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John Lausch

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John Lausch focuses on government enforcement defense and internal investigations, as well as other litigation matters. His experience includes representing BP in connection with government investigations and related litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. John has represented other companies before various governmental entities and led confidential internal investigations on a variety of other matters, including in connection with allegations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, and environmental crimes.


Prior to rejoining Kirkland in 2010, John worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Northern District of Illinois for more than eleven years, serving as a supervisor in the office from 2005-2010. As an AUSA, John received two U.S. Department of Justice Director's Awards for Superior Performance. Prior to his work as an AUSA, John was a litigation associate at Kirkland and a law clerk for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1996 cum laude (Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Northwestern University Law Review); Harvard University, A.B., General Studies (Government Concentration), 1992 cum laude.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP delivers ‘practical and pragmatic advice and a very high level of service’. Chicago-based practice head Mark Filip and Houston-based Brigham Cannon are ‘diligent and knowledgeable’. They were part of the team that advised BASF on an internal review concerning alleged antitrust violations. The firm helped General Motors to negotiate a criminal resolution with the DOJ concerning recalls. Other clients include some of the world’s largest manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, which the firm advises on major FCPA investigations and FCA cases. Chicago lawyers John Lausch and John Hartmann, New York’s Henry DePippo and the Washington DC-based Robert Khuzami are active in the white-collar space. Michael Garcia left to become Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals in January 2016.

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