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Bracewell LLP

701 FIFTH AVENUE, STE 6200, SEATTLE, WA 98104-7018, USA
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Philip Bezanson

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Bracewell LLP

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White Collar Defense


Philip J. Bezanson's litigation practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and general commercial litigation. Mr. Bezanson has represented corporate and individual clients in recent high-profile and complex cases, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, "Pay to Play" cases in New York, New Mexico and Illinois, the stock options backdating cases, and a variety of matters involving accounting practices at publicly traded companies and trading desks at financial institutions. Mr. Bezanson regularly defends corporations and executives facing allegations of securities fraud, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, bribery, mail/wire fraud, tax offenses and other business crimes or regulatory violations. He also conducts internal investigation work on behalf of corporate clients, their boards of directors or board sub-committees.


Serves as managing partner of the firm's Seattle office.


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2004; B.A., Columbia University, 2001

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

At Bracewell LLP, the well-regarded Paul Shechtman (who is based in New York) is defending former Morgan Stanley broker Michael Siva in an insider trading case relating to secret tips on M&A activity leaked by a Bank of America consultant; Shechtman is also acting for Norman Seabrook, former head of the New York City Correctional Officers Benevolent Association (COBA), in a federal court case concerning charges of accepting kickbacks in exchange for the investment of COBA funds. On the corporate front, Seattle’s Philip Bezanson represented Optimal Economics Capital Partners in connection with an SEC investigation into unlicensed offerings of securities and potential securities fraud. Also recommended are New York’s Thomas Kokalas and Barbara Jones, and Houston’s Jeffery Vaden. Glen Kopp departed the firm in January 2018 to join Mayer Brown’s New York office, and Brandon McCarthy joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in May 2018.

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