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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in United States

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a strong focus on the financial services industry, representing banks, broker-dealers, private investment funds and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings. Particular areas of focus include FCPA investigations, anti-money laundering, spoofing, and cryptocurrency-related matters. The team is led by James Benjamin, Michael Asaro and Washington DC’s Charles Connolly. Katherine Goldstein joined from Milbank in July 2020, adding to the team’s strength and experience in securities and commodities fraud. Named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Charles Connolly; Michael Asaro; James Benjamin

Other key lawyers:

Claudius Modesti; Paul Butler; Karen Christian; Katherine Goldstein

Key clients

Eastman Kodak Company

USANA Health Sciences

Tower Research Capital

Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the D.C. Bar

Mammoth Energy Services

Chris Jordan

Christophe Rivoire

Arthur Hayes

Work highlights

  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of the Special Committee of Board of Directors of Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak) into issues related to trading and options grants in advance of a public news announcement.
  • Advised Tower Research Capital LLC on parallel settlements with the DOJ and CFTC under which the company entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the DOJ and agreed to pay a total of $68.7m in penalties, disgorgement, and restitution
  • Successfully represented USANA, a publicly traded global nutrition company in a long running investigation into alleged FCPA violations by its wholly owned China-based subsidiary, securing a complete declination by both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s international team is well regarded for its representation of financial institutions and their senior executives in US government and multi-jurisdictional investigations. In New York, Jacob Pultman heads the practice and David Esseks has noted experience in criminal, civil, and regulatory securities litigation and anti-corruption investigations. The team has continued its expansion in the US with the addition of several partners. In April 2020 in Washington DC, Patrick Pearsall joined from Jenner & Block LLP, and Billy Jacobson and Jonathan Lopez joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPPaul Keller joined the New York office from Norton Rose Fulbright in May 2020, while Julian Moore joined from an in-house role at K2 Intelligence in October 2019. Michael Feldberg left for Reichman Jorgensen LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Pultman

Other key lawyers:

David Esseks; Eugene Ingoglia; Patrick Pearsall; Billy Jacobson; Jonathan Lopez; Paul Keller; Julian Moore


‘They are experienced white-collar lawyers’.

‘Eugene Ingoglia is a wonderfully collegial partner who is a pleasure to work with’. 

Work highlights

  • Representing Robert Olan, a hedge fund partner, at trial on criminal insider trading charges in a high-profile case concerning Medicare reimbursement rates.
  • Handled an internal investigation on behalf of the board of a hospital network, looking into allegations of accounting irregularities.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter acts for both individuals and corporates, including leading multinationals, in the life sciences, healthcare, financial services, aerospace, and government sectors, among others. Thanks in part to its expansive global network, the firm is especially well placed to handle international criminal and civil matters and investigations. The team is co-led by Marcus Asner in New York, who has deep expertise in FCPA matters, fraud and civil litigation; and Washington DC’s Amy Jeffress, who is recommended for security and compliance issues. Craig Stewart re-joined the firm from the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York in November 2020. In April 2020, Andrew Bauer left for an in-house role at One Zero Capital.

Practice head(s):

Amy Jeffress; Marcus Asner

Other key lawyers:

Baruch Weiss; Suneeta Hazra; Michael Rogoff; John Nassikas; Craig Stewart

Key clients

AdvanSix, a subsidiary of Honeywell

Astra Zeneca

Carnival Corporation

Eli Lilly & Co.

Fluor Corporation

Pfizer Inc.

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI)

Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb


UCB, Inc.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Work highlights

  • Defending Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in state and federal governmental investigations and litigation related to the promotion of Plavix.
  • Represented Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI) in litigation filed by Petrobras America Inc. related to “operation car wash”.
  • Represented Fluor Corporation in a recent case with far-reaching ramifications for government contractors making mandatory disclosures to the US government.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The white-collar defense and corporate investigations team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is recommended for internal and external investigations and criminal and civil enforcement matters. The group also handles compliance and crisis management for a range of national and international clients. Kyle Clark heads the practice and is particularly experienced in the healthcare sector, advising hospitals and physicians on DOJ investigations. Alex Bourelly is recommended for securities and healthcare fraud, FCPA matters and SEC investigations. Bridget Moore specializes in securities enforcement, corporate compliance and white-collar criminal defense matters. Named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Clark

Other key lawyers:

Amy Conway-Hatcher; Lynn Neils; Andrew Lankler; Bridget Moore; Brendan Quigley; Jeffrey Wood; Steve Solow; Alex Bourelly


‘Lynn Neils is a highly dedicated and strong advocate on behalf of her clients’.

‘The Baker Botts team brings to the table enormous real-life experience with these areas, well above my experience with other law firms’. 

‘They have the ability to find effective and efficient ways to tackle problems’. 

‘Andrew Lankler is absolutely top-notch, he is an experienced defense counsel who knows his area well, responds quickly and pulls together a team to tackle problems’.               

‘They work very well together and leverage the strengths of each associate to produce the best work product’. 

‘They push each other to bring to the best result for the client’.     

‘Andrew Lankler has been constantly available both as a top-flight legal mind and a part-time armchair psychologist’.

‘The associates are all fantastic and talented’.

Key clients

Patterson Companies, Inc.

Alliance Oil Company Ltd.

Black & Veatch Corporation


Clinton Earl Portis

Hugh O’Kane

Jeremy Drake

Amit Agarwal

Gail Herman Holt

Work highlights

  • Represented Patterson Companies in a multi-year criminal investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
  • Represented Alliance Oil Company (AOC), a Russian company, and its subsidiaries, Independent Petroleum Company (IPC) and AO-NNK-Primornefteproduct (NNK-P), in conducting an investigation and engaging in advocacy with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in connection with US sanctions and delisting petition.
  • Representing Black & Veatch, the multinational construction and engineering company, in several ongoing matters, including defending the company in a multi-defendant lawsuit, brought in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP fields an experienced team, including several attorneys who formerly worked at the DOJ and SEC, bringing to the practice group unique insight in multinational investigations. The firm advises both corporations and individuals, and areas of focus include FCPA issues, antitrust-related issues, tax, securities, immigration and fraud matters. Chicago’s Peter Tomczak chairs the North American litigation and government enforcement group; he specializes in internal investigations, compliance and business disputes. Other names to note include William Devaney in New York, Jerome Tomas in Chicago and Washington DC’s Thomas Firestone. In June 2020, Jessica Nall joined from Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco. In October 2019, John Kosmidis took a position with the DOJ and in July 2020, Robert Kent retired.

Practice head(s):

Peter Tomczak; William Devaney; Jerome Tomas; Thomas Firestone

Other key lawyers:

Richard Dean; Reagan Demas; Maurice Bellan; Jessica Nall


‘The team I worked with, led by Peter Tomczak of Chicago, was exceptionally knowledgeable and well supported and provided excellent communication to co-counsel’.

‘The Baker team I worked with went to exceptional lengths to communicate and seek the views of other stakeholders’. 

‘Peter Tomczak is a superb partner, an expert in the law, and capable of mastering complex technology, and excellent at communication and other interpersonal skills’. 

‘Thomas Firestone is a top-notch lawyer and is uniquely qualified to advise on compliance and corporate investigations’. 

‘Thomas Firestone understands business and provides tailor made advice, his knowledge of eastern European and post-Soviet jurisdictions is unsurpassed’.     

‘Thomas Firestone and his team helped us develop a compliance function which ranks among the best in the world’.

Key clients

NHK Spring

Beam Suntory

B&H Photo & Electronics Corp.

Work highlights

  • Conducted an investigation into alleged criminal antitrust violations (cartel) on behalf of NHK Spring.
  • Represented Beam Suntory in its internal investigation of potential FCPA violations in India as well as its voluntary disclosure, investigation by and settlement with the DOJ and SEC.
  • Representing B&H in a novel New York False Claims Act investigation and litigation surrounding the sales tax treatment of certain vendor funding brought by the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP handles a range of regulatory and white-collar defense matters for large organizations and high-profile individuals. The team has experience in dealing with enforcement actions by regulators and in the design, implementation and monitoring of compliance programs. The practice group is headed by Stephen Braga in Washington DC, who handles criminal and civil matters at trial and appellate courts. New York’s Paul Shechtman is well versed in criminal and regulatory investigations at the federal and state levels. Shechtman also deals with political corruption, healthcare fraud and insider trading.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Braga

Other key lawyers:

Paul Shechtman; Barbara Jones; Jeffery Vaden; Kevin Collins; Matthew Nielsen

Key clients

Morris Zukerman

Louis Ciminelli

Isai Scheinberg

Jose Carlos Grubisich

Linde plc

Franz H. Muller-Huber

Cementaid International Marketing, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing a billion-dollar poultry processing business and its CEO in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging in the broiler chicken industry.
  • Defending Franz H. Muller-Huber, the president of a US-based company, in relation to foreign bribery, wire fraud and money laundering charges, in connection with his alleged participation in a scheme to corruptly secure business advantages, including contracts and payment on past due invoices, from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

Buckley LLP

Buckley LLP is well known for its defense of individuals in high-stakes white-collar criminal matters. The firm also handles large corporate investigations and is well-versed in cross-border matters. The practice is headed by Benjamin Klubes and David Krakoff. Klubes acts for financial services companies in federal and state enforcement agency investigations, examinations, and litigation, while Krakoff is noted for his trial experience in criminal and civil litigation. Also recommended is Hank Asbill, who brings over 40 years’ trial and appellate experience to the team. In Spring 2020, the practice was bolstered by the arrival of partners Daniel Alonso in New York, who joined from Exiger, and James McGuire in San Francisco, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. John Redding  left for Alston & Bird LLP in June 2020. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Klubes; David Krakoff

Other key lawyers:

Hank Asbill; Preston Burton; Christopher Regan; Benjamin Klubes; Lauren Randell; Thomas Sporkin; Veena Viswanatha; Daniel Alonso; James McGuire


‘They are extremely strong in the white-collar area’. 

‘Hank Asbill and Preston Burton are extraordinary’.            

‘Very skilled white-collar counsel, particularly David Krakoff’.

‘David Krakoff is unique because of his experience on the prosecution and defense side’. 

‘Christopher Regan has unique experience in representing individual defendants in white-collar cases’.  

Key clients

Glen Omer Viau

David Roberson

John Holland

Universal Entertainment Corp., Aruze USA, Jun Fujimoto (President of Universal Entertainment Corp.)

Justin W. Keener d/b/a JMJ Financial

HEMP Inc., its CEO Bruce Perlowin, and its consultant

Work highlights

  • Advised Universal Entertainment Corp and its subsidiary Aruze USA on a lawsuit filed by Wynn Resorts related to a massive forced stock buyback and allegations of FCPA violations, along with parallel government investigations.
  • Represented Glen Omer Viau, and his former company, OceanWorks International. Viau was originally charged by the National Security Section with making a false statement in a voluntary self-disclosure he submitted on behalf of OceanWorks to the Office of Export Enforcement within the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security.
  • Advised David Roberson, who was charged in federal court in Alabama along with lawyers Joel Gilbert and Steven McKinney, partners at Balch & Bingham LLP, with bribing former Alabama state legislator Oliver Robinson to take official actions to oppose proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency related to a Superfund Site in North Birmingham.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Working closely with its London-based investigations team, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP provides a transatlantic service for large corporations and senior executives caught up in international government and regulatory investigations. The team has a focus on the healthcare and life sciences sectors, and is also experienced in the financial services industry, where it advises various financial institutions on criminal investigations, civil litigation and dispute resolution. In Washington DC, Jodi Avergun chairs the firm’s white-collar defense and investigations group, and specializes in FCPA matters, securities enforcement and investigations by the SEC and DEA, among others. Also in Washington DC, Rachel Rodman joined from Williams & Connolly LLP in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jodi Avergun

Other key lawyers:

Anne Tompkins; Todd Blanche; Douglas Gansler; Rachel Rodman


‘Good people with great communication skills’. 

‘The team has the depth to handle some of the most complex matters’. 

‘They successfully involve young lawyers and the firm has many experts to call upon’. 

‘The leadership has very good past experience working for federal law enforcement’. 

‘They are great communicators and are tenacious in fighting for their clients’. 

‘Jodi Avergun’s dedication to my case and perseverance was commendable’.

Key clients

Fresenius Medical Care North America

Purdue Pharmaceuticals

New Jersey Bankers Association

Blue Flame Medical

Padraig Naughton

Monocle Acquisition Corporation

Maria Christina Ullings

Paul Manafort

Igor Fruman

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP continues to act for global corporations and financial institutions in a range of white-collar matters. The team is noted in particular for its experience in ‘bet-the-company’ regulatory and enforcement matters. New York’s Herbert Washer is recognized for his strength in the banking and finance industry, acting as go-to counsel for a major global bank; he also represents a number of other banks in high-profile investigations. Washington DC-based Bradley Bondi handles criminal and civil corporate and securities matters, and is well-versed in SEC and DOJ investigations. David Januszewski is another name to note in New York.

Practice head(s):

Herbert Washer; David Januszewski; Brad Bondi

Other key lawyers:

Brian Markley; David Wishengrad; Nola Heller; Anirudh Bansal


‘Cahill has an increasingly strong white-collar and investigations practice’. 

‘As corporate counsel, I find that Cahill takes a direct, no-nonsense and sensible approach to complex matters and in dealing with other counsel’. 

‘As with the rest of their litigation offerings, Cahill has skilled and thoughtful partners that are adept at handling the most challenging matters’. 

‘Anirudh Bansal is a total pleasure to work with because he is an extremely skilled and smart lawyer with a personal touch to manage complex and high-stakes matters’. 

‘Anirudh Bansal is also an extremely hard worker and who keeps his eye on the ball’.

‘Nola Heller is a skilled white-collar attorney with excellent judgement and it is a pleasure to work with’.

‘Brad Bondi is an outstanding lawyer who is particularly talented in dealing with complex corporate investigation and litigation issues’.       

Key clients

Tesla, Inc.

Various hospital funds in litigation against Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC and related corporate entities

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Oak Hill Advisors

Global Power Equipment Group, Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management

Thomas Whittle

Michelle Morton

Trevor Milton

Directors and officers of Patriot National, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Tesla in an SEC enforcement matter relating to statements made by Elon Musk via Twitter on August 7, 2018 claiming that there was “funding secured” for a transaction to take the Company private.
  • Representing Ligand Pharmaceuticals in connection with the SEC’s investigation of and pending lawsuit against Gregory “Emmanuel” Lemelson, a hedge fund adviser, and his investment advisory firm, Lemelson Capital Management LLC.
  • Representing five large hospital funds as plaintiffs in connection with potential claims against Allianz Global Investors US LLC arising from the catastrophic implosion of Allianz’s Structured Alpha investment products.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton fields ’one of the premier white-collar groups’ for the representation of multinational corporations, financial institutions, and high-profile individuals. Its broad criminal and regulatory expertise includes multi-jurisdictional investigations, ‘bet-the-company’ enforcement matters, financial crime, bribery and sanctions, and workplace harassment matters. Joon Kim focuses on internal investigations, crisis management, and commercial litigation and arbitration. Lisa Vicens is a name to note for anti-corruption investigations and compliance. Washington DC’s Matthew Solomon handles civil and criminal matters, and counts several Fortune 100 companies among his clients. Also recommended are Washington DC-based Giovanni Prezioso and David Brodsky in New York, who is adept at handling financial crime matters and FCPA, DOJ and SEC investigations. Lewis Liman left to become a District Judge at the Southern District of New York in December 2019. All lawyers based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Joon Kim; Lisa Vicens; Giovanni Prezioso; Matthew Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Lev Dassin; David Brodsky; Breon Peace; Victor Hou


‘What sets them apart from other top-tier groups is their ability build trust between counsel for individuals and other stakeholders through fair dealing and their professional, yet friendly, style’. 

‘Cleary’s global platform, that has been built over decades, is a remarkable asset for complex multi-national matters’.

‘Victor Hou is one of the most outstanding lawyers I have ever worked with’.

‘Victor Hou is extremely smart, a gifted tactician, an incredibly hard worker and a total pleasure to work with’.

‘David Brodsky is a very experienced and skilled lawyer who is outstanding’.

‘Breon Peace is an extremely talented, smart and thoughtful lawyer, who is able to navigate complex multi-jurisdictional issues’.

‘The lawyers we work with in this practice are incredibly responsive and have demonstrated, repeatedly, in-depth knowledge of our situation’.  

‘They had the appropriate balance of being authoritative and taking charge, and at the same time having compassion for us as individuals and for what we were going through’.

Key clients

Robert Bosch GmbH

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd


Special Committee of Board of Directors of GOL


Goldman Sachs


Odebrecht S.A.



Robert Bosch GmbH

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Medytox, Inc.


Old Ironsides Energy

T-Mobile U.S.

Deutsche Telekom

Work highlights

  • Representing Bosch in connection with investigations by over 15 government agencies in the United States, Germany and Austria relating to the Volkswagen emissions matter.
  • Representing Nissan in SEC investigations relating to allegations of securities and accounting fraud arising out of former CEO Carlos Ghosn’s misconduct.
  • Represented several major banks, including HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and Citibank in ongoing investigations concerning FX markets, LIBOR and ISDAFIX being conducted by authorities around the world, and in related civil litigation.

Clifford Chance

The litigation and dispute resolution team at Clifford Chance is well versed in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving domestic and international enforcement agencies. David DiBari heads the practice and is adept at handling civil, administrative and criminal matters, with a focus on sanctions, FCPA issues, and securities laws and regulations. Joshua Berman  is recommended for anti-corruption, cyber security, and CFIUS-related matters. Contacts in New York include Christopher Morvillo, who handles white-collar government investigations and prosecutions, and Celeste Koeleveld, who has experience in regulatory matters and civil litigation. Peter Mucchetti joined as partner from the antitrust division of the DoJ. John Friel was promoted to partner in New York in May 2020, and Wendy Wysong left for Steptoe & Johnson LLP in December 2019. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

David DiBari

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Berman; Celeste Koeleveld; Christopher Morvillo; John Friel

Key clients

Swedbank AB


Mike Lynch (founder of Autonomy)

Lawrence Hoskins (former Alstom executive)

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel for former Alstom executive Lawrence Hoskins in defending against FCPA and money laundering charges.
  • Delivered our report on an extensive anti-money laundering and OFAC sanctions investigation into major Swedish bank Swedbank AB to the Swedbank Board of Directors.
  • Representing multiple defendants in the ongoing Congressional investigations into the US 2016 election.

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Cohen & Gresser LLP is well known for its representation of corporations and individuals in sensitive regulatory and criminal defense matters. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in cases involving financial crime, though it also handles antitrust, corruption, and tax matters, as well as internal investigations. The team includes former federal and state prosecutors, and former in-house attorneys, many of whom are active litigators, and have unique experience of federal enforcement bodies. Firm co-founder Mark Cohen chairs the global white-collar and investigations, and litigation and arbitration practices from New York. Jonathan Abernethy (also in New York) specializes in FCPA matters and healthcare and commodities fraud.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Abernethy; Gale Dick; Jason Brown; Melissa Maxman; Miriam González Durántez


‘The firm has provided superb legal service in connection with certain securities litigation’.               

‘Great depth, but nimble’.

‘Not afraid to take on hard cases’.

‘International footprint gives them the ability to handle cross-border work with ease’.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP continues to expand its white-collar defense and investigations team, having recently welcomed several new partners. In San Francisco, John Hemann joined from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California in November 2019, and Kathleen Hartnett joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in February 2020. Further afield, Andrew Goldstein and Elizabeth Prelogar joined the DC office from the DOJ. New York’s William Schwartz heads the practice and is experienced in representing multinationals before the DOJ and SEC. The wider team acts both for corporates and individuals, and handles large-scale investigations, fraud, bribery and corruption matters, with a particular focus on the technology and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

William Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Randall Lee; John Hemann; Andrew Goldstein; Kathleen Hartnett; Elizabeth Prelogar

Work highlights

  • Represented a bio-pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation related to claims by an employee that false statements had been made regarding the company’s development of a cutting-edge cancer treatment.
  • Representing a leading, publicly-traded solar energy company in an SEC investigation related to financial disclosures.
  • Represented real estate investor Jona Rechnitz, who cooperated in three separate federal corruption investigations involving the mayor of New York City, a union leader and senior officials of the New York City police department.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP has a track record of involvement in sensitive government investigations and litigation, having advised multinational corporations and high-profile individuals on criminal and civil enforcement matters brought by regulators such as the SEC and DOJ. Names to note include Lanny Breuer in Washington DC and Nancy Kestenbaum in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Lanny Breuer; Nancy Kestenbaum

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advises companies, boards of directors and senior executives on a broad range of regulatory enforcement issues and white-collar criminal defense matters. Through its offices in London and New York, the firm is also well-placed to advise international clients on cross-border investigations and compliance matters. Names to note include John Buretta, who handles internal investigations and civil litigation for clients in the banking, communications and technology sectors, among others; and Rachel Skaistis, who is recommended for FCPA, FCA and financial crime matters. Benjamin Gruenstein handles healthcare fraud, antitrust and trade matters; and David Stuart is experienced in trade sanctions, cyber security and sexual harassment cases. Also recommended is Evan Norris, an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, who focuses on multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Skaistis; John Buretta; Benjamin Gruenstein; David Stuart; Evan Norris

Key clients

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation

Telia Company

SBM Offshore N.V.

Qualcomm Incorporated

Nomura International plc

Work highlights

  • Advising PG&E on every facet of its litigation response to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in Northern California, including in criminal investigations and regulatory inquiries.
  • Representing Telia in satisfying its obligations to the Department of Justice under its deferred prosecution agreement that it entered in connection with a three-and-a-half-year multinational investigation by the SEC, DOJ and Swedish and Dutch authorities into the company’s compliance with anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws.
  • Representing SBM Offshore N.V. in satisfying its obligations to the Department of Justice under its deferred prosecution agreement that it entered in connection with Petrobras and other legacy bribery issues in Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and elsewhere.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is rated across the market for its experience in international enforcement and investigation matters. Under the leadership of New York's Angela Burgess and Neil MacBride in Washington DC, the practice group regularly represents individuals and institutions in critical situations and criminal defense matters. New York-based Martine Beamon—a former prosecutor—is recommended for financial crime issues, civil complaints, and investigations involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Kenneth Wainstein in Washington DC is a contact for corporate internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. Uzo Asonye joined as partner in Washington DC from a position at the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia. Avi Gesser left for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Angela Burgess; Neil MacBride

Other key lawyers:

Martine Beamon; Kenneth Wainstein

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Captained by Bruce Yannett, the white-collar and regulatory defense team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to act at the top of the market in global investigations conducted by civil regulators and criminal prosecutors. With offices in several key financial and political hubs, including New York, London, Hong Kong, and Washington DC, the firm is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters for corporate and individual clients. Mary Jo White is another name to note; she is well-versed in assisting boards of directors with crisis managements situations. Washington DC’s Kara Brockmeyer is recommended for anti-corruption and fraud matters, while Andrew Ceresney is rated for his experience of federal and state government investigations and litigation. Eric Dinallo joined as partner from Guardian Life Insurance and Winston Paes was recently promoted to partner. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Yannett

Other key lawyers:

Mary Jo White; Lisa Zornberg; Avi Gesser; Kara Brockmeyer; Andrew Ceresney; Mary Beth Hogan; Arian June; Eric Dinallo; Winston Paes


‘Debevoise’s corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense practice is best in class’.

‘They are thoughtful, highly collaborative and very effective at crafting and executing on strategy’.

‘Debevoise has shown creativity and flexibility in crafting alternative billing arrangements in high-stakes regulatory inquiries’.

‘They are adept at staffing matters with professionals with the right mix of experience and skill necessary to match clients’ needs’.          

 ‘The team has vast experience with complicated, multijurisdictional investigations and the bench strength to pull in additional resources when needed’.

‘The experience they bring goes beyond purely legal and extends to external communications and governance’.

‘The quality and speed of the advice is second to none’.   

‘They are clearly devoted to diversity and inclusion and give a lot of data on who has worked on our matters’.

Key clients

American Express

Capital One

CBS Corporation

Keppel Offshore & Marine

The National Cathedral Schools

The Ohio State University

PayPal Holdings

The Rockefeller University

Rolls Royce PLC

Société Générale

Toyota Motor Corp.


Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal Dutch Shell and serving as global coordinating counsel in connection with a criminal prosecution of Shell and four former employees in Milan, Italy.  
  • Advising Keppel Corporation on international bribery matters.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP’s integrated global team continues to grow, with the recent addition of partners Brenda Sharton in New York and Karen Neuman in Washington DC, both of whom joined from Goodwin in October 2020. Its deep bench includes former regulators and US prosecutors; skill sets which the team leverages in multi-jurisdictional investigations, white-collar criminal enforcement and litigation, and myriad compliance and regulatory issues. New York-based David Kelly heads the team, bringing over 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation and federal securities matters. Andrew Levander, also in New York, acts for entities and individuals in relation to securities fraud, and criminal and regulatory investigations. Washington DC’s Catherine Botticelli is experienced in the representation of financial service firms and corporations before a range of enforcement agencies, including the SEC, CFTC and FINRA.

Practice head(s):

David Kelley

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Levander; Catherine Botticelli; Jeffrey Brown; Andrew Boutros; Vincent Cohen; Jonathan Streeter; Brenda Sharton; Karen Neuman

Key clients

The Audit Committee of Wal-Mart, Inc.

Princess Cruise Lines and Carnival Corporation and plc

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and its various and multiple subsidiaries

The Plaza Rehab and Nursing Center

Interactive Brokers


The corporate crime and investigations team at Dentons handles a broad range of white-collar matters, including anti-bribery, anti-corruption, compliance, and government investigations. Its deep bench includes former district attorneys, assistant attorneys general and prosecutors. Based in Kansas City, the team is headed by Stephen Hill, who is adept at handling federal investigations and enforcement proceedings. Also recommended is Lisa Krigsten, who advises US and foreign international companies and individuals on criminal defense and litigation matters. Melissa Gomez Nelson left for an in-house role at Booz Allen Hamilton in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Krigsten; Brian O’Bleness; Sara Holzschuh

Key clients

YRC Worldwide Inc.

MD Helicopters, Inc.


Union Saving Bank and Guardian Savings Bank

Canadian National Railway Company

Work highlights

  • Achieved a successful dismissal in an appellate matter for a transportation company.
  • Represented an aviation company in a contract dispute.
  • Successfully represented a bank against allegations of “redlining” by the DOJ.

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance

With particular strength in representing high-profile individuals from Latin American countries, Miami-based Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance counts government officials and senior executives among its impressive client base. Its varied case history includes the defense of corruption, bribery, and money laundering; national security claims; RICO and FCPA matters; and other issues arising from alleged transnational crime. The firm’s wide-ranging expertise also includes asset identification, location, tracing, repatriation, and recovery. Michael Diaz has a network of noteworthy contacts across South America, which generates a strong body of work relating to public corruption and white-collar crime. Also recommended is Robert Targ, who has been active in asset seizure, forfeiture, and global money laundering issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz; Robert Targ

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wiedis; Greg Ahlgren; Juan Vargas; Marta Colomar-Garcia


‘They are extremely professional, they have a complete understanding of the legal procedures and the best routes to be followed to achieve the appropriate solution to the demands’. 

‘Their performance is excellent’.

‘Their strength is in their attorneys’ knowledge and professionalism’.

‘They are highly trained and experienced lawyers, with exceptional analytical ability; they go directly to the important points of problems, have great bargaining power and a thorough knowledge of the laws’.

‘They have the capability to adapt to any circumstances’.

‘Clever, resourceful and successful in litigation and arbitration’.

‘Each lawyer masters his area and expertise very well, and comes together with others generating excellent results’.

‘They have a very solid reputation among their peers and general stakeholders, making it easier to navigate the complexities of the law’.

Key clients

Prakazrel Michel

Amir Nassar

Hector Nuñez

Edoardo Orsoni

Rafael Cedeno

Chris Barkovic

Jose “Pepe” Leggio

Peter Karam

Work highlights

  • Advising Prakazrel “Pras” Michel on defense of FARA and campaign finance law violations related to the 1MDB Malaysia fraud and embezzlement case.
  • Defending the former general counsel of Citgo Petroleum and PDVSA for violations of the FCPA and money laundering laws including corruption allegations against two former US congressmen.
  • Acting for Rafael Cedeño in defense of FCPA and money laundering violations related to the former Treasurer of Venezuela, Alejandro Andrade, convicted and now sentenced, with whom Mr. Cedeño is related, and the successful resolution of the matter with a declination of prosecution.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s white-collar team advises large corporations in sprawling investigations across the globe. Particularly active in the pharmaceutical sector, the firm has also developed a reputation for representing companies in the technology, oil and gas, and retail sectors. John Hillebrecht, a veteran trial and appellate lawyer, is well-versed in criminal and civil litigation; Chicago’s Jonathan King is recommended for FCPA issues, compliance and investigations; Karl Buch has a focus on government and regulatory investigations; and Courtney Saleski in Philadelphia handles high-stakes litigation and internal and government investigations. Scott Wilson joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP at the end of 2019. All partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

John Hillebrecht; Courtney Saleski; Jon King; Karl Buch

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Masella; Gray Stratton; Scott Wilson


‘My experience working with DLA Piper in the internal corporate investigations area has been very positive’. 

‘They are responsive, thoughtful, solution-oriented, client-focused, and highly pragmatic’.                

‘My experience working with Karl Buch has been very positive’. 

‘The team’s sheer breadth of global experience is impressive’. 

‘The firm has incredible connections to regulatory specialists throughout the globe and effortlessly collaborates with them’.        

‘They combine a fierce work ethic and keen intellect with total dedication and commitment to the client’. 

‘No issue is too daunting as they seek to get to the bottom of the most challenging issues’.

Key clients

Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp.

Telefonica Brasil, S.A. and Telefonica, S.A.

Banco San Juan

Anham FZCO


Work highlights

  • Representing Cognizant, a US-listed Fortune 500 technology services company, in an investigation of alleged improper payments to third parties in India.
  • Representing Telefonica in a long-running government investigation in connection with alleged bribes to obtain government contracts.
  • Represented Banco San Juan Internacional in connection with a DOJ investigation that received public attention beginning in February 2019 when an FBI raid was conducted on its offices in Puerto Rico.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles a wide range of global investigations and related civil litigation. New York’s Adam Siegel heads the practice and is experienced in enforcement actions brought by the DOJ and SEC, as well as in internal investigations for businesses. Aaron Marcu is another contact in New York.

Practice head(s):

Adam Siegel

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Marcu; Olivia Radin; Kimberly Zelnick

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises both corporations and individuals on high-profile investigations and prosecutions, bringing together the expertise of seasoned trial lawyers and experienced former federal prosecutors. The firm counts Fortune 500 companies and large international banks among its clients, regularly advising on issues arising from investigations brought by regulators and enforcement agencies around the globe. In December 2020, the firm welcomed the high-profile arrival of Geoffrey Berman, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who now heads up the practice group. Also recommended are James Wareham and Washington DC’s Stephen Juris, both noted for their record in white-collar crime matters. Also in 2020, Robin Henry and Motty Shulman joined the team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, though Lawrence Gerschwer left for Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Una Dean left for an in-house role at IBM. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Berman

Other key lawyers:

Evan Barr; Robin Henry; Motty Shulman; Steven Witzel; James Wareham; Stephen Juris

Key clients

Sean Stewart

Michael Marando

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to a former Wall Street investment banker at JP Morgan and Perella Weinberg in the 2019 “Silver Platter” SDNY insider trading trial.
  • Acted as counsel to Michael Marando, Assistant United States Attorney and former-Roger Stone federal prosecutor, in various investigations related to his resignation following alleged improper President Trump-William Barr intervention in prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation.

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Under the joint leadership of Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan in New York, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP continues to handle a solid body of white-collar work and investigations both for companies and individuals. The team is no stranger to criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings, routinely handling cases from investigation, through hearings, trials, and appeals. Corngold is well-versed in financial crime and has particular experience in antitrust matters. Mulligan is noted for her unique insight into white-collar issues, thanks in part to her varied background as a former federal prosecutor, a former in-house counsel for a large music company and a law lecturer.

Practice head(s):

Eric Corngold; Mary Mulligan

Other key lawyers:

Mala Ahuja Harker; Ricardo Solano, Jr


‘The team amazed me with their devotion to dealing with the case and their diligence in preparing it’.

‘They managed to adjust easily to the complications of working a case in another jurisdiction’.

‘A relatively small, but premier law firm — with amazing litigation lawyers, particularly Mary Mulligan, who has broad experience in white-collar matters’. 

‘Despite its size, it is involved in many high-profile cases and has a fair amount of depth’.  

‘Mary Mulligan is a very strategic thinker and possesses great judgment’. 

‘I found them to handle client matters with utmost sensitivity, understanding and commitment’.

‘They have dedication and creativity in approach’.

‘The attention to detail and personal service is second to none’.

Key clients

Allen Howard Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization

BioReference Laboratories

Domino’s Pizza

Grand River Enterprises

New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Work highlights

  • Represented a UK national in connection with a large and long-running investigation into whether individuals working for Greek and British medical device companies had been involved in a scheme to bribe orthopaedic surgeons in Greece to use products manufactured by DePuy International, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.
  • Representing the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in connection with a major multi-year investigation being conducted by a task force appointed by Governor Phil Murphy, and New Jersey legislative hearings, all pertaining to the EDA’s internal administration around State Tax Incentive Programs.
  • Representing the CFO of the Trump Organization in a variety of federal, state and local investigations, including the highly publicized New York District Attorney investigation involving various banking, insurance and financial issues relating to the Trump Organization.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has deep experience in a broad range of white-collar crime matters, including sanctions violations, benchmark manipulation, money laundering and foreign bribery issues. The team was strengthened in January 2021 by the arrival of Nick Hanna, who re-joined the firm in Los Angeles as co-practice head from a position as US Attorney for the Central District of Los Angeles. Hanna heads the practice alongside Joel Cohen, San Francisco's Charles Stevens and Joseph Warin and Stephanie Brooker, both in Washington DC. A former federal prosecutor, Warin is recommended in particular for securities enforcement, FCPA investigations and FCA matters. Also recommended are Reed Brodsky, an experienced trial lawyer, litigator, and crisis management expert; and Randy Mastro. On the more junior end, associate attorney Amanda Aycock is recommended for matters involving privacy, cybersecurity and consumer protection. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Joel Cohen; Nick Hanna; Charles Stevens; Joseph Warin; Stephanie Brooker

Other key lawyers:

Robert Blume; Reed Brodsky; Randy Mastro; Amanda Aycock

Key clients

Novartis and Alcon



Universal Health Services


Rio Tinto


The securities, white-collar and business litigation team at Goodwin counts a range of high-profile corporations, c-suite executives and boards of directors among its client base. With deep sector expertise in financial services, technology, life sciences and healthcare, private equity and real estate, the firm is well-placed to handle a wide range of white-collar, enforcement and investigations matters. Richard Strassberg heads the practice from New York and is experienced in SEC enforcement proceedings, FCPA compliance, internal investigations and financial litigation. Boston-based Joseph Savage is adept at handling white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation and commercial disputes. In Silicon Valley, Grant Fondo is a name to note for digital currencies and blockchain-related matters. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of two new partners: Alexis Coll-Very joined the team in Silicon Valley from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in November 2019, and Jennifer Fisher joined in San Francisco from Duane Morris LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Strassberg

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Savage; Grant Fondo; William Harrington; Alexis Coll-Very; Jennifer Fisher

Key clients

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John G. Stumpf

David Correia

Jane Buckingham

Celadon Group, Inc.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Kevin Sheehan

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

Employees of Columbia Gas


Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for high-profile individuals and multinational corporations in government investigations and enforcement actions. Led by Nathan Muyskens in Washington DC, the practice has continued to grow its client roster of financial institutions and executives. Muyskens is experienced in high-stakes, bet-the-company cases, grand jury investigations, internal investigations, enforcement matters and related civil proceedings. Kyle Freeny, also in Washington DC, is well versed in cross-border financial criminal matters, such as money laundering and anti-corruption enforcement. In December 2019, Benjamin Greenberg joined from the US Attorney’s Office in Miami and Daniel Pulecio-Boek joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Washington DC. Adam Hoffinger also joined the Washington DC team from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Muyskens

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Freeny; David Miller; Jared Dwyer; Matthew Cannon; Gregory Casas; Pamela Marple; Gregory Kehoe; Benjamin Greenberg; Daniel Pulecio-Boek; Adam Hoffinger


‘Their communication is top notch’.

‘Internally, every person assigned to your case is up to date on the status and strategy of your matter’.

‘This firm is highly connected and was able to consult with professionals outside the firm’.

‘Greenberg Traurig represented me with a level of professionalism and care that made me feel like I was their only client’.

‘This firm has somehow mastered how to give their clients boutique service with the resources of a large firm’.      

‘I can say without a doubt that Greenberg Traurig stand out among their peers in customer service, professionalism, and subject matter expertise’.    

‘Kyle Freeny has an amazing mind with impeccable judgment’.

‘Kyle Freeny is detail-oriented and her counsel is among the best I have ever received’.

Key clients

Richard Boncy

1st Global Capital LLC

Roger Jenkins

Movita Johnson-Harrell, former Pennsylvania State Representative

Fortress Investment Group

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Richard Boncy, a Haitian national and US citizen the federal government alleged had conspired to funnel bribes from the non-profit National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians, to high-level Haitian government officials.
  • Continuing to represent a number of senior bank executives that are currently being investigated by the DOJ’s Fraud Section and the CFTC for a form of commodities fraud commonly referred to as spoofing.
  • Defending JPMorgan Chase in civil litigation entitled CJI Trading v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. before Judge Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York.

Hueston Hennigan LLP

Based in Los Angeles, Hueston Hennigan LLP fields a team of ‘smart, creative, hard-working, ethical and determined attorneys’. Jointly led by John Hueston and Brian Hennigan, the group acts for corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal defense matters, investigations and litigation. Hennigan is a veteran trial lawyer, who is well-versed in FCPA, SEC and IRS matters; while Hueston, who has experience as a former prosecutor, counts Fortune 500 companies, governments and very high-profile individuals among his clientele. Another experienced trial lawyer in the team is Marshall Camp, who acts for clients in the technology, entertainment, medical devices, and financial services sectors. In December 2020, Michael Purpura joined the firm from the Office of Counsel to the President.

Practice head(s):

John Hueston; Brian Hennigan

Other key lawyers:

Vicki Chou; Marshall Camp; Brittani Jackson; Michael Purpura


‘Hueston Hennigan LLP’s lawyers are smart, creative, hard-working, experienced, and ethical and determined.’ 

‘Brian Hennigan is an extraordinarily good lawyer’. 

‘John Hueston has amazing experience and is masterful in a courtroom or other settings’.  

‘Hueston Hennigan have built their firm on the ethos of founding partners John Hueston and Brian Hennigan, who seek to deliver excellence in service and value to the client’.

‘They are all excellent lawyers but their service is what sets them apart’.

‘John Hueston has a sterling reputation that is well earned, it’s a rare combination of confidence and humility that allows him to connect with people as he does’.

‘You always get their attention when you need it’. 

‘They are a focused team with experience in handling high-profile matters that are often only handled by firms of a much larger size’. 

Key clients

William McGlashan, former co-Founder of TPG Capital and Founder of The Rise Fund

Southern California Edison

Rishi Shah, former CEO of Outcome Health

FTC Investigates Former Reality TV Show Star

Brian Kaspar, former Chief Scientist and Inventor of First Gene Therapy Drug

County of San Bernardino

Nutraceutical Corporation

Chinese Entrepreneur

Dong Yin Development (Holdings) Limited, et al.

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to defend Edison International and Southern California Edison (SCE) against civil claims and potential criminal charges arising out of the historic 2017 Thomas Fire, the 2018 Montecito mudslides, and the 2018 Woolsey Fire.
  • Representing Bill McGlashan, One of the Highest Profile Criminal Defendants, in “Varsity Blues” College Admissions Case.
  • Acting as lead counsel for former Outcome Health CEO Rishi Shah in a nationally covered criminal case alleging Shah and other executives ran a $1bn fraud scheme at the Chicago-based company.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is particularly experienced in the financial services industry, where it represents individuals and corporations in federal and state court trials, and proceedings before the SEC, CFTC, FINRA and other agencies. Areas of focus for the practice group include fraud, money laundering, insider trading, antitrust matters and tax evasion. It also has considerable expertise internationally in FCPA-related matters, export controls and sanctions. Seasoned trial and appellate attorney Marc Weinstein heads the team from New York. Washington DC’s Laura Perkins is recommended for FCPA and FCA matters.

Practice head(s):

Marc Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Edward Little; Laura Perkins; Ryan Fayhee


‘The team is highly responsive and tactically astute’.         

‘I believe they take a highly commercial and efficient approach to their work, and this comes across in the way they manage matters’.               

‘Marc Weinstein is an excellent litigator who sits at the intersection of white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation’.          

‘They are very detail oriented, professional, and available’.            

‘Marc Weinstein is very technical, detail-oriented and reliable’.

Key clients

Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)

Krishna Mohan

Renwick Haddow

Cohen Family

Peter Kyriacou

Darren K. Indyke, Co-Executor of the Estate of Jeffrey E. Epstein

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s investigations, compliance and defense team was recently strengthened by several new arrivals, including Andrew Weissmann in June 2020, who joined from the DOJ and now jointly heads the practice group alongside Anthony Barkow, Chicago’s Erin SchrantzDavid Bitkower in Washington DC and Christine Braamskamp in London. Other recent additions to the team include Lee Wolosky, Dawn Smalls, David Pressman and Douglass Mitchell in Washington DC, all joining from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Spring 2020. The team is experienced in white-collar matters, government investigations, criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement proceedings. It is also adept at providing compliance advice, identifying potential risks and developing mitigation strategies. Peter Pope left for the New York State Attorney General’s Office in March 2020. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Erin Schrantz; Andrew Weissmann; Anthony Barkow; David Bitkower; Christine Braamskamp (London)

Other key lawyers:

Charles Sklarsky; Gayle Littleton; David Bitkower; Charles Riely; Reid Schar; Katya Jestin


‘Jenner & Block has an exceptional white-collar team with deep experience both inside the government and working as outside defense counsel’.

‘They are highly skilled and pragmatic, as well as very responsive’.

‘They make effective use of the different skills and experiences of their team members’.

‘Reid Schar is an effective advocate inside and outside the courtroom and a thoughtful and well-informed counsellor’.

‘Strong team with excellent attorneys across the nation – particularly David Bitkower in Washington DC and Katya Jestin in New York’.

‘David Bitkower and Katya Jestin are top-of-the-line attorneys with sharp legal acumen, insightful emotional intelligence, and outstanding advocacy skills’. 

‘Jenner brings a rare combination of highly seasoned senior lawyers with extraordinary experience and judgement with talented and innovative younger lawyers who bring great new insights to the most complex of issues’.

‘Anthony Barkow is talented white-collar lawyer adept at managing complex internal investigations and review’.

Key clients

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd)


Facebook, Inc


Work highlights

  • Acting for Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) in relation to a DOJ investigation.
  • Acted for Facebook in relation to its Content Oversight Board.
  • Advised Apple on all aspects of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust investigation, including helping prepare for live video testimony at a July 29, 2020 congressional hearing.

Jones Day

With offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia, Jones Day leverages the strength of its linked-up international team to advise large corporations and individuals on global investigations and white-collar defense matters. Key areas of focus for the practice group include ‘bet-the-company’ litigation, anti-corruption and fraud matters. Contacts in the team include Theodore Chung, who heads the team from Chicago and has noted experience in internal investigations and regulatory proceedings; San Diego’s Karen Hewitt, an experienced trial lawyer; and Hank Walther in Washington DC, who has expertise in healthcare fraud, FCPA matters and securities fraud.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Chung

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hewitt; Hank Walther

Key clients

Sheldon Silver

Bridget Anne Kelly

Mazen Farouki

Gordon Coburn

K&L Gates

K&L Gates' investigations, enforcement and white-collar group handles a broad range of matters, such as fraud, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, whistle blower complaints, internal compliance reviews and government investigations. The firm is particularly well-placed to handle multi-jurisdictional work, drawing on expertise from across its global network, including offices throughout the US, Asia, and Europe and the UK. Brian Saulnier jointly leads the team from Pittsburgh and is adept at handling FCPA and UK Bribery Act matters. Practice co-head Stephen Topetzes in Washington DC acts for individuals and corporates in the financial services sector in government investigations, various regulatory matters and litigation. David Rybicki joined as partner in Washington DC from the DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Topetzes; Brian Saulnier

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ryan; Mark Rush; Christopher Nasson; David Rybicki; Andrew Wright


‘They are responsive and extremely practical in providing quality legal advice’. 

‘They have a capability of anticipating potential issues and linking different matters in order to help our firm respond more efficiently to regulatory impacts on our business’.        

‘Highly accessible, with backgrounds that provide a different perspective and add value to the analysis, with a style that assists in facilitating collegial resolution of high risk matters’.      

‘K&L constantly displays a dynamic mix of legal professionals that are able to service the evolving challenges of emerging technology’.        

‘K&L Gates white collar group is a high performing team with unquestioned professionalism, dedication and commitment to service excellence’.

‘Brian Saulnier was critical in cutting through the complexity of the underlying issues quickly, delivering fair and measured advice, resulting in high trust and praise from the client’.

‘They are attentive to every detail and coordinate amongst the team to make sure the client is fully informed’.

‘The team works in unison to make sure I am fully informed in the decision making process’.

KaiserDillon PLLC

Washington DC-based boutique firm KaiserDillon PLLC handles white-collar defense and government investigations for high-profile individuals, including politicians, journalists and senior executives. It has particular expertise in advising clients on congressional investigations, preparing witnesses to testify, litigating and assisting clients with the wider ramifications of investigations. Matthew Kaiser is adept at handling crisis situations; he jointly heads the team alongside Justin Dillon, who brings considerable experience in litigation and investigations, drawing on knowledge gained in his previous role as a federal prosecutor. Jonathan Jeffress is recommended for fraud, bribery and corruption matters, and William Pittard handles criminal and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaiser; Justin Dillon; Jonathan Jeffress; Bill Pittard

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Short


‘KaiserDillon has the pedigree of a large firm – smart attorneys with outstanding credentials and vast legal experience – but it provides one-on-one attention like you would get from a small firm’.    

‘I was impressed with the intelligence, dedication, and thoughtfulness of the team on my cases’. 

‘Their understanding and preparation made it easy for me to rely on their guidance and advice’.

‘They earned my complete trust’.

‘KaiserDillon has an extremely strong team of lawyers with private and government experience’.

‘The team consists of partners, counsel and young associates who benefit from strong training and mentoring’.

‘The firm stays abreast of technological developments and invests its resources in tools that benefit its personnel and clients’.

‘The firm gives back to the community through pro bono efforts, professional associations and charitable giving’.            

Key clients

George Nader

Fair Fight Action

Cindy Laporta

Work highlights

  • Represented George Nader, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates and a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.
  • Filed an historic federal voting rights lawsuit against election officials in the state of Georgia on behalf of Fair Fight Action, a group founded by Stacey Abrams to promote fair elections, encourage voter participation, and provide education on voting rights.
  • Represented Cindy Laporta, an accountant for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who was prosecuted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

New York-based litigation boutique Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is very highly regarded for advising corporations, boards of directors and executives on internal and agency investigations, enforcement proceedings and myriad regulatory matters. Areas of strength include securities and commodities fraud, accounting fraud, money laundering and antitrust issues. Sean Hecker heads the practice and is recommended for FCPA and anti-corruption matters. Jenna Dabbs, a former federal prosecutor, brings considerable trial experience to the team and is well versed in government investigations. In January 2020, Marshall Miller joined the team from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Joshua Matz was promoted to partner in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sean Hecker

Other key lawyers:

Marshall Miller; Joshua Matz; Jenna Dabbs

Key clients

Robert Bogucki


Atalaya Capital Management L.P.

Cheikh Gadio

Mark Groussman

Amicus Curiae in U.S. v. Flynn

Gregory Dwyer

Société Générale S.A.

Work highlights

  • Secured a Rule 29 dismissal of wire fraud charges against the former head of the Barclays foreign-exchange trading desk in New York at the conclusion of the Government’s case.
  • Secured the dismissal of a massive False Claims Act whistle blower lawsuit brought against a prominent government contractor after previously persuading the Government not to intervene.
  • Reached a $2.8m settlement on behalf of a leading hedge fund, favourably resolving allegations of the fund’s knowledge of an investee company’s alleged illegal and predatory home loan scheme with no admission of guilt.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP focuses on government, internal and independent investigations, and is also noted for its expertise in regulatory compliance and various other white-collar matters. Daniel Fetterman is a former federal prosecutor, who acts for international companies and senior executives in criminal investigations and civil conflicts. San Francisco-based Lyn Agre focuses on antitrust and FCPA matters, and has also represented clients in matters involving the SEC. Also recommended is former US Senator Joseph Lieberman, a contact for independent and internal investigations, public policy issues and regulatory matters. Marc Kasowitz serves as firm chairman. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fetterman; Lyn Agre

Other key lawyers:

Marc Kasowitz; Joseph Lieberman


‘The Kasowitz team is extremely friendly and personable’.

‘I believe Kasowitz always has the best interests of the company in mind’.

‘The team is always on the same page and are well-prepped prior to any discussions’.

‘The individuals that work with my company know the ins and outs of the company, culture, and how we conduct business’.

‘They fully dive in to their work and provide a support like no other’.

‘They always bring their A game’.              

‘Extremely professional and skilled, with great academic and practical experience in the law’.

Key clients

ZTE Corporation – Chinese Multinational Telecommunications Equipment and Systems Company

Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas (formerly the Owner of Multiple US-Based Energy Companies)

Jeffrey Tucker (one of the Founders of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”))

Joseph Krigsfeld

Emad Vaez

Mohammed Rezaian

David Osborne

Work highlights

  • Appointed by ZTE Corporation to conduct an independent and comprehensive assessment of national security and cybersecurity concerns related to ZTE products.
  • Acting as lead defense counsel to Abraham Shiera, formerly the owner of multiple US-based energy companies, in his profile indictment and ongoing investigation into corruption, wire fraud and money laundering charges relating to energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.
  • Represented Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation in a criminal antitrust investigation following the indictment of its then CEO.


The white-collar and internal investigations practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is known for its experience in the healthcare, financial services and insurance sectors. In addition to its expertise in criminal, regulatory and compliance matters, the team also has notable trial and investigations experience, and counts several former prosecutors and government leaders among its ranks. New York-based Scott Resnik heads the practice and handles white-collar criminal defense matters, as well as civil and securities litigation. In Chicago, Gil Soffer is recommended for advice on government enforcement matters, and Sheldon Zenner is rated for his experience in FCPA matters, tax disputes and antitrust issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott Resnik

Other key lawyers:

Gil Soffer; Sheldon Zenner

Key clients

Michael Cohn

Elazar Shmalo

The City of New York

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Greg Lindberg

Brian Swiencinski

Laredo Premier Healthcare, PLLC

Greg Auzenne

United Development Funding

Healthcare Investor Partners, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Michael Cohn, a former SEC employee indicted by a federal grand jury for computer intrusion and providing confidential SEC information to a venture capital fund.
  • Representing Greg Lindberg in a high-profile public corruption case in the US.
  • Represented the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation in a trial and appeal related to the provision of emergency medical services to undocumented immigrants who do not possess a valid visa or other documentation.

King & Spalding LLP

Acting for corporates and individuals, King & Spalding LLP fields a standalone team focusing exclusively on government investigations and white-collar crime. Particular areas of strength include financial services, life sciences, energy, automotive and professional services. Listed among the team's leadership are Wick Sollers, who focuses on high-profile investigations and litigation, experienced trial lawyer Michael Pauze, and Drew Hruska, who is based in New York and often handles cross-border matters. Also of note, the the team was recently strengthened by several new arrivals. Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein joined in January 2020, and in November 2020, Ethan Davis also joined from the DOJ. In Summer 2020, David Willingham, Andrew Michaelson and Craig Bessenger joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Jason Jones left for an in-house role at the FBI in August 2020. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Wick Sollers; Drew Hruska; Michael Pauzé

Other key lawyers:

Sally Yates; Mark Jensen; Rod Rosenstein; Zack Harmon; Zach Fardon; Ethan Davis; David Willingham; Andrew Michaelson; Craig Bessenger


‘The team is kind, thoughtful, responsive, and good at listening’.  

‘Andrew Michaelson is a brilliant litigator that understand regulatory issues’.

‘The team’s previous government experience, coupled with understanding the practicalities of running a business, make them great partners’.  

‘Andrew Michaelson is a brilliant thinker and strategist’.  

‘They have outstanding leadership in all their domestic offices’.

‘The team has highly experienced and nationally known figures like Wick Sollers and Sally Yates, and uniquely, a wide talent pool of younger partners’. 

‘Nothing is beyond their skillset from health care to securities to traditional crimes and political hearings and offenses’. 

‘Intensely collaborative within and across practice areas’.

Key clients

Volkswagen AG


Nike Inc.

Merit Medical Systems

Michael L. Babich, former President & CEO of Insys Therapeutics

CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert, CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz, CFTC Commission Russ Behnam, CFTC Director of Enforcement Jamie McDonald, CFTC Trial Team Members

Philip Jacoby, former CFO of Osiris

Kroll Bond Rating Agency

A PG&E executive, as well as multiple additional PG&E executives and employees.

Work highlights

  • Representing Michael Babich, the former President and CEO of Insys Therapeutics, in an ongoing criminal case brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts regarding opioid sales and marketing using an organized crime theory of prosecution (the “RICO” statute).
  • Represented the Chairman of the CFTC, two CFTC Commissioners, the CFTC Director of Enforcement, and other CFTC officials in contempt proceedings and successfully obtained mandamus relief on their behalf with the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Representing Volkswagen before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board, and the US Department of Justice in widely publicized matters related to emissions from 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engine powered vehicles.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The government, regulatory and internal investigations team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted in particular for the governmental expertise of its attorneys. Indeed, many of the firm's leading names have previously worked in agencies such as the DOJ, SEC and FTC, as well as in the US Senate. Given its breadth of experience, the practice group is well placed to handle white-collar criminal defense matters and large multi-jurisdictional investigations for global Fortune 500 companies and individuals. Jointly heading the practice are Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel, both of whom work across the firm's Chicago and Washington DC offices. Filip is well versed in government investigations and litigation in a broad range of industries, with particular experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Goel focuses on securities enforcement and FCPA matters. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival several partners in Washington DC: Brian Benczkowski re-joined the firm from the DOJ in September 2020, and in December 2020, Reginald Brown, Daniel Chaudoin, Jeremy Dresner and Daniel Kearney joined from WilmerHale.

Practice head(s):

Mark Filip; Asheesh Goel

Other key lawyers:

Henry DePippo; Neil Eggleston; Mark Holscher; Bob Allen; Brigham Cannon; Lisa Madigan

Key clients


The Boeing Company

Goldman Sachs

Nikola Motors

Pacific Gas & Electric

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Representing Boeing in ongoing investigations by different US regulators, including the DOJ and SEC, in connection with questions concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in a DOJ investigation, as well as other federal and state investigations, in connection with allegations involving Goldman’s relationship with 1MDB, a Malaysian state investment company for which the bank underwrote $6.5bn in bond issuances.
  • Advising Nikola Motors in conducting an internal investigation, SEC and DOJ investigations and related shareholder litigation related to allegations in a damaging report issued by activist hedge fund, Hindenburg Research.

Kobre & Kim

Disputes and investigations specialist firm Kobre & Kim leverages its unique international network to provide integrated advice on multi-jurisdictional investigations involving fraud and misconduct. The practice group houses an internal team of analysts focused on financial products and services, which keeps clients up to date with the latest litigation trends. Acting both for  corporations and individuals, the team is headed by New York-based founding partners Michael Kim and Steven Kobre, both of whom have a strong track record in handling investigations by US enforcement agencies. Matthew Menchel is a name to note in Miami; he focuses on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations, and counts large multinational corporations among his clientele.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kim; Steven Kobre

Other key lawyers:

William McGovern; Sean Buckley; John Couriel; Matthew Menchel


‘Extremely diligent and highly professional’.

‘The team thinks of everything and leaves no stone unturned’.      

‘They are innovators when it comes to the services they provide’.

‘No-nonsense straightforward lawyers, who are great to work with’.                        

‘Michael Kim is a huge name in this sector’. 

‘Experts at what they do, they bring instant credibility to any case they touch’. 

‘Diverse and always innovating; they work exceptionally well with other firms’.      

‘Steven Kobre is a remarkable attorney, with excellent judgement’.

Key clients

Jho Low

Leading Healthcare Company

A Litigation Trust formed in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc.

Individual under investigation for potential violations of U.S. sanctions laws.

An international consultant in the Latin American oil and gas industry.

John Pacilio

Gregg Smith

The owner of a large investment advisory firm

Luckin Coffee Inc. Chairman Charles Zheng Yao Lu and CEO Jenny Zhiya Qian

A large financial institution in a criminal tax investigation

A senior care facility

An IRS whistle-blower

Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd.

Former Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA) legal counsel Carmelo Urdaneta Aqui and his family

Large-scale real estate development company

Work highlights

  • Represented Jho Low in a multi-jurisdictional investigation and related criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering; this is one of the largest white-collar criminal cases against a high-net-worth individual in the world.
  • Acting for the parent company of a pharmacy benefits manager and mail order pharmacy and its affiliated entities in ongoing national litigation and related investigations regarding the prescription and dispensing of opioids.
  • Acting as defense counsel to John Pacilio, a US-based options trader charged by the US Department of Justice in the Northern District of Illinois with conspiring to commit wire fraud and commodities fraud.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's New York-based team regularly appears as lead trial counsel in the defense of high-profile individuals in criminal and regulatory matters. The group also handles internal investigations and criminal issues for boards of directors and corporate clients. Dani James heads the team alongside Paul Schoeman, who is well versed in securities fraud, money laundering, FCPA matters, health care fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud and tax evasion issues. Leading trial lawyer Gary Naftalis handles high-profile government investigations and regulatory matters that often pose existential threats to his clients. Another name to note is Barry Berke, who represents individuals and corporations in investigations and complex litigation. Former assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of New York Darren Laverne is recommended for financial crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schoeman; Dani James

Other key lawyers:

Barry Berke; Gary Naftalis; Darren LaVerne; Michael Martinez


‘Barry Berke and Dani James are top notch trial lawyers who fight relentlessly for their clients.’

‘Kramer Levin has an absolutely first-rate team in NY. Usually led by Barry Berke (who is playing an unusual role as chief counsel for the prosecution in the impeachment trial), the white collar group at Kramer Levin is extremely deep. Paul Schoeman is one of the best strategists I know.’

Key clients

Stephen Calk

Michael Cohen

Theodore Huber

Edward Moore

Senior executive of a foreign private bank

Major investment bank executives

James Im

A UK broker-dealer and related investment management firm

Work highlights

  • Representing Stephen Calk in a criminal prosecution in the Southern District of New York on charges arising from $16m in loans made by Mr. Calk’s bank to Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.
  • Represented a broker-dealer firm and related investment management firm based in the United Kingdom in connection with an action brought by the SEC in the Southern District of New York against certain unknown traders for alleged insider trading in connection with Occidental’s acquisition of Anadarko.
  • Representing Michael Cohen, formerly of Och-Ziff, in a criminal prosecution in the Eastern District of New York on charges relating to allegedly corrupt investments in Africa.

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

New York litigation boutique Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP attracts domestic and international clients for white-collar defense work, and civil and regulatory disputes. Perhaps best known for its representation of individuals, the firm also advises corporate entities caught up in agency investigations. Daniel Gitner handles a broad range of financial crime issues and also advises on cases of professional misconduct, workplace discrimination and other criminal matters; Jillian Berman is recommended for regulatory matters, internal investigations and commercial litigation; Gabrielle Friedman, a fluent German speaker, is experienced in civil and regulatory issues, often with an international dimension; and Helen Gredd is well-versed in enforcement proceedings, having handled cases brought by a broad range of regulatory authorities, including the SEC, CFTC and FINRA. Co-founding partners John Siffert and Frank Wohl are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Gitner; Jillian Berman; Helen Gredd; Frank Wohl; John Siffert; Gabrielle Friedman


‘Excellent lawyers doing high-quality work’.

‘Easy to work with and very responsive’.            

‘Imaginative and thoughtful’ 

‘Care deeply about their clients and work very hard’.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is well known for its representation of high-profile, high-net-worth individuals and multinational corporations in white-collar criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. The firm fields a team of veteran litigators with deep expertise in insider trading, market abuse, mortgage and healthcare fraud, and FCPA matters. The practice is jointly led by Washington DC’s Douglas Greenburg, New York-based Benjamin Naftalis and Nathan Seltzer in the firm's London office. Greenburg is recommended for issues involving money laundering, sanctions and securities fraud, while Naftalis, a former federal prosecutor, regularly handles internal investigations and civil litigation with international components. In New York, the team was strengthened by the arrival of two new partners: Robert Hotz Jr joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in February 2020, and Michael Bosworth joined from an in-house role at MacAndrews & Forbes in July 2020. Kathryn Ruemmler left for an in-house role at Goldman Sachs in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Greenburg; Benjamin Naftalis; Nathan Seltzer

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Caldwell; Alice Fisher; Christopher Clark

Key clients

Senator Richard Burr

Daniel Ustian

The Gianulli Family

Gary Winemaster

William Meek

Tom L. Ward

Andy Intrater and Columbus Nova.

Levine Lee LLP

New York litigation boutique Levine Lee LLP handles a wide range of white-collar defense matters, corporate investigations and civil litigation. Jointly headed by Seth Levine and Kenneth Lee, the team acts for both corporate clients and individuals. Levine is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, who handles high-stakes litigation and crisis management, with a focus on the financial services industry, while Lee has considerable experience in complex disputes and also handles internal investigations and cases brought by regulators such as the SEC, FINRA and DOJ. Miriam Alinikoff left for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Seth Levine; Kenneth Lee

Other key lawyers:

Scott Klugman; Christos Papapetrou


‘Levine Lee is singular in quality – there is no weak link in the chain, every lawyer is simply exceptional, from the junior associates up to the founding partners’.      

‘They collaborate seamlessly with other firms as co-counsel’.

‘Kenneth Lee combines a lawyer’s technical skill with a grounded commercial and practical sensibility’. 

‘Kenneth Lee is calm in a crisis and provides his clients comfort in the face of their biggest challenges’.

‘Seth Levine is relentless; there is nothing he would not do to help his clients succeed’.

‘Seth Levine and his team provide a rare combination of big law firm experience, government/prosecutorial experience, and small-firm attention and economy’. 

‘They are excellent lawyers who can handle a wide range of matters and work cooperatively with a wide range of outside counsel and clients’.                       

‘Seth Levine is highly strategic, good with clients, and an outstanding lawyer and advisor’.

Key clients

Gavin Black

Anthony Blumberg

Daniel Small


Xerox Board of Directors – Special Committees

Kishore Lulla

Eros International Plc

iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc

Sterling Bancorp, Inc

Noble House Home Furnishings LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Gavin Campbell Black in connection with global investigations into the alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offer Rate (“LIBOR”).

Linklaters LLP

The business crime and investigations team at Linklaters LLP handles cross-border investigations and regulatory matters for large multinational corporations and high-profile individuals. Drawing on strength from across its international network, particularly the London office, the practice group is well equipped to handle enforcement actions brought by regulators in the US, UK and Europe. Adam Lurie heads the team in Washington DC; he has noted experience in civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense matters. Another contact in Washington DC, Matthew Axelrod, who handles internal investigations and is well versed in cases brought by agencies such as the DOJ and SEC.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Axelrod; Douglas Tween

Key clients

Global reinsurance broker

Inter-American Development Bank

Andrade Gutierrez

One of the world’s largest telecommunications services companies

A senior executive of Airbus

A global engine manufacturer

A former executive of Albemarle, a global specialty chemicals company

A former supervisory Assistant United States Attorney

A biopharmaceutical company based in France

A former chief financial officer of Fortune 150 food consumer products company

Work highlights

  • Advising a global reinsurance broker on investigations by the FCA, SFO and DOJ into potential bribery and corruption in South America.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

The white-collar defense and investigations team at Loeb & Loeb LLP advises clients on white-collar criminal cases at trial and appeals, regulatory enforcement matters, and internal investigations. Its client roster includes Fortune 500 companies, privately owned-business, and individuals. The practice group’s broad expertise covers securities fraud, healthcare fraud, FCPA matters, antitrust, tax fraud, money laundering and environmental crime. The team is headed by Chicago’s Jeremy Margolis and New York-based Jay Musoff. Margolis is recommended for international investigations, compliance and commercial litigation, while Musoff, a former federal prosecutor, is noted for his experience handling investigations brought by the DOJ and SEC, among other regulatory and enforcement agencies.

Practice head(s):

Jay Musoff; Jeremy Margolis; Andrew DeVooght

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Duffy; Tiff Moseley

Key clients

John Coli, former head of the Chicago Teamsters

Edward Burke, City of Chicago Alderman

Peter Armbruster, Former Chief Financial Officer of Roadrunner Transportation Systems

FAB Universal and its former CEO and CFO

Wins Finance Holdings

Work highlights

  • Representing John Coli, former head of the Chicago Teamsters, who has been charged in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with criminal violations of the Taft-Hartley Act and with extortion relating to his role as the former head of the Chicago Teamsters.
  • Representing Peter Armbruster, Former Chief Financial Officer of Roadrunner Transportation Systems in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in connection with (1) the US Department of Justice indictment for alleged $245m accounting fraud and (2) the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) civil complaint related to the same alleged fraud.
  • Representing Wins Finance and its Chairman and CFO in an SEC investigation and securities class action litigation concerning allegations of misrepresentations in the company’s public filings.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown advises corporations and individuals on a broad range of criminal defense matters, including multi-jurisdictional investigations, and litigation at trial and appeals. The team is led by Greg Deis and Kelly Kramer in Chicago, and Daniel Stein and William Michael in New York. Deis handles investigations across Asia, Africa and South America; Kramer is adept at individual representations; Michael handles life sciences investigations; and Stein is recommended for regulatory enforcement matters in the financial services industry. The team was bolstered by the recent arrival of partners: Michael Levy joined from Paul Hastings LLP in February 2020, and Gina Parlovecchio (New York) and Andrew Olmem joined in July 2020 from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and The National Economic Council, respectively. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Greg Deis; Kelly Kramer; William Michael; Daniel Stein

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Harris; Laurence Urgenson; Glen Kopp; Gina Parlovecchio; Michael Levy; Andrew Olmem


‘Team is experienced and knows the subject matter well’.

‘The team is responsive and works collaboratively with in-house counsel throughout the investigative process’.

‘Strong communication skills’.                   

‘Greg Deis has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that he brings to an investigation’.

‘Greg Deis provides thoughtful advice on the subject at hand’.

‘Mayer Brown provides a uniquely strong combination of the technical skills and experience necessary to advise public company clients and their executive teams with expert advice that balances legal and business risks’.

‘The lawyers in this practice group are highly capable trial attorneys who know how to put a case together efficiently’. 

‘They are solid legal advisors both on the law, the realities of dispute resolution within our civil and criminal justice system, and on the practical side of any business dispute’.

Key clients



Fair Isaac Corporation

Zillow Group

Société Générale

The Federative Republic of Brazil

Blue Flame Medical LLC

Kevin Andrews, a former officer of Citadel Plastics

Fadi Nahas

Andrew Badolato

Work highlights

  • Conducting an internal investigation on behalf of 3M involving alleged FCPA violations in China.
  • Served as defense counsel to Fadi Nahas, a former senior vice president at the defense contractor Anham, in a qui tam action and a parallel criminal investigation.
  • Representing Blue Flame Medical LLC in congressional investigations probing possible misconduct relating to the purchase and sale of personal protective equipment (PPE).

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles civil and criminal litigation and large government investigations, with a focus on representing clients in the healthcare industry. The team has deep experience in FCA and FCPA matters, and is adept at handling enforcement actions and qui tam litigation. Boston’s Laura McLane is an experienced defense and appellate attorney, and is routinely involved in high-profile investigations. In Miami, Benton Curtis acts for individual and corporate clients in relation to securities fraud, money laundering and kickback violations, and Audrey Pumariega was recently promoted to partner. Names to note in Chicago include David Rosenbloom and Steven Scholes, while Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman and Jon Dean are key contacts on the West Coast. Benjamin Goldberger left for an in-house role at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Laura McLane; Benton Curtis; David Rosenbloom; Steven Scholes; Russel Hayman; Jon Dean

Other key lawyers:

Mark Pearlstein; Gordon Greenberg; Russell Hayman; Audrey Pumariega


‘They know the solutions that are possible and seek the most efficient ways to get there’.

‘Laura McLane was fantastic, she was efficient and able to pull in knowledgeable resources to right to the issue’.

‘The smartest, most engaged, most thoughtful lawyers I have ever worked with’.

‘David Rosenbloom is humble, brilliant, sincere, and direct’. 

‘Steven Scholes is a great securities lawyer and very well respected by the SEC’.

‘Experienced, thorough and professional’.             

‘The team has a strong backing in government work and knows how to address issues in a practical but effective manner’.

‘They are proactive, resourceful and efficient’.    

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

Banner Health System

Baxter International, Inc.



Broadcom Corporation

Carlos Mazariegos

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Chicago Public Schools

Clark Construction Group

Community Intervention Services, Inc

Convatec, Inc. and 180 Medical

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Dhru Desai

Dimension Data

Dr. Michael Ligotti

Drinker, Biddle, and Reath LLP (now Drinker Faegre)

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil)

Frank DeStefano and Brad Long

Global Eagle Enterprises

GrantThornton International Ltd.

Gustavo Hernandez Frieri

HIG Growth Partners, LLC. and HIG Capital, LLC.


Invensys Inc.

Kleinfelder, Inc.

KOS Services, Inc.

Northern Trust


Ravago Americas

Roche Health Solutions, Inc.

South Bay Mental Health Center, Inc.

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Waukegan Steel

Work highlights

  • Advised Universal Health Services, Inc. on an FCA case.
  • Successfully defended Plantronics, Inc., in a bet-the-company antitrust case.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP acts for international corporations, government entities and high-profile individuals in criminal investigations and high-stakes enforcement matters. Headed by Todd Steggerda, the practice group handles white-collar crime matters, anti-bribery, anti-corruption, sanctions and crisis management situations. Among the team's standout highlights, Norfolk-based Benjamin Hatch represented The Boeing Company in its defense of a federal criminal investigation into the crashes of two 737 Max 8 jets. Also recommended is George Terwilliger, a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, is recommended for internal investigations, civil litigation and FCA matters. The team has also been strengthened by the arrival of several new partners: Michael Francisco joined the firm following a clerkship at the US Supreme Court in August 2020; Elizabeth Hogan joined from FINRA in October 2020; in February 2021 Michael Podberesky joined from the DOJ; in January 2021 John Moran joined from the DOJ, and in August 2020, Charlotte-based Jason Cowley joined from the DOJ. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Todd Steggerda

Other key lawyers:

George Terwilliger; John Adams; Robert Bittman; Richard Cullen; Benjamin Hatch; Kevin Lally


‘They are skilled lawyers and are supported by a first-rate team of colleagues’.

Key clients

James C. Justice II, Governor of West Virginia

North Broward Hospital District

The Boeing Company

Purdue Pharma


Milbank is particularly active in the financial services industry, fielding a team that includes a number of former federal prosecutors and SEC attorneys. The team is regularly involved in criminal and regulatory enforcement matters in a number of sectors and often handles cases that are international in nature. Areas of focus include corruption, bribery and sanctions violations, cyber security and data protection. George Canellos heads up the team and is well versed in enforcement actions brought by the SEC, CFTC, FINRA and DOJ. Antonia Apps acts for financial institutions, corporations, asset management firms, and individuals in securities litigation, corporate investigations and civil litigation. Katherine Goldstein left for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in July 2020. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

George Canellos

Other key lawyers:

Antonia Apps; Scott Edelman


‘They have the big picture and subject matter expertise that allows them to provide practical advice’.

‘We have had good experience with the Milbank team distilling issues to assist in the decision-making process’.

‘Overall we are very happy with the first-class legal advice that we have received from the Milbank team’.  

‘The Milbank team has been very flexible from a billing perspective’.

‘They are interested in building long-term relationships with us’.   

Key clients

VEREIT, Inc. formerly American Realty Capital Properties

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Rabobank UA

American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank


Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Representing VEREIT in ongoing investigations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as more than a dozen related civil actions, including a consolidated class action, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and other courts around the country.
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of uBiome, Inc. in the Special Committee’s investigation into the company’s business practices following investigations by federal and state government authorities.
  • Representing three of the Big Four accounting firms in a range of SEC investigations involving compliance with securities laws and audit standards.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Based in Washington DC, Miller & Chevalier Chartered’s white-collar defense and international investigations team has extensive experience of large-scale multi-jurisdictional matters, where it represents both corporates and individuals. The team is well versed in jury trials and is also recommended for FCPA issues, compliance, sanctions, and antitrust-related matters. The practice is jointly led by Timothy O’Toole and Andrew Wise, who is recommended for securities, tax, and honest services fraud allegations. Kirby Behre has significant trial experience and is recommended for cartel investigations. Preston Pugh left for Crowell & Moring LLP in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Timothy O’Toole; Andrew Wise

Other key lawyers:

Mark Rochon; Kirby Behre; Addy Schmitt; William Barry

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is well regarded for resolving crisis situations for high-profile individual clients. In particular, the firm is recognized for its record in pre-indictment resolutions and multi-party regulatory investigations, as well as its experience with political scandals and criminal investigations. The team is jointly led by Peter Chavkin in New York and Eóin Beirne in Boston. Chavkin is adept at handling cases in the political arena and has assisted clients in hearings before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Beirne is experienced in healthcare fraud, public corruption, insider trading, FCA and FCPA cases. James Rapore joined the Los Angeles office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Chavkin; Eóin Beirne

Other key lawyers:

Cory Flashner; David Siegal; Mark Robinson; Jason Halperin; James Rapore

Key clients

Corey Lewandowski

Elisabeth Kimmel

Abdeslam Jaidi

Sungjin Cho

Hakan Atilla

Executive of a Digital Advertising Firm

Benjamin Wey

Caleb Harper

Quality King

Work highlights

  • Representing Elisabeth Kimmel, a charged parent defendant, in the highly-publicized, nationwide college admissions indictment known as “Operation Varsity Blues”.
  • Secured a highly favourable settlement on behalf of defendant Sungjin Cho in a lawsuit arising from alleged international scheme to hack into the SEC’s EDGAR database system and extract non-public information to use for illegal trading.
  • Represented Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, in connection with his appearances before Special Counsel Mueller’s office, and various congressional bodies, regarding potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s global practice group handles compliance and internal investigations across many jurisdictions worldwide, and has experience engaging with a huge variety of international regulators. Civil litigation, regulatory inquiries, criminal investigations and CIFUS-related matters are key areas of focus for the team, which regularly acts for corporates and individual clients. Philadelphia-based Eric Sitarchuk is well versed in federal and state investigations, and FCA matters; Timothy Burke in Boston focuses on securities enforcement and litigation, acting for various financial services clients; and Grace Speights is a key figure in Washington DC. The team also welcomed several new partners in 2020: Matthew Miner joined in Washington DC from the DOJ; and in Philadelphia, Jeffrey Boujoukos joined from the SEC and Michael Kichline joined from Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):

Eric Sitarchuk; Timothy Burke; Grace Speights

Other key lawyers:

Susan Resley; Alison Tanchyk; Tinos Diamantatos; Jeffrey Boujoukos; Michael Kichline


‘The team is very professional yet friendly, and is very client-oriented’.

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Met Life

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Cephalon Inc.

Charles Cui

Fidelity Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing drug manufacturers Teva USA and Cephalon in an industry-wide multi-district litigation.
  • Acting as lead counsel for Charles Cui, who is facing federal indictment in connection with a sweeping, high-profile public corruption probe into long-time Chicago Alderman Edward Burke.
  • Acting for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) against former host Tavis Smiley in a breach of conduct case.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP fields an experienced team including former DOJ officials, federal prosecutors, White House and FBI counsel, and national security specialists. As part of an impressive global network, the team is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional investigations and white-collar matters for senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees and multinational public companies. The practice is headed by San Francisco’s Craig MartinRuti Smithline in New York, who focuses on litigation, SEC enforcement, securities litigation, and corporate internal investigations; and Washington DC-based Charles Duross, who is experienced in FCPA matters and global anti-corruption strategies. Haima Marlier joined from the SEC in New York in February 2020. Amanda Aikman left for an in-house role at UNICEF in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charles Duross; Craig Martin; Ruti Smithline

Other key lawyers:

James Koukios; Carrie Cohen; Amanda Aikman; Alex Iftimie; Bonnie Lau; Christine Wong; Eliot Adelson


‘Chuck Duross really is Mr. FCPA, he is a roll-up-your-sleeves practical lawyer who can help you implement compliance inside your company’.

‘They are all US attorneys but have an outward looking skill and experience towards a multitude of other jurisdictions’.

‘This team are all client-facing in their respective roles’.   

‘This firm compares well with other US law firms both on the east coast and west coast that I have instructed over decades’.

‘Years of real life experience combined with responsiveness and insight in charting the best course of action’.

Key clients

Novartis AG

Alcon, Inc.


Odebrecht Monitorship

Sylvia Ash

New York City Council

Michael Cohen

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. fields a widely respected team that operates at the forefront of white-collar crime matters for individuals and businesses. The group has extensive experience litigating cases in federal and state courts, and advocating before government bodies and enforcement agencies. Robert Anello is recommended for securities and regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations and sexual harassment issues, and experienced trial lawyer Elkan Abramowitz is rated both in civil and criminal matters. Other names to note include Catherine Foti, who handles fraud and discrimination cases; Jodi Misher Peikin, who has experience representing clients before a number of enforcement agencies, including the SEC and FINRA; and financial crime specialist Richard Albert, who focuses on market manipulation, insider trading and accounting violations. The team was bolstered by the recent arrival of two new partners in February 2021: Karen King joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Kathleen Cassidy joined from Necheles Cassidy LLP. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Elkan Abramowitz; Robert Anello; Lawrence Iason; Benjamin Fischer; Catherine Foti; Jodi Misher Peikin; Richard Albert; Christopher Harwood; Telemachus Kasulis; Kathleen Cassidy; Karen King


‘The firm is filled with exceptional lawyers who provide a first-class service for their clients’. 

‘They work collaboratively with others while also being very effective for their own clients.’                

‘Significant experience and expertise, detail-oriented, strong strategic judgment and an ability to derive practical solutions to issues that come up’.              

‘Highly experienced attorneys with sound practical judgment’.                     

‘Remarkably talented individuals with both common sense and huge intellect’.       

‘Robert Anello is a very effective advocate and enjoys a very high reputation in the federal courts’.

‘Everyone knows the engagement, from senior partner to paralegal’.  

‘Elkan Abramowitz, is simply superb, he is a real dean of the white-collar bar, at the top of his game and well regarded by judges and other lawyers’.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP was recently strengthened by the arrival of Michael Dreeben, who joined from the DOJ, and now jointly leads the team alongside Los Angeles-based Steven Olson. The team is made up of a number of former government attorneys, including those with experience in the Department of Homeland Security, the SEC and the White House. Areas of focus include government and internal investigations, with particular strengths in financial crime, healthcare fraud, cross-border matters, and FCA and FCPA issues. Jeff Gordon joined the team from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in September 2020, and Laurel Loomis Rimon was promoted to partner in January 2020. Steve Bunnell left for an in-house role at the Libra Association in August 2020. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Steven Olson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bookin; Mary Patrice Brown; Lee Blalack; Nicole Argentieri; Howard Heiss; Jeff Gordon; Laurel Loomis Rimon

Key clients

Anthem Inc.

DC Council

Johnson & Johnson

JHL Biotech

Mattel Inc. Board of Directors


UCLA Board of Regents

Work highlights

  • Completed an independent investigation on behalf of the Audit Committee of the Mattel, Inc. Board of Directors into allegations by an anonymous whistleblower of an accounting error that resulted in a misstatement of the toy maker’s income tax accounting in the last two quarters of 2017.
  • Served as lead counsel to the UC Board of Regents in an independent investigation into the appropriateness of UCLA’s response to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct involving University-employed physicians.
  • Retained by the DC Council, the legislative branch of the local government of the District of Columbia, to investigate alleged violations of ethics and conflict of interest requirements by DC Councilmember Jack Evans, the Ward 2 representative and the District’s longest-serving lawmaker.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

With offices in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is well placed to handle matters across the US, but also turns its hand to multi-jurisdictional matters, working in conjunction with its international network. Acting for both companies and individuals, the firm focuses on investigations and compliance work, and is particularly experienced in SEC-imposed corporate compliance monitorships. The team is headed by Washington DC’s Robert Stern. New York-based Amy Walsh, a former federal prosecutor, is recommended for government investigations. In March 2020, William Jacobsen and Jonathan Lopez left for Allen & Overy LLP. Gregory Morvillo left for Morvillo PLLC in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Robert Stern

Other key lawyers:

Amy Walsh; Guy Singer

Key clients

Braskem S.A.

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.

Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Dynastion Energy

Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (former Theranos President and COO)

Three Individuals in SEC vs. San Francisco Regional Center

Katherine Mogal (former Fitbit Employee)

Travis Kalanick (former CEO of Uber)

James Monsees (founder of JUUL)

David Britt (former KPMG Executive)

James Strother (Wells Fargo Bank Executive)

Manuel Henriquez (former CEO of Hercules Capital)

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP focuses on high-profile international FCPA and anti-corruption investigations, and is well versed in handling enforcement actions brought by the DOJ and SEC. The team has noteworthy experience in compliance matters in the life sciences industry, and is increasingly active in privacy and data security matters. Kwame Manley leads the practice and has a wealth of experience in white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and high-stakes civil litigation. Robert Luskin is recommended for multi-jurisdictional investigations and is noted in particular for his representation of high-profile individual clients. Nathan Sheers and Peter Lindsay joined from Sidley Austin LLP in August 2020. In February 2020, Jane Yoon and Phara Guberman were promoted to partner in New York, and Michael Levy left for Mayer Brown. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Other key lawyers:

Gary Giampetruzzi; Robert Luskin; Matthew Herrington; Kenneth Breen; Nathan Sheers; Peter Lindsay; Jane Yoon; Phara Guberman


‘The Paul Hastings team is particularly adept at tailoring its approach to the specific facts and issues in the case’. 

‘They think creatively in each instruction rather than following a routine approach that does not fit all the dynamics of a case’.                                   

‘They have the ability to explain to US authorities how it works in other jurisdictions and the ability to explain to foreign authorities how it works in the US’.

‘Able to work in a seamless manner with forensics specialists and other firms as one team using both required technology but also an innovative mind-set in terms of cooperation’.             

‘Robert Luskin is outstanding and he has knowledge of the players, international experience and good strategic thinking’.

‘The level of focus on details that I experienced from this firm was, I believe, a differentiator from its peers’. 

Key clients

Airbus SE

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse


Alexion Pharmaceuticals



Braskem, S.A.



British Arab Commercial Bank PLC

Ambassador Gordon Sondland

Matthew Connolly

Work highlights

  • Represented Goldman Sachs in the internal and external investigations related to FCPA and money laundering investigations stemming from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
  • Represented Airbus Group before the DOJ in connection with investigations into an alleged worldwide scheme of unlawful payments to foreign officials to assist in the sale of civilian aircraft and failures to disclose relevant commissions on sales of controlled technology.
  • Representing SAP SE before the DOJ and SEC in connection with alleged FCPA violations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

The white-collar and regulatory defense team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP advises high-profile corporates and individuals on major regulatory and enforcement matters. The team, which includes former senior government officials and assistant US attorneys, focuses on AML, FCPA, criminal antitrust matters, insider trading, securities fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) cases. Firm chairman Brad Karp is noted for his experience representing Fortune 100 companies and global financial institutions in ‘bet the company’ litigation and regulatory matters. Another key figure is Theodore Wells, who is rated for white-collar defense work and civil litigation. Roberto Finzi, a former federal prosecutor, handles enforcement proceedings and internal investigations, and Lorin Reisner acts for companies, boards of directors and senior executives in a wide range of litigation. Several partners joined the team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in early 2021, including Walter Brown, a very highly regarded litigation and investigations expert in San Francisco. All named attorney are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Roberto Finzi; Lorin Reisner; Richard Tarlowe; Theodore Wells

Other key lawyers:

Loretta Lynch; Jeannie Rhee; Walter Brown; Melinda Haag; Randy Luskey


‘The team was brilliant, they were easy to work with, always up to speed and gave great counsel’. 

‘The work was pro bono and I was treated as if I was a full paying client’.                

‘Deep knowledge and experience’.

‘Very focused on the client’.

‘They show a great deal of empathy and kindness’.                           

‘Very good at explaining both the advantages and disadvantages of a particular strategy or decision’.

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie LLP’s white-collar and investigations practice was significantly strengthened at the end of 2020 by the arrival of 17 attorneys from boutique firm Kibbe & Orbe LLP. With considerable experience in the financial services industry, the practice is well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional investigations involving market manipulation, corruption, bribery and money laundering. Jointly led by David Massey and Rowan Gaither, the practice group advises large financial institutions, corporations and high-profile individuals on securities enforcement, government investigations and criminal defense matters. Also recommended are Lee Richards, who handles internal investigations and commercial litigation, and Keith Miller, a former SEC enforcement attorney, with noted expertise in blockchain technology and digital currencies. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

David Massey; Rowan Gaither

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Zinman; Lee Richards; Shari Brandt; Keith Miller; Adam Schuman

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles national and international investigations for multinational corporations and financial institutions and senior executives. Leveraging the experience of a number of former federal prosecutors in the team, the practice group handles international enforcement actions, large-scale class actions, cybersecurity issues and commercial litigation. Washington DC’s William Sullivan co-chairs the practice alongside New York-based Mark Hellerer, who is recommended for trade sanctions work, and Maria Galeno, who counts banks and investment firms, technology companies, hospitals and executives among her clients. Sullivan is experienced in trial and grand jury work, criminal antitrust matters and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

William Sullivan; Mark Hellerer; Maria Galeno

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hill; Anne Lefever

Key clients

Arie Eric De Jong III

Adam Rogas

Work highlights

  • Represented an investment banker after he was arrested at JFK airport in Queens, New York, on insider trading charges using information that he had obtained from his position.
  • Represented a Swiss-based company, along with subsidiaries and affiliates in various jurisdictions around the world, in enforcement actions involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Defended the owner and manager of two portable sanitation rental companies, in a criminal indictment alleging multiple defendants conspired to manipulate the electronic control modules on the companies’ fleet of heavy duty diesel trucks in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Based in New York, Proskauer Rose LLP’s white-collar defense and investigations practice has deep trial experience and is well equipped to handle international criminal and regulatory investigations. Areas of focus for the group include securities, tax, and antitrust issues, as well as FCPA matters, money laundering, and bribery. The team includes several former prosecutors and government officials, and counts large global financial institutions and senior executives among its key clients. Group co-head Robert Cleary handles SEC investigations, enforcement matters, civil litigation and extradition proceedings; he jointly heads the team alongside Dietrich Snell, who focuses on criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by federal and state agencies.

Practice head(s):

Robert Cleary; Dietrich Snell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Harris; Joshua Newville; Seetha Ramachandran; Hadassa Waxman; Lindsey Collins


‘Deep and specific knowledge’.

‘A wide network of experts’.

‘Committed to embracing clients best interests’.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s investigations, government enforcement and white-collar criminal defense group acts for high-profile corporations and individuals caught up in sensitive, often cross-border investigations and enforcement actions. The team is experienced across the spectrum of white-collar defense, regularly representing clients in congressional investigations, grand jury investigations, trials and appeals. In Washington DC, William Burck is a name to note for civil trials and foreign investigations, and Juan Morillo is a contact for financial crime matters, including accounting, securities and tax fraud. On the West Coast, Los Angeles-based James Asperger focuses on international business crime, including as FCPA matters and criminal antitrust violations, and San Francisco’s John Potter specializes in civil litigation and various white-collar defense matters.

Practice head(s):

William Burck; Juan Morillo; James Asperger; John Potter

Key clients



Joint Stock Company Commercial Bank PrivatBank


Swedbank AB

Ropes & Gray LLP

The lawyers at Ropes & Gray LLP draw experience from a broad range of business, legal, and law enforcement backgrounds, with many members having previously served as federal prosecutors and enforcement officers at the SEC. This expertise, coupled with its international network of offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia, places the firms in a strong position to handle sprawling multi-jurisdictional investigations. New York-based practice co-head Michael McGovern is an accomplished trial lawyer, who specializes in high-profile criminal matters, while joint practice head James Dowden in Boston has over 20 years’ experience representing companies and individuals in a range of investigations and enforcement proceedings. Also in New York, Joan McPhee is active in criminal and civil litigation, where she represents executives, board members, physicians, and engineers. William Roberts was promoted to partner in Boston in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Dowden; Michael McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Laura Hoey; Joan McPhee; Josh Levy; Brien O’Connor; Christopher Conniff; William Roberts


‘It’s hard to find an issue in which they do not have at least one attorney with expertise’.

‘They have several former government attorneys who can rely on expertise that they gained at various regulatory agencies’.

‘Christopher Conniff relies on his experience as a former federal prosecutor to provide strong counsel if you are ever contacted by a prosecutor’s office’.

‘Very close to the client every step of the way’.

‘They go further and beyond the client expectations’.

‘Everything is professional and just perfect’.

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital

Former PIMCO CEO Douglas Hodge

Former International Law Firm Co-Chair Gordon Caplan

Elizabeth Henriquez

Former Deutsche Bank trader Cedric Chanu

Former Credit Suisse banker Detelina Subeva

Louisiana State University’s Head Basketball Coach Will Wade

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP’s white-collar defense and government investigations group advises corporations and individuals on regulatory matters, government investigations and litigation. New York-based Barry Bohrer has an active trial and appellate practice, handling criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts. Also in New York, Douglas Koff acts for financial institutions, broker-dealers, and senior executives in relation to investigations brought by government regulators. Contacts in Washington DC include Peter White, who is experienced in grand jury investigations, internal investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings, FCA matters and qui tam lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Barry Bohrer; Douglas Koff; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

Charles Clark; Craig Warkol

Key clients

Abul Huda Farouki (former chief executive of Anham)

Steve Linick (former inspector general at the U.S. State Department)

Ali Alzabarah (former Twitter software engineer)

Ken Ravenell (Baltimore lawyer)

Agricultural Bank of China

Eric Dalius/Saivian

Purdue Pharma (former senior executives)

Under Armour (executives)

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Gerard Denault (New York “CityTime” case)

Maltese Capital Management

Joseph Percoco (former Aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo)

Jun Ying (former Equifax executive)

Ronald Ferguson

Crystal Grote (Tucker Companies)


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP advises corporates and individual clients on governmental investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and parallel litigation. The team has particular strength in financial crimes, including securities fraud and insider trading, but also has experience of bribery, criminal antitrust matters and healthcare fraud. Based in the New York office, Michael Considine heads up the practice group and is a contact for cross-border government investigations.

Practice head(s):

Michael Considine

Other key lawyers:

Jack Yoskowitz; Philip Moustakis; Andrew Jacobson; Noah Czarny


Michael Considine is highly professional and very committed to his clients’.

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Acted for Point 72 as compliance monitor in relation to an SEC order from 2016.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

With a deep bench including former prosecutors and enforcement attorneys, Shearman & Sterling LLP is well equipped to handle large-scale and often parallel investigations by key federal regulators and enforcement agencies, such as the SEC and DOJ. Among the team's leadership are Stephen Fishbein, an experienced trial and appellate lawyer; Adam Hakki, who acts for a number of Wall Street clients in financial investigations; John Nathanson, a name to note for securities litigation; and Patrick Robbins in San Francisco, who primarily acts for individuals in criminal investigations and litigation. Named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Stephen Fishbein; Patrick Robbins; John Nathanson

Other key lawyers:

Christopher LaVigne


‘The Shearman & Sterling team are true subject matter experts in this space that provide practical, straightforward business advice on complex investigative matters that span the globe’.

‘They are responsive, always available, and provide great on-point advice’.

‘The Shearman & Sterling team collaborates well with our in-house team and is focused on understanding our business to give useful and practical legal advice’.

‘The team is quite aware of how our in-house team works and provides our team with what we need to build internal consensus to solve legal problems’.

‘The advice was practical and took into account the realities of our global business’.

‘Really fantastic team – responsive, knowledgeable and practical’.

Key clients

Bilfinger SE

Christopher Worrall


UniCredit S.p.A.

Sergey Pugach

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Amir Waldman

The Bank of Montreal

Work highlights

  • Conducted a high-profile trial for Christopher Worrall, a federal government employee, who was caught up in a DOJ investigation.
  • Represented Italian banking conglomerate UniCredit SpA in a multi-year sanctions investigation and coordinated a $1.3bn global settlement with multiple US authorities.
  • Represented Amir Waldman, an Israeli trader accused of trading on insider knowledge relating to Intel’s $15.3bn acquisition of Mobileye.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

With offices in key financial hubs throughout the US around the globe, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's government and internal investigations practice is an attractive choice for large-scale domestic and international investigations and criminal defense strategy. Headed by New York’s Stephen Cutler, a former director of enforcement at the SEC, the team advises financial institutions, multinational trading companies, professional services firms and senior executives on a range of criminal and regulatory matters. Another contact in New York is Brooke Cucinella, a former federal securities fraud prosecutor, who is rated for crisis management and cyber security matters. Names to note in Washington DC include Cheryl Scarboro, who advises on internal investigations and FCPA compliance programs, and Jeffrey Knox, an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. Sarah Eichenberger in New York and Meaghan Kelly in Washington DC were promoted to partner at the start of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Cutler

Other key lawyers:

Paul Curnin; Cheryl Scarboro; Jeffrey Knox; Michael Osnato; Brooke Cucinella; Sarah Eichenberger; Meaghan Kelly


‘The team’s varied backgrounds gives them the unique ability to understand the point of view of all parties – from the government, prosecution, and client sides, they have a leg up on the competition’.

‘Stephen Cutler’s experience and leadership is unmatched – you cannot find a better lawyer to advise an in-house client’. 

‘The team collaborates by working with lawyers from different backgrounds and experience to give the client the best team possible’.

‘Stephen Cutler’s background is unparalleled and he comes to the table with both government and in-house experience’. 

‘Stephen Cutler is extremely smart, cares deeply about his clients, and has the highest level of integrity possible’. 

‘Michael Osnato is extremely smart and knowledgeable, he has excellent instincts and the experience of the SEC. 

‘Brooke Cucinella works incredibly hard, is dedicated to her clients, and brings the eye of a seasoned investigator and prosecutor’. 

Key clients



Bankrate, Inc.

Board of Eagle Bancorp

Board of Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Board of Portland General Electric

Deutsche Bank

Eagle Bank


Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Hain Celestial Group Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Natural Resources Defense Council

Valeant Pharmaceuticals (n/k/a Bausch Health Companies)

Senior executives of Odebrecht S.A.

Senior executive of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Ericsson in reaching agreements with the DOJ and SEC regarding allegations of FCPA violations.
  • Representing the board of Pacific Gas and Electric Company in shareholder derivative lawsuits and investigations related to the California wildfires of October 2017 and November 2018.
  • Representing Valeant in the resolution of an SEC investigation and in high-profile securities and RICO class actions.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP runs a truly international white-collar crime and enforcement group, with strong on-the-ground presence in across the US, as well as in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paulo. The firm's geographic reach enables it to advise on complex resource-heavy international investigations and compliance matters. Acting for companies and individuals, the firm’s client base includes major financial institutions, public and private companies, boards of directors and corporate executives. The practice is headed in New York by David Zornow, who represents clients in federal and state grand jury investigations and criminal trials. Another contact in New York is Jocelyn Strauber, who handles criminal and civil enforcement matters. Palo Alto’s Jack DiCanio and Washington DC's Charles Walker are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Zornow

Other key lawyers:

David Meister; Jocelyn Strauber; Jack DiCanio

Squire Patton Boggs

The government investigations and white-collar group at Squire Patton Boggs advises on investigations, and civil and criminal prosecutions. The team includes trial lawyers with previous experience working at government agencies, including the DOJ, the SEC and the Treasury. A name to note in Washington DC is Joseph Walker, who handles fraud, money laundering, securities and counterfeiting matters.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Walker

Other key lawyers:

Colin Jennings; Rebekah Poston; Kevin McCart; Clay Porter; Marisa Darden; Margaret Daum

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP advises high-profile individuals and companies on criminal prosecutions and investigations. It also handles internal investigations for public and private companies. Seasoned trial lawyer Reid Weingarten works across the firm’s Washington DC and New York offices.

Other key lawyers:

Reid Weingarten; Chris Niewoehner; Brian Heberlig; Jason Weinstein

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Headed by Nicolas Bourtin, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s criminal defense and investigations group has handled high-profile multi-agency investigations and cross-border enforcement actions. The firm acts for multinational corporates and financial institutions, and is deeply experienced in financial crime matters. Nicole Friedlander is another name to note in New York.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Bourtin

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Friedlander

Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP acts for high-profile individuals caught up in government investigations, prosecutions and enforcement proceedings. The team has experience engaging with key federal regulators, such as the SEC, the EPA and the FTC, among others. Norman Bloch heads the team in New York and is experienced in federal, state and international criminal investigations and prosecutions. The key figure in Washington DC is Joan Meyer, a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience in a huge variety of compliance matters and fraud prosecutions. Litigator John Mitchell has also been singled out by a number of clients.

Practice head(s):

Norman Bloch

Other key lawyers:

Joan Meyer; John Mitchell


‘They place emphasis on getting to know their client and ensuring they understand the facts surrounding a particular matter before diving in’. 

‘I feel they are always well prepared with any updates or information to share and rarely leave any questions hanging’.

‘John Mitchell has been phenomenal to work with, I appreciate his candour and also his sense of humour’.

‘The team and firm’s strengths comes from the partners who know how to listen and how to tell the client what he or she has to hear, rather than what they want to hear’.

‘They established the trust and integrity from the first meeting to conclusion of my case’.

‘Very professional and understanding’.

‘John Mitchell stands out because of his past work as a well-respected prosecutor’.

‘John Mitchell exhibited the trademarks of trustworthiness, honesty, and impeccable integrity’.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP stands out for its representation of corporations and individuals in relation to internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement matters, and grand jury proceedings. Other areas of focus include criminal antitrust law, financial crime, public corruption, FCA and FCPA matters, and congressional investigations. Key figures in the group include Washington DC’s Mike Dry and Craig Seebald, Michael Holmes and John Wander in Dallas, Jim Thompson in Houston and Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of Christopher Duffy, who joined the New York office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in March 2020, and Michael Ward in San Francisco, who joined a month later from an in-house role at Juniper Networks.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jacobs; Mike Dry; Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes; John Wander; Jim Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Palmina Fava; Jeffrey Johnston; Jessica Heim; Christopher Duffy; Michael Ward

Key clients

Audit Committee for Juniper Networks, Inc.


Energy XXI Ltd.


Southwest Airlines, Inc.

Core Laboratories, Inc.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. and Hitachi Ltd.

Maxell Corporation of America, Hitachi Maxell Ltd.

MoneyGram International, Inc.

University of Texas System


Geoffrey Palermo & GMP Management, Inc.

Special Investigation Committee of a public company

Frank’s International, N.V.

William Baroni

Geoffrey Palermo & GMP Management, Inc.

Frank’s International N.V.

Wells Fargo Bank Former Executives

BlueScope Steel Executive

StarKist Executive

Work highlights

  • Represented William Baroni, a Republican Party politician, in his appeal before the US Supreme Court in the case nationally known as “Bridgegate.”
  • Represents The University of Texas System in an investigation by the Department of Education into alleged reporting failures under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act.
  • Representing two former executives in connection with the high-profile multi-agency investigation into sales practices violations within the Community Banking division of Wells Fargo Bank.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s New York-based white-collar team sits within the firms's wider, very highly regarded litigation department and counts a range of multinational corporations, financial institutions and their executives among its clients. The practice group has a strong in multi-jurisdictional disputes, including criminal and civil litigation. John Saverese is recommended for accounting fraud, insider trading, tax and criminal antitrust allegations.

Other key lawyers:

John Savarese; David Anders; Wayne Carlin; Ralph Levene; Paul Vizcarrondo

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The white-collar defense, regulatory and investigations team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for major corporations, financial institutions and individuals in a range of investigations, enforcement matters and litigation. Key areas of focus include criminal antitrust law, securities violations, FCPA matters, environmental crime, cyber security and economic sanctions. The team is headed by Steven Tyrrell in Washington DC and Christopher Garcia in New York. Tyrell is well versed in multi-jurisdictional investigations and anti-corruption issues, while Garcia has noted expertise in insider trading and DOJ and SEC investigations. Sarah Coyne is another contact in the New York team.

Practice head(s):

Steven Tyrrell; Christopher Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Coyne; Susan Shin

Key clients


Vantage Drilling


Morgan Stanley

Abraaj Investment Management Ltd.


Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association

BTG Pactual

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing Sanofi in connection with a multi-faceted DOJ investigation into alleged violations of the FCPA in emerging markets.
  • Representing Abraaj in headline DOJ and SEC investigations relating to an illegal misappropriation of investors’ money by the company’s principal.
  • Representing Swiss bank BSI in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations in the US and Switzerland, involving a money laundering scheme related to the FIFA and 1MDB scandals.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s white-collar team has continued to grow its market share of high-level multi-jurisdictional work for blue chip companies and senior executives. Active across the US and also globally through its international office network, the firm is a strong player in large civil and criminal investigations, and enforcement matters. The group is led by New York-based Scott Hershman, who advises on crisis management, corporate litigation and sanctions matters. Another contact in New York is Virginia Romano, who previously held a position at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and stands out for her experience in securities fraud investigations and litigation. Further afield, Darryl Lew in Washington DC is well versed in actions brought by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC and international enforcement agencies, and Maria Beguiristain in Miami is also recommended. Tara Lee joined the Washington DC office from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in June 2020. Kenneth Caruso left for a senior counsel role at Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hershman

Other key lawyers:

Darryl Lew; Michael Kendall; Virginia Romano; Maria Beguiristain


‘The individual personalities of the lawyers with whom I worked were very enjoyable and they all have become friends, which makes work much more fun’.

‘I found the team much more personable than most other law firm personnel’.

‘All the lawyers in the firm understand the client and work together’.

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Hungary

Ziad Akle, a former Unaoil executive

Former senior CIA official and former senior FBI official

John Wilson, US businessman charged in the college-admissions scandal in the US

David Smith, one of several defendants charged in one of the largest tax shelter schemes

Laura Cooper, Defense Department witness

Donna Ackerly, indicted for fraud involving proxy campaigning for public companies

Joseph Rowan, former Insys Corp. executive

Richard Usher, former J.P. Morgan foreign exchange trader

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Hungary in investigations undertaken by the DOJ and the SEC into transactions at Microsoft Hungary.
  • Acting for Ziad Akle, a former Unaoil executive, in connection with an investigation and prosecution brought by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office in relation to Unaoil Group, a Monaco-based oil industry consultancy firm, and its executives.
  • Representing Mr. John Wilson, one of more than 50 individuals charged with alleged conspiracy, bribery, fraud and tax violations by the DOJ in the college admissions “Varsity Blues” scandal scheduled to go to trial in 2021.

Wiley Rein LLP

The team at Wiley Rein LLP includes a number of former federal and state prosecutors and SEC attorneys, and acts for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, executives and public officials in relation to criminal and civil enforcement actions. Key areas of focus for the practice group include FCA and FCPA matters, cybersecurity, election law issues and cases brought by the SEC and CFTC. A veteran trial lawyer, Washington DC-based Ralph Caccia heads the practice group and has considerable experience in the life sciences, healthcare, and defense industries. Brandon Moss, also in Washington DC, was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Caccia

Other key lawyers:

Roderick Thomas; Mark Sweet; Kevin Muhlendorf; Matthew Gardner; Peter Hyun; Antonio Reynolds; Brandon Moss


‘They staff their cases intelligently and have the core areas of expertise that complement the white-collar lawyers’.

‘Ralph Caccia is universally respected and admired’. 

‘Ralph Caccia has the people skills to complement his substantive expertise, which gives him an edge in gaining the trust of clients and in convincing prosecutors to give his client a break’.

‘Ralph Caccia knows the federal criminal system inside and out, and has excellent judgment’.

‘They have a clear-eyed understanding of the need to extricate clients from bad situations as efficiently as possible’.

‘They work well with joint defense teams, don’t have outsized egos, and know the difference between lawyers who are out to feather their own nests and those who want to protect clients’.

‘Ralph Caccia is an exceptional lawyer and a passionate advocate’.

‘Ralph Caccia is thoughtful, nuanced, and incisive in his approach’.

Key clients

BAE Systems Inc.

AECOM Technology Corporation

The Boeing Company

American Heart Association

Northside Hospital

William Tierney

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Dr. Timothy Baxter

CGI Federal

ManTech International Corporation

US Senator Kelly Loeffler

Work highlights

  • Represented US Senator Loeffler before multiple agencies in connection with allegations of insider trading concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and information provided to Senators in a congressional briefing.
  • Representing Tim Baxter, the former Chief Medical Officer of Indivior, who was indicted on more than 20 counts of fraud, based on allegations that the company engaged in anti-competitive practices, made false and misleading marketing claims, utilized abusive distribution practices, and conspired to cause the submission of false Medicare/Medicaid claims and false statements to the FDA.
  • Defending ManTech in litigation filed in US District Court for the District of Columbia relating to claims brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

Williams & Connolly LLP

Washington DC-based Williams & Connolly LLP handles a wide variety of matters for public and private companies, senior corporate executives and board members. The group is deeply experienced in FCPA matters, the anti-kickback statute, anti-money laundering, securities fraud, and criminal antitrust law. David Zinn co-chairs the practice and is recommended for his experience in investigations initiated by regulatory authorities, including the SEC, CFTC and various foreign agencies. Joint practice head Tobin Romero acts as lead defense counsel for multinational corporations and corporate executives in cases involving bribery, tax, corruption and environmental issues. Also recommended are Kevin Downey and senior statesman Brendan Sullivan, who has 50 years’ litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

David Zinn; Tobin Romero

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Sullivan; Kevin Downey; Joseph Petrosinelli; Emmet Flood


‘The lawyers are best I’ve ever worked with. The team was always well prepared’.     

‘Williams & Connolly has a deep bench of top-notch litigators and trial attorneys’. 

‘They fight for their clients in ways unmatched by other firms’. 

‘They are one of the premier litigation and trial practices in the country’.                 

‘Joseph Petrosinelli is a phenomenal strategist, with broad and diverse experience across industries and practice disciplines’.

‘Tobin Romero is a fierce trial lawyer and a relentless advocate’.

‘Their lawyers are creative, aggressive and unrelenting’. 

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Jason Sugarman

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead defense counsel for former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in her criminal case in the Northern District of California.
  • Representing an independent business executive in connection with a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit involving alleged securities fraud relating to the issuance and underwriting of certain bonds.
  • Representing a senior executive in an investigation by the Department of Justice and a United States Attorney’s Office into alleged corruption in South America.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

The white-collar defense and compliance, investigations and enforcement team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acts for public trading companies, financial institutions and executives in criminal and regulatory matters around the globe. It has particular strength in financial crime and has developed particular strength in securities-related matters, where it often acts for prominent hedge funds. The team is headed from the New York office by Michael Schachter, and from Washington by William Stellmach and Martin Weinstein. Randall Jackson is recommended for government and internal investigations, civil litigation and regulatory compliance. Craig Martin and Matthew Basil joined in Chicago from Jenner & Block LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Schachter; William Stellmach; Martin Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Randall Jackson; Amelia Cottrell; Craig Martin; Matt Basil


‘I highly recommend the exceptional team at Willkie Farr in the area of corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense’. 

‘The team conducts a thorough and comprehensive review, provides wonderful counsel in high-stakes situations, and brings to bear the wisdom and judgement of having worked these kinds of matters over many years, including as former prosecutors’.

‘Phenomenal team with expertise in using technology efficiently in an age where there is an abundance of material to review electronically’.

‘Assembled a very collaborative team to assist us during an exceptionally challenging time’. 

‘Michael Schachter had a complete mastery of the facts and documents involved in a complex matter, and was very transparent and straightforward with his advice and recommendations’.

‘Michael Schachter’s judgement and counsel brought clarity and calm to a challenging situation’.

‘William Stellmach leads the practice and I have found him to be exceptional in client service, approach, expertise, attention to detail and just the overall experience that the client gets’.

‘Deeply experienced and sophisticated group led by Michael Schachter, who is an excellent, multifaceted lawyer’. 

Key clients

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Former Privinvest executive Jean Boustani

Former Adidas marketing director James Gatto

LafargeHolcim Ltd.

Mega International Commercial Bank

Former JPMorgan trader Akshay Aiyer

Former Diageo Executive

Work highlights

  • Secured a major victory in the securities fraud trial of Jean Boustani, obtaining a complete acquittal after a six-week jury trial over an alleged $2bn fraud and kickback scheme involving Mozambican state-backed loans.
  • Defending CITGO in a DOJ investigation under various federal criminal statutes.
  • Defending Adidas marketing director James Gatto in the appeal of his high-profile conviction for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with alleged payments to student-athletes to assist in college basketball recruiting efforts.


Leveraging a deep and broad bench that includes over 100 former senior government officials, WilmerHale’s white-collar defense and investigations group is well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional actions brought by a huge range of enforcement agencies. In addition, the team handles crisis management for large international banks, auto manufacturers, technology companies and life sciences businesses, among others. Contacts in Washington DC include Howard Shapiro, a veteran trial lawyer, who focuses on white-collar criminal defense, commercial litigation and securities enforcement matters, and Ronald Machen, whose clients include global blue-chip corporations. Further afield, Stephen Jonas in Boston advises corporations and individuals on investigations and grand jury matters, and Anjan Sahni is a name to note in New York. The growing team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Susan Muck and Kevin Muck from Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco in September 2020, and Edward O’Callaghan from the DOJ in Washington DC in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Howard Shapiro; Stephen Jonas; Ronald Machen; Anjan Sahni

Other key lawyers:

Michael Leotta; Alejandro Mayorkas; Kimberly Parker; Robert Mueller; Susan Muck; Kevin Muck; Edward O’Callaghan


‘The practice has significant breadth of experience in the area and has the resources to handle highly complex multi-jurisdictional investigations.’

The firm has a number of partners who complement each other and are willing to provide differing views. This ensures that the advice that clients receive is stress tested.

‘Howard Shapiro is an excellent lawyer who brings deep experience, wisdom and judgment to his matters. He looks for practical solutions in the interests of the client, but also knows when clear counsel is required.’

Claire Guehenno is a strong associate who is very attentive to detail and instrumental in ensuring the effective management of the various matters.

‘Kimberly Parker leads an exceptional FCPA practice.’

‘This is an integrated team of all-stars who are pragmatic, fun to work, with and meticulous in their approach. Any time a multinational company faces a criminal or regulatory investigation, the implications can be massive and varied. If another law firm spots three issues, Wilmer will spot five every time and put forward expert solutions for each one. Count on this team to miss nothing.’

‘Jay Holtmeier brings a calm, cool-headed approach to all manner of complex issues. He is a trusted go-to advisor on all things white collar, and most notably an FCPA guru.’

Key clients

NiSource Inc.

Mark Geragos

Rohan Ramchandani

Michael Carroll

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

City of Aurora, Colorado

Various Companies

Newmont Goldcorp Corporation

General Assembly of the State of Colorado

Panasonic Corporation

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Georgia Tech Athletic Association

Interactive Brokers LLC

Winston & Strawn LLP

Headed by Abbe Lowell and New York’s Suzanne Jaffe Bloom, Winston & Strawn LLP continues to act on a range of high-profile white-collar, regulatory defense and investigations matters for corporations and individuals. Lowell’s broad expertise covers election law, FCPA matters and RICO cases, while Jaffe Bloom, a former prosecutor, is adept at handling FCA matters in the healthcare and government contracting industries. Chicago’s Dan Webb is a well-known trial lawyer with experience in commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. San Francisco-based Pamela Davis is also recommended. The team was strengthened by the addition of several new partners: Winston Kirton joined from an in-house role at Bristol Myers Squibb, and Amandeep Sidhu and Reed Stephens joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in March 2020. Also in March, Robb Adkins left for Baker & Hostetler LLP and Ross Kramer left for an in-house role at Sanctuary for Families in January 2020. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe Lowell

Other key lawyers:

Dan Webb; Pamela Davis; Matthew Orwig; Cari Stinebower; Winston Kirton; Amandeep Sidhu; Reed Stephens


 ‘They have a clear view and path to achieve objectives, with the flexibility and adaptability to ensure a successful result’.

‘Although we have used other firms in this area, we felt most comfortable with the response times, straightforwardness and unparalleled skill set with this firm’.

‘A valuable aspect is the experience with highly media sensitive situations, not just handling the optics of each matter, but knowing how to best manage the outcome’.     

‘Simple, clear and efficient billing processes’.

‘The partners we interact and work with are top notch professionals’.

Key clients

Encore Rehabilitation Services, LLC

Banco San Juan Internacional

Petróleos Mexicanos

Dmitry Firtash

Jack Evans, Washington, D.C. Council Member

Fernando Scherrer-Caillet

John Gray

A major defence contractor

Michael and Peter Taylor

Ruel Malcolm Hamilton

Rafael Ramirez, former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

Jamal Benomar

Jack Abramoff

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President of the United States and wife of Jared Kushner

Work highlights

  • Acting for Encore Rehabilitation Services, LLC in connection with an FCA investigation conducted concurrently by the DOJ and the US Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Western Districts Michigan, involving allegations that the client caused the submission of false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not provided or were not medically necessary.
  • Represented Banco San Juan Internacional (BSJI) in relation to a search warrant was served on, and a civil forfeiture action was filed against, BSJI, alleging serious crimes.
  • Representing Mexican state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos (“Pemex”) in regulatory and litigation matters.

Zuckerman Spaeder

Highly regarded litigation boutique Zuckerman Spaeder advises corporates and individuals in white-collar criminal defense matters, high-stakes litigation and government investigations. Blair Brown and Eric Delinsky are names to note in Washington DC. The firm also has an on-the-ground presence in New York, Tampa and Baltimore.

Other key lawyers:

Blair Brown; Eric Delinsky; William Taylor; Morris Weinberg; Margarita O’Donnell Morales; Roger Zuckerman