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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, Regulatory Enforcement & 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 team (which is 'always professional and personable') displays real aptitude for handling individual representations for clients in a variety of white-collar matters. It is chaired by James Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York. As an example of the group's capabilities, Witzel successfully represented William Tirrell, managing director and former head of regulatory reporting at Bank of America, in a four-year SEC investigation and active litigation relating to alleged securities law violations; Witzel achieved a settled order for the client. He also represents former New York City Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte in connection with investigations by the New York City Department of Investigation and other government entities, concerning the alleged personal use of City vehicles and illegal monitoring of telephone calls between inmates and the Department of Investigation. Other recommended practitioners include New York's Evan Barr (whose 'vast experience and understanding of securities law puts clients at ease'), Lawrence Gerschwer, Stephen Juris and Una Dean.

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