Next Generation Partners: Corporate Investigations And White-collar Criminal Defense: Advice To Corporates

Next Generation Partners: Corporate Investigations And White-collar Criminal Defense: Advice To Individuals

Firms To Watch: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Ballard Spahr LLP’s white-collar defense/internal investigations team acts for a range of public entities and corporations, including multinationals, on government and regulatory investigations, and internal investigations, with particular experience in antitrust cases.
The Boston-based Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP acts for companies in government investigations and prosecutions, and also handles securities, financial and corporate governance litigation. It has particular experience in the life sciences sector.
Well known for its representation of individuals in white-collar criminal, civil, regulatory and enforcement matters, Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP also caters to corporate clients, including domestic and foreign public companies.
Regionally strong litigation boutique Kendall Brill & Kelly is based in Los Angeles and services both corporate and individual clients on domestic and international white-collar crime matters and government investigations.
With a strong background in servicing financial institutions, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC is well placed to handle white-collar crime, regulatory issues and investigations, and acts for a global and domestic client base.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s white-collar defense and government investigations team operates nationwide and often handles cross-border cases. It acts for a number of high-profile individuals and key areas of focus include litigation, investigations and compliance.
The government investigations and white-collar defense group at Vedder Price is based out of Chicago and caters to corporate entities and individual clients. It has broad experience in regulatory investigations, internal investigations and litigation.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in United States

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s white-collar defense and government investigations department acts for financial institutions, broker-dealers and private investment funds, as well as senior executives. It has particular experience in securities and commodities matters, and in investigations and enforcement issues. Washington DC’s Charles Connolly is a name to note for financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) matters, corruption and anti-money laundering; he heads the team alongside Michael Asaro and James J Benjamin, Jr. Ian McGinley joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the SDNY in September 2021, whilst Doug Maynard left for an in-house role at GTT Communications. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Charles Connolly; Michael Asaro; James Benjamin

Other key lawyers:

Claudius Modesti; Paul Butler; Karen Christian; Katherine Goldstein

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Eastman Kodak Company

BlueCrest Capital Management

Cobra Acquisition LLC/Mammoth Energy

Christopher Jordan

Arthur Hayes

Christophe Rivoire

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Eastman Kodak Company

BlueCrest Capital Management

Cobra Acquisition LLC/Mammoth Energy

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Eastman Kodak Company

BlueCrest Capital Management

Cobra Acquisition LLC/Mammoth Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented the Special Committee of Eastman Kodak Company’s board of directors in connection with the recent investigations related to trading and stock options grants in advance of a public news announcement.
  • Represented BlueCrest Capital Management in investigations by the SEC and CFTC regarding alleged conflicts of interest, disclosure and related alleged misconduct in the management of client assets.
  • Representing Cobra Acquisition LLC/Mammoth Energy and its senior executives in a criminal investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) relating to $900m worth of contracts awarded to the company for the restoration of electricity in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP offers ‘excellent international and cross-border capability’, with a ‘well-resourced and thorough; thoughtful and collaborative’ team. Its broad expertise spans financial and commercial litigation, regulatory matters, security issues, investigations and white-collar criminal defense. The team is headed by David Esseks and Eugene Ingoglia; Esseks brings considerable experience in regulatory and criminal investigations, and Ingoglia is recommended for securities and business crime matters with a focus on insider trading. Julian Moore acts for both multinational corporations and high-profile individuals on disputes, investigations and enforcement actions. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

David Esseks; Eugene Ingoglia

Other key lawyers:

Billy Jacobson; Jonathan Lopez; Julian Moore


‘The team is genuinely caring and involved in the client’s situation.’

‘Jonathan Lopez is immediately responsive to any type of contact and provides support and information to assist.’

‘Jonathan Lopez is so professional and personal at the same time, and exhibits a truly caring attitude.’

‘The team evaluates information from all possible angles and determines the risks that come with various approaches.’

‘Euene Ingoglia is smart, empathetic, and creative.’

‘Attorneys are dedicated to understanding the issues and helping clients.’

‘Excellent international and cross-border capability; well-resourced and thorough; thoughtful and collaborative.’

‘David Esseks is calm under pressure and highly experienced.’

Key clients

Robert Olan (in the US v Blaszczak insider trading matter)

KBR, Inc.

Beam Suntory, Inc.

Pilgrim’s Pride and JBS USA

Work highlights

  • Represented a hedge fund partner at trial on criminal insider trading charges in a high-profile case brought by The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented a crypto-currency trading platform in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations in the US concerning potential money laundering and trade sanctions violations, as well as potential Commodity Exchange Act violations.
  • Represented a global financial intermediary in response to a multi-year investigation by the CFTC.

Arnold & Porter

The white-collar defense and investigations team at Arnold & Porter acts for a range of multinationals and high-profile institutions on domestic and international investigations. It also represents individuals in white-collar fraud and criminal matters. The team is headed by New York’s Marcus Asner and Washington DC’s Amy Jeffress; Asner focuses on complex criminal and civil litigation, FCPA matters and money laundering, and Jeffress handles national security and compliance issues. The team was recently bolstered by several arrivals, including Michael Kim Krouse and Craig Stewart in New York from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; Valarie Hays in Chicago from Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila; and Ryan Hartman in Houston from an in-house role at BP.

Practice head(s):

Amy Jeffress; Marcus Asner

Other key lawyers:

Baruch Weiss; Michael Rogoff; Craig Stewart; Michael Kim Krouse; Valarie Hays; Ryan Hartman

Key clients

Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners

Executive Chamber, the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Newark Beth Israel

Dunkin’ Brands

Eli Lilly & Co.

Fluor Corporation


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Pfizer Inc.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation


Former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe

Anne Sacoolas

Lisa Page

Chen Cheng, Senior Partner at Accenture (China)

Daniel H. Kim, Founder and President of ColubrisMX

Dan Gertler

Batya Wernick

Benjamin Steinmetz

Work highlights

  • Represented the Executive Chamber, the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the investigation by the Attorney General of the State of New York regarding various claims of sexual harassment and other misconduct against the Governor.
  • Representing Samsung Heavy Industries in the ongoing high-profile Petrobras corruption “Car Wash” investigation, prosecution, and related litigation.
  • Advising Anne Sacoolas on diplomatic immunity and other issues in connection with a fatal accident in Croughton, UK.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Under the leadership of Kyle Clark , Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice continues to act for corporations and individuals on criminal and civil enforcement matters. The firm is well versed in crisis management, risk assessments, compliance and corporate investigations, often handling cases before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and congressional committees. Clark has notable expertise in fraud, FCPA matters and money laundering, while Bridget Moore  is recommended for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations. In the spring of 2021, Michael Loesch joined from Winston & Strawn LLP, and Andrew George and Sterling Marchand were promoted to partner. Amy Conway-Hatcher left the firm. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Clark

Other key lawyers:

Lynn Neils; Andrew Lankler; Bridget Moore; Brendan Quigley; Steve Solow; Alex Bourelly; Michael Loesch; Andrew George; Sterling Marchand


‘The partner was strategic, innovative and had key relationships with external parties that led to the ultimate resolution of the matter.’

‘The associate was detail-oriented and a perfect complement to the partner.’

‘Andrew Lankler is experienced and devised and drove a strategy that led to resolution in our favor.’

‘This team is head and shoulders above any comparable firm.’

‘The knowledge bases was truly impressive.’

Key clients

Alliance Oil Company Ltd.

Amit Agarwal

Black & Veatch Corporation


Clinton Portis

Gail Herman Holt

Hugh O’Kane

Jeremy Drake

Patterson Companies, Inc.

Alliance Oil Company Ltd.

Amit Agarwal

Black & Veatch Corporation


Clinton Portis

Gail Herman Holt

Hugh O’Kane

Jeremy Drake

Patterson Companies, Inc.

Itay Barak and Tal Valariola

Work highlights

  • Representing Black & Veatch, the multinational construction and engineering company, in several matters including a multi-defendant lawsuit, brought in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Representing Christie’s, a New York auction house, in connection with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigation into the sale of antiquities with allegedly falsified provenance through the auction house.
  • Representing Hugh R. O’Kane, the CEO of Hugh O’Kane Electric, Inc., in relation to bribery and money laundering charges.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP offers a deep bench of experienced practitioners, who advise companies and individuals on multi-jurisdictional investigations. It has particular expertise in FCPA matters, antitrust, tax, securities, immigration and fraud. Chicago’s Peter Tomczak chairs the North American litigation and government enforcement department, while New York’s William Devaney is recommended for white-collar criminal defense, investigations and compliance matters. SEC alumnus Jerome Thomas is another key practitioner in Chicago. Jeff Martino joined from BakerHostetler in July 2021, and in January 2022, former Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance joined from Morvillo LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Tomczak; William Devaney; Jerome Tomas

Other key lawyers:

Richard Dean; Reagan Demas; Maurice Bellan; Jessica Nall; Jeff Martino; Cyrus Vance


‘The Baker team has unquestioned expertise in the overseas arena, astutely navigating any potential pitfalls their clients may risk hitting.’

‘Tom Firestone is the attorney to consult with on all matters pertaining to Russia and the satellite states of the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia.’

‘Jessica Nall is always professional and prompt in responding to questions.’

‘Jessica Nall is overall very helpful within her domain of expertise and always prompt, efficient and helpful in recommending other highly competent legal professionals who can address other matters.’

‘Baker McKenzie has an excellent compliance and sanctions practice.’

‘They provide practical and business-oriented advice, they avoid academic and speculative discussions and go straight to the point.’

‘Tom Firestone is a superstar in the compliance field with massive experience in handling difficult issues in difficult jurisdictions.’

‘Tom Firestone is always available and great to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Dynamic Trading Management, LLC in connection with an SEC enforcement sweep investigation into registered entities that did not file required Forms CRS.
  • Represented four companies that separately received requests from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement for information related to their historical use of Solar Winds software.
  • Represented SK E&C, a government contractor providing infrastructure and construction services to the U.S. Army in Korea in its $68.4 million settlement with DOJ and the Department of Defense.

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP fields a global investigations and white-collar defense team which is ‘extraordinarily thorough, insightful, and empathetic’. The firm acts for Fortune 100 companies, international governments and high-profile individuals on criminal investigations and enforcement matters. The team is headed by London’s Tracey Dovaston and Peter Skinner in New York with Skinner bringing experience in DOJ, SEC and other regulatory investigations, and also high-profile antitrust cases. Matthew Schwartz is also based in New York and specialises in government and internal investigations, white-collar defense work and civil litigation. In January 2021, David Simons was promoted to partner; and in September of the same year, Alison Anderson joined in Los Angeles from the DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Peter Skinner; Tracey Dovaston

Other key lawyers:

David Simons; Alison Anderson; Matthew Schwartz; John Zach


‘Many team members have served as federal prosecutors and, thus, understand the tactics, motives, and deficiencies of a prosecutor’s argument.’

‘Matthew Schwartz is a brilliant lawyer who understands the intricacies of evidence, and is formidable in questioning government witnesses.’

‘For defendants who find themselves in the government’s crosshairs, when friends and associates abandon defendants merely because of unproved allegations, it’s comforting to feel the empathy, non-judgment, and sincere support from Matthew Schwartz.’

Although the statistical odds of defendants prevailing at trial are below 20%, neither Schwartz or Kucera are daunted by the challenges. In fact, they seem highly motivated to beat the odds, and have successfully done so.’

‘There are no weak elements of the team, but rather a group of people that have come together to offer the absolute best in white shoe law services in the nation.’

‘They are truly second to none and I have worked with many others in the space.’

‘They have exceeded my expectations in every element of our engagement.’

‘Peter Skinner’s strengths are: managing high-profile situations and complex personalities; and delivering an incomparable understanding of complex civil and white-collar law.’

Key clients

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak; his step-son Riza Aziz; Mr. Aziz’s company Red Granite Pictures, Inc.

Uber Technologies, Inc.

NIKE, Inc.

Jefferies Group

Virginia Giuffre and victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

Bridgeporth (UK) Ltd.

William Sadleir

Matthew Grimes

Dragon Global Management LLC and affiliates

Robert Zangrillo

Work highlights

  • Representing former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his step-son Riza Aziz in connection with allegations of embezzlement, foreign corruption; obtained dismissal of criminal charges against Mr. Aziz in Malaysia; settled all civil forfeiture claims against property owned by Mr. Aziz in the US.
  • Secured a complete win against the FTC on behalf of private equity firm Dragon Global Management LLC and its founder and Chairman, Robert Zangrillo, in connection with allegations that they were complicit in running a series of websites that deceptively advertised to consumers that the websites offered government services, when in fact they are entirely private.
  • Acting as lead counsel for NIKE in connection with federal investigations into corruption involving NCAA basketball, and as a victim of extortion by Michael Avenatti, leading to Avenatti’s prosecution and conviction.

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP fields a team of deeply experienced practitioners under the leadership of Washington DC’s Stephen Braga. It is well versed in government investigations and caters to both corporate and individual clients. Key areas of focus for the practice include enforcement actions, compliance, monitorships, fraud and antitrust issues. Braga has considerable experience in defending clients in criminal and civil matters before trial and appellate courts. Seth DuCharme joined in New York from the DOJ in May 2021, and Anne M. Termine joined in Washington DC from Covington & Burling LLP in June 2021. Paul Shechtman left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Braga

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Jones; Jeffery Vaden; Kevin Collins; Matthew Nielsen; Seth DuCharme; Anne M. Termine


‘The subject matter expertise is excellent.’

‘Excellent and thoughtful counsel who are adept at identifying the unintended consequences of all issues.’

‘Bracewell has a deep bench, and I would be very comfortable recommending the firm to clients.’

‘My primary contact is Matt Nielsen and he is excellent.’

‘I value Matt Nielsen highly for his keen intellect, impeccable judgment, reliability, grace under pressure, and work ethic.’

Key clients

Urooj Rahman

Isai Scheinberg

Jose Carlos Grubisich

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Cementaid International Marketing, Ltd.

Choice Advisors LLC

Crews & Associates, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on behalf of Urooj Rahman, one of two lawyers accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into an empty police car during a May 2020 protest sparked by the death of George Floyd.
  • Representing George’s Inc. and its CEO in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging in the broiler chicken industry.
  • Defended Franz H. Muller-Huber, the president of a US-based company, on foreign bribery, wire fraud and money laundering charges, in connection with his alleged participation in a scheme to corruptly secure business advantages.

Buckley LLP

Buckley LLP offers ‘a great team with experienced practitioners from a variety of backgrounds’ and is well known and regarded in the market for its representations of high-profile individuals. It has considerable experience in white-collar crime and often defends C-suite executives in criminal investigations brought by the DOJ and other authorities. Benjamin Klubes and David Krakoff head the practice; Klubes is recommended for financial crime and enforcement matters, and Krakoff handles investigations, trials and litigation for companies as well as individuals. 2021 saw a number of changes for the team: John Coleman joined in August from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Daniel Stipano left the firm in January, and Moorari Shah departed in May. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Klubes; David Krakoff

Other key lawyers:

Hank Asbill; Preston Burton; Christopher Regan; Benjamin Klubes; Lauren Randell; Veena Viswanatha; Daniel Alonso; John Coleman


‘Really great team with experienced practitioners from a variety of backgrounds.’

‘I wouldn’t hesitate to turn to them in the most complicated of matters.’

‘Preston Burton is a true lawyer’s lawyer who is smart and strategic.’

‘Henry Asbill is a great trial lawyer.’

‘They combine strong substantive knowledge with a very practical and straightforward approach.’

Key clients

Christopher C. Miller, Former Acting Secretary of the Department of Defense

David Roberson

John Holland

Justin W. Keener d/b/a JMJ Financial

Jennifer Shah

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as amicus curiae in United States v. David Dubin, No. 19-50912 (5th Circuit)

Anthony Stimler, former senior trader of international commodities company

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

Work highlights

  • Representing former Acting Secretary of the Department of Defense Christopher C. Miller in connection with the congressional (Senate and House of Representatives) inquiries regarding the Department’s role with respect to the January 6 incident at the Capitol.
  • Acting as lead trial counsel at the defence of David Roberson in a four week trial in 2018, and leading the appeals process currently before the US Supreme Court.
  • Represented Jennifer Shah (a star of the television show Real Housewives of Salt Lake City) in relation to allegations of a massive telemarketing fraud and money laundering scheme charged in the Southern District of New York.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has a strong track record in FCPA matters and is well versed in investigations and enforcement actions brought by authorities such as the DOJ and SEC. Particular areas of strength for the practice include money laundering and asset forfeiture, securities and commodities, sanctions, antitrust and healthcare fraud. The team is led from Washington DC by Jodi Avergun, who is a name to note for regulatory matters and white-collar crime, acting for both companies and individuals. In December 2020, Mark Grider joined in Washington DC from the DOJ; and in July 2021, Philip Khinda joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jodi Avergun

Other key lawyers:

Anne Tompkins; Todd Blanche; Douglas Gansler; Rachel Rodman; Philip Khinda; Mark Grider


‘Great value for clients, excellent advice, strong relationships with DOJ and other agencies in Washington and New York.’

‘Todd Blanche is outstanding and can be trusted with the most high-stakes litigation.’

Work highlights

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is well known in the market for handling bet-the-company matters, criminal investigations, regulatory issues and enforcement proceedings for corporations and global financial institutions. It has recently been active in a number of fraud cases involving cryptocurrency and continues to handle white-collar matters involving parallel internal investigations. The team is led by Herbert Washer, David Januszewski, and Washington DC’s Brad Bondi, who focuses on criminal and civil corporate and securities matters. Edward Moss joined from O’Melveny & Myers LLP October 2021. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Herb Washer; David Januszewski; Brad Bondi


    ‘Deep client relationships; sophisticated understanding of financial services.’

    ‘Cahill has a strong bench of A players and they all work together well.’

    ‘Brad Bondi is perhaps the best lawyer I have ever encountered and he is a sharp business adviser.’

    ‘Well regarded in top Washington circles.’

    ‘The client service at Cahill was outstanding; there was nothing that they couldn’t handle or address quickly.’

    ‘Brad Bondi assembled and led an outstanding team of partners and associates; he quickly assessed the matters and identified the best resources at Cahill to address them.’

    ‘Very experienced team with great knowledge of the particularities of the Brazilian anti-corruption compliance and enforcement environment.’

    ‘Brad Bondi is a great attorney and a well-rounded law practitioner’.

    Key clients

    Tesla, Inc. (SEC)

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


    Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Most recent five former directors of Patriot National, its most recent CEO and CFO, and three other officers

    Brookfield Asset Management

    Global Power Equipment Group

    Trevor Milton (billionaire founder and former chairman of Nikola Corporation)

    Michelle Morton

    Dr. Faustino Bernadett

    Martin Silver, former co-Managing Partner of the International Investment Group (IIG)

    Thomas Whittle (KPMG)

    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 short-seller 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 fraud claims against Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC arising from the catastrophic implosion of Allianz’s Structured Alpha investment products.

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is well known in the market as a top-notch practice for the representation of large corporations in white-collar crime cases and investigations, and also acts for boards of directors and senior executives on criminal and regulatory matters. It is well versed in representing clients before various authorities, such as the DOJ, SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Key practitioners include Joon Kim and Lisa Vicens in New York, and Giovanni Prezioso and Matthew Solomon in Washington DC. Kim is a name to note for internal investigations, enforcement and crisis management, while Vicens is recommended for anti-corruption investigations and compliance matters. Victor Hou is also based in New York and is recommended for litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. The firm expanded its network in late 2021, opening up in San Francisco with the addition of well-regarded antitrust attorney Heather Nyong’o, who joined from WilmerHale. In October 2021, Breon Peace left for the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York and in July of the same year, Alexis Collins left for an in-house role at Amazon.

    Practice head(s):

    Joon Kim; Lisa Vicens; Giovanni Prezioso; Matthew Solomon

    Other key lawyers:

    Lev Dassin; David Brodsky; Victor Hou


    ‘Cleary is willing to consider a wide ranging set of alternatives to any case; they are willing to venture away from the norm to take a riskier avenue, but only after a full vetting of the potential outcomes.’

    ‘Victor Hou and team shine in their outside the box thinking.’

    ‘Billing flexibility is very strong, and solution focused.’

    ‘Victor Hou is able to consider and synthesize all of the issues to arrive at a path where all outcomes are considered and weighed against the relevant risk factors.’

    ‘The independence of vision is something that distinguishes the firm.’

    ‘Lisa Vicens, David Brodsky, Joon Kimm and Matthew Solomon are leaders in their field and are excellent advocates.’

    ‘Victor Hou is exceptional at synthesizing pertinent information and arriving at the key strengths and weaknesses of a case and the corresponding potential outcomes.’

    ‘The key lawyers in the practice are creative, client-focused and always thinking about the best way forward from the client’s point of view.’

    Key clients




    Special Committee of Board of Directors of GOL

    Goldman Sachs




    Michael Carroll

    Brad Garlinghouse

    Daniel Kamensky

    New York State Attorney General’s Office

    Marc Bistricer

    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 DOJ and SEC investigations relating to allegations of securities and accounting fraud arising out of former CEO Carlos Ghosn’s misconduct.
    • Representing Vale S.A. in an SEC investigation into securities disclosures related to the Company’s dam safety in the wake of the 2019 Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil.

    Clifford Chance

    Clifford Chance acts as lead counsel to multinational companies and high-profile senior executives on both domestic and cross-border investigations brought by a range of criminal and regulatory authorities. The team, which includes a number of former government prosecutors, works closely with colleagues in its wider international network under the leadership of David DiBari. DiBari brings over 30 years’ experience in civil, administrative and criminal matters with particular experience in sanctions, FCPA matters and anti-money laundering issues. New York’s Christopher Morvillo is recommended for internal investigations, regulatory matters, civil proceedings, and white-collar defense work. Renée Latour joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP January 2021. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    David DiBari

    Other key lawyers:

    Dan Silver; George Kleinfeld; Joshua Berman; Celeste Koeleveld; Christopher Morvillo; John Friel; Renée Latour


    ‘Dan Silver is an extremely smart and thoughtful counsellor on white-collar and sanctions matters.’ 

    ‘Dan Silver has great judgment and a nice manner.’

    ‘George Kleinfeld is a financial sanctions savant with broad capabilities and experience, as well as insight in regulatory matters.’

    ‘David DiBari and team stand out with real strength in depth.’

    ‘Equally good with individuals or corporates.’

    ‘Particularly strong in cross-border matters and those involving parallel criminal/civil proceedings.’

    ‘Chris Morvillo is an absolute giant of a litigator; a hugely impressive lawyer on many levels.’

    ‘Celeste Koeleveld has a razor-sharp mind together with superb tactical instincts.’

    Key clients

    Swedbank AB (publ)

    Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy

    Lawrence Hoskins, a former Alstom executive

    Mr. Bruce Ohr

    Ms. Nellie Ohr


    Work highlights

    • Delivered a report on anti-money laundering and an OFAC sanctions investigation into major Swedish bank Swedbank AB (publ) to the Swedbank Board of Directors.
    • Represented Odebrecht in the completion of the terms of its plea agreement and monitorship as a part of a major FCPA settlement.
    • Advising Dr Mike Lynch in connection with criminal investigations in the US and UK and related civil litigation.

    Cohen & Gresser LLP

    Cohen & Gresser LLP offers ‘an elite group of practitioners capable of ably handling individual and corporate representations’. With offices in New York, Paris and London, the practice is well placed to handle transatlantic cases and has particular expertise in financial crime, antitrust enforcement, public corruption and tax issues. It has recently been utilising machine learning techniques for use in big data litigation and investigations, and also has an in-house e-discovery team. Firm co-founder Mark Cohen heads the group with considerable trial experience and a focus on investigations, litigation and arbitration. Jonathan Abernethy is a name to note for FCPA matters, money laundering and fraud. In January 2021, both Jeffrey Lang and Reggie Schafer were promoted to partner. Named attorneys are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Cohen

    Other key lawyers:

    Jonathan Abernethy; Gale Dick; Jason Brown; Jeffrey Lang; Reggie Schafer; Melissa Maxman


    ‘An elite group of practitioners capable of ably handling individual and corporate representations.’

    ‘Great lawyers, good people.’

    ‘Mark Cohen and Jonathan Abernathy are top-tier advocates. Stellar.’

    ‘C&G has partners with deep experience who obtain excellent results for clients.’

    ‘They handle cases that are every bit as complex and challenging as big, national law firms.’   

    ‘I have primarily worked with Mark Cohen, Jon Abernethy and Jason Brown.  Each of them is smart and experienced with excellent strategic judgment.’

    ‘They are aggressive advocates who will fight strongly for their client when necessary but can also spot the times when a more low-key approach will more likely achieve the client’s goals.’

    ‘They punch above their weight; strong capability and great experience.’

    Key clients

    KBR Inc.

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York FDNY Monitorship – United States v. City of New York

    Cooley LLP

    The white-collar defense and investigations team at Cooley LLP is led by Andrew Goldstein and continues to act for large international companies and high-profile individuals on fraud, bribery and corruption matters. Goldstein is a former federal prosecutor who has considerable experience in internal investigations, litigation and regulatory matters. In April 2021, Sonia Nath joined from the FDA and in July of the same year, Russell Capone joined in New York from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Elizabeth Prelogar left for the DOJ. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Goldstein

    Other key lawyers:

    Randall Lee; John Hemann; Kathleen Hartnett; Sonia Nath; Russell Capone; William Schwartz


    ‘Cooley brings a unique blend of expertise to each matter; in particular their national security expertise is second to none.’

    ‘Extremely commercial, practical and experienced.’

    ‘In particular, their pragmatic, common sense approach in the midst of a tsunami of legal details, interim deadlines and other complications is refreshing and hugely beneficial in crafting a way forward.’

    ‘William Schwartz is a unique blend of practical sounding board, legal tactician and experienced counselor.’

    ‘Completely unflappable and laser-focused on what the client needs at any given moment.’

    ‘William Schwartz is terrific when interacting with adversaries, employees, and senior decision makers.’

    Key clients

    Alter Landau

    Chen Song

    Work highlights

    • Secured a victory for Chen Song, a neurologist who came to the US from China to conduct research at Stanford University; she was arrested last summer and faced charges of visa fraud, obstruction of justice, destruction of documents and providing false statements.
    • Representing a prominent rabbi in the ultra-Orthodox community in upstate New York in a criminal case brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York concerning the alleged operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business.

    Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

    Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles a range of international enforcement and white-collar crime matters for companies, boards of directors and senior executives. The firm is well versed in crisis management and often handles multi-agency investigations brought by the DOJ and SEC, and foreign criminal and regulatory authorities. The team is led in New York by Rachel Skaistis, John BurettaBenjamin GruensteinDavid Stuart and Evan Norris. Buretta is a DOJ alumnus who is recommended for internal investigations, criminal defense matters, regulatory compliance and civil litigation, while Skaistis is a name to note for financial crime, and FCPA and False Claims Act (FCA) matters.

    Practice head(s):

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


    ‘Simply put, the most talented lawyers I have worked with in the field.’

    ‘The Cravath team has the best legal skills out there but also has a best in class business approach to working with companies.’

    ‘John Buretta is an extremely thoughtful and analytical lawyer.’

    ‘Evan Norris is creative, energetic, and terrific legal thinker.’

    ‘Simply exceptional.’

    ‘Calm under pressure, reassuring bed-side manner for clients, tactical and strategic’.

    ‘John Buretta is an absolute star; nothing phases him and he has the ear of both the US authorities and client boards.’

    ‘Evan Norris is very calm and reassuring.’

    Key clients

    PG&E Corporation

    SBM Offshore N.V.

    Telia Company

    Qualcomm Incorporated

    Nomura International plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and its parent company, PG&E Corporation (together, “PG&E”), through every facet of PG&E’s response to the unprecedented 2017 and 2018 California wildfires—including multiple investigative, criminal and regulatory dimensions.
    • Represented SBM Offshore in satisfying its reporting and compliance obligations to the Department of Justice under its deferred prosecution agreement, which concluded in November 2020.
    • John Buretta served as the independent compliance monitor appointed by the NHTSA to oversee Takata and 19 auto manufacturers affected by the Takata airbag recalls; the monitorship concluded in January 2021.

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is well known in the market for its crisis management expertise and it often acts for high-profile companies, boards and executives. It is well versed in government and internal investigations and regulatory matters, and when necessary, representing clients in court. The team is led in New York by Greg Andres and Martine Beamon; Andres handles civil litigation in the financial, TMT, energy and healthcare sectors, and Beamon is recommended for assistance with financial crimes, such as insider trading, commodities fraud, market manipulation and FCPA matters. Also in New York, Angela Burgess handles white-collar crime and anti-corruption matters, while in Washington DC, Kenneth Wainstein focuses on corporate internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. Daniel Kahn joined from the DOJ in Washington DC in October 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Greg Andres; Martine Beamon

    Other key lawyers:

    Kenneth Wainstein; Angela Burgess; Neil MacBride

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP operates at the top end of the market when it comes to representing multinational corporates and individual clients in internal investigations and public investigations by civil regulators and criminal prosecutors. With offices in the political and financial centers of New York, London, Hong Kong, and Washington DC, the firm is well placed to handle international mandates for large global clients. Bruce Yannett heads the group and is recommended for cases involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, bribery, cybersecurity and money laundering. Mary Jo White has notable experience in representing clients in multifaceted government investigations and is an SEC and SDNY almuna, while Andrew Ceresney acts for public companies, financial institutions and accounting firms in litigation and white-collar crime matters. In March 2022, Kristin Snyder joined in the firm’s new San Francisco office from the SEC.

    Practice head(s):

    Bruce Yannett

    Other key lawyers:

    Mary Jo White; Lisa Zornberg; Kara Brockmeyer; Andrew Ceresney; Arian June; Eric Dinallo; Winston Paes; Kristin Snyder

    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

    Certain Former Directors and Shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

    J. Michael Pearson, former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals

    Marcelo Odebrecht and Emilio Odebrecht

    Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General

    Work highlights

    • Advising Royal Dutch Shell and serving as global coordinating counsel in connection with a criminal prosecution of Shell in Milan, Italy, and related matters.
    • Represented Robinhood in connection with a settlement with the SEC regarding the company’s best execution and payment for order flow practices and statements concerning its sources of revenue.

    Dechert LLP

    The globally integrated trial, investigations and securities team at Dechert LLP has considerable experience in cross-border investigations and often leans on support from its international network when assisting multinational clients. Its deep bench includes former regulators and prosecutors, and the team is led by New York’s David N Kelley and Chicago’s David Kistenbroker. Kelly is recommended for white-collar crime, commercial litigation and federal securities matters, while Andrew Levander, who is also based in New York, is recommended for securities enforcement and regulation, specializing in the asset management industry. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Hartley West and Richard Horvath in San Francisco, who joined from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman both joined from Goodwin in Boston and Washington DC, respectively. Other team changes include the arrival of Steven Engel in Washington DC from the DOJ and Michael Gilbert‘s departure from the firm in June 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    David Kelley; David Kistenbroker

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Levander; Catherine Botticelli; Jeffrey Brown; Andrew Boutros; Vincent Cohen; Jonathan Streeter; Brenda Sharton; Karen Neuman; Hartley West; Richard Horvath; Steven Engel


    ‘Hartley West is extremely knowledgeable and brings in the necessary firm resources for areas where her expertise is not as strong.’

    ‘Hartley West is what makes this practice unique given her deep experience and hands on approach.’

    ‘Hartley West is competent, accomplished, and one of the top professionals in her field. She’s a clear and timely communicator, great strategist, has empathy, and works well within a limited budget.’

    ‘My firm has worked primarily with Jonathan Streeter; he is an excellent white-collar attorney.’

    ‘Jonathan Streeter is practical, commercial, knowledgeable and works passionately on behalf of his clients.’

    ‘The team we use has extensive knowledge of current market issues, current enforcement priorities, SEC staff thinking, and great collaboration.’

    ‘The team has depth of knowledge and experience, particularly time at the SEC, that provides invaluable insight in approaching regulatory exams and other matters that touch on the SEC and staff.’

    ‘Hartley West is extremely responsive and acts with her client in mind.’

    Key clients

    Princess Cruise Lines and Carnival Corporation and plc

    Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

    Apollo Global Management

    Melvin Capital

    Energy Harbor

    Melvin Capital

    Interactive Brokers

    A Latin America-based cryptocurrency exchange

    Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit

    Paul Giusti (former executive of Recology)

    Craig Fossella (former executive of GMP Cars, Inc.)

    Laurel Krzeminski (former Chief International Officer of Granite Construction Inc.) and other current and former executives of Granite Construction Inc.

    Executive of multinational commodity training company

    Current and former executives of Juul Labs, Inc.

    An executive of ZTE (TX), a subsidiary of ZTE corporation

    Mark Frissora

    Murray Hubberfeld

    James Vorley

    Work highlights

    • Represented a large telecoms company in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions by the DOJ and other agencies, in relation to allegations of RICO, fraud, conspiracy, and theft of trade secrets, among others.
    • Representing Carnival Corporation and its various subsidiary cruise lines, including Princess, in connection with a five-year probation following a guilty plea by one subsidiary to criminal violations of federal environmental laws related to the marine discharge of oily wastes.
    • Representing Interactive Brokers in parallel FINRA, SEC, CFTC, and DOJ investigations involving alleged failures to have adequate anti-money laundering procedures and alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.


    Dentons stands out from the crowd with its regional approach to white-collar crime and corporate investigations in the US market. Practice head Stephen Hill is based in Kansas City and is a veteran trial lawyer and former US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Key areas of focus for the team include internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement actions, anti-bribery and anti-corruption advice, and compliance matters. In January 2021, Steven Aaron left the firm, and Rachel Cannon also departed in June 2021; in October, David Kornblau joined from Covington & Burling LLP in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Hill

    Other key lawyers:

    Lisa Krigsten; Sara Holzschuh; David Kornblau


    ‘Dentons handled a complex internal investigation holistically and meticulously from the point of first contact.’

    Key clients

    YRC Worldwide Inc.

    Kansas City Life Insurance Company

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

    Fresenius Medical Care

    Total Energy

    YRC Worldwide Inc.

    Kansas City Life Insurance Company

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

    Fresenius Medical Care

    Total Energy

    Work highlights

    • Achieved a trial victory in 2021 for a major insurance client in various disputes and lawsuits against a joint venture partner in longstanding disputes involving the joint venture operating agreements, request for dissociation of the joint ventures, claims for breach of the ventures’ operating and management agreements, and claims for breach of fiduciary duties.
    • Secured a complete dismissal of a putative class action brought against YRC Worldwide and its affiliates.

    Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance

    The Miami-based Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance has a strong focus on servicing Latin American clients and is well placed to do so by virtue of its international network. It acts for governments and their agencies and officials, and also private individuals and companies caught up in investigations by US authorities. Michael Diaz co-heads the team and handles both public corruption and white-collar crime matters for high-profile individuals. Robert Targ, who jointly leads the team, is recommended for asset seizure, forfeiture, and global money laundering issues. Javier Coronado was promoted to partner in January 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Diaz; Robert Targ

    Other key lawyers:

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


    ‘The diverse team is able to provide knowledge of different legal systems, languages and procedures.’

    ‘Michael Diaz has tons of experience, commitment, practicality, and a good understanding of different systems.’

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

    Their strength is in their attorneys’ knowledge, professionalism and the administrative staff.’

    ‘I worked with Michael Diaz, Robert Targ, and Juan Vargas; all of them have impressed me, they have different skills and together they made an excellent team.’

    ‘They are able to understand the needs of the client and give a brief on the situation on lay terms.’

    ‘Michael Diaz is a fearless, confident, and substantively-strong counsel, to understands needs, short and long-term goals, and delivers quickly and efficiently.’

    ‘This is by far the best law firm I’ve ever worked with. In one word: perfection.’

    Key clients

    Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas

    Felipe Alejos

    Hector Nuñez

    Edoardo Orsoni

    Alejandro Andrade

    Peter Karam

    Eduardo Iglesias

    Gustavo Orsoni

    Fabio Tordin

    Javier Mejia Bernal


    Adolfo Navas

    Work highlights

    • Represented Gustavo Orsoni, a Venezuelan national and brother of the former General Counsel of PDVSA, accused of FCPA violations for money laundering.
    • Advised Plus Ultra and its majority shareholder Rodolfo Reyes, which are under investigation for money laundering charges related to the foreign currency exchange controls in Venezuela, where bribes were allegedly paid to access preferred rates.
    • Representing Felipe Alejos, a Guatemalan congressman sanctioned by OFAC under the Global Magnitsky Act.

    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    The white-collar, corporate crime and investigations department at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations and enforcement matters across continents. The team is led by John Hillebrecht and Karl Buch, Philadelphia’s Courtney Saleski and Chicago’s Jonathan King. Hillebrecht is a veteran trial and appellate attorney, who is recommended for criminal and civil litigation and investigations. King specialises in white-collar crime, FCPA matters, compliance and internal investigations. The team saw a number of additions over 2021, including Naana Frimpong in Atlanta from King & Spalding LLP, and Austin Brown and Christian Ford in Washington DC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the DOJ, respectively. Matt Graves left to become the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Other key lawyers:

    Jessica Masella; Gray Stratton; Scott Wilson; Naana Frimpong; Austin Brown; Christian Ford


    ‘John Hillebrecht is great — he is very experienced and has a practical, pragmatic approach.’

    ‘My experience is that the DLA team is very well resourced to deal with urgent requests from us and the regulators as reflected by the fact that they have always been able to respond in a timely manner.’

    ‘‘The collaborative aspect is somewhat unique in that the junior partners are not only encouraged to fully participate in discussions about strategy, process and methodology, in the presence of the client but it is done in a Socratic method which we find very useful and often persuasive on us, the client, as well as in affecting the senior partners’ preconceived thoughts.’

    ‘There seems to be much more credence added to each team member’s analysis than most national firms, and again, the various aspects are examined in full view of the client.’ 

    ‘DLA Piper’s vast amount of depth and breadth of experience and its ability to work cross-functionally with other practice groups to provide full-service representation are what makes it unique when compared to other firms.’

    ‘Courtney Saleski has an incredibly deep and substantive knowledge of the law and a common sense, straight-forward, and problem-solving approach to issues.’

    ‘DLA’s greatest strength is its international footprint. A multinational client with issues in multiple countries can find expertise at the firm across many jurisdictions.’

    ‘This team was flexible, creative, thoughtful, and expert in its advice.’

    Key clients

    Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp.

    Global Pharmaceutical Company #1

    Avnet Asia Pte. Ltd.

    Steven Maudlin

    “Crypto Token” Technology Company

    Work highlights

    • Representing Cognizant, a US-listed Fortune 500 technology services company, in an investigation of alleged improper payments to third parties in India, including allegations of improper payments to Indian government officials in connection with certain licensing requirements and customs clearances.
    • Currently advising a Global Pharmaceutical Company on more than a dozen internal and government-facing investigations in China, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria, among other countries.
    • Representing Avnet Inc., a Fortune 200 company in the technology industry, in connection with an export and sanctions investigation involving the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the National Security Division of the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce.

    Fenwick & West LLP

    With a strong presence on the West Coast, Fenwick & West LLP’s securities enforcement, white-collar and regulatory defense team is well placed to cater to tech firms on its doorstep in Silicon Valley. It acts for public companies, regulated businesses and individuals on investigations brought by authorities such as the DOJ and SEC. The team is led in San Francisco by Michael Dicke and Christopher Steskal; with Dicke recommended for securities enforcement and internal investigations, and Steskal handling civil and criminal matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Dicke; Christopher Steskal

    Other key lawyers:

    Catherine Kevane; Felix Lee


    ‘I’ve worked with the Fenwick & West corporate investigations team for almost two decades, and they are top notch attorneys.’ 

    ‘What sets them apart is that they understand my business and industry and attendant risks, and also take a pragmatic, thoughtful approach, tailored to the specific requirements of a particular investigation.’

    ‘Felix Lee is highly responsive, and works quickly and efficiently,.’

    ‘Catherine Kevane is excellent, responsive and efficient.’

    ‘The Fenwick team was great to work with in a corporate investigation project.’

    ‘The team was very detailed and thoughtful about the data and investigation and worked well with the external board special committee.’

    ‘Catherine Kevane and Michael Dicke were an incredible team with tremendous experience who built a good rapport with the board of directors and did outstanding work.’

    ‘Tremendous experience in investigations and very thorough in their work.

    Key clients

    Joseph Jackson, former CEO of WageWorks, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Joseph Jackson, the former Chief Executive Officer of WageWorks, in an SEC investigation into alleged accounting malfeasance.

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

    The government investigations team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is led by Eric Bruce in Washington DC and Adam Siegel in New York. With a strong international network, the practice handles a range of global white-collar defense matters and government investigations with ease. Bruce acts for multinational corporations and high-profile executives caught up in criminal trials, investigations and litigation, while Siegel is a name to note for both criminal and regulatory matters and has particular experience in SEC and DOJ inquiries. Also based in New York is Aaron Marcu, a former federal prosecutor for SDNY, who is well versed in corruption and money laundering cases. Daniel Braun left the firm in August 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Siegel; Eric Bruce

    Other key lawyers:

    Aaron Marcu; Olivia Radin; Kimberly Zelnick

    Key clients

    MTN Group

    VTB Bank

    Marriott International

    The Special Litigation Committee for Sinclair Broadcasting Group


    Zurich Insurance Group

    Work highlights

    • Obtained a favorable settlement for VTB Capital plc (VTB) after a four-year investigation by the US Department of Justice, the SEC, and multiple other global regulators into the $2 billion Mozambique “hidden debt” and massive bribery scandal.

    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement and investigations team was bolstered in the winter of 2020 with the arrival of Geoffrey Berman from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; he now heads the team alongside Washington DC’s James Wareham. The practice is well known for its representation of individuals and also acts for large corporations on investigations brought by the government and various regulatory authorities, as well as on compliance matters and risk management. Berman is a former federal prosecutor with experience in sanctions, white-collar crime, securities and commodities fraud, and money laundering cases. Wareham and Stephen Juris are both names to note for litigation and investigations. Ilan Graff joined and senior counsel Audrey Strauss re-joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in January 2022. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Geoffrey Berman; James Wareham

    Other key lawyers:

    Evan Barr; Robin Henry; Steven Witzel; Stephen Juris; Ilan Graff; Audrey Strauss


    ‘Attention to details and proven results.’

    ‘Evan Barr is incredible in every aspect of his job.’

    Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP

    Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP is well known for its representation of individuals in white-collar criminal, civil, regulatory and enforcement matters, but it also acts for high-profile businesses. The team, which includes former federal prosecutors, is well versed in multi-agency investigations and often handles cases from investigation through to hearings, trials, and appeals. Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan head the team with Corngold recommended for financial crime, antitrust matters, and corporate and consumer fraud, and Mulligan handling cross-border white-collar crime matters. Ricardo Solano, Jr specializes in criminal matters pertaining to the healthcare industry. All attorneys are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Eric Corngold; Mary Mulligan

    Other key lawyers:

    Mala Ahuja Harker; Ricardo Solano, Jr


    ‘Mary Mulligan is an outstanding individual doing high quality work with enormous experience.’

    ‘Mary Mulligan is a stand-out white-collar criminal defence lawyer.’

    ‘Mary Mulligan has huge experience, is very strategic and wholly committed to her clients.’

    ‘Eric Corngold is a brilliant lawyer. No one is smarter.’

    ‘Eric Corngold is an exceptional lawyer and great person to work with.’

    ‘Eric Corngold is a great legal thinker and strategist. He has a deep bench of support.’

    ‘They practice at a very high level.’

    ‘Eric Corngold is very thoughtful and perceptive in dealing with individual clients.’

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    The white-collar defense and investigations team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP operates at the top of the market, with a deep bench of former DOJ and SEC attorneys who have considerable experience in cross-border litigation and investigations. In Washington DC, Joseph Warin is a name to note for civil litigation, and regulatory and securities enforcement; and Stephanie Brooker is recommended for financial crime matters, including money laundering and asset forfeiture. Joel Cohen focuses on securities litigation, class actions and antitrust matters, while Reed Brodsky handles crisis management and enforcement matters. Other key practitioners include San Francisco’s Charles Stevens and Nick Hanna in Los Angeles. In April 2021, the team was bolstered in Washington DC with the arrival of Robert Hur, former US attorney for the District of Maryland, and David Burns, former acting assistant attorney general at the DOJ. 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:

    Reed Brodsky; Amanda Aycock; Robert Hur; David Burns

    Key clients

    Kraft Heinz


    Deutsche Bank

    Navy Federal Credit Union

    Amec Foster Wheeler


    Mediterranean Shipping Company



    Kaleil Isaza Tuzman

    Dr. Sep Sarshar

    Mark Hazelwood

    Robert Morgan

    Investor Victims in the Theranos prosecution

    Steven Donofrio

    James Velissaris

    Robert Alexander

    Gilbert N. Michaels


    The complex litigation and dispute resolution department at Goodwin is headed out of Boston by Deborah Birnbach and James McGarry. It acts for large multinational companies and senior executives in relation to white-collar crime, enforcement and investigation matters with a focus on the financial services, technology, life sciences and healthcare industries. New York’s Richard Strassberg is a key white-collar defence practitioner and is well versed in FCPA matters, SEC enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Silicon Valley-based Grant Fondo has notable expertise in digital currencies and blockchain-related matters. Andrew Lacy and Arman Oruc both recently joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Washington DC and Los Angeles, respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Deborah Birnbach; James McGarry; Deborah Birnbach; James McGarry


    ‘Tremendous work ethic.’

    ‘Thorough understanding of the law.’

    ‘Smart, responsive, efficient.’

    ‘Good mix of experience, including former government officials who understand the regulatory and investigatory realm.’

    ‘Goodwin has a committed and talented team of lawyers who represent both individuals and corporates in white-collar matters and investigations.’

    ‘They are strategic, strong thinkers, and detail-oriented, and quickly develop a command of the facts.’

    ‘Smart but also well liked by the jury’

    ‘Partners are incredibly smart and able to quickly hone in on relevant issues and are strategic in considering what is best for their client.’

    Key clients

    Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

    Progrexion; Lexington Law Firm

    Poloniex (Circle)

    The Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen of Wayfair Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s Office regarding allegations that former SCDAO employee Adam Foss engaged in behavior that was “inappropriate, an abuse of his authority, unethical or illegal.”
    • Currently representing a tax lawyer identified as one of three targets in a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and IRS, among others.
    • Represented the former CEO of an organization that provides mental health services across Massachusetts, in connection with a pending federal civil fraud lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and a former employee whistleblower, involving FCA allegations related to licensing and supervision of certain clinicians rendering mental health services.

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Greenberg Traurig LLP’s global white-collar defense and special investigations practice is headed up by Washington DC-based Nathan Muyskens and assists both multinational corporations and high-profile individuals in relation to government investigations and enforcement actions. It is particularly experienced in grand jury investigations and prosecutions, internal investigations and regulatory matters. Kyle Freeny is also based in Washington DC and is experienced in cross-border financial crime issues, such as money laundering and anti-corruption enforcement. In the Spring and Summer of 2021, the team was bolstered by the arrival of several practitioners, including William Michael, who is based in Minneapolis and Miami, from Mayer Brown; Adam Hoffinger in Washington DC from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; and Vernon Lewis in Houston, Linda Ricci in Boston and John Huber in Salt Lake City from various US Attorney’s offices.

    Practice head(s):

    Nathan Muyskens

    Other key lawyers:

    Kyle Freeny; David Miller; Jared Dwyer; Gregory Kehoe; Benjamin Greenberg; Adam Hoffinger; William Michael


    ‘Jared Dwyer is an outstanding courtroom lawyer and probably the best cross-examiner I have encountered.’

    ‘Highest level of knowledge and experience in the subject matter.’

    ‘Adam Hoffinger is simply a force of nature. If your case is going to trial, this is the attorney you need to consider. Aside from being fearless, he also conveys that sense of fearlessness to the entire team.’

    ‘Adam Hoffinger was able to manage several clients and associated counsel with very large presences and egos enormously adeptly.’

    ‘William Michael is smart, with an incredible presence and probably the most trial experience of anyone in the United States, unflappable and always available.’

    ‘I have worked with David Miller for several years in the area of white collar defense. David is an excellent lawyer. Thanks in part to his government service, his judgment is top notch.’

    ‘They navigate the nuances involved in cross-border disputes like very few other lawyers.’

    ‘They are aggressive but always sensitive to the business solution that needs to be delivered to the client.’

    Key clients

    Richard Boncy



    UBS AG

    Agricultural Bank of China

    Hyun Dong Jo

    Michael Pappagallo (Former President and CFO of Brixmor)

    1st Global Capital

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

    Hueston Hennigan LLP

    The Los Angeles-based Hueston Hennigan LLP has notable expertise in high-stakes litigation, trials and white-collar criminal defense cases. The team, which includes a number of experienced trial lawyers, is headed by John Hueston and Brian Hennigan, and acts for large companies and high-profile individuals. Hennigan is recommended for investigations work and represents clients before a range of different authorities, including the SEC, while Hueston has considerable experience in bet-the-company trials. Michael Purpura, who has previously served in the White House counsel’s office, offers a unique blend of public and private sector expertise. Former federal prosecutor Vicki Chou is experienced in fraud, money laundering, IP and tax cases. Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn and Padraic Foran were promoted to partner in summer 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    John Hueston; Brian Hennigan

    Other key lawyers:

    Vicki Chou; Marshall Camp; Brittani Jackson; Michael Purpura; Christy Von der Ahe; Padraic Foran


    ‘Every member of the Hueston Hennigan team has a deep well of relevant experience in governmental investigations, and that experience informs how they direct corporate responses to inquiries.’

    ‘John Hueston has earned his sterling reputation as an ethical, thorough and insightful litigator. That reputation carries weight with the investigators who know not to underestimate him – or question his motivations.’

    ‘Vicki Chou has provided excellent guidance through the term of the investigation and the tandem of John and Vicki has proven highly effective – and efficient.’

    ‘Every member of the team is talented and hard working; those at the top of the team are all leaders, either innate leaders or those who the firm developed.’

    ‘John Hueston is a stellar lawyer–he listens, innovates, experiments and never gives up.’

    ‘Fire in the belly; steel trap minds.’

    ‘John Hueston is smarter than everyone else and also outworks everyone else.’

    ‘Brian Hennigan enjoys universal respect, and has an ability to make even the most stressful situations better.’

    Key clients

    Southern California Edison




    University of California

    Live Ventures

    Mani Brothers Real Estate Group

    William McGlashan, former Founding Partner, TPG Group and The Rise Fund

    Rishi Shah, former CEO of Outcome Health

    Doug Hopkins, Property Farms

    Jon Isaac, CEO of Live Ventures

    Patrick Cipillone, former White House Counsel

    Patrick Philbun, former Deputy White House Counsel

    Chris Lucas, Founder and Managing Director of Black Diamond Ventures

    Marilyn Flynn, former USC Dean of School of Social Work

    Work highlights

    • Advising Southern California Edison in connection with the 2018 Woolsey Fire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
    • Represented, Inc. in connection with a California state investigation led by the District Attorney of Alameda County, along with the California Attorney General, District Attorney of Los Angeles County, and District Attorney of Santa Clara County.
    • Secured the termination of an SEC Investigation, without an enforcement action, for Edwards Lifesciences, a publicly traded US company, relating to whistleblower complaints alleging violations of the FCPA and anti-corruption laws.

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is well known in the market for its representation of high-profile individuals and businesses in the financial services industry in relation to grand jury proceedings and criminal trials, and investigations brought by authorities such as the SEC, CFTC and DOJ. Its experience in financial crime extends to insider trading, money laundering, accounting fraud and tax evasion. New York’s Marc Weinstein heads the team and has considerable experience in fraud and antitrust investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Marc Weinstein

    Other key lawyers:

    Edward Little


    ‘Superb multifaceted and highly skilled group that cover all the necessary bases in this diverse area of law.’

    ‘An excellent firm and an excellent white collar team!’

    ‘Marc Weinstein is a top-class professional and extremely strategic thinker.’

    ‘An excellent all-round team.’

    ‘Marc Weinstein is first rate!’

    ‘Very diligent and detail oriented.’

    ‘Marc Weinstein is the expert in criminal law.’

    Key clients

    Stuart Fraser

    Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)

    Krishna Mohan

    Renwick Haddow

    Peter Kyriacou

    Estate of Jeffrey Epstein

    Gilbert Armenta

    Work highlights

    • Representing Stuart Fraser, Vice Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald, in a securities fraud class-action civil suit accusing two cryptocurrency mining companies, GAW Miners and Zen Miner, and their founder, Josh Garza, of defrauding customers and investors in a Ponzi scheme.
    • Representing trader Krishna Mohan in both the federal court enforcement brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the criminal case filed by the Department of Justice in the same court in connection with charges of spoofing and engaging in a manipulative and deceptive scheme.
    • Representing a former junior investment manager with UK brokerage firm Beaufort Securities, who pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges of market manipulation and scheming to evade the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

    Jenner & Block LLP

    Jenner & Block LLP’s investigations, compliance and defense department is well known in the market for representing clients in multi-faceted investigations by domestic and international authorities, such as the DOJ and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Its international team also supports clients with compliance programs, enforcement actions and risk mitigation strategies. Chicago’s Erin Schrantz has recently been involved in a number of fraud and #MeToo cases, and cross-border investigations. Anthony Barkow in New York, David Bitkower in Washington DC and London’s Christine Braamskamp are other notable practitioners. In summer 2021, Brandon Fox joined in Los Angeles from the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, while former practice co-head Andrew Weissmann departed for an in-house role at MacAndrews & Forbes.

    Practice head(s):

    Erin Schrantz; Anthony Barkow; David Bitkower; Brandon Fox; Christine Braamskamp (London)

    Other key lawyers:

    Reid Schar; Katya Jestin; Charles Sklarsky; Charles Riely


    ‘Jenner has a strong practice representing individuals and corporates in white-collar crime and investigations matters, including Katya Jestin and Anthony Barkow, as well as others.’

    ‘They are detail oriented and strategic, and firmly committed to their clients.’

    ‘Katya Jestin and Anthony Barkow are terrific lawyers.’

    ‘Katya Jestin and Anthony Barkow stand out because they possess not only the smarts and intelligence to grasp complicated issues, but are also very practical-minded in their approach. They are also great with people.’

    ‘They produce an excellent work product, provide highly strategic advice, and are very responsive to client needs.’

    ‘I have had a very good experience working with Reid Schar. Reid already has a reputation for being a top-notch white-collar defense and corporate investigations attorney, but having now worked with him on an important matter, I can confirm that reputation is well-deserved.’

    ‘Reid Schar is thoughtful in his approach, willing to listen to client perspectives, and develops good relationships with regulators.’

    Key clients

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Rust Movie Production LLC

    UAW Monitorship

    Commonwealth Edison

    Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd

    Pat Haden

    Majid Khan

    Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (PG&E)

    Chicago Blackhawks

    Rust Movie Production LLC

    UAW Monitorship

    Commonwealth Edison

    Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd

    Pat Haden

    Majid Khan

    Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (PG&E)

    Work highlights

    • Retained to conduct an independent investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks’ response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former coach.
    • Retained to investigate a fatal shooting on the movie set of Rust.
    • Appointed Monitor of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (United Auto Workers) in response to a government investigation involving high-level officials at the union.

    Jones Day

    As part of an international network with offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia, Jones Day is well equipped to handle cross-border investigations and disputes. The team is known in the market for its expertise in bet-the-company litigation, anti-corruption and fraud matters, and investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement authorities. Chicago’s Theodore Chung leads the team; he is recommended for internal investigations, and defending companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, as well as compliance programs.

    Practice head(s):

    Theodore Chung

    Other key lawyers:

    Karen Hewitt; Hank Walther


    ‘Practical thinking and feedback, responsive and team oriented.’

    ‘Ted Chung has a calm but confident demeanor and provides sound and practical guidance.’

    Key clients

    Dr. Hyun Jin Moon

    Robert T. Brockman

    Concept Schools NFP

    Gordon Coburn

    Jeffrey Ruffo

    Work highlights

    • Representing Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, the chairman of a D.C.-based religious non-profit, UCI, in a suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the schism within the Unification Movement, a worldwide providential spiritual movement founded by Moon’s father, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, in Korea in 1954.
    • Defending a high-profile tech company CEO who has been indicted by the Department of Justice concerning activities in connection with an offshore trust structure.
    • Representing Gordon Coburn, the former President of Cognizant Technology Solutions, who was indicted by DOJ and charged by SEC for his alleged role in a scheme to bribe officials in India.

    K&L Gates

    K&L Gates offers a large global team with practitioners in North America, Europe and Asia, which advises on a broad range of white-collar crime matters and investigations. The team is headed by the Washington DC-based Stephen Topetzes and Brian Saulnier in Pittsburgh. Topetzes is recommended for government investigations, regulatory matters, litigation and internal investigations; Saulnier, who is dual-qualified in the US, and England and Wales, handles corruption matters, such as FCPA and UK Bribery Act (UKBA) issues. Robert Higdon joined from the Eastern District of North Carolina US Attorney’s Office and operates between Research Triangle Park and Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Topetzes; Brian Saulnier

    Other key lawyers:

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


    ‘Accessible, team oriented, and maximize the use of associates when appropriate.’

    ‘Christopher Nasson is knowledgeable in various subjects.’

    ‘Christopher Nasson is a terrific attorney and a very easy person to work with.’

    ‘Christopher Nasson is a pragmatic problem-solver who I feel confident turning to in helping to solve a variety of problems.’

    Key clients

    George Kent

    Bradley C. Reifler

    Westinghouse Electric Company

    Sembcorp Marine

    Michael Taylor

    KaiserDillon PLLC

    KaiserDillon PLLC is a Washington DC-based boutique firm which focuses on representing individuals caught up in government and corporate investigations. It has particular experience in the political arena, where it acts for politicians on both sides of the aisle in relation to congressional investigations. Other key clients include journalists and senior executives, which the practice assists in crisis situations and in the preparation of witness testimony for interviews by various authorities. The team is led by Matthew Kaiser, Justin Dillon , Jonathan Jeffress  and Bill Pittard.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Kaiser; Justin Dillon; Jonathan Jeffress; Bill Pittard


    ‘KaiserDillon combines the concierge client service of a boutique firm with the capabilities and reputation of a much larger firm that regularly holds it own with the Big Law crowd.’

    ‘The lawyers are all exceptionally qualified on paper, but also bring real-world litigation skills to bear for their clients.’

    ‘Matt Kaiser is quite simply one of the best lawyers I have ever met.’

    ‘Justin Dillon is one of my go-to colleagues when I need advice about difficult issues.’

    ‘Bill Pittard is also another amazing asset to the KaiserDillon team; his insights and judgment have been pivotal in a case I am co-counselling with him.’

    ‘Nimble small firm of top-notch, sophisticated white-collar practitioners.’

    ‘They work together and complement each other well.’

    ‘Matt Kaiser has tremendous case insight and solid instincts.’

    Key clients

    U.S. Representative Eric M. Swalwell

    Kevin N. Smith

    George Nader

    Work highlights

    • Representing a US Representative in a lawsuit related to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and in conspiring with rioters in an attempt to prevent Congress from formalizing Joseph Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
    • Representing a former government subcontractor who performed work at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in fraud charges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    • Representing an adviser to the United Arab Emirates who has been indicted by a federal grand jury on campaign finance violations.

    Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

    Under the leadership of Sean Hecker, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP continues to act in high-profile white-collar criminal defense cases and bet the-company matters for both corporate and individual clients. The team has extensive trial experience in civil and criminal cases in both federal and state courts, and also handles internal investigations, enforcement actions and regulatory matters. Hecker is a well-regarded litigator with particular experience in FCPA and anti-corruption matters, while Jenna Dabbs, a former prosecutor, is recommended for government investigations. In late 2020, Valerie Hletko joined from Buckley LLP, and in April 2021, Susanne Sachsman Grooms joined in Washington DC from the US house committee on oversight and reform. Mike Ferrara was promoted to partner. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Sean Hecker

    Other key lawyers:

    Marshall Miller; Jenna Dabbs; Valerie Hletko; Susanne Sachsman Grooms; Mike Ferrara


    ‘Kaplan Hecker is superb — they are one of the premier firms for defense of individuals in white collar matters.’ 

    ‘The team is incredibly experienced and capable, and they are a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Sean Hecker is one of the leaders in the NY white-collar defense bar.’

    ‘Marshall Miller has excellent prior experience within DOJ; a superb lawyer.’

    ‘Mike Ferrara is excellent and highly experienced.’

    ‘Sean Hecker and Marshall Miller are outstanding lawyers.’

    ‘They are incredibly smart and they have great experience.’

    Key clients

    Maple Point, Matthew Stein, and Jerome Lhote

    Stefan He Qin

    John Patrick Gorman III

    Gregory Dwyer

    Flynn Amicus

    Société Générale S.A.

    Work highlights

    • Representing Matthew Stein and Jerome Lhote, a corporate entity in which they served as executives, Maple Point LLC, and associated pension plans, in connection with disputes over ‘cum-ex’ dividend arbitrage trading and dividend tax withholding distributions in the kingdoms of Denmark and Belgium.
    • Representing Stefan He Qin, the 24-year-old founder of a pair of cryptocurrency hedge funds managing over $100m, who pled guilty in February 2021 to one count of securities fraud. Kaplan Hecker is also representing Qin a parallel SEC enforcement action.
    • Represents John Patrick Gorman III, who was sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allegedly manipulating the prices of U.S. dollar interest-rate swap spreads while working as the head of non-yen rate trading for Nomura

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

    The white-collar defense and investigations practice group at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP consists of ‘superb strategists’ and acts for both corporate entities and individuals on high-stakes criminal and regulatory investigations. The team is led by former federal prosecutor Daniel Fetterman, who is a veteran trial lawyer with experience in internal and government investigations. Marc Kasowitz is a veteran trial lawyer well known for commercial litigation as it pertains to antitrust, banking, securities, product liability and governance. Former practice co-head Lyn Agre left the firm in February 2021. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Fetterman

    Other key lawyers:

    Marc Kasowitz; Daniel Saunders


    ‘Daniel Fetterman is a terrific lawyer with excellent judgment and he is what distinguishes this practice.’

    ‘One of the two key areas I like about their service is the strategies on the solution of the matter and they give us, as a client, a lot of preparation.’

    ‘Dan Fetterman is strategic, brilliant, knowledgeable and experienced.’ 

    ‘What I like the most is the strategic approach they have to the cases.’

    ‘Dan Fetterman takes ownership of the case as if he was the defendant.’

    ‘Superb in all aspects; smart, great insight, able to predict the next steps and see obstacles.’

    ‘Superb strategists with a superb follow through’.

    ‘Good understanding of human nature and of the law.’

    Key clients

    Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

    Teva Pharmaceuticals

    Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, formerly owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies

    Jeffrey Tucker, co-founder of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”)

    Joseph Krigsfeld, co-founder of Aberon Capital Management

    Work highlights

    • Representing Pilgrim’s Pride, one of the nation’s largest chicken producers, in resolving criminal antitrust claims relating to the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s high-profile investigation into alleged price fixing in the poultry industry.
    • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest generic drug manufacturer (headquartered in Israel), in connection with an indictment brought by the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division alleging that Teva participated in three alleged conspiracies to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids for generic drugs.
    • Acting as lead defense counsel to Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, formerly the owner of multiple US-based energy companies, in his indictment and ongoing investigation into alleged corruption, wire fraud and money laundering charges relating to more than $1bn in energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.


    Under the leadership of Scott Resnik  in New York, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP continues to handle a range of white-collar criminal cases, regulatory enforcement matters, civil and securities litigation and internal investigations. The firm fields a team of experienced trial lawyers who regularly defend against allegations of criminal misconduct. It is particularly active in the healthcare, financial services and insurance sectors, and acts for both corporates and individuals. In January 2021, Ryan Meyer in Texas was promoted, and in August of the same year Daniel Collins and Levi Giovanetto joined in Chicago from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Resnik

    Other key lawyers:

    Gil Soffer; Sheldon Zenner; Daniel Collins; Levi Giovanetto

    Key clients

    Brian Swiencinski

    Elazar Shmalo

    Greg Auzenne

    Greg Lindberg

    Gurucharan Dua

    Jeffrey Pearlman

    John O’Sullivan

    Michael Cohn

    Michael Nguyen

    Mr. David’s Flooring International

    New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

    RedRidge Finance Group, LLC; RedRidge Lender Services,LLC (together, “RedRidge”); Randolph Abrahams

    Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.

    Roberto Nicolia

    The City of New York

    United Development Funding

    Work highlights

    • Represented Michael Cohn, a former SEC employee indicted by a federal grand jury for computer intrusion and obstruction of justice.
    • Representing Elazar Shmalo, a high-frequency trader, in a spoofing prosecution.
    • Represented The City of New York and the City’s Law Department in an FCA suit brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

    King & Spalding LLP

    The special matters and government investigations practice at King & Spalding LLP is led in Washington DC by Wick Sollers and Michael Pauze, and in New York by Andrew Hruska. The team includes former federal prosecutors and government enforcement officials, and acts for both corporates and individuals on high-stakes white-collar crime and civil defense matters. The practice draws on strength from its global network and is active in the financial services, life sciences, energy, automotive and professional services industries. Sollers is a name to note for investigations and litigation, and has considerable experience in the healthcare sector; Hruska handles criminal, regulatory and bankruptcy litigation; and Pauze is an experienced trial lawyer who often advises on government investigations. In January 2021, Craig Carpenito joined in New York after serving as the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey; in February of the same year, Paul Murphy joined in Atlanta from the FBI; in May Cliff Stricklin joined in Denver from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO; and in June, Greg Scott joined in Sacramento after serving as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

    Practice head(s):

    Wick Sollers; Andrew Hruska; Michael Pauzé

    Other key lawyers:

    Sally Yates; Mark Jensen; Zach Fardon; Ethan Davis; Craig Carpenito; Paul Murphy; Cliff Stricklin; Greg Scott

    Key clients

    Volkswagen AG


    Nike Inc.

    Merit Medical Systems

    Kroll Bond Rating Agency

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

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    The ‘diverse and very intelligent and experienced’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile investigations by enforcement authorities for both individuals and corporate clients. On the individual’s side, the firm has considerable experience in representing senior executives in House and Senate inquiries. Practice heads Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel work across the Washington DC and Chicago offices, and oversee a team which includes former DOJ, SEC and FTC attorneys. Filip is recommend for enforcement defense and internal investigations, while Goel is recommended for securities enforcement, FCPA matters, economic sanctions and money laundering matters. Brigham Cannon handles white-collar and regulatory defense, and also compliance matters. In September 2021, the team was strengthened with the arrival of Nader Salehi from Sidley Austin LLP and Kyle DeYoung from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and in Dallas with the joining of Erin Nealy Cox. Erica Williams left for an in-house role at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in early 2022. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Filip; Asheesh Goel

    Other key lawyers:

    Henry DePippo; Neil Eggleston; Bob Allen; Brigham Cannon; Nader Salehi; Kyle DeYoung; Erin Nealy Cox


    ‘The team has tremendous experience in this area.’

    ‘The team is diverse and very intelligent and experienced.’

    ‘Asheesh Goel is a stand out partner; his experience and calm demeanour makes him the perfect person to handle regulatory matters.’

    Key clients


    The Boeing Company

    Credit Suisse Group AG

    Goldman Sachs

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Live Nation

    Nikola Motors

    Pacific Gas & Electric

    Citigroup, Inc. CEO

    Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO

    Eric Pulier

    Meta Platforms, Inc. (f/k/a Facebook, Inc.) CEO

    Purdue Pharma L.P. CEO

    RER Solutions CEO

    Robinhood Markets, Inc. CEO

    TransUnion LLC President for Consumer Interactive

    Wells Fargo & Co. CEO

    Work highlights

    • Representing Boeing in investigations by different US regulators, including the DOJ, in connection with questions concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.
    • Representing Nikola Motors in response to a damaging report issued by activist hedge fund, Hindenburg Research.
    • Advised Meta Platforms CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in connection with multiple House and Senate inquiries across a variety of issues from content moderation and cryptocurrency to internet regulation and antitrust.

    Kobre & Kim

    Kobre & Kim fields a team of ‘very experienced attorneys with extensive knowledge of asset forfeiture and money laundering law’. The practice focuses on disputes and investigations and has an international network with offices in the US, UK, Hong Kong, China and Brazil, making it well placed to handle cross-border fraud and misconduct cases. The team is headed in New York by Michael Kim and Steven Kobre; Kim is an experienced litigator who focuses on financial disputes and criminal investigations, while Kobre has considerable experience in government enforcement defense matters, financial arbitration and litigation. In January 2021, Miami’s Evelyn Sheehan was promoted to partner and in March of the same year, Michael Sherwin joined in Washington DC from the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Hartley West left the firm in August 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Kobre; Michael Kim

    Other key lawyers:

    William McGovern; Sean Buckley; Matthew Menchel; Michael Sherwin; Evelyn Sheehan


    ‘Evelyn Sheehan, a former federal prosecutor, is well-versed in asset forfeiture and money laundering law and in the international issues that arise in such cases.’

    ‘Industry expertise is higher than the largest Big Law firms, as is the level of attention we receive from the Kobre team.’

    ‘Kobre & Kim has a diverse group of attorneys that work on matters.’

    ‘The collaboration among attorneys at the firm is seamless, making them a powerhouse against any government agency.’

    ‘This is the firm you want to hire.’

    ‘Matthew Menchel is the most impressive trial attorney I have ever met.’

    ‘In addition to Matthew Menchel being a great trial attorney, he is a good human and nice person.’

    ‘Kobre & Kim has offices worldwide that provide terrific and unified support.’

    Key clients

    Leading Healthcare Company

    John Pacilio

    A major digital currency exchange

    Jho Low

    UK liquidators of Dooga (Cubits)

    A Litigation Trust formed in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a formerly US-listed European company

    Gregg Smith

    A global consultant in the Latin American oil and gas industry

    Parker H. Petit

    The owner of a large investment advisory firm

    Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso and Nathalie Bumba-Pembe

    Former President & CEO of a leading healthcare company

    A cryptocurrency exchange and its founder

    An IRS whistleblower

    Adana Investing Inc. (Adana). (AKA Nanda, Inc.)

    Work highlights

    • Advising John Pacilio as defence counsel in connection with charges brought by the DOJ in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois relating to conspiring to commit wire fraud, as well as substantive counts of wire fraud, commodities fraud and spoofing.
    • Representing the parent company of a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) and mail order pharmacy and its affiliated entities in on-going national litigation and related investigations regarding the prescription and dispensing of opioids.
    • Representing Jho Low, an international business executive, on a multi-jurisdictional investigation and related criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering by the DOJ.

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s white-collar defense and investigations team is based in New York and is well known for its representation of high-profile individuals, although it also caters to corporate entities. The team is led by Paul Schoeman and Dani James with Schoeman recommended for criminal, civil and regulatory matters, and James handling investigations and trials brought by a range of authorities, including the SEC and DOJ. Barry Berke is a veteran trial lawyer with experience in internal investigations, while Gary Naftalis’ expertise extends to governmental and regulatory inquiries, alongside civil litigation. Darren Laverne is a name to note for financial crime, such as insider trading, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering, and Michael Martinez brings experience in healthcare fraud, public corruption and cybercrime.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Schoeman; Dani James

    Other key lawyers:

    Barry Berke; Gary Naftalis; Darren LaVerne; Michael Martinez

    Key clients

    Publicly traded healthcare technology company


    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

    Prominent automobile manufacturer

    Stephen Calk

    Theodore Huber

    Owner of an Argentinean sports broadcasting and marketing company

    Edward Moore

    Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of a publicly traded software services company

    Music Producer

    Major investment bank executives

    Stephen Calk

    Theodore Huber

    Owner of an Argentinean sports broadcasting and marketing company

    Edward Moore

    Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of a publicly traded software services company

    Music Producer

    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 in return for appointment to a position in the Trump campaign, and subsequently, assistance in obtaining a position in the Trump administration.
    • Representing Theodore Huber, a partner and analyst at Deerfield Management, in parallel actions brought by the US Attorney’s Office in the SDNY and the Securities Exchange Commission arising from Mr. Huber’s trading based on purportedly confidential government information relating to Medicare reimbursement for healthcare services.
    • Representing the owner of an Argentinean sports broadcasting and marketing company who has been indicted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for his alleged role in paying bribes to obtain commercial rights to FIFA-sanctioned soccer tournaments as part of a RICO conspiracy.

    Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

    Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP is a highly regarded litigation boutique with a strong track record in advising corporates and individuals on civil and regulatory disputes, and white-collar criminal defense matters. It acts for witnesses, targets and victims of criminal investigations, giving the practice a 360- degree perspective to cases. Key practitioner Gabrielle Friedman has considerable experience in cross-border matters, with a focus on corporate and securities fraud, accounting fraud, criminal antitrust law and FCPA matters. Jillian Berman has broad experience in enforcement proceedings, internal investigations and commercial litigation, while Helen Gredd is well versed in investigations brought by the DOJ, SEC and CFTC, among others. Michael Gerber joined from the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York in September 2021. Daniel Gitner left in October 2021 to become the chief of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office. All attorneys are based in New York.

    Other key lawyers:

    Jillian Berman; Helen Gredd; Frank Wohl; John Siffert; Gabrielle Friedman; Michael Gerber


    ‘Lankler Siffert & Wohl is a highly respected litigation boutique that is known for its excellent work representing individuals.’

    ‘Helen Gredd is one of the smartest people in town, and she is an excellent lawyer.’

    ‘Jillian Berman is a passionate criminal defense attorney, who works extremely hard and cares deeply about her clients.’

    ‘John Siffert and Frank Wohl have built LS&W into a litigation powerhouse, and they continue to do the excellent work they’ve always done in the white-collar criminal defense arena.’

    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Under the leadership of Douglas Greenburg in Washington DC, Benjamin Naftalis and Nathan Seltzer, Latham & Watkins LLP continues to represent large international corporates and high-profile individuals in white-collar crime investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. It has considerable experience in insider trading and market abuse investigations, mortgage and healthcare fraud, and FCPA cases. The team, which includes former high-ranking government and enforcement agency officials, is globally integrated and well placed to handle multijurisdictional cases. Naftalis is based in New York and is experienced in representing clients before various agencies, including the DOJ, SEC and CFTC, while Seltzer, who is based in Washington DC and London, is recommended for both government and internal investigations. In May 2021, Damara Chambers joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington DC, and in January 2022, former assistant United States attorneys Scott Joiner and Alex Wyman from the Northern District of California and the Central District of California respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Douglas Greenburg; Benjamin Naftalis; Nathan Seltzer

    Other key lawyers:

    Leslie Caldwell; Alice Fisher; Christopher Clark; Scott Joiner; Alex Wyman

    Key clients

    Deutsche Bank

    Pacira Pharmaceuticals

    Goldman Sachs

    Paycom Software, Inc.

    Independent Health Association Inc.

    General Electric

    United Microelectronics Corporation

    Symmetry Energy Solutions

    Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips

    Sutter Health and related foundations

    UnitedHealth Group Inc.

    Fluor Corporation

    Comcast Corporation

    Ensign Group

    LA Dodgers

    Nissan Motor Corporation

    Hunter Biden

    Gary Winemaster

    Michael Sussmann

    Senator Richard Burr

    Mike Shustek

    Andy Intrater and Columbus Nova

    William Meek

    Dennis Williams

    Daniel Kendall

    Tom Ward

    Linklaters LLP

    Linklaters LLP leans on its strong international network to assist with sprawling international investigations launched by various global enforcement authorities. The team is well versed in civil litigation, trials and white-collar defense matters and acts for multinationals, financial institutions, foreign governments and individuals. Adam Lurie heads the team from Washington DC and has considerable experience in crisis management situations, arbitration, regulatory issues and corporate governance. At the start of 2021, Matthew Axelrod left for the DOJ; in May of the same year, Erez Liebermann joined in New York from an in-house role at Prudential; and in August, Richard Smith joined in Washington DC from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Lurie

    Other key lawyers:

    Douglas Tween; Erez Liebermann; Richard Smith

    Key clients

    Metro Bank plc

    State Street Bank and Trust Co

    Work highlights

    • Advising a global engine manufacturer as the independent monitor and independent compliance consultant required by the settlement agreement with EPA in the wake of a settlement by a global engine manufacturer with the DOJ and EPA related to Clean Air Act violations.
    • Advising as defense counsel to a major military defense contractor and its parent company in DOJ criminal, DOJ civil, congressional, and Air Force investigations into allegations that the contractor defrauded the US government in connection with its provision of military housing to the US military.
    • Representing a former supervisory assistant United States attorney in relation to allegations that DOJ attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Jeffrey Epstein criminal matter was resolved.

    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Loeb & Loeb LLP acts for large Fortune 500 companies, privately owned businesses and also high-profile individuals on white-collar criminal cases, regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations. Its broad expertise includes FCPA matters, antitrust violations, tax fraud, money laundering, environmental matters and corruption. The team is led by Jeremy Margolis and Andrew DeVooght in Chicago, and Jay Musoff in New York. Margolis handles cross-border cases, including internal investigations and compliance matters; DeVooght is an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor who is well versed in disputes; Musoff is a name to note for securities litigation and enforcement proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Margolis; Jay Musoff ; Andrew DeVooght

    Other key lawyers:

    Joseph Duffy; Tiff Moseley


    ‘The people we work with at Loeb are always positive and confident.’

    ‘They are never overwhelmed and are always up for the challenge.’

    ‘Everything is “solvable” from their perspective.’

    ‘They have become friends and I trust the firm with unlimited confidence.’

    ‘Jeremy Margolis is an outstanding lawyer.’

    ‘Jeremy Margolis has great instincts and experience and is wonderful with clients.’

    Key clients

    Peter Armbruster, Former Chief Financial Officer of Roadrunner Transportation Systems

    John Coli, former head of the Chicago Teamsters and a member of the Joint Council.

    Edward Burke, City of Chicago Alderman

    Richard Klarchek

    FAB Universal and its former CEO and CFO

    Wins Finance Holdings

    Jeffrey Klein

    AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing New York State Senator Jeffrey Klein in an investigation by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
    • 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 City of Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, who has been criminally charged in the Northern District of Illinois with extortion in connection with his alleged efforts to obtain benefits for himself and his law firm in exchange for taking official action as a City Alderman and as head of the City Council’s Finance Committee.

    Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown has notable experience in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, technology and automotive, where it acts for companies and individuals on a range of criminal defense matters. Chicago-based Greg Deis is recommended for internal investigations that are often international in scope, while Kelly Kramer is recommended for FCPA and anti-corruption matters. New York’s Daniel Stein and São Paulo’s Michel Sancovski are also key practitioners. In January 2021, Chicago’s Linda Shi was promoted to partner; in June, former practice co-head William Michael  left the firm; and in July, Sean McDonnell joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Named attorney are based in Washington DC unless otherwise specified.

    Practice head(s):

    Greg Deis; Kelly Kramer; Daniel Stein; Michel Sancovski

    Other key lawyers:

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


    ‘The team defending me showed a unique sensitivity to personal toll that the lawsuit took on me while delivering a strong and aggressive defense strategy.’

    ‘Consistently sound advice that took into account not only key strategies in the litigation but my objectives and interests as a client.’

    ‘The litigation was a personal challenge for me and the Mayer team was excellent at guiding me to a successful decision/outcome at all strategic points throughout our case.’

    ‘The law firm’s white-collar division has true experts with years of in-depth courtroom experience.’

    ‘These are top litigators who can match the very best within the DOJ.’ 

    ‘Kelly Kramer is a fiercely tough courtroom litigator.’

    ‘Kelly Kramer has great endurance and skill under the greatest pressure the DOJ can apply.’

    Key clients

    Multinational manufacturing company

    Large public company and individual witnesses

    Global consumer products manufacturer

    Citizens Bank

    Andrew Badolato

    Gregory Abbott

    Large Asian multinational manufacturer

    The Federative Republic of Brazil

    Scheinberg Orthopedic Group

    Work highlights

    • Conducting an internal investigation for a multinational manufacturing company involving alleged FCPA violations in China for a multi-national, multi-billion dollar company.
    • Representing Citizens Bank, N.A. in a DOJ investigation (Southern District of New York) and parallel federal court litigation (Southern District of Florida), arising out of a $60m credit facility secured through fraud by a purported private equity fund.
    • Represented Gregory Abbott, the chairman and founder of International Dispensing Corp., in the sweeping college admissions case brought by the Boston US Attorney’s Office that ensnared Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and a host of prominent executives.

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP offers ‘a deep bench of sharp, practical lawyers with experience in helping companies navigate complex investigations and litigation’. It has a wealth of experience in FCA and FCPA matters, with a strong track record in the healthcare industry. Other key areas of focus include white-collar defense, anti-corruption issues, and government and internal investigations. The team is headed by Chicago’s Steven Scholes, Boston’s Laura McLane and the Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman. In late 2020, Caitlyn Campbell joined in Boston from the SEC; and in July 2021, Ted Diskant joined in New York from the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York. Former co-head David Rosenbloom left for an in-house role.

    Practice head(s):

    Laura McLane; Steven Scholes; Russel Hayman

    Other key lawyers:

    Gordon Greenberg; Benton Curtis; Jon Dean; Caitlyn Campbell


    ‘They have been attentive to my needs and are always available to speak to me.’

    ‘Their depth of their understanding of the underlying issues is unparalleled.’

    ‘They figure out what happened quickly, efficiently, and as thoroughly as possible, then work very closely with the client to develop a sound strategy for remediation and self-disclosure, if appropriate.’

    ‘They do the most effective job at developing positive, transparent relationships with regulators that I have ever seen in my career at four different companies.’

    ‘The team includes a number of former federal prosecutors with strong credentials.’

    ‘They are very skilled in dealing with the government but also with clients.’

    ‘’Their advice was always practical and relevant.’

    Key clients

    Amgen Inc.

    Arun Kapoor

    Banner Health System

    Baxter International, Inc.


    Bendcare and American Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates

    Chicago Public Schools

    CleanSlate Centers, Inc.

    Community Intervention Services, Inc

    Convatec, Inc. and 180 Medical

    DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

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

    Frank DeStefano and Brad Long

    GrantThornton International Ltd.

    Gustavo Hernandez Frieri

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

    Highlake Maritime Ltd and Esteban Pineda

    Invensys Inc.

    KOS Services, Inc.

    Northern Trust

    Northwestern Memorial Healthcare



    Ravago Americas

    Roche Health Solutions, Inc.

    South Bay Mental Health Center, Inc.

    Universal Health Services, Inc.

    University of Chicago Medical Center

    Vanda Pharmaceuticals

    Work highlights

    • Representing Baxter in connection with its internal investigation and self-disclosure to the SEC of certain corrections to the reporting of foreign rxchange income in connection with internal treasury activity.
    • Represented Athenahealth, Inc., a provider of electronic health records (‘EHR”), in a significant False Claims Act investigation out of the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
    • Acted as lead defense counsel for South Bay Mental Health Center, Inc., Community Intervention Services, Inc., HIG Growth Partners, LLC and HIG Capital LLC in a qui tam lawsuit involving allegations under the federal and state False Claims Acts, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

    McGuireWoods LLP

    McGuireWoods LLP acts for elite organizations and high-profile individuals at the intersection of law and politics, covering criminal investigations and high-stakes enforcement matters. The team is headed by Todd Steggerda, who is a name to note for government investigations, and regulatory and litigation matters; he has considerable experience in DOJ investigations. George Terwilliger is a well-regarded white-collar defense litigator with ancillary expertise in internal investigations and compliance matters. Charlotte-based Jason Cowley acts for financial institutions and is recommended for anti-money laundering, and criminal and civil asset forfeiture. The team was bolstered in 2021 with the arrival in October of John Ayanian from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and the arrival of Laura Colombell Marshall in November from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. 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; John Moran; Michael Podberesky


    ‘The team was completely focused on my trial.’

    ‘They worked with each other relentlessly to work out the details, strengths and weaknesses of each witness so as to be prepared for any eventuality.’

    ‘The assistants and paralegals were diligent and tireless in their efforts, working overnight many days to be ready for trial.’

    ‘Robert Bittman holds invaluable knowledge of how the system works, particularly the prosecution and the government. Always challenged ideas strongly and offered great insight.’

    ‘The team approach experts in every phase from litigation to collection as well as lobbying the government.’ 

    ‘Ben Hatch is a consummate professional.’ 

    ‘Ben Hatch is always there to help.’

     ‘Everyone works well together.’

    Key clients

    The Boeing Company

    United Launch Alliance

    Funding Circle USA, Inc.

    Cherry Bekaert LLP

    Frontier Communications Corporation

    Sheetz, Inc.

    Argos USA Corp

    United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

    Vitol, Inc.

    Trafigura Trading LLC

    James Needham

    The Family of Otto Warmbier

    Miller & Chevalier Chartered

    Washington DC-based boutique firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered offers extensive trial experience and expertise in internal investigations to corporate and individual clients. Andrew Wise is a name to note for securities, tax and fraud matters, while Addy Schmitt handles criminal and civil matters. William Barry is recommended for compliance, FCPA and sanctions issues, and Kirby Behre has considerable experience in government investigations. The team was bolstered in February 2021 with the arrival of Jeffrey Lehtman from Kibbe & Orbe LLP, and in October of the same year, with Joseph Rillotta joining from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. Matthew Reinhard left for an in-house role at New Fortress Energy.

    Practice head(s):

    William Barry; Andrew Wise; Addy Schmitt

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Rochon; Kirby Behre; Addy Schmitt; William Barry; Timothy O’Toole

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

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is well known in the market for its representation of high-profile clients, including politicians, c-suite executives and high-net-worth individuals. New York’s Peter Chavkin co-heads the team and is well versed in high-stakes financial crime investigations and white-collar criminal defense cases. Boston-based Eóin Beirne also co-heads the team and is recommended for government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Barry Bohrer joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in August 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Eóin Beirne; Peter Chavkin

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Key clients

    Elisabeth Kimmel

    Corey Lewandowski

    Mark Manoogian

    Rick Hajjar

    Ambassador Abdeslam Jaidi

    Amin Khoury

    Jana Kiena

    Cantor Fitzgerald

    Saad Khalid Al Jabri

    Eric Pulier

    John Chayka

    Work highlights

    • Represented Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, in connection with his appearances before Special Counsel Mueller’s office, and various congressional bodies, including the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    • Representing Abdeslam Jaidi, Morocco’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, who was charged in Federal Court, in a first of its kind prosecution, with conspiring to defraud the United States by making materially false statements in visa applications regarding domestic workers entering the US.
    • Represented Elisabeth Kimmel, a charged parent defendant, in the massive, nationwide college admissions indictment known as “Operation Varsity Blues” up to the brink of trial.

    MoloLamken LLP

    National litigation boutique MoloLamken LLP offers ‘sophisticated, measured advice with a collegial approach’. It is well known in the market for its representation high-profile individuals in relation to all phases of government enforcement actions and internal investigations. Its financial crime expertise extends to insider trading and securities fraud, bank fraud and international money laundering, and it also handles foreign bribery cases and public corruption. Steven Molo heads the practice and is ’outstanding at the junction of white-collar defence/commercial fraud and civil cases’; a founding partner of the firm, Molo is a veteran litigator who services an international client base from the firm’s New York office. In Washington DC, Justin Shur brings considerable experience in DOJ and SEC investigations, and FCPA matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Molo

    Other key lawyers:

    Justin Shur; Megan Cunniff Church


    ‘Sophisticated, measured advice with a collegial approach.’

    ‘Steven Molo is outstanding at the junction of white-collar defence/commercial fraud and civil cases.’

    ‘Steven Molo is one of the few lawyers who can see cases from every angle.’

    ‘Megan Cunniff Church is experienced, brilliant, and incredibly easy to work with.’ 

    ‘Justin Shur is a serious lawyer and collegial colleague.’

    ‘Justin Shur works well with other counsel and is strategic in his advice to clients and approach with regulators.’

    ‘I truly could not have made it through the matter without their assistance and they helped me achieve one of the best possible outcomes for me, given the circumstances.’

    ‘Justin Shur stands out for his thoughtful approach, sound judgment, and general effectiveness.’

    Key clients

    Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of Volkswagen

    Jennifer Williams

    Kevin Clinesmith, FBI counterintelligence official

    Frank Armijo, Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Special Litigation Committee for Twitter’s Board of Directors

    AMG Capital Management, LLC, Black Creek Capital Corporation, Broadmoor Capital Partners, LLC, Level 5Motorsports, LLC, Scott Tucker, Kim Tucker, and Park 269LLC

    Christopher Jordan

    Offshore banking executive

    Former Acting U.S. Attorney in D.C.

    Waqar Siddique

    Work highlights

    • Representing Volkswagen former CEO in US criminal and SEC proceedings related to the emissions scandal.
    • Represented Jennifer Williams, a State Department official, in connection with the Congressional impeachment inquiry of the President.
    • Representing a senior executive at Lockheed Martin in a multi-billion dollar False Claims Act action brought by the US Department of Justice.

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well known in the market for its considerable experience in FCA matters and in representing clients caught up investigations by major enforcement authorities, such as the DOJ and SEC. The practice is active both domestically and internationally and acts for companies and individuals in litigation and on regulatory matters, criminal investigations and sanctions. The team is led by Philadelphia’s Eric Sitarchuk and Timothy Burke in Boston. Sitarchuk has over 35 years’ experience in white-collar crime, and federal and state investigations, while Burke is recommended for securities enforcement and litigation. Amy Schuh joined in Philadelphia from Cognizant in September 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Eric Sitarchuk; Timothy Burke

    Other key lawyers:

    Susan Resley; Alison Tanchyk; Tinos Diamantatos; Jeffrey Boujoukos; Amy Schuh


    ‘This team, in addition to the legal expertise they hold in this area, is composed of individuals of high integrity and reputation.’

    ‘Susan Resley has deep subject matter expertise in SEC and FCPA investigations and has an excellent reputation with her colleagues in the bar and also in government.’

    ‘Susan Resley is very responsive to her clients and excellent at helping them understand a process that is new to many of them.’

    ‘The team is highly skilled and above all, everyone is fully engaged which is in contrast to lawyers who might tend to go through the motions.’

    ‘Alison Tanchyk is a star because she takes ownership of the entire process and can be depended upon to know all there is to know about the matter.’

    Key clients

    Rite Aid

    E*TRADE Securities LLC

    Teva USA and Cephalon

    SG Americas Securities

    Charles Cui

    Work highlights

    • Representing Rite Aid in multidistrict litigation relating to the opiod crisis.
    • Successfully concluded a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation for E*TRADE Securities LLC involving electronic blue sheet (EBS) submissions, which provide data to regulators regarding securities transactions.
    • Representing drug manufacturers Teva USA and Cephalon in one of the highest profile industrywide MDL matters of our time.

    Morrison Foerster

    With a strong global network, Morrison Foerster is well placed to handle large multi-jurisdictional mandates. It offers broad expertise in financial crime matters, such as securities fraud, accounting fraud, money laundering and insider trading, and is well versed in antitrust violations, FCPA matters and, more recently, COVID-19-related fraud. Charles Duross is a name to note for corporate investigations and the defense of government enforcement actions, and James Koukios, as a former federal prosecutor, is well equipped to defend companies and individuals in court. Other key practitioners include New York’s Ruti Smithline, and Christine Wong and Craig Martin in San Francisco. At the start of 2021, the team was bolstered by the arrival of Brian Kidd and Brandon Van Grack, who both joined from the DOJ, whilst John Carlin and David Newman left for the DOJ. In October 2021, Adam Braverman joined from the DOJ in San Diego. All partners based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Charles Duross; Craig Martin; Ruti Smithline; James Koukios; Christine Wong; Carrie Cohen

    Other key lawyers:

    Alex Iftimie; Brian Kidd; Brandon Van Grack; Adam Braverman; Haima Marlier

    Key clients

    Novartis AG

    Odebrecht S.A.

    Recology. Inc.

    New York City Council

    Work highlights

    • Successful resolution of a years-long transnational bribery investigation on multiple continents of Novartis AG, securing extraordinary cooperation credit, avoiding the imposition of a corporate compliance monitor, and negotiating a deferred prosecution agreement from the DOJ and a non-bribery based resolution from the SEC in spite of FCPA violations.
    • Acting as as a corporate compliance monitor to Odebrecht (now known as Novonor).
    • Achieved a significant resolution for Recology, a San Francisco-based resource recovery company, in an extensive and wide-ranging investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

    Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

    New York-based boutique firm Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. has a strong track record in high-profile and complex white-collar crime and regulatory matters, and also business disputes. It acts for corporate entities and individuals, and has considerable experience in litigating cases in federal and state courts, and in representing clients before government bodies and enforcement agencies. Elkan Abramowitz is a veteran trial lawyer who is well versed in supporting clients in crisis situations, while Robert Anello  has over 30 years’ experience in white-collar criminal defense, securities and regulatory enforcement matters. Catherine Foti handles internal investigations for corporations and has particular experience in fraud, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment matters; Jonathan Sack  is recommended for both civil and criminal cases. The team was bolstered in February 2021 with the arrival of Kathleen Cassidy, who joined from NechelesLaw LLP, and Karen King, who joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Jodi Misher Peikin  retired. All named attorneys are based in New York.

    Other key lawyers:

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


    ‘Morvillo Abramowitz has continued to stand out as one of the top litigation boutiques in the country.’

    ‘In New York City, it is probably the top white-collar defense boutique with the most high-profile matters.’ 

    ‘Richard Albert is an excellent attorney who is skillful not only in his written advocacy but also his oral advocacy.  He is a stellar trial attorney and a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Elkan Abramowitz is second to none in his reputation as a highly skilled trial attorney and all around good person.’

    ‘It is a very deep group of lawyers and each lawyer from the firm has impressed me.’

    ‘They are true specialists in the white-collar space, and they do not try to work beyond the areas of their expertise.’

    ‘They have deep connections with all of the relevant prosecution and enforcement agencies.’

    ‘Extreme attention to detail, very compelling ability to “read” witnesses, extreme work ethic and a will to “win”.’

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Chamber of the office of the Governor of New York in connection with inquiries about nursing home orders and reports.
    • Representing the Chief Executive Officer of American Media, Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, in connection with high-profile SDNY investigations relating to the Michael Cohen scandal, as well as the Jeff Bezos divorce scandal and allegations related to Saudi Arabia.
    • Representing the Board of Directors of VimpelCom (the first Russian company traded on the US stock exchange) in connection with a multinational FCPA investigation led by the United States.

    Nixon Peabody LLP

    Nixon Peabody LLP’s government investigations and white-collar defense team acts for large corporations and high-profile individuals in relation to government investigations, trials and appeals. Its key strengths include internal investigations, compliance matters, civil cases and criminal proceedings. The team, which includes former federal prosecutors, is led by David Vicinanzo and Hannah Bornstein. Bornstein is an experienced litigator with expertise in FCA matters in the healthcare industry, while Robert Fisher is a name to note for investigations brought by the SEC, DOJ and FINRA. All named attorneys are based in Boston.

    Practice head(s):

    David Vicinanzo; Hannah Bornstein

    Other key lawyers:

    Robert Fisher


    ‘I found David Vicinanzo to be an extraordinarily talented lawyer with great skills.’

    ‘David Vicinanzo stood out because of his responsiveness, creativity, and high ethical standards.’

    Key clients

    City of Boston


    Gamal Abdelaziz

    AAA Northeast

    Peter Cannava

    Phillips Exeter Academy

    John Kapoor

    Steve Wynn

    Diocese of Rockville Centre

    Phillips Andover Academy

    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

    Work highlights

    • Representing multiple individuals in the “Varsity Blues” DOJ prosecution.
    • Represented National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) as amicus curiae in an appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that raises questions concerning applicability of attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine to internal investigations.
    • Represented MIT Professor Gang Chen, a high-profile professor and distinguished scientist, in relation to a DOJ counterintelligence investigation.

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields a team which includes numerous former government attorneys, former congressional investigators and attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security, SEC and the White House. It is well versed in government and criminal investigations and acts for both large international companies and high-profile individuals. The practice, which is headed by the Los Angeles-based Steven Olson and Michael Dreeben in Washington DC, has considerable experience in anti-money laundering, antitrust and price-fixing, consumer fraud, cross-border investigations, and FCA and FCPA matters. In April 2021, Lisa Monaco left to become the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and in May of the same year, Margaret Carter left for the office of county counsel, Los Angeles county; and Jeremy Maltby left for the DOJ. David Harbach joined in Washington DC from the Kosovo specialist prosecutor’s office in November 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Olson; Michael Dreeben

    Other key lawyers:

    Daniel Bookin; Lee Blalack; Nicole Argentieri; Howard Heiss; Jeff Gordon; Laurel Loomis Rimon; David Harbach


    ‘Andrew Geist is excellent.’

    ‘Very strong team. Extremely professional, efficient and business oriented.’

    Key clients

    Anthem Inc.

    DC Council

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    Syracuse University

    Johnson & Johnson

    Sonim Technologies

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to represent Anthem, Inc. in United States of America v. Anthem, Inc., Case No. 1:20-CV-02593 (S.D.N.Y.) and related Department of Justice (DOJ) civil investigative demands into Anthem’s Medicare Advantage risk adjustment practices that preceded this lawsuit.
    • Litigated against the New York State Attorney General and New York Department of Financial Services on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals regarding the sales and marketing of opioid products.
    • Representing Jayson Penn, the former Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, the second largest chicken producer in the United States, in a criminal antitrust case filed in the District of Colorado.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    The ‘business-savvy and substantively astuteOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has particular experience in market abuse, securities and bank fraud matters in the financial sector. More broadly, it is adept at handling criminal investigations, trials and appeals, and compliance matters. The team is headed by Robert Stern in Washington DC, while in New York, Amy Walsh is a key practitioner who, as a former federal prosecutor, is recommended for government investigations. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Brian Moran in Seattle, who was the former US Attorney for the Western District of Washington; and Joseph Walker and Franklin Monsour, who both joined from Squire Patton Boggs, in Washington DC and New York, respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Stern

    Other key lawyers:

    Amy Walsh; Guy Singer; Brian Moran; Joseph Walker; Franklin Monsour


    ‘First-rate firm, and has been for many years.’

    ‘They understand precisely the needs of in-house counsel and boards of directors, as well as how to develop a business strategy that compliments and implements the legal strategy.’

    ‘Their understanding of business needs and risk-based approaches are exemplary and serve to enhance their masterful and substantive knowledge.’

    ‘Guy Singer is one of the best in the business for providing practical and effective counsel on anti-corruption compliance.’

    ‘The people I work with at Orrick deliver exceptional value and understand our business.’

    ‘The attorneys I work with at Orrick can quickly grasp the legal issues and get the answers, without a lot of circling around and doing unnecessary research.’

    ‘Prompt, efficient, creative problem solvers.’

    ‘Guy Singer has extensive experience both within government and in practice which in addition to his substantial network of regulators and professional external lawyers makes him a standout choice for an in-house compliance professional.’

    Key clients

    Zimmer Biomet

    Sunny Balwani (Theranos)

    Work highlights

    • Representing Ramesh Balwani, former Theranos President and COO, in a high-profile federal prosecution.

    Paul Hastings LLP

    A terrific team of lawyers from top to bottom’, Paul Hastings LLP’s investigations and white-collar defense offering has significant experience in FCPA matters, criminal antitrust issues and financial fraud. With a strong international network, the firm is well placed to handle cross-border mandates and caters to both corporate entities and individual clients. Kwame Manley heads the practice and is recommended for internal investigations and those brought by agencies such as the DOJ, OFAC and SEC. Robert Luskin has a strong track record in advising prominent government officials and large multinationals in multi-jurisdictional matters. New York’s Gary Giampetruzzi is a name to note for high-stakes FCPA investigations with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry. 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; Jane Yoon; Phara Guberman; Nathaniel Edmonds


    ‘Experts; very proactive; strategic; with unique knowledge of stakeholders.’

    ‘Paul Hastings has in recent years been one of the country’s pre-eminent firms with regard to FCPA defense and compliance.’

    ‘The firm is chock full of partners with expertise in this area, a very deep bench.’

    ‘The Paul Hastings partners are a pleasure to work with, congenial and focused on achieving the tasks at hand.’

    ‘Robert Luskin is super sharp and a gentleman. A pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Our company views the Paul Hastings team as key partners to our business.’

    ‘Nathaniel Edmonds is in my view, one of the top 5 US attorneys in this space, and though we are small compared to many of his clients, has treated us as if we were a Fortune 50 company.’

    ‘Nathaniel Edmonds has a formidable background and depth of experience working in both the government (DOJ) and private practice.’

    Key clients

    Airbus SE

    Goldman Sachs

    Credit Suisse


    Alexion Pharmaceuticals

    SAP SE


    Braskem, S.A.



    British Arab Commercial Bank PLC

    Ambassador Gordon Sondland

    Matthew Connolly

    Work highlights

    • Represented Goldman Sachs regarding 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 US 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 Tom Barrack in his personal capacity following his indictment in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP fields an impressive team which includes a number of former federal prosecutors, and DOJ and SEC attorneys, and focuses on multifaceted domestic and international regulatory matters. Brad Karp has a strong reputation in bet-the-company litigation and regulatory investigations, while Theodore Wells is a seasoned litigator and well versed in government investigations. Roberto Finzi is a name to note for the representation of individuals caught up in high-profile white-collar crime matters, and Harris Fischman is recommended for regulatory enforcement proceedings, internal investigations and criminal defense. Jessica Carey, Richard Tarlowe, Loretta Lynch, and Washington DC-based Mark Mendelsohn, Roberto Gonzalez and Jeannie Rhee are other key practitioners. In February 2021, the firm launched a San Francisco office, with Walter Brown and Randy Luskey joining from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Joshua Hill joining from Morrison Foerster, and Melinda Haag arriving from the DOJ. Named attorneys based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Roberto Finzi; Lorin Reisner; Richard Tarlowe; Theodore Wells; Harris Fischman; Roberto Gonzalez; Loretta Lynch; Mark Mendelsohn; Jeannie Rhee

    Other key lawyers:

    Walter Brown; Melinda Haag; Randy Luskey


    ‘The practice group is uniquely equipped with well-respected, high-calibre partners, and able to easily scale on engagements regardless of size.’

    ‘Their skillset is best suited for high-profile, board-level, and/or extremely complex matters.’

    ‘The lawyers in this group are well known in the industry, often coming from high-profile engagements and/or governmental positions.’

    ‘Paul Weiss provides extremely high quality representation in white-collar matters.’

    ‘Their work product is top notch, they are extremely good at communicating with the client, and they are very adept at learning new areas.’

    ‘For critical white-collar projects, they are among the very top firms that I would turn to.’

    ‘Randy Luskey is very much a pleasure to work with. He is perhaps the best communicator I’ve ever worked with as outside counsel.’

    ‘Randy Luskey is a trusted advisor and when important decisions have to be made on investigations he provides very thoughtful and intelligent advice.’

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Perkins Coie LLP’s white-collar and investigations team was bolstered at the start of 2021 with the arrival of 17 attorneys from boutique firm Kibbe & Orbe LLP. The practice continues to handle enforcement matters and investigations for large businesses as well as individuals, with considerable experience in regulated industries. The team is headed in Chicago by Caryn Trombino; in New York, key practitioner Lee Richards brings a wealth of experience in internal investigations and commercial litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Caryn Trombino

    Other key lawyers:

    Daniel Zinman; Lee Richards; Shari Brandt; Keith Miller; David Massey; Rowan Gaither; Paul Devlin


    ‘Lee Richards and Shari Brandt stand out as high-quality and hard-working professionals.’  

    ‘Lee Richards is calm, experienced and thoughtful, bringing weight to any case.’ 

    ‘Shari Brandt is dynamic, thorough and very hard working.’ 

    ‘Paul Devlin is user friendly and professional.’

    ‘Excellent substantive knowledge and fantastic judgment.’

    ‘They are great advocates who really care about their clients.’

    ‘Lee Richards has outstanding judgment.’

    ‘Lee Richards is an excellent lawyer; he has a great temperament and bedside manner with clients.’

    Key clients


    ICAP plc, ICAP Europe Limited

    Tullett Prebon plc

    Joel Elsquenazi

    LBRY, Inc.

    Leslie Wright

    MD Labs

    Ohio State University


    Torneos y Competencias S.A.

    Work highlights

    • Representing ICAP in a settlement with US and UK regulators over its alleged role in Yen LIBOR rate manipulation, as well as in continued open investigations with European regulators.
    • Publicly retained by The Ohio State University (OSU) in April 2018 to lead an independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations raised against a former OSU doctor.
    • Representing Torneos y Competencias S.A. (Torneos), an Argentine sports broadcasting and production company, in the prosecution and investigation of FIFA officials and others, which alleges bribery and racketeering in connection with the acquisition and sale of rights to major worldwide soccer tournaments.

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    The corporate investigations and white-collar defense practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP operates nationally and internationally, handling investigations for large corporations, financial institutions and senior executives. The team, which includes former federal prosecutors, is led by Washington DC’s William Sullivan and the Los Angeles-based Aaron Dyer. Sullivan is a name to note for trials, investigations and enforcement matters, while Dyer is recommended for civil and criminal litigation. The team was bolstered in 2021 with the arrival of three new partners: in January, Patrick Hovakimian joined in Washington DC from the DOJ; Kimberly Jaimez joined in Los Angeles from the US attorneys office, Central District of California in September; and in October, Richard Donoghue also joined from the DOJ in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    William Sullivan; Aaron Dyer

    Other key lawyers:

    Thomas Hill; Patrick Hovakimian; Maria Galeno; Kimberly Jaimez; Richard Donoghue


    ‘We use Pillsbury for specialized litigation and regulatory matters. They have experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in this area.’

    ‘Maria Galeno is a consummate lawyer; she never stops fighting for her clients.’

    ‘Maria Galeno knows her stuff, and is a great strategist; she is also strongly committed to pro bono work.’

    ‘William Sullivan does an excellent job manoeuvring complex legal issues in the white-collar crime area, taking particular attention to business implications.’

    ‘William Sullivan does a nice job representing executive and high-net-worth individuals facing serious fraud charges.’

    ‘They are the top of the line in civil fraud and criminal claim litigation against top opposing counsel.’

    ‘Having worked with several large global firms over the years, I have found the quality of the Pillsbury work to be outstanding.’

    ‘Oral advocacy, argument structure, writing, and presentation skills are all strengths of the team that supports us as a client.’

    Key clients

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Board of Trustees of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS)

    Adam Rogas

    Work highlights

    • Represented the members of the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania’s largest public pension plan, PSERS, in a federal grand jury investigation into an allegedly inaccurate report on investment results delivered late last year.
    • Continuing to represent Parsons Corporation in a civil FCA qui tam lawsuit filed by a former employee, Billy Joe Hunt, against Parsons and a subcontractor, Cochise Consultancy, Inc. alleging they defrauded the federal government while performing a $60m munitions clearing contract in Iraq.
    • Representing a registrant in connection with an investigation by the US Securities & Exchange Commission regarding accounting misconduct, supervisory failures, and other alleged securities law violations.

    Proskauer Rose LLP

    The New York-based Proskauer Rose LLP fields a strong team of litigators with considerable trial experience, and expertise in criminal and regulatory investigations. Particular areas of focus for the practice include securities and tax fraud, FCPA matters, money laundering, antitrust and corruption issues. It acts for large global corporations and their senior executives in a broad range of foreign and domestic cases. The team is jointly led by Robert Cleary and Dietrich Snell with former federal prosecutor Cleary recommended for white-collar criminal defense, SEC investigations and enforcement matters, while Snell, who has both federal and state-level prosecutorial and investigative experience, is noted for civil and criminal investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Cleary; Dietrich Snell

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Harris; Seetha Ramachandran


    ‘Seetha Ramachandran did an excellent job guiding me through the obscure world of criminal forfeiture law.’

    ‘We faced a unique set of facts, and Seetha Ramachandran put together a persuasive theory for why we, as an innocent third party, should be able to recover funds that had been ordered forfeited to satisfy a criminal judgment.’

    ‘Seetha Ramachandran used her knowledge of procedure and the SDNY’s forfeiture decision to quickly negotiate a favorable settlement without resorting to litigation.’

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

    The investigations, government enforcement and white-collar criminal defense team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP includes former government officials and experienced trial attorneys, who advise on a range of investigations and enforcement actions. William Burck is a name to note for criminal and civil trials, as well as congressional investigations, while Juan Morillo is recommended for cross-border matters. On the West Coast, San Francisco’s John Potter brings experience in antitrust and civil litigation, and in Los Angeles, James Asperger is recommended for international business crime issues, including FCPA matters. In July 2021, the team was bolstered by the arrival of Tai Park from White & Case LLP in New York and Robert Zink, who joined from the DOJ. In August of the same year, Richard Smith left the firm. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    William Burck; Juan Morillo; James Asperger; John Potter

    Other key lawyers:

    Robert Zink; Tai Park

    Key clients


    Mubadala Investment Co.

    Boeing 737 Max Accidents

    Joint Stock Company Commercial Bank PrivatBank

    Swedbank AB

    DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

    StubHub Holdings, Inc.

    Citadel LLC

    E.O. System Co., Ltd.

    Alonso Ancira Elizondo

    The Honorable Michael Pompeo

    Don McGahn

    Elliott Broidy

    Ray Akhavan

    William Taylor

    Rick Giannantonio

    Clare Bronfman

    Bruce Isackson

    Jie “Jack” Zhao

    César Horacio Duarte Jáquez

    Roberto Jenkins

    Work highlights

    • Defending Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, in connection with solicitation of prostitution charges brought against him by the State of Florida.
    • Representing Alonso Ancira Elizondo, a dual Mexico-US citizen, and his company, Altos Hornos de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (“AHMSA”), in a dispute with the Mexican government related to allegations of money laundering that the Mexican government used to coerce Mr. Ancira to agree to have AHMSA pay purported restitution to Pemex and defending Mr. Ancira against threatened additional criminal charges and potential extradition from the United States.
    • Representing Gerard Boyle, the founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Correct Care Solutions (“CCS”), a multi-billion dollar healthcare company specializing in jail and prison services, in an investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Reed Smith LLP

    Reed Smith LLP is particularly strong in export controls, sanctions, FCA matters, anti-corruption issues and competition-related matters with considerable experience in the healthcare, energy, transport, and media and entertainment sectors. Leaning on its international network for support, the firm is well placed to service domestic and global clients on multi-jurisdictional investigations. The team is led in Washington DC by Katherine Seikaly and Michael Lowell, and in Pittsburgh by Michelle Mantine.

    Practice head(s):

    Katherine Seikaly; Michelle Mantine; Michael Lowell


    ‘Reed Smith are practical, thoughtful and aggressive in their approach.’

    ‘The firm understands the balance that is required when assessing risk/reward in a high-growth organization.’                   

    ‘Extremely responsive, patient, creative and practical.’

    ‘The firm is completely integrated in research and legal precedents, and how it may or may not affect a client.’

    ‘Passionate, committed, competent and open to discussing with the client his or her opinion regarding the issue at hand.’

    ‘Reed Smith LLP provided outstanding legal representation on behalf of my civil litigation.’

    ‘I received timely updates on my case along with many degrees of legal advice and assistance.’

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘a team-centric culture that distinguishes it from peers’ and offers ‘partners that are responsive and knowledgeable’. With a strong international network, the practice is no stranger to high-profile, cross-border mandates and the US team works closely with its counterparts in London. Its broad expertise encompasses government enforcement, white-collar criminal defense, securities matters, anti-corruption, anti-bribery and healthcare fraud matters. The team is led by New York’s Gregg Weiner, Boston’s John Bueker and the Chicago-based Laura Hoey, who is recommended for trials and investigations with a focus on the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Michael McGovern, who is also based in New York, is recommended for high-stakes criminal cases, acting for both businesses and individuals. Brian Blais joined in New York from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in January 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Laura Hoey; John Bueker; Gregg Weiner

    Other key lawyers:

    Brien O’Connor; Christopher Conniff; Michael McGovern; Brian Blais


    ‘The team brought me excellent support all the way.’

    ‘Very competent group of practitioners that work collaboratively across jurisdictions in a very effective way.’

    ‘The Ropes & Gray team is deep, with combined experience across all critical issue areas in white-collar defense and excellent judgment in applying that experience to the facts before them for the client’s benefit.’

    ‘Associates are given significant responsibility and rise to the challenge.’

    ‘All of the individuals we worked with have been extremely personable, while maintaining professionalism.’

    ‘They were very supportive of our management team and led us through a process that was new to many on our side.’

    ‘Each member of the Ropes & Gray team that worked with us was well versed in the matter, and worked efficiently and effectively.’

    ‘Mike McGovern is very professional and calm; he thinks through all scenarios and gives tremendous advice.’

    Key clients

    H.I.G. Capital, LLC

    Avianca Holdings, S.A., and certain affiliates and subsidiaries

    Former Credit Suisse Banker, Detelina Subeva

    Former Deutsche Bank Precious Metals Trader, Cedric Chanu

    Louisiana State University’s Head Basketball Coach, Will Wade

    Work highlights

    • Representing Detelina Subeva, the former Credit Suisse banker indicted in the EDNY in connection with an alleged $2bn fraud against the Government of Mozambique that allegedly destabilized the country’s economy.
    • Representing a former Deutsche Bank precious metals trader, Cedric Chanu, who was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution and sixteen substantive counts of wire fraud, based on alleged spoofing in the precious metals market between 2008 and 2013.
    • Serving as lead counsel for H.I.G. Capital in a multi-year investigation by the DOJ and in a related quitam lawsuit relating to alleged FCA violations.

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

    The white-collar defense and government investigations group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP encompasses several former DOJ and SEC lawyers, and is well versed in defending companies in litigation and investigations. New York’s Douglas Koff acts for financial institutions and broker-dealers, and also executives on high-profile civil and criminal proceedings. Key practitioners in Washington DC include Peter White and Charles Clark, with White experienced in internal investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings and FCA matters, and Clark a name to note for securities matters. Adam Hoffinger left the firm in April 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Douglas Koff; Peter White; Charles Clark

    Other key lawyers:

    Craig Warkol


    ‘Douglas Koff offers remarkable insight, work ethic and tenacity.’

    Key clients


    Eric Dalius, Saivian and certain affiliated corporate entities

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

    Murchinson Ltd., Marc Bistricer and Paul Zogala

    Ken Ravenell (Baltimore lawyer)

    Gerard Denault (New York “CityTime” Case)

    Maltese Capital Management

    Ronald Ferguson

    Isai Scheinberg (PokerStars)

    Various Individuals and Financial Institutions (Insider Trading Cases)

    Empery Asset Management

    Seward & Kissel LLP

    The government enforcement and internal investigations group at Seward & Kissel LLP acts for corporate entities and individuals on a range of government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. The firm often works with independent firms internationally to advise on cross-border cases and has particular experience in financial crimes, bribery and antitrust, tax fraud and environmental matters. New York’s Michael G Considine heads the team and has previously been selected as a federal monitor for a number of corporations following government investigations. Rita M Glavin left to found her own firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael G Considine

    Other key lawyers:

    Jack Yoskowitz; Philip Moustakis; Noah Czarny


    ‘They are excellent: true experts in their field.’

    ‘Michael Considine has the ability to reduce very complex procedural and substantive legal issues to terms that are clear and understandable for the lay client and does so in an authoritative yet humble manner.’

    ‘It is a true pleasure to work with Michael Considine.’

    ‘Michael Considine is unusually strong and provides an impressive mix of experience and sound judgment and strategy.’

    ‘Mike Considine is a very experienced and skilled white-collar trial lawyer, with broad experience in a number of complex areas of law.’

    ‘Mike Considine’s work ethic is impressive and he is creative in approach, thoughtful and skilled at tailoring strategy to the individual case and client.’

    Shearman & Sterling LLP

    The white-collar defense and investigations team at Shearman & Sterling LLP is well regarded in the market for its expertise in cross-border investigations and litigation. The practice, which includes former federal prosecutors and enforcement attorneys, is led in New York by Adam Hakki and Stephen Fishbein, and in San Francisco by Patrick Robbins. Fishbein is a veteran trial and appellate lawyer, who acts for both corporations and individuals, while Hakki is recommended for DOJ, SEC and FINRA investigations, among others. Robbins is recommended for FCPA matters, antitrust, accounting and securities fraud and insider trading. The team was bolstered in June 2021, with the arrival of Ryan Shores from the DOJ in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Hakki; Stephen Fishbein; Patrick Robbins

    Other key lawyers:

    John Nathanson; Christopher LaVigne; Ryan Shores


    ‘Everyone in the team understands what client wants to accomplish and shares the common goal.’

    ‘Able to cross the cultural boundaries between different jurisdictions.’

    ‘Shearman & Sterling represented our board in a highly complex environment of regulatory and civil litigation with perfect coordination.’

    ‘All partners were extremely client oriented and devoted themselves and their best efforts throughout a multi-year engagement.’

    ‘In disputes and investigations with international or cross-border aspects, the Shearman white-collar team will bring in subject matter expertise for relevant areas, such as tax, data protection, bank regulation, both for US and non-US legal regimes.’

    ‘A great strength of the Shearman white-collar team is its familiarity and sensitivity to commercial and business practices and requirements.’

    ‘Most of the partners in the Shearman white-collar team, and even in other teams such as tax or antitrust, have experience in government posts, both in prosecutor’s offices and regulatory roles, and they bring that experience to bear both in conducting investigations, advising clients on likely outcomes, and engaging in advocacy with US and foreign enforcement officials.’

    ‘While they provide experience and insight into US law and help to familiarize clients with US practices, they are sensitive to and work closely with non-US counsel to ensure that local laws are respected and local sensibilities – to the extent possible – are accounted for.’

    Key clients

    Bilfinger SE

    Christopher Worrall


    UniCredit S.p.A.


    Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    BNP Paribas

    PetroChina International

    Valeo Group

    RELX Group


    The Bank of Montreal

    Bell Helicopter

    Brodie Shaw Thomson

    Zuercher Kantonalbank

    Felix Brizuela

    VORAGO Technologies

    Wells Fargo & Company

    Morgan Stanley

    Former CFO of Logitech


    Softbank Group Corp.

    Former Chief Executive Officer of PG&E Corp.

    Former Chair of Audit Committee of Valeant Pharmaceuticals

    Christopher Worrall

    Brodie Shaw Thomson

    Felix Brizuela

    Former CFO of Logitech

    Former Chief Executive Officer of PG&E Corp.

    Former Chair of Audit Committee of Valeant Pharmaceuticals

    Work highlights

    • Conducted a high-profile trial for Christopher Worrall, who was charged with conversion of government property and insider trading.
    • Represented Citigroup in an internal investigation and with respect to US regulatory and enforcement inquiries concerning a personal security unit within Citigroup’s Mexican unit, Banamex.
    • Represented Italian banking conglomerate UniCredit SpA in connection with a multi-year sanctions investigation and coordinated a $1.3bn global settlement with multiple US authorities.

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    The government and internal investigations practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acts for financial institutions, multinational companies, professional services firms, and senior executives on a range of criminal, regulatory and congressional matters. It has particular expertise in internal investigations, government investigations and compliance, and fields a deep bench which includes former SEC officials and federal prosecutors. The team is headed by Stephen Cutler, Paul Curnin and Jonathan Youngwood with Curnin recommended for securities and derivatives matters, and corporate governance, and Cutler handling governance and regulatory issues. In January 2021, Meaghan Kelly was promoted to partner in Washington DC, while in the summer Martin Bell joined from the US Attorney’s Office SDNY, and Marc Berger joined from the SEC. All named attorneys based in New York unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Cutler; Paul Curnin; Jonathan Youngwood

    Other key lawyers:

    Cheryl Scarboro; Jeffrey Knox; Michael Osnato; Sarah Eichenberger; Meaghan Kelly


    ‘Tremendous depth and great mix of public/government and private experience.’

    ‘Unparalleled availability on a moments notice.’

    ‘Thoroughness even in crisis and time-critical situations.’

    ‘Several smart, practical lawyers with useful prior government experience.’

    ‘One of the best practices in the business.’

    ‘They have an incredible team with broad experience and expertise.’

    ‘Great mix of people who have served in various parts of government at many different times.’

    Key clients


    BlueCrest Capital Management

    Audit Committee of BorgWarner

    BRF, S.A.

    Demand Committee of Board of Directors of Eagle Bancorp

    Board of ExxonMobil


    KT Corporation

    Red Ventures


    Vivint, Inc.

    Elliott Broidy


    BlueCrest Capital Management

    Audit Committee of BorgWarner

    BRF, S.A.

    Demand Committee of Board of Directors of Eagle Bancorp

    Board of ExxonMobil


    KT Corporation

    Red Ventures


    Vivint, Inc.

    Elliott Broidy

    Work highlights

    • Advised Vitol on reaching agreements with the DOJ and CFTC regarding alleged corruption and trading issues related to the Latin American “Operation Car Wash” scandal, the CFTC’s first resolution related to foreign corrupt practices.
    • Advised BlueCrest Capital Management on reaching an agreement with the SEC regarding the management of a proprietary fund; largest SEC settlement at the time involving alleged non-disclosure of conflicts of interest by fund manager.
    • Advised the Audit Committee of BorgWarner in an SEC investigation and settlement relating to the company’s restatement of its legal accruals; and company and Board in related derivative litigation and shareholder demands.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP fields an international and multidisciplinary corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense team. Of counsel David Zornow co-heads the team in New York and is well versed in federal and state grand jury investigations, and also criminal trials. Boston’s James Carroll jointly leads the team and is a veteran litigator with particular experience in securities, investment management, antitrust and restrictive covenants. More broadly, the practice has a wealth of experience in regulatory matters, government investigations and civil enforcement matters, and often draws on its global network for assistance in cross-border mandates. It acts for both corporate entities and individuals, and key clients include financial institutions, public and private companies, and their senior executives and boards of directors. Daniel Michael joined in New York from the SEC.

    Practice head(s):

    David Zornow; James Carroll

    Other key lawyers:

    David Meister; Jack DiCanio; Daniel Michael

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP fields a team of ‘smart, practical lawyers with useful prior government experience’. It acts for high-profile executives and multinational corporations, supporting international clients from its wide international network of offices. The team is headed by Brian Heberlig and Jason Weinstein, and Chicago’s Chris Niewoehner. Accomplished trial attorney Heberlig is recommended for federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, while Weinstein handles internal investigations and has a niche expertise in cryptocurrency. Niewoehner also has significant trial experience and handles civil litigation; Reid Weingarten is another key practitioner who is well known and regarded for white-collar criminal defense work. In June 2021, the practice was strengthened by the arrival of Lizzie Baird from the SEC, and Rachel Cannon in Chicago from Dentons. Named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Jason Weinstein; Chris Niewoehner; Brian Heberlig

    Other key lawyers:

    Reid Weingarten; Ryan Poscablo; Steven Welk; Rachel Cannon; Lizzie Baird


    ‘Smart, practical lawyers with useful prior government experience.’

    ‘They are a great example of a high-performing team.’

    ‘They all showed personal concern and care, not just for me, but for my family as well.’

    ‘They were at pains to describe the emotional rollercoaster that we would be on, to prepare us for it, and to support us on the journey.’

    ‘They are a defense-minded firm which sets them apart from many other corporate practices.’

    ‘Brian Heberlig is outstanding; he is very strategic, defense-minded, works well with other defense counsel, and knows how to deal with the government.’

    ‘Between Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig, they have as many high-profile trials as any firm in the country.’

    ‘Reid Weingarten is a legend of the bar. ‘

    Key clients

    Ali Sadr

    Michael Lynch


    Work highlights

    • Representing iFinex and Tether in connection with investigations relating to Bitfinex and/or Tether by multiple enforcement agencies, including the New York Attorney General’s Office and the CFTC.
    • Defending a Canadian encrypted phone and messaging provider, and its CEO, who were indicted on charges of RICO and money laundering offenses stemming from the sale of encrypted phones.
    • Represented Ali Sadr, an American-educated businessman born in Iran in a high-profile criminal sanctions case that ultimately resulted in the judge dismissing the indictment against Sadr with prejudice.

    Thompson Hine LLP

    The government enforcement, internal investigations and white-collar defense practice at Thompson Hine LLP acts for targets, subjects, and witnesses in federal and state grand jury investigations. It has considerable experience in representing clients caught up in DOJ, SEC and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigations, among others. Washington DC’s Joan Meyer leads the team, and is a former prosecutor with a wealth of experience in fraud and compliance matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Joan Meyer

    Other key lawyers:

    Norman Bloch

    Vinson & Elkins LLP

    Vinson & Elkins LLP has ‘a good reputation with regulators’ but ‘it isn’t afraid to push back and prepare for litigation’. Under the leadership of New York’s Palmina Fava  and Washington DC’s Michael Dry, the practice continues to act for high-profile companies and individuals in relation to government investigations. It has particular experience in FCPA matters, FCA issues, antitrust, securities and congressional investigations. Zachary Terwilliger joined in Washington DC from his former role as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Practice head(s):

    Palmina Fava; Michael Dry

    Other key lawyers:

    Jeffrey Johnston; Christopher Duffy; Zach Terwilliger


    ‘V&E has a good reputation with regulators, but it isn’t afraid to push back and prepare for litigation.’ 

    ‘It has smart, focused attorneys who play to win.’                             

    ‘Due to his past experience as a leading in-house compliance officer and white collar crime prosecutor, Michael Ward brings exceptional insights and actionable perspectives to the most complex corporate compliance issues.’

    ‘Vinson has a strong overall team.’

    Key clients

    IAV GmbH

    MoneyGram International, Inc.

    Special Investigation Committee of HF Foods


    Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

    Toni Porter

    Michael Miller

    Jeff Hastings

    Joachim Alexander von der Goltz

    Former executives of Wells Fargo Bank

    Christiansen, Blake

    Zhang Yuzhen

    William Baroni

    Work highlights

    • Advising Toni Porter who was called before the House Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the alleged misuse of government resources by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo.
    • Representing the former chair of the board and chief executive officer of SAExploration Holdings, Inc. in an investigation being conducted by the US Securities & Exchange Commission and Department of Justice prosecutors from the Southern District of New York.
    • Engaged to represent 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.

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for large international companies and high-profile individuals on criminal, regulatory and civil matters. It has particular expertise in antitust, securities, sexual harassment, sanctions and FCA issues. Washington DC’s Steven Tyrrell co-heads the team alongside New York’s Christopher Garcia with Tyrrell recommended for FCPA and DOJ matters, and Garcia handling government investigations involving securities, tax and wire fraud. Sarah Coyne, who is also based in New York, is a former federal prosecutor who has recently been dealing with a number of abuse and discrimination, and regulatory investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Tyrrell; Christopher Garcia

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Coyne; Susan Shin


    ‘It was very comforting to know that when the firm was needed they where always available.’

    Key clients


    Vantage Drilling

    S&P Global

    BTG Pactual

    Morgan Stanley

    Abraaj Investment Management Ltd.


    United Way

    National Women’s Soccer League Players Association

    Work highlights

    • Successfully resolved an SEC investigation into S&P Global regarding a potential violation of securities laws.
    • Representing the US National Women’s Soccer League Players Association in connection with a league-wide investigation into allegations of player abuse and discrimination.
    • Representing the Boards of Trustees of United Way Worldwide and United Way USA in an investigation into allegations of harassment and retaliation.

    White & Case LLP

    Under the leadership of Scott HershmanWhite & Case LLP continues to advise companies, sovereign states and state-owned entities, and individuals on regulatory and criminal investigations, and internal investigations. More broadly speaking, the practice handles crisis management and civil litigation, and is well placed to handle large international matters by virtue of its strong international network. In July 2021, Tai Park left the firm, and in October Tami Stark was promoted to partner.  Since publication, Virginia Romano departed the firm in January 2023. Named attorneys are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Hershman

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Kendall


    ‘They understand the client and share a common goal.’

    ‘Excellent at negotiating.’

    ‘The team at White and Case simply go above and beyond for their clients.’

    ‘They delve deep into every aspect of the case exploring every potential avenue.’

    ‘They are not afraid to explore the negative as well as the positive when looking into a case which is vital in being prepared for all eventualities.’

    ‘The standout difference I found with W/C compared to other firms is a complete lack of fear when defending a case.’

    ‘They make bold and at times aggressive moves in a defence case that other firms would shy away from.’

    ‘Michael Kendall is a trial lawyer who is second to none.’

    Key clients

    BTG International

    Hengtong Juice Group




    GardaWorld Federal Services LLC and Aegis Defense Services LLC

    Central States Capital Markets

    Richard Usher

    Mike Ashley

    Donna Ackerly

    John Wilson

    Work highlights

    • Scored a final victory on behalf of Richard Usher, who was indicted in the US regarding alleged price-fixing in 2017 and acquitted by a jury in 2018, when the OCC in July 2021 dismissed all of its proceedings against Mr. Usher.
    • Advised Mike Ashley, executive of Lend America, in a case in which he was granted commutation – he is believed to be only person granted commutation without serving any part of his custodial sentence.
    • After representing Ms. Ackerly in a second jury trial in 2019, in which the trial court judge granted the motion for a new trial, the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court decision.

    Wiley Rein LLP

    The white-collar defense and government investigations team at Wiley Rein LLP is made up of former prosecutors, SEC attorneys and defense lawyers who advise Fortune 500 companies, as well as senior executive, on criminal and civil government enforcement actions. Particular areas of expertise include securities and commodities fraud, FCA and FCPA matter, cybersecurity and trade issues. Ralph Caccia heads the practice from Washington DC and offers considerable experience in internal and government investigations with a focus on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Peter Hyun left for the DOJ in April 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Ralph Caccia

    Other key lawyers:

    Roderick Thomas; Kevin Muhlendorf; Matthew Gardner; Brandon Moss

    Key clients

    BAE Systems Inc.

    AECOM Technology Corporation

    The Boeing Company

    American Heart Association

    Northside Hospital

    Individual traders in the SEC GameStop trading investigation

    Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

    Dr. Timothy Baxter

    CGI Federal

    ManTech International Corporation

    Atricure, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing AtriCure, a publicly traded manufacturer of cardiac ablation devices and accessories, against allegations that it caused the submission of false claims associated with improper referrals under the Anti-Kickback Statute and off-label promotion.
    • Representing two individuals who played rolls in the 2021 rise of GameStop securities.
    • Defending ManTech in litigation filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia relating to alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

    Williams & Connolly LLP

    The Washington DC-based criminal defense and government investigations team at Williams & Connolly LLP is well known for its representation of high-profile individuals, but it also acts for public and private companies. The firm has notable experience in FCPA matters, money laundering, securities fraud and criminal antitrust cases. David Zinn co-heads the practice and is recommended for investigations involving the SEC, CFTC or state attorneys general, and also handles civil litigation. Tobin Romero, who jointly leads the team, acts for multinational corporations and executives on cross-border investigations and prosecutions. Brendan Sullivan is a veteran trial lawyer with experience in commercial litigation and RICO cases, while Kevin Downey handles both criminal and civil litigation. Emmet Flood is a name to note for crisis situations, congressional investigations and professional liability disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    David Zinn; Tobin Romero

    Other key lawyers:

    Brendan Sullivan; Kevin Downey; Emmet Flood


    ‘Williams & Connolly is the gold standard on defending criminal cases for companies as well as individuals.’

    ‘Their tenacity, skill, creativity, and commitment are unmatched.’

    ‘David Zinn, Toby Romero and Kevin Downey are tough as nails, thorough and creative. A formidable courtroom-tested team.’

    ‘I love working on cases with them.

    ‘They are the best in the business.’

    ‘They have enormous credibility with prosecutors, they fight when it is appropriate to fight and cooperate when necessary.’

    ‘Their talent is exceptional at all levels of the firm.’

    ‘David Zinn is a master tactician.’

    Key clients

    Cardinal Health

    Elizabeth Holmes

    Jason Sugarman

    Mark Hazelwood

    Work highlights

    • Acting as lead and national counsel for Cardinal in opioids matters, including civil litigation, state Attorneys General litigation and investigations, and Congressional investigations.
    • Acting as lead counsel for Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and former CEO of Theranos, in defending against an indictment brought by the US Attorney of the Northern District of California.
    • Representing a global media company in connection with an investigation by a US Attorney’s Office arising out of the FIFA bribery scandal.

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s white-collar defense and compliance, investigations and enforcement practice is well regarded in the market for high-profile, cross-border investigations and acts for public companies and financial institutions, as well as senior executives. The team is headed by New York’s Michael Schachter, and William Stellmach and Martin Weinstein  in Washington DC. Schachter is a veteran litigator with considerable experience in internal investigations, while Stellmach, a former federal prosecutor, is recommended for securities and commodities fraud, bribery, antitrust and sanctions matters. Weinstein is a name to note for compliance, M&A due diligence and FCPA issues. Randall Jackson, who is also based in New York, handles civil litigation and regulatory matters, and has particular experience in financial crime cases.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Schachter; William Stellmach; Martin Weinstein

    Other key lawyers:

    Randall Jackson; Amelia Cottrell; Robert Meyer; Jeffrey Clark


    ‘Willkie has a deep bench of experienced white-collar lawyers.’

    ‘William Stellmach is a standout attorney among a firm of strong attorneys.’

    ‘William Stellmach has a significant background at the DOJ/SEC and has impeccable judgment.’

    ‘William Stellmach is unflappable in difficult circumstances.’

    ‘Efficient, very personable and exceptionally capable.’

    Key clients

    The Department of Justice

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    Office of the Governor of the State of New York

    Citgo Petroleum Corp.

    Vitol Inc.

    Citadel Securities LLC

    Options Clearing Corporation

    LafargeHolcim Ltd.

    Julian Omidi

    Former Adidas marketing director James Gatto

    Securities trader Dov Malnik

    Sergio Pasini, senior diesel manager at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy S.p.A.

    Former JPMorgan trader Akshay Aiyer

    Work highlights

    • Selected by both the DOJ and CFTC to serve as the monitor for the Bank of Nova Scotia in a novel, dual appointment, following a landmark resolution with each agency.
    • Defending CITGO Petroleum Corp in response to a DOJ investigation under various federal criminal statutes.
    • Representing an indicted Fiat engineering executive in a diesel emissions federal criminal case pending in Detroit, and recently obtained client’s release following detention in Italy.


    WilmerHale regularly handles investigations by the DOJ, congress, the SEC and FBI, and many other federal agencies. The team acts for companies and individuals with a focus on the banking, accounting, automotive, TMT and life sciences sectors. Howard Shapiro is a veteran trial lawyer who handles both civil and criminal matters, while Ronald Machen is recommended for white-collar criminal defense work and government enforcement actions. Anjan Sahni is based in New York and focuses on government investigations and litigation, and Boston’s Stephen Jonas is well versed in cross-border investigations and FCA matters. In January 2021, Boyd Johnson re-joined the firm in New York from an in-house role at Soros Fund Management; in May, Christopher Cestaro joined from the FCPA; and in October, Robert Boone re-joined the firm in New York from the US Attorney’s Office SDNY. Regina Rodriguez left to serve as a judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

    Practice head(s):

    Howard Shapiro; Stephen Jonas; Ronald Machen; Anjan Sahni

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Leotta; Kimberly Parker; Robert Mueller; Edward O’Callaghan


    ‘Strong bench whether a matter requires experience with the government, advising on political issues, counseling on specific subject matters, drafting work product, and advocating to the government or in court.’

    ‘The team are pragmatic, collaborative, responsive, and are clear communicators.’

    ‘They calibrate well to client needs.’

    ‘They are trusted thought partners.’

    ‘It is really useful to talk things through with them.’

    ‘I have been impressed with the diversity of attorneys staffed on matters.’

    ‘Kimberly Parker is strategic, thoughtful, approachable, pragmatic, respected.’

    ‘Kimberly Parker does a great job of thinking through issues/scenarios and helping clients feel they’ve gotten to a well-reasoned result.’

    Key clients

    Reckitt Benckiser Group plc


    Bank of America

    Medtronic, Inc.

    Panasonic Corporation

    Georgia Tech Athletic Association

    International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

    Gilead Sciences, Inc.

    DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc.

    City of Rochester

    General Assembly of the State of Colorado

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Michael Carroll

    Mark Geragos

    Work highlights

    • Conducted a sensitive and high-stakes internal investigation for the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General (DHS-OIG).
    • Engaged by the City of Rochester, New York to assess and make recommendations for reform of the Rochester Police Department’s (“RPD”) policies, procedures, and trainings.
    • Represented the Colorado General Assembly before the Colorado Supreme Court, in a case implicating the legislature’s ability to complete its work in the middle of the pandemic.

    Winston & Strawn LLP

    Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘characterized by personalized service, experienced and fluent Spanish-speaking attorneys, and attorneys who have worked at the DOJ and SEC’. The firm offers a practice that is global in scope and well versed in with cross-border investigations and enforcement actions. The team, which includes former prosecutors and US Attorneys, is led by New York’s Suzanne Jaffe BloomAbbe Lowell, who is based in New York and Washington DC; Angela Machala in Los Angeles; North Carolina’s Jack Knight; and the Chicago-based Steve Grimes. Other key practitioners include Chicago’s Dan Webb, an experienced trial lawyer, and San Francisco’s Pamela Davis. In March 2021, Carol Chen joined in Los Angeles from the US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, and in May of the same year, Jonathan Brightbill joined from the Environmental & Natural Resources Division of the DOJ in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe Lowell; Angela Machala; Jack Knight; Steve Grimes

    Other key lawyers:

    Dan Webb; Pamela Davis; Winston Kirton; Amandeep Sidhu; Reed Stephens; Jonathan Brightbill; Carol Chen


    ‘The strength of this team lies in its unique experience. While I cannot compare with other similar law firms, my own experience with them was smooth, efficient, and professional.’

    ‘All interactions including remote meetings were handled efficiently and in a timely fashion using appropriate technology. Remarkably, there were no disruptions due to the pandemic.’

    ‘My experience with counsel at Winston Strawn LLP has been nothing but outstanding.’

    ‘Each member of the firm with whom I’ve worked possesses a superb educational pedigree, exceeded only by their ability to obtain successful results in their wide and varied areas of practice.’

    ‘Each attorney is highly skilled, professional, communicative and possesses a temperament far above most of their peers.’

    ‘This firm is characterized by personalized service, experienced and fluent Spanish-speaking attorneys, and attorneys who have worked at the DOJ and SEC, which is important for the matters they handle.’

    ‘Abbe Lowell has extensive experience in dealing with the DOJ and SEC, and FCPA-related matters.’

    Associate Rodolfo Herrera-Moro has good availability to handle matters and is based in Mexico and fluent in Spanish.’

    Key clients

    Encore Rehabilitation Services

    Associated British Foods PLC

    AIG Property Casualty Co. and certain affiliates

    Ruel Malcolm Hamilton

    Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares

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

    Work highlights

    • Represented and counselled Encore Rehabilitation Services, LLC in connection with multiple False Claims Act (FCA) investigations by the DOJ and several U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
    • Represented a major U.S. government defense contractor in connection with a False Claims Act matter relating to allegedly false or fraudulent statements about the functionality of radars under government contract, as well as a related whistleblower claim for retaliation.
    • Represented Rafael Ramirez in private civil litigation regarding alleged corruption at PDVSA.