bank, Michele Bergantino, after charges of criminal tax conspiracy were brought against him.

Significant clients UTi Worldwide, Jeffrey Sterling, Julian Assange.

Notable practitioners

Mark Rochon is a highly accomplished trial lawyer with an outstanding white-collar criminal defense practice. He also regularly represents clients facing sensitive investigations concerning the FCPA, and other anticorruption and fraud measures. One source observes: "Mark possesses that rare combination of having the intellectual power to deal with very complicated issues, while also having the ability to communicate effectively with his audience, whether that's a jury, a judge or the government. I rate him one of the best lawyers I know, period."

The "extremely able" Kirby Behre is credited with "tremendous experience," particularly in antitrust law. He is known for his focus on investigations concerning potential cartel activity, and also regularly manages cases of alleged money laundering, price-fixing and other kinds of financial fraud. A source notes: "He is a really great lawyer I would recommend to anyone involved in a white-collar suit."

An "extremely able trial lawyer who is passionate about criminal defense," Barry Pollack is well known for his "tenacity, willingness and ability to fight cases in the courtroom." He is also chair of the white-collar and internal investigations practice at Miller & Chevalier. He has vast experience at both trial and appellate level, and primarily represents individuals facing criminal charges and investigatory proceedings that concern bribery, corruption and espionage.

Andrew Wise is highly thought of for his white-collar expertise, and has key experience in taking cases to trial as well as handling complex investigations. He regularly represents companies alleged to have committed FCPA violations as well as other claims of corruption and fraud. He is described by sources as "absolutely exceptional," and one interviewee adds that he is "extraordinarily detailed, passionate, whip smart and just a great, great advocate."

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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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths "Across the board I couldn't give them a higher recommendation. They were extremely easy to work with, highly knowledgeable, and it was clear they had much more of a handle on the case than any of the other counsel that were involved."

"They worked incredibly cohesively. The team has been together for a long time so they know each other very well and how to react in different situations. They were also incredibly client-focused - very aware of what the client was looking for and how to achieve that."

Work highlights Represented the Swiss arm of Deutsche Bank during the long-running DOJ investigation into the use of Swiss bank accounts by US citizens as a means to avoid paying tax.

Achieved a highly successful outcome for former Fannie Mae executive Thomas Lund, who had been charged with securities fraud by the SEC.

Significant clients SBM Offshore, Lance Armstrong, KBR, Admiral Michael Mullen, Professor Jonathan Gruber.

Notable practitioners

Michael Levy regularly represents high-profile corporate and individual clients facing government enforcement and investigations. He has notable expertise in cases of financial crime, including tax, accounting and securities matters, and also handles cases concerning government misconduct and public corruption. Sources draw attention in particular to his understanding of complex tax law, and also describe him as a "very even-keeled" attorney who is "unflappable under pressure."

The "fantastic" Robert Luskin is very highly thought of for his robust white-collar practice and the depth of his expertise in anticorruption matters, including the FCPA. He regularly counsels clients facing highly sensitive investigations with complex multijurisdictional aspects, and also has considerable trial and appellate experience.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths One source notes: "If you need a practical, unique solution to a problem, they are the right place to go."

One client applauds the team for its highly practical advice, describing it as "to-the-point, business-minded and future-oriented."

Work highlights Acted for private Swiss bank BSI during a multijurisdictional investigation into the activity of Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, concerning allegations of tax evasion, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Defended FBME in litigation arising out of an investigation by FinCEN into the company's cross-border banking business. The investigation alleged money laundering that essentially locked the company out of the US financial system for any future transactions.

Significant clients FIFA, AIG, CONMEBOL, Julius Baer, Odebrecht Group.

Notable practitioners

William Burck continues to distinguish himself with the strength and diversity of his sterling white-collar practice. He regularly takes the lead on complex cross-border investigations in Europe and Latin America, such as representing FIFA in relation to the alleged corruption and bribery committed by top soccer officials. Clients describe him as "an unparalleled talent" and "a wonderful strategist."

Accomplished litigator Tara Lee specializes in civil disputes, and regularly represents clients in cases with significant cross-border elements. She has noted expertise in defending defense contractors during disputes concerning fraud, breach of contract and False Claims Act violations. A client commends her responsiveness and says that she offers "quick, efficient and practical answers."

Michael Lyle is chair of the firm's product liability and mass torts practice, and marshals impressive expertise in these areas as well as handling a wide range of other commercial litigation matters. He has considerable trial experience that encompasses trade secrets, trademark and consumer fraud cases, along with complex business disputes.

"Dynamo" Juan Morillo has a burgeoning reputation as a renowned white-collar practitioner with a broad practice. He handles both corporate and individual representations on behalf of leading financial institutions, international companies and professional services firms. He receives particular praise for his ability to work cross-culturally, with one source observing that "he does not look at everything through US glasses; he's able to think himself into other business cultures and legal systems."

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Schertler & Onorato LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Sources speak highly of the firm's strength as a "fantastic boutique firm in DC" and are particularly complimentary about its trial practice.

Another interviewee calls the firm "best in class" for its representation of individual defendants in white-collar cases.

Notable practitioners

Sources consider David Schertler to be "at the top of the list" when it comes to defending individuals in complex white-collar cases. He has defended high-profile figures in the business, political and athletic professions, among others, on serious charges such as bribery, honest services fraud, money laundering and perjury. Renowned for his trial skills, he wins praise for being both a "phenomenal lawyer and a super-nice person to work with."

Danny Onorato is a "really super lawyer" who has a growing reputation for his white-collar criminal defense work. He is adept at handling cases that concern serious allegations of fraud relating to banking, tax, securities and other financial matters, along with a wide range of other criminal charges. In addition to his impressive trial practice, he also represents clients during criminal and civil investigations brought by both the SEC and DOJ.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths "They are extraordinarily gifted at factual investigation and conceptualizing the legal issues to identify the core focal points in the litigation," remarks one client, who also adds: "They are absolutely exemplary lawyers, writers and advocates."

Another remarks that the firm distinguishes itself with both "the depth of its bench" and the "remarkable consistency at both partner and associate level."

"They have offered a tremendous service and a high degree of experience."

Work highlights Appointed to represent Raytheon in a dispute with BAE Systems concerning the termination of a contract to upgrade military aircraft in South Korea.

Advised the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) during investigations arising out of alleged corruption among high-level soccer officials.

Successfully defended Bayer against a civil contempt action brought by the DOJ with regard to the marketing of probiotic dietary supplement Phillips' Colon Health.

Significant clients AT&T, GE, Statoil, HSBC, Ford.

Notable practitioners

Mark Hopson is managing partner at the DC office and is rated as "a very senior litigator who can do anything and everything." He maintains a robust practice encompassing a broad range of white-collar matters and government enforcement actions, including matters of bribery, corruption and fraud. Clients describe him as "the guy you call when you cannot afford to lose" and say "he's creative at finding elegant solutions to complex problems."

A preeminent figure at the DC Bar, Thomas Green remains one of the most respected white-collar specialists in the city, known for the vast depth of his experience handling complex criminal defense cases. He has a superb reputation in particular for his trial capabilities. One source remarks: "He is an outstanding trial lawyer and wouldn't back down from a buzzsaw."

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Work highlights Successfully secured a summary judgment on behalf of DENTSPLY in a FCA case, the first of its kind against a dental manufacturer.

Represented the former chairman of Chilean-based company Consorcio Financiero S.A. during an SEC investigation concerning alleged insider trading.

Lead counsel to Swisher Hygiene during parallel SEC and DOJ investigations relating to potential securities fraud, as well as irregularities in its accounting and financial reporting procedures.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" Mitchell Ettinger manages the firm's DC office and handles a broad spectrum of litigation, which includes both civil and criminal matters. Sources draw attention to his profound understanding of the FCA, as well as his strength at handling class actions. Clients also appreciate his clear communication and practical advice.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Sources report that the firm's high-caliber practitioners make it "one of the top shops for white-collar litigation."

Another interviewee remarks on the "deep and experienced team," noting that "they are very expert and very thorough," and adding: "I've been impressed."

Work highlights Successfully defended Turkish scholar and activist Fethullah Gülen in a civil suit brought under the Alien Tort Statute alleging that he had instigated the improper investigation and criminal prosecution of three individuals in Turkey.

Counsel to the president of Audi of America, Scott Keogh, during the multidistrict litigation arising out of the emissions scandal concerning VW and Audi motor cars.

Significant clients William Facteau, Douglas Development Corporation, USPLabs, Special Board Committee of Pilot Flying J, Matthew Boccio.

Notable practitioners

The "spectacular" Reid Weingarten is "a legend at the Bar" and "one of the most prominent lawyers in the field" of white-collar criminal defense. He is known for providing the very highest caliber of representation to individuals facing the threat of investigation or prosecution, with clients including former CEOs and CFOs of major companies, along with academic and legal professionals.

Brian Heberlig has a very impressive and growing reputation for his trial practice, regularly defending high-profile executives and public officials in challenging white-collar cases. He also advises clients facing investigation by the SEC and DOJ. Sources compliment his impressive range of litigation capabilities, calling him a "tremendous lawyer" and "very meticulous, polished and well prepared in the courtroom."

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Williams & Connolly LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths "I think they are really one of the elite practice groups in the country. They combine tenacity and courage in terms of how they go about litigating and they're not afraid to take on tough cases. They are very analytical, with a good grasp of the law, but they also are very good with their clients. Whenever you work with a Williams & Connolly partner, it's always going to be good."

"They are fierce advocates for their clients' interests and understand how to judiciously apply their efforts so they can aggressively challenge the government in one matter while in another work more gently to persuade. They will take the right approach that the case demands, regardless of what it is, and they will do it better than anybody else."

"If you have a very difficult piece of litigation and you think it's going to trial, especially before a jury, they are one of the teams you want."

Work highlights Acted for Bank of America in a successful Second Circuit appeal reversing an earlier decision to fine the company almost $1.3 billion for alleged violations of the FCA and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).

Retained by former bond trader Jesse Litvak in his appeal to the Second Circuit and subsequent upcoming retrial for securities fraud.

Successfully represented AstraZeneca at appeal in a case establishing where a brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturer may sue a generic manufacturer for patent infringement.

Significant clients MoneyGram International, CVS Health, Intel, Medtronic, Bloomberg.

Notable practitioners

Described by a source as "one of the greatest lawyers ever," Brendan Sullivan enjoys a ironclad reputation as a white-collar specialist and trial maestro. "His organization of a defense strategy and setting up a collaborative team of lawyers is unparalleled," one interviewee confides. "If he is brought into a case, the government knows it damn well better have all its ducks lined in a row and that it's in for the fight of a lifetime."

Dane Butswinkas is much admired for his exemplary litigation practice and regularly takes the lead on a variety of complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients in the banking, telecommunications and power industries, among others. "An extraordinary trial lawyer" who is known for his "fantastic courtroom presence," he also has considerable experience handling domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

John Villa is considered "one of the best litigators in DC, especially for complex cases" and is best known for his expert representation of legal professionals facing allegations of malpractice. His practice also encompasses a spread of other disputes regarding corporate, securities and financial matters.

David Zinn is renowned for the strength of his white-collar practice, which incorporates fraud, antitrust and public corruption cases, along with investigations concerning FCPA violations. Known as "an incredibly talented lawyer and a forceful advocate," sources admire his ability to handle complex and challenging cases, saying: "He has a knack for navigating the extremely perilous waters his clients are in."

"Phenomenal lawyer" Kevin Downey offers top-notch expertise in both securities and white-collar litigation, with a particular focus on representing corporate executives in their most challenging and sensitive cases. Adept at navigating investigations, he is also an accomplished trial lawyer, considered by one source to be "as talented and persuasive an oral advocate as I have ever seen."

Seasoned litigator David Kendall has a tremendous amount of experience in both civil and criminal cases heard at all levels of the state, federal and appellate courts. He has represented a vast range of clients, including major accountancy firms, legal professionals and media outlets, as well as a number of influential public and political figures.

Robert Van Kirk is known for his capabilities in a wide range of commercial disputes and class actions concerning securities law, product liability, breach of contact and fraud. One impressed client describes him as "a go-to guy who combines brilliant legal analysis, a practical bent and a pleasant manner," adding that he is "very well organized and maintains an amazing grasp of nuanced facts."

Robert Cary has a thriving litigation practice that includes a significant focus on issues of professional malpractice and ethics, particularly with regard to legal and accountancy firms. Sources respect him as a "hard-charging" litigator who is also "an impassioned advocate for his client."

"Ferocious advocate" Tobin Romero continues to develop a very strong white-collar practice that includes involvement in significant criminal defense cases and a range of investigations. Much of his recent work has featured substantial cross-border elements. One source reports: "There is no lawyer who is more committed to obtaining the best result possible for his client than Toby Romero, and he has the talent to back it up."

The "wicked smart" Lance Wade is considered by sources to be among "the next generation of greats" at Williams & Connolly due to his flourishing reputation as a lawyer and litigator. Focusing on white-collar matters, he handles criminal defense on behalf of high-profile individuals, as well as guiding corporate entities through both government and internal investigations.

With more than four decades of experience, William McDaniels is held in high esteem for the quality of his civil litigation practice, which includes significant commercial disputes, First Amendment litigation, antitrust and business torts. His clients have included leading names in the media and entertainment industry, among others.

John Vardaman is a lawyer of great standing at the DC Bar, known for his tremendous experience as a civil litigator. In the course of his career he has seen numerous cases through state and federal courts, as well as arguing appeals all the way up to the Supreme Court. He has particular expertise in the area of mass torts affecting clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical and medical device industries.

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WilmerHale - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths "In my experience, the lawyers are all top-notch, talented, effective litigators, with the highest-quality legal research and strategic thinking."

"They are very hard-working, creative, they come up with good solutions to legal issues and they present their arguments extremely well."

"Their tenacity is amazing," one impressed source reports, highlighting "their willingness to drill down to develop facts" and their ability to build a case up thoroughly.

Work highlights Represented Detroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit Building Authority and the City of Detroit in an investigation by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) into the use of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds to demolish homes.

Defended Morgan Stanley against a putative class action concerning alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act in relation to subprime mortgage loans. In July 2016 the Second Circuit confirmed an earlier decision to deny class certification.

Continued to represent Helmerich & Payne International Drilling during a case brought against Venezuela alleging that the country's decision to nationalize certain oil-drilling rigs was in breach of contracts as well as violating international law.

Significant clients Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, The Bank of New York Mellon, Staples, Target Corporation, Purdue Pharma.

Notable practitioners

Howard Shapiro is a "great lawyer, no question" and chair of the litigation and controversy practice at WilmerHale. A robust trial lawyer, he is adept at representing individuals and companies facing criminal prosecution proceedings as well as government investigations. A client praises him as "a very steadying hand and a great influence on moving the litigation to meet our objectives."

The "very smart" David Ogden has over three decades' experience advising on complex commercial disputes, and also heads the firm's government and regulatory litigation group. He has a huge amount of experience in major class actions, and has notable expertise in cross-border matters, particularly those involving Latin America.

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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.

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP - Litigation

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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.

Strengths "They are incredibly cooperative, very smart lawyers who really think thoroughly about strategy and options. They take really good care of clients who are in really tough situations, and are the go-to litigation boutique firm in DC."

"They really tend to look at every case in a fresh light and never believe that things are as bad as they appear at first blush. They have been very diligent in unpacking allegations and using creative legal research to approach them."

"Zuckerman fields an absolutely top-drawer team for white-collar criminal matters, and they have particular strength in complex financial cases."

Work highlights Defended Donald Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, against a number of charges arising out an explosion at a mine in West Virginia. The jury ultimately acquitted Mr. Blankenship on all felony charges, and he was convicted of only a single misdemeanor.

Acted for former Freddie Mac chief business officer Patricia Cook, who was implicated in alleged securities fraud relating to the company's public disclosure of subprime loans.

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the Hershey Trust during a special investigation with regard to, among other things, alleged insider trading, employment matters and compliance with Trust policies.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" William Taylor is widely regard as "one of the go-to lawyers in DC for high-stakes, complex white-collar matters." He specializes in representing individuals, who have recently included high-level executives and officials in the mining, education and financial sectors. Sources applaud him for his "great judgment and terrific manner."

Graeme Bush is a "very strong" litigator who maintains a broad practice counseling clients through class actions, SEC enforcement and investigations, legal malpractice suits and bankruptcy proceedings, among other areas. He advises a diverse range of clients including CEOs and CFOs of major companies, financial advisers, brokers and leading law firms.

Eric Delinsky's thriving white-collar practice sees him regularly called upon to defend individuals against allegations of securities fraud, public corruption, FCPA violations and shareholder disputes. "He is smart, grounded, very easy to work with and very comfortable in court," one source remarks, while another describes him as "clearly committed to his client but also a complete straight shooter."

Steven Salky has a dual focus on securities enforcement and white-collar criminal matters, regularly representing executives and other individuals facing prosecution or investigation by regulatory agencies and the government. He is highly thought of among the DC Bar, with one source attesting: "I trust his judgment, his ethic, his knowledge of the law: he's very good."

Blair Brown has considerable trial experience and a broad range of white-collar expertise that includes cases concerning bribery, criminal antitrust and securities fraud. His practice also extends to advising clients during investigations relating to FCPA and RICO violations, among other matters. Commentators applaud him as "an incredibly zealous advocate; he is someone who will look under every rock and run down every lead."

Caroline Mehta concentrates her practice on white-collar criminal defense, and enjoys a burgeoning reputation as a "smart, tenacious and creative" litigator. Her work includes complex cases concerning tax, healthcare and wire fraud along with securities and FCPA matters. Sources highlight not only her technical knowledge and advocacy skills, but also her shrewd ability to "pick up on the key issues instantly and attack them relentlessly for her client."

Roger Zuckerman is "one of the deans of the Bar," according to market sources. He continues to provide the benefit of his wisdom and experience to clients facing criminal white-collar prosecutions, and has invaluable expertise in related areas such as fraud, securities, healthcare investigations and commercial disputes.

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Senior Statesmen

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Robert Bennett is hailed by sources as a distinguished "giant of the Bar" with many years' experience in white-collar criminal defense. Known for his trial expertise, he also has an impressive track record of representing individuals, companies, boards of directors and audit committees during internal investigations.

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Senior Statesmen

Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

With a career spanning over four decades, Plato Cacheris of Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC is rightly considered one of the most distinguished figures at the DC white-collar Bar. His criminal defense experience includes a broad spectrum of high-profile cases ranging from bank fraud and securities law through to public corruption, bribery and espionage.

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Senior Statesmen

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

A preeminent figure at the DC Bar, Thomas Green remains one of the most respected white-collar specialists in the city, known for the vast depth of his experience handling complex criminal defense cases. He has a superb reputation in particular for his trial capabilities. One source remarks: "He is an outstanding trial lawyer and wouldn't back down from a buzzsaw."

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Senior Statesmen

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Esteemed senior counsel John Nields is recognized as one of the "deans of the Bar" in addition to being a "great guy and a fabulous lawyer." His many years' experience extends to both civil and criminal defense, and he has a particular knowledge of antitrust law, as well as international arbitration.

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Senior Statesmen

Henry F Schuelke III

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Schuelke of Blank Rome LLP is a "very well established" figure at the DC white-collar Bar, with in-depth experience in accounting and securities fraud, FCPA violations and criminal antitrust. As well as representing corporate clients in litigation, he also increasingly focuses on advising publicly traded companies with respect to their compliance and oversight obligations.

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Senior Statesmen

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Earl Silbert of DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to be recognized as one of the deans of the white-collar Bar, due to his immense experience in handling major trials and investigations over a distinguished career. He has advised clients on tax, securities and procurement law, as well as cases relating to healthcare, environmental and legal services.

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Senior Statesmen

Roger E. Zuckerman

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Zuckerman is "one of the deans of the Bar," according to market sources. He continues to provide the benefit of his wisdom and experience to clients facing criminal white-collar prosecutions, and has invaluable expertise in related areas such as fraud, securities, healthcare investigations and commercial disputes.

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Star Individuals

Brendan V Sullivan Jr

Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by a source as "one of the greatest lawyers ever," Brendan Sullivan enjoys a ironclad reputation as a white-collar specialist and trial maestro. "His organization of a defense strategy and setting up a collaborative team of lawyers is unparalleled," one interviewee confides. "If he is brought into a case, the government knows it damn well better have all its ducks lined in a row and that it's in for the fight of a lifetime."

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Star Individuals

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-notch investigations lawyer" Joseph Warin is best known for his ability to advise clients facing investigation by the government, possessing market-leading expertise in the FCPA. He also has a highly respected practice in securities enforcement, including major class actions.

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Star Individuals

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "spectacular" Reid Weingarten is "a legend at the Bar" and "one of the most prominent lawyers in the field" of white-collar criminal defense. He is known for providing the very highest caliber of representation to individuals facing the threat of investigation or prosecution, with clients including former CEOs and CFOs of major companies, along with academic and legal professionals.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "formidable and hard-working" Lanny Breuer is afforded the utmost respect for his "tremendous practice" at the white-collar Bar. Known for his adept representation of corporate and individual clients, he has particular experience handling cases of financial fraud and FCPA matters. He also regularly counsels clients facing congressional investigations.

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William H Jeffress Jr

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Legendary lawyer" William Jeffress continues to be regarded as a top-level trial advocate, with one client saying: "You'd go to him if you had a really big matter and your life depended on it." Handling a broad range of civil and criminal matters, he is an expert in cases concerning fraud, public corruption, antitrust and money laundering. He is equally adept at representing both corporations and individual executives in the most sensitive and demanding investigations.

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Buckley Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Considered "one of the best lawyers in town," David Krakoff "really knows his way around a white-collar case and isn't afraid to go to trial if he has to," according to market sources. These traits serve him well across his broad roster of work in both criminal defense and government investigations. Known for his expertise especially in FCPA-related matters, he is described by one source as "trial ready" and a "tenacious guy who is extremely good on his feet."

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Rochon is a highly accomplished trial lawyer with an outstanding white-collar criminal defense practice. He also regularly represents clients facing sensitive investigations concerning the FCPA, and other anticorruption and fraud measures. One source observes: "Mark possesses that rare combination of having the intellectual power to deal with very complicated issues, while also having the ability to communicate effectively with his audience, whether that's a jury, a judge or the government. I rate him one of the best lawyers I know, period."

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Peter J. Romatowski

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Romatowski leads the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice, and has considerable expertise in white-collar criminal matters. He regularly represents both companies and individuals during investigations concerning securities law, regulatory enforcement and FCPA violations.

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Schertler & Onorato LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources consider David Schertler to be "at the top of the list" when it comes to defending individuals in complex white-collar cases. He has defended high-profile figures in the business, political and athletic professions, among others, on serious charges such as bribery, honest services fraud, money laundering and perjury. Renowned for his trial skills, he wins praise for being both a "phenomenal lawyer and a super-nice person to work with."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Shapiro is a "great lawyer, no question" and chair of the litigation and controversy practice at WilmerHale. A robust trial lawyer, he is adept at representing individuals and companies facing criminal prosecution proceedings as well as government investigations. A client praises him as "a very steadying hand and a great influence on moving the litigation to meet our objectives."

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William W. Taylor, III

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" William Taylor is widely regard as "one of the go-to lawyers in DC for high-stakes, complex white-collar matters." He specializes in representing individuals, who have recently included high-level executives and officials in the mining, education and financial sectors. Sources applaud him for his "great judgment and terrific manner."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Zinn is renowned for the strength of his white-collar practice, which incorporates fraud, antitrust and public corruption cases, along with investigations concerning FCPA violations. Known as "an incredibly talented lawyer and a forceful advocate," sources admire his ability to handle complex and challenging cases, saying: "He has a knack for navigating the extremely perilous waters his clients are in."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Asbill is praised for his trial expertise, having represented any number of clients in a wide array of complex criminal and civil cases. He regularly advises companies as well as individuals facing charges, including public officials and high-level executives. He played a key role in the firm's defense of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell through both the initial trial and the appellate stages.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely able" Kirby Behre is credited with "tremendous experience," particularly in antitrust law. He is known for his focus on investigations concerning potential cartel activity, and also regularly manages cases of alleged money laundering, price-fixing and other kinds of financial fraud. A source notes: "He is a really great lawyer I would recommend to anyone involved in a white-collar suit."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" Barry Boss is cochair of Cozen O'Connor's criminal defense and internal investigations practice group. He is noted for his expertise in criminal cases and particularly for his representation of individuals facing charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering. One interviewee describes him as "a very shrewd judge of his clients' position" as well as "a guy who can try a case but will never look to throw his client into harm's way: he navigates people very quietly through risk with quite excellent results."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Burck continues to distinguish himself with the strength and diversity of his sterling white-collar practice. He regularly takes the lead on complex cross-border investigations in Europe and Latin America, such as representing FIFA in relation to the alleged corruption and bribery committed by top soccer officials. Clients describe him as "an unparalleled talent" and "a wonderful strategist."

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Buckley Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources regard Preston Burton as a "strong trial lawyer" who is a "go-to person" for matters involving foreign jurisdictions, describing him as "very familiar with operating overseas as well as with the courts here." He is also known for his experience handling cases involving foreign intelligence and issues of national security.

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Connolly is head of the litigation practice at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. He is an esteemed white-collar defense lawyer recognized in particular for his adept handling of individual representation and his courtroom advocacy. "Tom is really a very gifted lawyer," one source confides, adding: "He just has a knack for engaging with individual clients, and at making very common-sense arguments to the court. I would want to work with him in virtually any case."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Cooper is a "very smart, very tactical" lawyer handling a wide range of investigations and criminal defense work. He draws upon his former experience as a federal prosecutor to expertly advise companies on crisis management, in addition to representing both corporate and individual clients in litigation. One source remarks: "He has a way of defusing situations so he can take the tension of out something and let the client focus on things that really matter."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Phenomenal lawyer" Kevin Downey offers top-notch expertise in both securities and white-collar litigation, with a particular focus on representing corporate executives in their most challenging and sensitive cases. Adept at navigating investigations, he is also an accomplished trial lawyer, considered by one source to be "as talented and persuasive an oral advocate as I have ever seen."

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Mitchell S Ettinger

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

From the Chambers USA guide

The "superb" Mitchell Ettinger manages the firm's DC office and handles a broad spectrum of litigation, which includes both civil and criminal matters. Sources draw attention to his profound understanding of the FCA, as well as his strength at handling class actions. Clients also appreciate his clear communication and practical advice.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Hoffinger is co-head of the white-collar defense and government investigations group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. He is well known for taking a leading role representing companies and their executives during investigations by the DOJ, SEC, FDA and other government agencies. He also offers robust understanding of the FCPA. One source praises him as a "hard-charging guy" who is "very animated and good."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Hopson is managing partner at the DC office and is rated as "a very senior litigator who can do anything and everything." He maintains a robust practice encompassing a broad range of white-collar matters and government enforcement actions, including matters of bribery, corruption and fraud. Clients describe him as "the guy you call when you cannot afford to lose" and say "he's creative at finding elegant solutions to complex problems."

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Inglima regularly handles criminal fraud cases along with associated regulatory enforcement proceedings. He is also known for advising companies through difficult investigations concerning FCA and FCPA violations as well as environmental crimes. Sources "can't say enough good things about him" and draw attention to his "incredible, even-keeled disposition that creates confidence in clients and the government that he knows what he's talking about."

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Charles S. Leeper

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Leeper of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is described by one interviewee as "one of the smartest, most tenacious and innovative criminal defense attorneys I know." His broad white-collar practice encompasses both company and individual representation during investigations, litigation and enforcement proceedings. "He is a trial lawyer's trial lawyer," another source attests; "passionate and comfortably at home in the courtroom, he is simply one of the best at connecting with the jury and mastering the nuances of trial work."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Levy regularly represents high-profile corporate and individual clients facing government enforcement and investigations. He has notable expertise in cases of financial crime, including tax, accounting and securities matters, and also handles cases concerning government misconduct and public corruption. Sources draw attention in particular to his understanding of complex tax law, and also describe him as a "very even-keeled" attorney who is "unflappable under pressure."

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Abbe David Lowell

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Eminent trial lawyer Abbe David Lowell of Norton Rose Fulbright head of the firm's litigation department, and has a long and impressive track record of handling sophisticated white-collar criminal and civil matters. He has frequently represented political and public figures along with major companies and executives. One source reports: "He is absolutely terrific, he really is at the top of the game."

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Mallon & McCool, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven McCool of Mallon & McCool, LLC is lauded by an interviewee as "one of the best trial lawyers in the city," and praise for his trial skills is widely echoed across the market. Another source adds: "He wins the unwinnable cases. I've never seen anyone more committed to the interests of his clients." Involved in a broad range of criminal and civil cases, he is best known for representing individual executives, directors and officers facing serious white-collar charges.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Nassikas heads the firm's white-collar defense practice in DC. He is highly regarded for his adroit representation of companies and individuals during complex federal and state investigations. Sources point particularly to his knowledge of criminal antitrust matters, as well as praising him as "exceedingly responsive, engaging, friendly and easy for clients to get along with," adding: "He is someone who's able to best identify what is important to the client."

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Law Offices of Gregory L. Poe PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Poe of Law Offices of Gregory L. Poe PLLC dedicates his practice to white-collar criminal defense and appellate matters, representing individuals facing government investigation and enforcement proceedings. Sources are full of praise for his work, calling him a "very diligent, careful, strategic lawyer" who is "extremely devoted to his clients and his cases." Clients in particular cannot speak highly enough of him, emphasizing his approachable demeanor and meticulous preparation in addition to his superb oral advocacy.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

An "extremely able trial lawyer who is passionate about criminal defense," Barry Pollack is well known for his "tenacity, willingness and ability to fight cases in the courtroom." He is also chair of the white-collar and internal investigations practice at Miller & Chevalier. He has vast experience at both trial and appellate level, and primarily represents individuals facing criminal charges and investigatory proceedings that concern bribery, corruption and espionage.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Spivack handles a broad range of white-collar criminal matters and investigations, including cases of healthcare and government contract fraud, antitrust and FCPA violations. Considered a "very hard-working, thoughtful, engaging lawyer," clients appreciate how he "really gets into the nitty gritty of the problem and understands what you want."

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Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The highly respected Robert Trout of Trout Cacheris & Janis PLLC is an "extremely able trial lawyer" with over four decades' experience in white-collar criminal defense work as well as complex civil litigation. He has represented companies at trial and during investigations relating to public corruption, fraud, FCA violations and price-fixing, among other matters.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Michael Barta of Dechert LLP is widely praised as a "consummate trial lawyer" who "really can try almost any kind of case." His practice takes in criminal white-collar work, including investigations and related enforcement or prosecution proceedings, as well as a broad range of civil litigation. Sources describe him as "the kind of lawyer you want on your side in the courtroom."

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Blair Brown has considerable trial experience and a broad range of white-collar expertise that includes cases concerning bribery, criminal antitrust and securities fraud. His practice also extends to advising clients during investigations relating to FCPA and RICO violations, among other matters. Commentators applaud him as "an incredibly zealous advocate; he is someone who will look under every rock and run down every lead."

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head Eric Bruce brings to bear extensive experience in trying major white-collar cases, as both prosecution and defense counsel. His current practice takes in a wide variety of matters that stem from allegations of corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering, to name a few. Peers describe him as a "very smart guy" and also credit him as being "very knowledgeable about the FCPA."

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ralph Caccia of Wiley Rein LLP has an impressive level of expertise in both criminal and civil cases involving government enforcement and investigations, and is also a skilled trial lawyer. He regularly handles matters arising out of FCA and FCPA violations, along with healthcare fraud, securities and antitrust. Regarded by clients as an "outstanding attorney who is responsive and proactive," he is also lauded as an "excellent legal strategist" and a "straight shooter who tells it like it is."

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Amy J Conway-Hatcher

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Conway-Hatcher continues to receive praise as a "phenomenal" lawyer who is "smart, tenacious and seasoned" and a "very effective leader" when it comes to complex investigations, particularly in relation to criminal sanctions and FCPA violations. Clients credit her with a high level of technical knowledge as well as being "extraordinarily effective with people," and also praise her ability to always think "two or three steps down the line" during a case.

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Delinsky's thriving white-collar practice sees him regularly called upon to defend individuals against allegations of securities fraud, public corruption, FCPA violations and shareholder disputes. "He is smart, grounded, very easy to work with and very comfortable in court," one source remarks, while another describes him as "clearly committed to his client but also a complete straight shooter."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alice Fisher is known for her deep knowledge of matters concerning anticorruption, FCA violations and healthcare fraud, and has an excellent reputation in particular for representing global pharmaceutical companies. "One of the best white-collar defense attorneys in the healthcare sector," a client observes, adding: "Her real strength is in her communication with the client - she loops us in when strategy decisions are made and always gives us enough information to make good decisions."

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Heberlig has a very impressive and growing reputation for his trial practice, regularly defending high-profile executives and public officials in challenging white-collar cases. He also advises clients facing investigation by the SEC and DOJ. Sources compliment his impressive range of litigation capabilities, calling him a "tremendous lawyer" and "very meticulous, polished and well prepared in the courtroom."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is lauded as a "fairly extraordinary individual" who is "formidable" and "just brilliant." Clients credit her with "extremely good judgment and high credibility with the DOJ." She has an impressive white-collar practice that includes advising high-profile corporate clients on major investigations concerning FCPA and FCA violations, tax evasion and healthcare fraud.

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Salky has a dual focus on securities enforcement and white-collar criminal matters, regularly representing executives and other individuals facing prosecution or investigation by regulatory agencies and the government. He is highly thought of among the DC Bar, with one source attesting: "I trust his judgment, his ethic, his knowledge of the law: he's very good."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter White of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP receives extensive praise as "a tenacious defense lawyer" who is "very good in the courtroom." One source describes him as being "so adept at cross-examination that I have seen him turn a prosecution witness into a defense witness." He focuses much of his practice on the financial sector, advising companies and individuals faced with allegations of accounting and securities fraud, FCPA violations and insider trading.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Anthony is a "really fine lawyer" handling a broad range of criminal and civil matters, often taking to trial complex cases involving fraud, bribery and obstruction of justice. He has notable experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and also advises US military and national defense organizations.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Barr of Baker & Hostetler LLP offers considerable expertise cultivated during his time at the DOJ as well as the SEC. He regularly counsels companies during investigations that concern a wide range of issues, including FCPA and FCA violations, antitrust, insider trading, export controls and securities. Clients speak highly of his "extremely thorough, detail-oriented" approach, with one saying: "I was confident he left no stone unturned, and I always felt like he was a great counsel and a great advocate."

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Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Best chairs the white-collar defense and government investigations practice at Brown Rudnick LLP. Bringing to bear his expertise in all areas of corporate governance, he counsels clients during investigations by the DOJ and SEC, as well as advising on FCPA compliance and other anticorruption matters. One source remarks: "I don't think I've ever met a lawyer who inspired more confidence in their client than him: a remarkable talent."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cary has a thriving litigation practice that includes a significant focus on issues of professional malpractice and ethics, particularly with regard to legal and accountancy firms. Sources respect him as a "hard-charging" litigator who is also "an impassioned advocate for his client."

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Douglas Greenburg

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cochair of the DC litigation practice Douglas Greenburg is described by peers as "a great lawyer and an effective leader" who is "understated but highly effective in terms of getting results." He maintains a broad international practice and has significant expertise in handling major anticorruption and money laundering investigations, economic sanctions and FCPA matters.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Hanusik is cochair of Crowell's white-collar and regulatory enforcement group, and "can really handle all kinds of criminal disputes," according to one impressed client, who highlights his ability to work well both with individual executives and with boards of directors. An expert in federal securities law, he also handles a wide range of matters pertaining to public corruption, trade sanctions and FCPA violations.

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Ifrah Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah Law has a thriving trial practice and is known for his specialized understanding of issues concerning online gambling and gaming. He is also experienced in matters of criminal antitrust, the FCA and securities law. Clients speak highly of him, particularly his responsiveness and courtroom advocacy, with one also highlighting his ability to "make sure we get to the heart of the information, and then pull all that information together."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Lawler of Vinson & Elkins LLP is a noted specialist in FCPA matters, and regularly counsels clients facing major investigations as well as providing extensive compliance advice, particularly in the oil and gas industry. Cases concerning public corruption, criminal antitrust and healthcare fraud also form key aspects of his practice. One impressed client reports: "He is a very collegial, open, careful lawyer, but also a pragmatist and extremely knowledgeable about the current trends in enforcement. He really has his thumb on the pulse of the DOJ and provides very sound advice."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Levine joined Blank Rome LLP in 2016 from the former Dickstein Shapiro. He has many years' experience in white-collar criminal matters, as well as internal and congressional investigations. According to one client, he is "a legal surgeon and scholar" who is "incredibly thorough, dedicated, detailed and focused," while another reports that he is "not just a litigator, but able to put things in a business context that makes him a lot more valuable."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Neil Macbride of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is a former federal prosecutor with a huge amount of experience in white-collar criminal matters that includes involvement in major trials, investigations and government enforcement actions. Clients value him as a "top-notch trial lawyer and legal strategist," highlighting the practical nature of his advice and describing him as "very responsive, able to quickly digest facts and a quick learner."

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Mark J MacDougall

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Phenomenal advocate" Mark MacDougall is described by sources as a "top-notch trial lawyer" who is "completely unafraid of going toe-to-toe with the government." He regularly represents individuals facing criminal charges, as well as those being investigated by government agencies. He receives high acclaim for his courtroom prowess but is also lauded for his "extremely conscientious" and sensitive manner with clients.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Dynamo" Juan Morillo has a burgeoning reputation as a renowned white-collar practitioner with a broad practice. He handles both corporate and individual representations on behalf of leading financial institutions, international companies and professional services firms. He receives particular praise for his ability to work cross-culturally, with one source observing that "he does not look at everything through US glasses; he's able to think himself into other business cultures and legal systems."

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Schertler & Onorato LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Danny Onorato is a "really super lawyer" who has a growing reputation for his white-collar criminal defense work. He is adept at handling cases that concern serious allegations of fraud relating to banking, tax, securities and other financial matters, along with a wide range of other criminal charges. In addition to his impressive trial practice, he also represents clients during criminal and civil investigations brought by both the SEC and DOJ.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

"Extremely able appellate lawyer" Lawrence Robbins of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP has extensive experience handling civil and criminal appeals all the way up to the Supreme Court. He has also represented clients facing investigation by the SEC and DOJ, including both companies and invididuals.

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J Sedwick Sollers

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sedwick Sollers is managing partner of the DC office and "a really terrific lawyer," according to market commentators, with others commending his "incredible touch with clients." He has a strong reputation for both company and individual representations, particularly in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. His work also includes investigations with notable cross-border elements.

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Barbara Van Gelder

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Barbara Van Gelder of Cozen O'Connor is a highly experienced white-collar defense lawyer with a particular focus on cases involving healthcare fraud. Her litigation expertise includes FCA, FCPA and RICO cases, and she also counsels corporate clients during internal investigations as well as on the development of compliance programs. One source describes her as "phenomenal," adding that "for all sorts of sensitive matters, I've always seen her as one of the go-to lawyers."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Baruch Weiss is described by one client as a "really experienced" lawyer who "knows his way around evidence and an investigation." Having previously worked at the Department of Homeland Security, he is well equipped to handle matters that involve issues of national security, and also regularly takes on cases concerning public corruption and the FCPA.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Wise is highly thought of for his white-collar expertise, and has key experience in taking cases to trial as well as handling complex investigations. He regularly represents companies alleged to have committed FCPA violations as well as other claims of corruption and fraud. He is described by sources as "absolutely exceptional," and one interviewee adds that he is "extraordinarily detailed, passionate, whip smart and just a great, great advocate."

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Law Office of Stephen L. Braga, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Braga of Law Office of Stephen L. Braga, PLLC  is a "terrific" and "very capable lawyer" known for his adept representation of individuals facing both criminal and civil proceedings brought against them. He is well versed in litigation involving securities, legal malpractice and regulatory enforcement. His experience also includes a number of high-profile pro bono cases involving potential miscarriages of justice.

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Mary Patrice Brown

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Patrice Brown co-leads the firm's white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice. Having previously worked as a federal prosecutor, she has considerable trial experience, and is also very well equipped to advise companies facing internal and congressional investigations.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol Bruce of K&L Gates is a seasoned litigator with many years' experience representing companies and individuals in criminal proceedings, not only at trial but also before grand juries and during internal investigations. She also has a thriving civil practice which takes in a range of commercial disputes and class action defense.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Burns continues to build a strong reputation for representing clients in investigations brought by federal, state and regulatory agencies, particularly in the financial services industry. He has experience advising clients facing allegations of criminal antitrust, market manipulation and securities fraud, among other areas. One client describes him as "exceptional," adding: "He is super-smart and he works tirelessly."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources "have great regard" for Paul Butler, who is considered a "really outstanding" lawyer. His practice focuses largely on advising clients during major internal and government-led investigations, not least with regard to the FCPA. He is regularly involved in cases with significant international elements.

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Jonathan L. Diesenhaus

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Diesenhaus maintains a broad practice that encompasses white-collar criminal matters, FCA litigation and healthcare fraud, among other areas. He is particularly well known for handling qui tam cases brought against healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Fagell has considerable experience as a white-collar defense lawyer, and also cochairs the firm's global anticorruption group. He is best known for his representation of institutions facing sensitive investigations and enforcement actions in both a criminal and civil context. Sources describe him as a "very smart and astute" lawyer who has shown great skill at handling "complex factual matters that require a lot of thought."

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Law Office of Bernard Grimm

From the Chambers USA guide

The "really excellent" Bernie Grimm of Law Office of Bernard Grimm is a dedicated criminal defense advocate known for representing individuals faced with charges such as fraud, bribery and other white-collar offenses. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has over 30 years' experience of taking cases to both local and federal courts in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Robert Luskin is very highly thought of for his robust white-collar practice and the depth of his expertise in anticorruption matters, including the FCPA. He regularly counsels clients facing highly sensitive investigations with complex multijurisdictional aspects, and also has considerable trial and appellate experience.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Margolis of Vinson & Elkins LLP advises clients during both internal and government-led investigations, as well as on related compliance matters. He has a notable focus on cases concerning fraud related to the FCA, government contracts, healthcare and tax. Clients report that he is "a really smart guy" who "knows his stuff and puts people at ease; his counseling skills are fantastic."

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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Caroline Mehta concentrates her practice on white-collar criminal defense, and enjoys a burgeoning reputation as a "smart, tenacious and creative" litigator. Her work includes complex cases concerning tax, healthcare and wire fraud along with securities and FCPA matters. Sources highlight not only her technical knowledge and advocacy skills, but also her shrewd ability to "pick up on the key issues instantly and attack them relentlessly for her client."

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Patrick O'Donnell

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick O'Donnell of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP has a broad litigation practice that encompasses cases of tax evasion, public corruption, bribery and extortion along with FCA violations, securities fraud and antitrust. He has considerable experience handling cases with significant international elements. "He is extremely dogged, very detail-oriented and very creative in his approaches," one source reports, adding that he is "not afraid to just push through on investigations and run everything down."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirk Ogrosky handles a range of white-collar work and is particularly well equipped to advise on FCA and healthcare fraud cases. Sources speak highly of his healthcare expertise and trial skills, and one source is also particularly complimentary about his leadership style: "He's very well organized, and he has a unique ability to harness the efforts of a large group of people and keep those people all working toward a particular goal."

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Ferocious advocate" Tobin Romero continues to develop a very strong white-collar practice that includes involvement in significant criminal defense cases and a range of investigations. Much of his recent work has featured substantial cross-border elements. One source reports: "There is no lawyer who is more committed to obtaining the best result possible for his client than Toby Romero, and he has the talent to back it up."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

John Rowley of Baker McKenzie is a "very experienced lawyer" who has notable expertise in handling FCPA investigations, particularly for multinational companies with significant foreign interests. Other areas of focus include violations of the FCA and procurement fraud. As well as his robust trial practice, he also counsels clients on compliance programs and risk management.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Sabin represents clients facing investigation and enforcement action relating to trade sanctions and export control, FCPA violations and issues of national security. He also heads the firm's global practice in aerospace, defense and government services.

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Williams & Connolly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "wicked smart" Lance Wade is considered by sources to be among "the next generation of greats" at Williams & Connolly due to his flourishing reputation as a lawyer and litigator. Focusing on white-collar matters, he handles criminal defense on behalf of high-profile individuals, as well as guiding corporate entities through both government and internal investigations.

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Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

From the Chambers USA guide

Alexandra Walsh of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz handles an impressive array of criminal and civil litigation, and has considerable experience representing clients at both trial and appellate level. She is also known for her ability to lead on internal investigations concerning major companies in a broad range of industries, such as media, sports and entertainment, pharmaceutical and financial services. "She might be the smartest lawyer I've ever worked with," one source attests, while another lauds her as "very talented" and "incredibly hard-working."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Wareham is the global chair of the litigation practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. A highly versatile litigator, he is particularly well known for his expertise in securities litigation and regulatory defense. Clients value his clear-sighted and pragmatic advice, saying: "He has keen global insights into risks faced by multinational companies and is an expert in helping define and mitigate those risks." Another praises his ability to "examine the facts very quickly, analyze them and give an opinion he doesn't back off from."

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Solomon Wisenberg

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Solomon Wisenberg of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP leads the firm's white-collar practice and has extensive experience of both criminal defense and investigations work. He regularly represents clients faced with allegations of bribery, public corruption, securities fraud and FCPA violations, among other areas.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Kramer has continued to build upon an excellent reputation for his white-collar practice, with notable expertise in cases of public corruption, bribery and antitrust, particularly those concerning foreign jurisdictions. "He is a great guy and a pleasure to work with," remarks a source, who adds that he is "very strong, poised and polished in court." An impressed client also describes him as an "excellent lawyer who made himself available beyond the call of duty in an extremely delicate situation."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Hank Walther is a former federal prosecutor building an impressive reputation for both his trial work and his ability to handle major investigations. He has a keen focus on anticorruption, particularly the FCPA, and is also very well versed in cases of healthcare fraud. Sources consider him "very smart and fair," adding that "he knows his stuff and is good to deal with."

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