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Mayer Brown

1999 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1101, USA
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Laurence Urgenson

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Mayer Brown

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“He has distinguished himself as an outstanding FCPA practitioner, . . . he has a terrific boardroom presence and a practical approach to dealing with issues and governments around the World” Chambers USA 2014 Larry Urgenson is a leader of the firm’s Anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Practice. He is a member of the White Collar Defense & Compliance practice and works out of the Washington, DC office. Larry is widely recognized as one of the preeminent FCPA authorities in the United States. He has represented corporate and individual clients in FCPA and anti-corruption matters worldwide for nearly four decades. As noted in Chambers, Larry is “known for his experience in high-stakes investigations” (USA 2013) and “offers incredible knowledge in the FCPA area . . . he has great judgment” (USA 2012). Recently, Larry was named one of Benchmark’s 2014 White Collar Crime Litigation Stars. He was also recognized nationally as one of 8 FCPA Masters at the first annual Main Justice Best FCPA Lawyers Client Service Awards in 2013. Additionally, he is a sought-after writer and speaker on white collar matters and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Business Crimes Bulletin. Prior to joining private practice, Larry held key leadership positions at the US Department of Justice (DOJ). As the DOJ’s Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he primarily supervised the Fraud Section, General Litigation and Legal Advice Section, and Office of Policy and Management Analysis. Additionally, he testified before various congressional committees regarding the Department's white collar crime initiatives. He also served as the DOJ’s Chief of the Fraud Section for the Criminal Division, where he advised US Attorneys on white collar crime issues, supervised the prosecution of bank, securities, and defense procurement frauds, and oversaw the FCPA Unit and the Defense Procurement Fraud Unit. Earlier in his career, Larry served as a Chief Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Larry received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Edmund J. Randolph award for Outstanding Service.


Brooklyn Law School, JD, cum laude 1976 Member, National Moot Court Team; Recipient, Robert Morse Prize; Senior Editor, Brooklyn Law Review City College of the City University of New York, BBA 1968

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Mayer Brown's team, which leverages the firm's presence in London, Hong Kong and São Paulo, is co-led by Greg Deis and William Michael in Chicago, Kelly Kramer in Washington DC and Daniel Stein in New York. The group expanded in 2018, adding Audrey Harris in Washington DC, who joined from an in-house position with BHP Billiton and, in New York, Glen Kopp, who was hired from Bracewell LLP. Kramer is representing Fadi Nahas, former senior vice president of Anham, in a DOJ qui tam action alleging fraudulent inducements of the US Government to award defense contracts and the shipping of critical goods through Iran; the action was stayed pending the outcome of a parallel criminal investigation. Washington DC's Laurence Urgenson is representing Las Vegas Sands in connection with an FCPA investigation involving allegations from a former executive relating to conduct in Macau.

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