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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Steven Witzel

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement.


Global Head of White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice. Represents public companies, audit committees, private equity firms and senior executives in criminal and regulatory investigations, and parallel civil litigation. Practice includes investigations into allegations of domestic and international accounting frauds, antitrust conspiracies, financial crimes and FCPA violations.


Joined in 2005. Former Partner (Associate GC), PricewaterhouseCoopers; Assistant US Attorney in Southern District of NY Criminal Division and Acting Chief of Public Corruption Unit; Cravath, Swaine & Moore


Mr. Witzel received his JD from Fordham University School of Law in 1983 and his AB from Dartmouth College in 1978, cum laude with high honors.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘strong and experienced’ team is jointly head by ‘great leadersJames Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York. It is renowned for its individual representations in the securities and commodities fraud space. The team secured a victory for William Tirrell in a major SEC investigation and civil litigation, ending in a settlement that imposed no financial penalty and no suspension. It is also defending the Peruvian lawyer, Julio Antonia Castro Roca, against extradition proceedings initiated by the US government relating to an insider trading charge. Evan Barr is representing the former Citigroup foreign currency exchange trader, Christopher Cummins, in connection with ongoing investigations and prosecutions being conducted by the DOJ antitrust division. The ‘strategic and extremely knowledgeableStephen Juris is also recommended. The New York team was recently joined by Una Dean, a cybersecurity expert and the former assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lawrence Gerschwer is also recommended for his ‘strong judgement’.

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