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

Rising Stars: Corporate Investigations And White-collar Criminal Defense: Advice To Corporates

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.
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.
The government investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice at Armstrong Teasdale LLP sports a strong roster of individual clients, for whom the firm regularly acts in matters on both state and federal level.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in United States


Akin‘s team stands out for advising financial institutions and professionals from the financial sector in matters pertaining to issues such as insider trading and market manipulation. Under the leadership of James Benjamin and Michael Asaro in New York as well as Washington DC-based Charles Connolly, the practice has extensive experience defending corporates and individuals alike before governmental bodies and enforcement agencies. Cross-border work and FCPA-related cases are further areas of expertise for the team, which counts first director of the Division of Enforcement for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Claudius Modesti, active in the firm’s DC office, among its key members.

Practice head(s):

James Benjamin; Michael Asaro; Charles Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Claudius Modesti; Paul Butler; Parvin Moyne 

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Eastman Kodak Company

Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the D.C. Bar

Goldman Sachs employees


Work highlights

  • Representing Eastman Kodak Company and a Special Committee of its Board of Directors in connection with ongoing investigations by the NYAG and SEC into trading and stock options grants in advance of a public news announcement that resulted in a substantial increase in the company’s stock price.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in connection with an investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office regarding fixed income order handling and best execution for wealth management clients.
  • Represented the co-founder of BitMEX, in a  criminal prosecution brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleging violations of the Bank Secrecy Act associated with BitMEX’s compliance with rules requiring anti-money laundering programs at certain types of financial institutions.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter fields a corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice with particular strengths in anti-corruption investigations and FCPA-related cases. The firm’s vast international network also allows the team to handle complex cross-border matters in a number of areas such as life sciences, financial services, and government sectors. Amy Jeffress, who is active in the firm’s Washington DC office, counts national security investigations among her areas of expertise and leads the practice jointly with Marcus Asner in New York. New Jersey-based Paul Fishman is another key member of the team, regularly handling internal and government investigations on behalf of counseling executives and board of directors. Chicago-based Valarie Hays’ recent work includes matters pertaining to allegations of sexual harassment. Lawyers are in DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Asner; Amy Jeffress

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Chicago Park District

Samsung Heavy Industries



Planned Parenthood

Reckitt Benckiser/Mead Johnson


Eli Lilly


CSL Behring


Work highlights

  • Advised the Board of Commissioners for the Chicago Park District on an investigation in Chicago related to allegations of lifeguard sexual assault and abuse and widespread sexual harassment, hazing, and bullying at the CPD’s beaches and pools.
  • Representing Samsung Heavy Industries in the ongoing Petrobras corruption “Car Wash” investigation, prosecution, and related litigation.
  • Representing the founder and former Chief Investment Officer of Infinity Q Capital Management (a New York investment adviser) in connection with his federal indictment and upcoming trial in the SDNY.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Providing ‘superb advocacy’ and comprising a team of ‘fierce advocates’, Baker Botts L.L.P. is sought out by clients to manage risks and represent them in cases before authorities such as the DOJ, US Attorney’s offices and congressional committees. Known for its extensive trial experience, the practice has a strong track record defending corporations and individuals in white-collar and regulatory matters on both domestic and cross-border level. In Washington DC, lead partner Kyle Clark has particular expertise within the healthcare sector, while Bridget Moore is well-versed in securities enforcement and internal investigations. The firm further strengthened its team with the arrival of Palo Alto-based Michael Ward, previously at Vinson & Elkins LLP, in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kyle Clark


‘Baker Botts is a wonderful trial firm that excels in the courtroom and in meetings in conference rooms at prosecutors’ offices. They were fierce advocates for their client, and they ultimately prevailed in the case through superb advocacy.’

‘Kyle Clark and Andrew George are terrific trial lawyers. Judges and jury like them and trust them. When they say something is so, the government considers it carefully.’

‘Baker Botts is a wonderful trial firm that excels in the courtroom and in meetings in conference rooms at prosecutors’ offices. 

‘The BakerBotts team led by Andy Lankler is top-notch. These are experienced attorneys with deep experience and decades of practice.’

‘Andy Lankler – top notch, experienced, for the most difficult and high-stakes matters.’

‘Steve Solow is an extraordinary lawyer.’

‘Baker Botts’ team, led by Andrew Lankler, is a very strong white collar group.’

‘Andrew Lankler is an unflappable old-pro who has seen it all. Trusted and liked by clients and adversaries alike.’

Key clients

Black & Veatch Corporation

Clinton Earl Portis

E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co.

Fenix International, Limited dba OnlyFans


Majority Investor in EIA All Weather Alpha Fund I Partners LLC (EIA)

Aers LLC (EIA)

Work highlights

  • Representing E.I Du Pont De Nemours, Inc. in an ongoing three-count criminal indictment brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas charging the company and one of its former employees with violations of the Clean Air Act in connection with a toxic chemical release that resulted in multiple fatalities in La Porte, Texas.
  • Representing Black & Veatch in a multi-defendant lawsuit, brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, by injured servicemen and the estates of fallen servicemen under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • Represented pro bono and achieved a reversal of an unconstitutional guilty plea for an individual who was granted a reversal of her guilty plea and full dismissal of a 2000 felony conviction that threatened her deportation to Cambodia for the past 17 years.

Baker McKenzie LLP

The corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice at Baker McKenzie LLP has a strong reputation for investigations and enforcement matters on the individual and corporate side alike, bolstered by the firm’s extensive international presence. Chicago-based Peter Tomczak and Jerome Tomas lead the team together alongside William Devaney in New York, with the latter focusing on multi-jurisdictional investigations. Also in New York, the firm recently welcomed Elizabeth Roper in July 2022, who joined from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and whose focus encompasses cybercrime and financial fraud. Richard Dean  retired in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Peter Tomczak; William Devaney; Jerome Tomas

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Roper; Maurice Bellan; Jessica Nall; Jeff Martino; Cyrus Vance; Reegan Demas


‘Baker’s ability to stand up teams in jurisdictions around the world is tough to match, and they have experienced practitioners globally to delve into the issue from a local and more global standpoint.’

‘Reagan Demas is the star partner we have worked with on investigations. He effectively leads the multijurisdictional teams, gives sound, practical, user-friendly advice, and is an excellent communicator.’

‘Baker McKenzie brought a nice mixture of former government experience blended with corporate and forensic skill sets.’

Key clients

Benefytt Technologies Inc.

B&H Photo & Electronics Corp.

SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented B&H Photo & Electronics Corp. in a New York False Claims Act investigation brought by the New York State Attorney General (AG), surrounding the sales tax treatment of certain vendor funding, leading to the AG bringing a False Claims Act action against the company.
  • Represented SK E&C against criminal and civil charges as well as debarment by the US government with potential fines and penalties in excess of $400m.
  • Represented former SVP Finance and Controller of Power Solutions International in a years-long investigation by the SEC and US Attorney’s Office for the ND Ill. into the conduct of the company and its management in relation to a several year’s restatement of its financials.


BakerHostetler advises businesses and employees on a wide range of issues, including those relating to FCPA, whistleblowing, securities fraud, and public corruption. Securities litigation specialist John Carney and George Stamboulidis, who sports in-depth experience representing clients in federal grand jury and regulatory investigations, are both based in New York. Cleveland-based Carole Rendon is adept at crisis management and white-collar criminal matters. Associate Lindsey Collins, based in Washington DC, joined the firm in January 2022 from Proskauer Rose LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Carney; Carole Rendon; George Stamboulidis

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Collins

Key clients

Dashra at Sheldon Inc.; Farzu and Rafis Sheldon Corp.

Harbor Healthcare System, L.P. and its CEO, Dr. Qamar Arfeen

Official Committee of Tort Claimants of PG&E Corp. and Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Virgil Fund Receiver

On Point Global

Epsilon Data Management

The Special Investigative Committee for the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine

Full Play Group

Big Lots, Inc.

Virgil Capital Receivership

Office of the Governor for the State of Georgia

Various employees at Messer LLC

Locum Tenens USA

Athens Orthopedic

Cyient Ltd.

Numerous claimants in a civil forfeiture action related to the theft of funds from Nigeria’s treasury

PetroSaudi, Tarek Obaid


Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is known for its strengths in public corruption cases and related investigations, especially when representing individuals. Additionally, the practice assists corporate and government clients in managing risk and defending them in enforcement actions. Managing partner Matthew Schwartz, who leads the team out of New York City, has a busy practice that encompasses investigations and enforcement actions of the DOJ and FTC. The firm has recently added two partners from the Fraud Section of the DOJ: Blake Goebel, who previously served as a trial attorney and joined the Washington DC office, as well as Los Angeles-based Alison Anderson. Former practice head Peter Skinner left in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

David Simons; Alison Anderson; John Zach

Key clients

Dragon Global Management LLC and affiliates

Jefferies Group

Bridgeporth (UK) Ltd.

Ocean 26 Holdings LLC

Office 400 LLC, and Fabrice Touil

An employee of

Ad Hoc Group of Lenders (Revlon)

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak; his step-son and his company Red Granite Pictures, Inc.

Benefytt Technologies Inc.

B&H Photo & Electronics Corp.

SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his step-son in connection with allegations of embezzlement and foreign corruption.
  • Representing the FTC on behalf of private equity firm Dragon Global Management LLC and its founder and chairman 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 to more than 10 victims of sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Bracewell LLP

Attorneys at Bracewell LLP are called upon to assist government entities, individuals, and corporations with investigations and enforcement actions. The firm handles a broad range of white-collar matters including accounting fraud, economic sanctions, and insider trading. Veteran trial lawyer Stephen Braga leads the practice out of Washington DC and handles both criminal and civil cases on trial and appellate level, while former US District Judge Barbara Jones is active in the firm’s New York office and frequently called to conduct monitorships as well as special master assignments. Also based in New York is Daniel Connolly, whose experience in white-collar defense is complimented by a busy class action and commercial litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Braga


‘Very hands-on partners and extremely capable associates.’

‘Excellent collaboration from senior managing partner on down.’

‘Excellent overall teamwork and communication.’

Key clients

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The Catholic Archdiocese of New York

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc

Choice Advisors, LLC

Madison Mitchell

Former employee of Theranos Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented and received a declination on behalf of a global geophysical services company from the DOJ’s Fraud Section in relation to an investigation of allegations of FCPA violations in Iraq.
  • Representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a wide variety of compliance matters, with a recent focus on workplace discrimination issues.
  • Representing an individual employee of Premier Tax Solutions, who is alleged to have filed fraudulent tax returns on behalf of individual clients, in an IRS criminal investigation.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP routinely assist numerous banks and multi-national businesses in internal investigations and compliance. The practice also represents clients on investigations and enforcement matters pertaining to FCPA and the UKBA, and advises clients with asset forfeiture, cybersecurity and data privacy, health care fraud and abuse, and money laundering mandates. Jodi Avergun  in Washington DC represents both corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care, and securities enforcement. As a former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Todd Blanche in New York is thoroughly proficient in the full array of white-collar crime. Philip Khinda in DC advises clients with corporate crises, government and internal investigations and shareholder and derivative litigation. New York's Kenneth Breen represents corporations and executives in issues including anti-corruption, consumer protection issues, money laundering. Phara Guberman in New York is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jodi Avergun

Other key lawyers:

Anne Tompkins; Todd Blanche; Douglas Gansler; Rachel Rodman; Philip Khinda; Kenneth Breen; Phara Guberman


Deep government experience combined with strong private practice experience. High-profile cases.

Rachel Rodman: CFPB experience. Zealous advocate. Extremely intelligent. Super strong writing and oral advocacy skills.

Key clients

Cavco Industries, Inc.

Chime Inc.

Former Chief Financial Officer of Wilmington Trust Corporation

Former Manager at Deutsche Bank

Paul Manafort

Work highlights

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Adept at representing both individuals and corporations, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP sports ‘unassailable knowledge of the law’ and is a popular destination for financial institutions and its C-Suite executives. Herbert Washer led on a matter representing Credit Suisse in the SEC sweep that saw financial institutions fined for record-keeping failures. Anirudh Bansal and David Januszewski are further key names in the team and are both well versed in issues surrounding securities, among others. Counsel Samson Enzer previously served as a securities fraud prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and has a strong reputation in regard to cryptocurrency enforcement matters. All attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Washington DC-based Bradley Bondi  left the firm in March 2023, while Nola Heller  departed in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Herbert Washer; Anirudh Bansal; David Januszewski


‘Cahill works cohesively as a team with multiple members and provides exceptional, constant care. I have worked with many of the larger firms and Cahill allows me to sleep well at night.’

‘Outstanding knowledge and understanding of processes. Ability to address and overcome difficult virtually impossible situations achieving favorable results and outcomes. extremely strong technical expertise.’

‘Ability to work productively with counterparts at DOJ and SEC.’

Key clients

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tesla, Inc.

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


StraightPath Venture Partners

Credit Suisse

Synergy Settlement Services and Related Defendants



Directors and officers of Patriot National, Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management


ICON plc

Audit Committee of Walmart, Inc.

Babcock & Wilcox

Work highlights

  • Represented Credit Suisse in an SEC and CFTC street sweep focusing on the usage of personal devices by senior bank executives to send text messages.
  • Representing Nikola’s founder and former chairman, in connection with a pending criminal case brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and a pending SEC enforcement action.
  • Representing an individual who was charged in February 2022 with participating in financial fraud involving the laundering of more than $4bn in stolen cryptocurrency.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

With a ‘thoughtful approach to the most complex problems’, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is regularly sought after by leading institutions and corporations for representation in high-profile criminal and regulatory matters. The practice is also noted for its strengths in advising executives and boards of directors on a broad range of issues including securities fraud, bribery, and workplace harassment, often in a cross-border context. Lisa Vicens, whose areas of focus include anti-bribery and corruption, leads the team jointly with Washington DC-based former SEC senior enforcement official Matthew Solomon. Crisis management, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement form part of Joon Kim‘s specializations, while Victor Hou sports expertise in securities and antitrust litigation alongside FCPA matters and insider trading. Other key practitioners include Lev Dassin and San Francisco’s Jennifer Kennedy Park, both of whom have a strong track record representing clients in white-collar litigation. All attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Vicens; Matthew Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Lev Dassin; Victor Hou; Joon Kim; Giovanni Prezioso; Jennifer Kennedy Park


‘Very strong white collar practice. Thoughtful approach to the most complex problems.’

‘The Cleary team was outstanding. In my case, they demonstrated out of the box thinking and were less focus on courtroom proceedings and more focused on engaging with the prosecuting teams.’

‘It is a given that the firm has smart lawyers. What sets them apart is that they effectively communicate with business managers and the C-Suite in a concise, easy-to-follow manner.’

Key clients



BNP Paribas

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.

Cerebral Inc.

Copel Telecomunicacoes SA (COPEL)

Compass Minerals

New York State Attorney General’s Office

Founder of Marble Ridge Capital

Individual officers of Compass Minerals

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, including SEC and CFTC, related to off-channel communications use.
  • Advising 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.
  • Advising the CEO of Ripple, in connection with an SEC investigation of the company, and in an enforcement action brought by the SEC in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Under the leadership of ‘versatile, bright and skilled’ Mark Cohen, Cohen & Gresser LLP covers the full range of matters related to corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense. FCPA, securities fraud, public corruption, and money laundering form as much part of the team’s expertise as antitrust enforcement and market manipulation. Due to the firm’s global footprint, the practice is also well-equipped to handle cases spanning multiple jurisdictions, particularly in relation to the deep bench of white-collar lawyers based in London. Cohen is reputed for his focus on internal investigations and regulatory enforcement, while Jason Brown specializes in securities fraud, employment discrimination, and data security, amongst others. Having represented corporates and individuals in federal criminal trials alongside appeals, Christian Everdell is another key member of the group. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cohen


‘The Cohen & Gresser team has outstanding lawyers who are totally dedicated to their clients.’

Mark Cohen is a superb lawyer. He is very versatile, bright and skilled. When necessary, he can take cases to trial and win.’

Key clients

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP acts for clients in white-collar matters relating to issues of fraud, bribery, and corruption, where it is regularly opposite regulatory authorities such as the DOJ, SEC, and CFTC. Constituting a team of ‘very able courtroom advocates’, the practice sports in-depth experience in the life sciences and technology sectors. New York-based Andrew Goldstein helms the group and has previously acted as lead prosecutor to special counsel Robert Mueller at the DOJ. The firm has continued the expansion of its team in recent years with the hires of Chicago’s Lindsay Jenkins and Boston-based Zachary Hafer from the DOJ, as well as Shamis Beckley, who was previously at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and joined the firm in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Goldstein

Other key lawyers:

John Hemann; Sonia Nath; Russell Capone; William Schwartz; Lindsay Jenkins; Zachary Hafer; Shamis Beckley


‘Cooley made the impossible come true due to the hard work and dedication of its attorneys.’

‘Personal connections were unbeatable at Cooley and made every difference.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and incredibly attentive.’

‘Danny Grooms is an outstanding lawyer for white collar and gov investigations.’

‘They are very smart and very able courtroom advocates, with excellent judgment and people skills.’

‘William Schwartz – he’s seen it all and “brings down the temperature” in walking through options and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. If there’s path forward, Bill will find it for you.’

‘A deep bench with impressive intellect, credentials, and experience. Most notably, possessed of good judgment — something for which there is no substitute.’

‘William Schwartz and Andrew Goldstein are standout partners.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a 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.
  • Representing the former Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Commanders NFL organization in an investigation conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Oversight and Reform.
  • Represented a former U.S. Congressman in an insider trading investigation led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the SEC relating to insider trading and abusing his role as a corporate consultant to exploit nonpublic information.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

With ‘the broadest possible experience in all facets of government investigations’, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is sought out by corporations, executives, and board of directors for its strengths in crisis management, enforcement actions, and white-collar litigation. Thanks to its offices in New York, London, and Washington DC, the firm is ideally situated to assist multinational clients on cross-border investigations and compliance issues. John Buretta, who handles internal investigations and civil litigation for clients in industries such as banking, communications, and technology, leads the practice. ‘Practiced and polished attorney’ Rachel Skaistis focuses on representing management in the context of investigations, as well as FCPA and False Claims Act matters, amongst others. Evan Chesler and Benjamin Gruenstein are further key practitioners within the group. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Buretta

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Skaistis; Benjamin Gruenstein; David Stuart; Evan Norris


‘Phenomenal team! They are the best out there.’

‘Just a great team. They are the ones you want on your side on bet-the-company matters!’

‘Very experienced, very knowledgeable, and very responsive.’

‘Rachel Skaistis is an practiced and polished attorney. A commercial thinker who analyze and articulates risks without stoking fear.’

‘Evan Norris and John Buretta are top-tier white collar lawyers. They are careful, precise, thoughtful, and brilliants strategic. Would want them in my corner on any complex matter.’

‘The Cravath investigative team is exceptional. They have the broadest possible experience in all facets of government investigations and have the ability to staff matters to account for any conceivable issue that may arise. They have deep knowledge of how the relevant agencies work thereby situating them to provide the best advice to their clients.’

‘Ben Gruenstein is an exceptional attorney and, in my view, should be the first call for any corporation in any investigative matter. He is the total package—a wonderful strategic thinker who is fabulous with clients.’

Key clients

PG&E Corporation

Warner Media, LLC

Special Committee of the Board of Twitter, Inc.

Biogen Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and its parent company, PG&E Corporation through every facet of PG&E’s response to the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires—including multiple investigative, criminal and regulatory dimensions.
  • Representing a Special Committee of the Board of Twitter, Inc. in connection with a shareholder litigation demand letter.
  • Represented Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in a qui tam  action pending in the Southern District of New York, alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute and several state analogues resulting from Novartis’s promotion of the Multiple Sclerosis drug Gilenya through the use of paid speaker programs.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

With a white-collar practice that is reputed for its representation of individuals and corporates alike, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is sought after by international and domestic clients for its strengths in crisis management, internal investigations, and high-profile trials. Under the leadership of New York-based duo Greg Andres and Martine Beamon, the practice handles enforcement actions across the US and globally, supported by the firm’s international offices in major hubs such as Hong Kong and London. Andres combines private sector know-how with previous experience in government positions, while Beamon’s strengths pertain to FCP matters, public corruption, and other fraud-related cases. A number of team changes occurred in 2022: Kenneth Wainstein left the firm alongside Neil MacBride, both departing for government positions. Patrick Sinclair, whose areas of focus include anti-corruption and sanctions, rejoined the New York 0ffice from Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Greg Andres; Martine Beamon

Other key lawyers:

Angela Burgess; Patrick Sinclair

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is as a go-to practice for large corporations and their C-suite executives in white-collar investigation and enforcement matters, where the firm handles topics ranging from corruption and embezzlement to cybersecurity and commodities. Offices in major hubs such as Hong Kong and London further strengthen the practice’s ability to handle multijurisdictional and parallel investigations for multinational clients. In New York, practice head Bruce Yannett is a key contact alongside litigation specialist Lisa Zornberg and Mary Jo White, whose expertise extends to crisis management and internal investigations. Andrew Ceresney, also in New York, is rated for his in-depth experience in assisting corporations and individuals in federal and state government investigations and contested litigation. In March 2022, the practice strengthened its bench with the arrival of San Francisco-based Kristin Snyder, a former Deputy Director of the Division of Examinations at 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


Capital One

Ernst & Young

Goldman Sachs

National Football League

Ripple Labs

Robinhood Financial

Sonoma Academy

Toyota Motor Corp.


Union for Reform Judaism


Wells Fargo

Certain Former Directors and Shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Former head trader at Archegos Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing Robinhood in responding to numerous regulatory inquiries by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, and various state regulators.
  • Representing Ripple, a private technology and payments company developing digital currency payment solutions, in connection with ongoing civil litigation in the Southern District of New York against the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the legal and regulatory status of digital currency XRP.
  • Representing certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc., in defending litigation regarding prescription opioids in numerous fora across the country, including a federal multi-district litigation and actions brought by states attorneys general, and in efforts to negotiate a global settlement in bankruptcy court.

Dechert LLP

With the ability to ‘translate complex legal analysis into practical and actionable advise’, Dechert LLP is a highly reputed outfit for both individual and corporate representation in the white-collar space. Supplementing its domestic expertise with strong offices in major international hubs, the practice is well-equipped to handle cross-border investigations and litigation opposite global regulatory authorities. Former US Attorney David Kelley and trial lawyer David Kistenbroker jointly lead the practice out of New York, where Andrew Levander and Jonathan Streeter are further names to note. Washington DC’s Catherine Botticelli, who regularly advises clients stemming from the financial services sector, provides ‘deep investigative skills and a focused, constructive approach in dealing with regulators‘. On the West Coast, San Francisco-based Hartley West has extensive experience dealing with allegations of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

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


‘The depth of knowledge and experience of the attorneys at Dechert is outstanding because of their focused backgrounds and familiarity with the law and ability to work with regulators to achieve optimal results for clients.’

‘They have deep bench strength in all relevant areas of practice.’

‘Dechert attorneys are extraordinarily knowledgeable, experienced, and are able to translate complex legal analysis into practical and actionable advise.’

‘In particular, Catherine Botticelli of the DC office has great knowledge of the law, deep experience in practice, and the ability to achieve outcomes in the client’s best interests, providing deep investigative skills and a focused, constructive approach in dealing with regulators.’

‘Knowledgeable and a deep bench.’

‘They have a good lawyer in San Francisco in Hartley West.’

‘Hartley West is a solid lawyer. Former federal prosecutor. Strong advocate.’

‘Anthony Kelly and John Streeter have significant professional experiences prior to joining Dechert that makes their legal guidance more valuable and less theoretical.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

JP Morgan

Energy Harbor

Melvin Capital

Interactive Brokers

A Latin America-based cryptocurrency exchange

Michael Steinhardt

CEO of OZY Media, Inc.

Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Allianz Global Investors

Cooperating Executive of Medical Technology Firm

Former executives of Juul Labs, Inc.

An executive of ZTE (TX)

Various employees and executives of Hino Manufacturing

Work highlights

  • Assisting JPMorgan in formulating legal strategy and overseeing negotiations with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) when they faced investigations by these two regulatory bodies for failing to track work-related communication on employees’ personal cell phones and email.
  • Secured a settlement with the New York District Attorney’s Office (DANY) on behalf of an antiquities collectorafter facing an investigation which focused on the provenance of certain pieces in his collection of 1,000+ antiquities and involved 12 jurisdictions.
  • Representing the CEO of OZY Media, Inc. in connection with investigations initiated by the EDNY and SEC relating to a New York Times article that detailed OZY’s COO allegedly impersonating a YouTube employee in a meeting with Goldman Sachs.


Under the leadership of former US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Stephen Hill, who is based in Kansas City, Dentons white-collar and government investigations practice represents corporate clients from a variety of sectors in their criminal, civil, and regulatory needs. Also in Kansas City, Lisa Krigsten sports extensive litigation experience and is regularly sought out for her advocacy in bet-the-company matters. Phoenix-based Paul Charlton is well versed in white-collar matters and Native American law. Sarah Holzschuh left the firm for an in-house position in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Krigsten; Paul Charlton


The people are the ones who make this practice – they are pleasant to work with and despite the seriousness of what they are engaged to work on they do so with a high degree of common sense and a tint of much-needed humor when appropriate.’

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance

The white-collar practice at Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance is hailed as a ‘great team of professionals with great knowledge in their field’. The group is reputed for advising Latin American clients in internal investigations and government enforcement proceedings. The ‘technically extraordinary’ Michael Diaz leads team jointly with litigator Robert Targ, whose experience extends to health care fraud, money laundering, and matters pertaining to asset seizures and forfeitures. Javier Coronado is well-versed in conducting parallel investigations and has proven expertise dealing with cases of money laundering and sanctions violations. All mentioned attorneys are based in Miami.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz; Robert Targ

Other key lawyers:

Richard WiedisGreg AhlgrenJuan VargasMarta Colomar-Garcia; Javier Coronado


‘They have a great team of professionals with great knowledge in their field.’

‘The team is brilliant, so focused on details and very proactive.’

‘Michael Diaz: technically extraordinary.’

‘Javier Coronado: very skillful, fast and intelligent.

‘The firm is flexible, laser-sharp focused on the task at hand, a huge difference compared to “blue chip” firms that drag their feet and seem to live on their reputations. This firm is focused on winning and cutting to the chase quickly.’

Key clients

La Liga de Beisbol de Venezuela

Suppliex Inc. and its principal


Work highlights

  • Representing the former Treasurer of Venezuela, who was recently released from a 10-year prison sentence, in defense of the U.S. government’s continued efforts to secure and forfeit assets and monies from third parties.
  • Representing a Guatemalan congressman sanctioned by OFAC under the Global Magnitsky Act, in conducting legal efforts for OFAC to reconsider the designation of the client on the List of Specially Designated Nationals.
  • Representing the Venezuelan non-profit baseball league organization, La Liga de Baseball de Venezuela, regarding a grand jury subpoena for records and documents relating to monies paid to them by the alleged strawman for Venezuelan President Maduro.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Dealing with all facets of white-collar and regulatory enforcement cases, DLA Piper LLP (US) draws on its ability to supplement its domestic expertise with a vast global network to assist major corporations and individuals in extensive global investigations and enforcement proceedings. Particular areas of note for the practice are False Claims Act matters as well as incidents surrounding cybersecurity. A quartet of attorneys sits at the helm of the team, consisting of Karl Buch and John Hillebrecht in New York, as well as Chicago’s Jonathan King, and Courtney Saleski, who splits her time between Philadelphia and Washington DC. 2022 saw the arrival of a number of new partners to the practice, including former Vinson & Elkins LLP partners Matthew Jacobs and Jessica Heim in San Francisco. Further additions are Boston’s Eric Forni and Michelle Morgan in Wilmington, who held previous positions with the SEC and DOJ, respectively.

Practice head(s):

John Hillebrecht; Courtney Saleski; Jon King; Karl Buch


‘The team was exceptional.’

‘Highly skilled and collaborative approach bringing in partners with specific expertise to provide comprehensive support.’

‘Matt Jacobs and Jessica Heim are both fantastic – they demonstrate care, compassion and dedication to the client.’

‘Matt Jacobs and Jessica Heim, along with their teams, are so effective, insightful, and productive that you are confident you have the best team on your side. They are incredibly user-friendly and instill confidence in executive and board leadership that their findings and advice are well-founded and in the best interests of the company.’

‘Broad knowledge of the area of the law and extensive experience that assisted in providing a roadmap for the matter and great instincts for how things could unfold.’

‘Dealt with sensitive, confidential issues and complex corporate governance issues in a sophisticated, business savvy way that addressed the legal issues and the interplay of personalities. And was able to do so efficiently and in a streamlines manner to conclude the matter in a timeframe that many firms would have taken twice the amount of time.’

‘Matt Jacobs and his team have the reputation of being some of the best lawyers in the U.S. that you never hear about. In my experience, that reputation is warranted. They do thoughtful, exceptional work that shows diligence and creativity.’

‘Deliberate and thorough. High degree of expertise and well staffed.’

Key clients

Cognizant Technologies

Nurture, Inc.

Fiat Chrysler pool of executives

Head of School, Head of Middle School, and Assistant Head of Middle School of Francis Parker School

Work highlights

  • Represented the Audit Committee of Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp. for the entirety of its internal investigation and government investigation defense focused on whether certain payments made in connection with the company’s India operations were made improperly and in possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other applicable laws.
  • Representing an international banker, in the District of Puerto Rico, related to the indictment of the former Governor and Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vásquez Garced.
  • Representing a pool of six executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in connection with a DOJ criminal investigation, a DOJ and EPA civil litigation, and various private class and other actions, all relating to allegedly improper engineering of certain Auxiliary Emission Control Devices.

Fenwick & West LLP

Fenwick & West LLP is well-equipped to handle internal corporate investigations of alleged employee, management misconduct and potential violations of federal and state laws. The team also advises corporations and boards in law enforcement and regulatory inquires and defends corporations and senior executives involved in white collar criminal cases. Christopher Steskal leads the team and is an established practitioner with deep experience in litigating civil and criminal matters, representing audit committees, corporations, and executives in internal investigations before government enforcement agencies. Catherine Kevane and Felix Lee in Silicon Valley are adept in assisting late-stage tech companies in special committee investigations pertaining to bet-the-company issues including founder and scientific fraud. Michael Dicke advises regulated entities such as hedge funds, investment advisers, and private equity firms in investigations and proceedings, while Marie Bafus represents companies, directors and officers in derivative litigation and shareholder class actions. All individuals are mentioned in San Francisco, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Steskal

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Kevane; Felix Lee; Michael Dicke; Marie Bafus


‘The partner we worked with was very strong, and they’re up to date in the latest sensitivities. I thought they were very thorough. They are also very responsive.’

‘Stong SEC Enforcement and Internal Investigations Practices.’

‘Experience with regulators.’

Key clients

HeadSpin, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing HeadSpin and its board of directors and officers, in connection with public DOJ and SEC investigations (and now prosecution) into its financial reporting and representations to investors.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Noted for its ability to manage international investigations for global corporations and financial institutions, the white-collar practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP regularly handles enforcement actions brought domestic and overseas regulatory authorities and enforcement agencies. The group, which takes an interdisciplinary approach and frequently works together with other teams such as litigation and corporate, is led by Adam Siegel and Eric BruceAaron Marcu has significant experience in previous government positions and is noted for his involvement in matters pertaining to corruption and money laundering. Managing partner of the New York office Olivia Radin, counts several Fortune 500 companies among her clients, while Kimberly Zelnick‘s activity includes matters related to cybersecurity and sanctions. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Eric Bruce; Adam Siegel


‘The corporate and white-collar investigations team is very strong, from the partners through the associates. They have terrific international capability for investigations nearly anywhere in the world.’

They are reliable, experts in their fields, and turn out top-notch work product each time.

Key clients

MTN Group

Marriott International


Zurich Insurance Group

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Praised for being ‘capable of turning on a dime in response to changed circumstances’, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a go-to outfit for corporations and individuals when it comes to high-profile investigations and prosecutions. With a team of veteran trial lawyers and former federal prosecutors, the firm is able to handle high-stakes matters across jurisdictions and reputed for its track record in cases relating to financial frauds, market manipulation, anti-corruption violations, and healthcare fraud. Key contacts in New York are practice head Geoffrey Berman, as well as ‘leading strategic and tactical thinker’ Stephen Juris. The New York office was further bolstered in 2022 with the return of Audrey Strauss, who previously served as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and rejoined as senior counsel, as well as the arrival of former Deputy US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Ilan Graff.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Berman

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Reputation, depth of talent, breadth of experience. Capable of turning on a dime in response to changed circumstances.’

‘Stephen Juris is a leading strategic and tactical thinker in complex litigation and regulatory defense. Geoff Berman and Audrey Strauss have unparalleled legitimacy and institutional access.’

Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP

For both corporations and individuals, Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP continues to manage a varied amount of white-collar work and investigations. The team has experience conducting cases ranging from inquiries through trials and appeals in criminal and regulatory enforcement actions. Eric Corngold, who is knowledgeable about financial crime and has specific expertise in antitrust issues, leads the group together with Mary Mulligan, whose practice often encompasses cross-border matters. Mala Ahuja Harker is active at the intersection of white-collar matters and commercial litigation. Ricardo Solano  left the firm for an in-house position in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Eric Corngold; Mary Mulligan

Other key lawyers:

Mala Ahuja Harker; Lawrence Robbins


They did a super job in liaising with prosecution authorities to manage document production and present our interests delicately.’

‘Mary Mulligan and Tim Haggerty are fantastic.’

‘Mary Mulligan and Tim Haggerty are very strong lawyers who dig deep into the details to understand the facts and are very sharp on the law as well.’

‘The firm has a deep bench of experienced lawyers who represent both individuals and corporations in regulatory investigations and actions as well well as complex civil litigation.’

‘Mary Mulligan has terrific judgment and deep experience in the financial markets.’

Eric Corngold is a leading litigator in New York, taking on complex commercial and regulatory matters, and is a fearless advocate for his clients.

‘Mala Ahuja Harker is a very talented attorney who excels at client service.’

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has extensive know-how in a variety of white-collar crime cases, such as those involving sanctions violations, benchmark manipulation, money laundering, and international bribery. The practice is headed by a quartet consisting of Stephanie Brooker in Washington DC, Nicola Hanna  in Los Angeles, San Francisco's Charles Stevens and Joseph Warin in Washington DC, all of whom sports experience in matters ranging from FCPA and FCA issues to crisis management and securities enforcement. In New York, seasoned litigator Reed Brodsky regularly handles internal investigations and enforcement proceedings for a broad range of high-profile corporate and individual clients. In November 2022, Gustav Eyler rejoined the firm in DC, having previously served as Director of the Consumer Protection Branch at the DOJ. Formerly part of the practice leadership, Randy Mastro left the practice in August 2022. At the beginning of 2023, Robert Hur and Joel Cohen left the firm. The firm’s DC office welcomed former US District Judge for the State of Maryland George Hazel to its ranks in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Brooker; Nick Hanna; Chuck Stevens; Joseph Warin

Other key lawyers:

Reed Brodsky; Amanda Aycock; David Burns; George Hazel

Key clients



Marsh McLennan

Kraft Heinz


AT&T/Wisconsin Bell


Mediterranean Shipping Company


Goodwin is knowledgeable of matters pertaining to the private sector, including conducting investigations for corporate boards, their audit committees and special committees. The department also has expertise in the financial, healthcare and pharma sectors, and routinely assists clients throughout the course of government inquiries. The team’s expertise is also frequently coveted by corporations in the full spectrum of enforcement, investigation and white-collar matters. Head of the team Richard Strassberg in New York is adept in FCPA compliance and investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings, and business and financial litigation. Jennifer Chunias in Boston has over twenty years of experience in government and internal investigations, while Grant Fondo in Silicon Valley advises clients on a range of regulatory and contested matters. Boston's Courtney Orazio represents companies and their directors and officers before federal and state regulators, and Kirk Ogrosky in Washington DC is proficient in False Claims Act defense. DC-based Ilene Albala joined the team in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Strassberg

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Chunias; Grant Fondo; Courtney Orazio; Kirk Ogrosky; Ilene Albala


‘First to mind is the depth of expertise in the firm. They know their strengths and show no reluctance to use the talents of other specialists when circumstances warrant. They have no reluctance to pool expertise in search of the best answer for the issue at hand.’

‘Goodwin is a client-focused team who helped our law firm handle a tricky lawsuit against us. They reached an excellent result without unnecessary litigation.’

‘They are real trial lawyers. They know how to put together a case effectively and present facts in a compelling way.’

‘Knowledgeable, practical, and extremely responsive.’

‘Great depth of experience and expertise.’

‘Grant Fondo is an exceptional leader with vast experience and great judgment.’

Courtney Orazio shows poise and tenacity, she is an impressive litigator.’

‘Richard Strassberg is an excellent trial lawyer, and he has a tremendous ability to win over juries. He is a smart strategist and an incredibly hard worker.’

Key clients

Globoforce, Inc.

Alliance Family of Companies

PHH Mortgage Corp., PHH Home Loans, LLC, and Atrium Insurance Corp.

Health Benefit Advocates, Inc.

Former Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

CEO & Owner of a U.S. Healthcare Company

Carlos Kepke, Tax Lawyer

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to consulting company in FCA qui tam lawsuit pending in Los Angeles alleging conspiracy to defraud government and private insurers by causing health care providers to submit incorrect billing codes for “new and unproven” procedures purportedly not covered by Medicare or other insurance.
  • Representing the former Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo Bank in securities litigation and governmental investigations arising from allegations that Wells Fargo opened millions of unauthorized accounts for customers.
  • Representing the former head of sales and marketing at OneTaste in a federal investigation being conducted out of the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, related to allegations of international and national sex trafficking and financial fraud.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP is known for its capabilities in white-collar defense and corporate investigation matters pertaining to the financial and health care sectors, though the firm is also well versed in cryptocurrencies. Sanctions and money laundering, and FCPA constitute further strengths. Washington DC-based Nathan Muyskens and Adam Hoffinger, who is hailed as ‘simply fearless’, jointly lead the team. Former federal prosecutor Kyle Freeny, also in DC, specializes in cross-border financial criminal matters as well as cases involving cryptocurrencies. As part of the firm’s 2022 move to open two new offices in Long Island, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Mark Lesko joined the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Muyskens; Adam Hoffinger

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Freeny; David Miller; Jared Dwyer; Gregory Kehoe; Benjamin Greenberg; William Michael; Mark Lesko


‘Adam Hoffinger has a unique capability with regard to white collar defense – he is simply fearless and conveys that sense to his clients.’

‘Significant interaction and participation by the partners, not just the associates, in understanding the granular details and nuances of the case.’

‘The individuals who represented me were not only effective lawyers, but they demonstrated a down to earth, relatable style that engendered confidence that they truly understood what I was communicating to them and would convert it into an effective defense.’

Key clients

1st Global Capital LLC

Dale Swanberg

Empire Fire & Marine Insurance

Trividia Health, Inc.



1st Global Capital LLC

Empire Fire & Marine Insurance

Trividia Health, Inc.



Work highlights

  • Represented and achieved dismissal of the sole remaining charge against an individual who the U.S. federal government alleged had conspired to funnel bribes from the non-profit National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians to high-level Haitian government officials.
  • Representing OpenSea’s former Head of Product, against wire fraud and money laundering charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented the former President and Chief Financial Officer of Brixmor Property Group, and negotiated with the SEC to dismiss all of its claims against the client.

Hueston Hennigan LLP

Hueston Hennigan LLP is home to extensively experienced practitioners with former backgrounds of the US Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Offices, as well as the White House Counsel’s Office. Managing Partner Brian Hennigan  in Los Angeles has represented a plethora of clients including accountants, business executives, corporations and institutions, in federal and state matters and co-leads the team with John Hueston. Previously a deputy chief in the US Attorney’s Office, Vicki Chou has represented the United States in a plentitude of criminal cases including bank, computer and internet immigration and tax fraud, as well as intellectual property and money laundering. All individuals are mentioned in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

John Hueston; Brian Hennigan

Other key lawyers:

Vicki Chou


‘Hueston Hennigan has the finest lawyers who work tirelessly to find creative and individual solutions for their clients. The lawyers are great in court and their success is a product of skill, hard work, experience and teamwork.’

‘The firm is composed of the very best lawyers in Los Angeles. They have all the support to handle the most sophisticated of cases. They run an extremely professional operation.’

‘I appreciate the amazing experience the lawyers bring to the field, and the great way they can work effectively with others.’

‘They have a deep bench of former top prosecutors whose mastery of the facts and the law and prosecutorial tactics enable them to seize critical courtroom victories laying the groundwork for success at trial from the first meeting to closing argument.’

‘High energy, discipline, and tenacity combined with steel trap minds make Vicki Chou, John Hueston stand out in the white collar bar.’

‘Crisp lock tight analysis and communications skills by John Hueston and Vicki Chou.’

‘John Hueston understands the entire landscape of a case, has a plan but is secure enough and smart enough to deviate when the circumstances call for it. Brian Hennigan has the best judgment and the greatest temperament for a trial lawyer.’

Key clients

Mani Bros.

Live Ventures Incorporated

Southern California Gas Company

Former White House Counsel

Former Deputy White House Counsel

Former CEO of Outcome Health

Former Dean of University of Southern California

Jacoby & Myers

Founder and Managing Director of Black Diamond

CEO of Live Ventures Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Representing Epic Games against a two-pronged attack by the Federal Trade Commission, targeting Epic, for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) as well as violations of FTC regulations regarding unfair and deceptive practices related to online charges and refunds.
  • Representing, Inc. in a potentially blockbuster investigation led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Advising a former White House Counsel in his testimony before the House Jan 6. Committee and, subsequently, before a D.C. federal grand jury, and representing a former Deputy White House Counsel before the same bodies.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Accounting fraud, insider trading, and antitrust violations are among the key areas of focus for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Under the leadership of New York-based Marc Weinstein, the firm is reputed for representing clients stemming from the financial services industry, for whom it conducts internal investigations and acts in grand jury proceedings and criminal trials. Washington DC-based Kevin Carroll regularly advises businesses and individuals in matters relating to FCPA, OFAC compliance, and cyber security.

Practice head(s):

Marc Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Edward Little; Kevin Carroll


‘Hughes Hubbard, through Marc Weinstein, can handle complex international matters.’

‘Marc Weinstein is a solid lawyer.’

Key clients

A medical device manufacturer

Nikola Corporation founder and former executive chairman

Estate of Jeffrey Epstein

Work highlights

  • Representing former Nikola CEO in a high-profile case brought by federal authorities, which have asserted criminal and civil securities fraud charges against the billionaire founder in relation to the startup electric truck maker.
  • Representing a former FIFA official in appellate proceedings in the New York case as well as in related civil proceedings in federal court in Miami.
  • Representing a former executive of Quest Global, in a criminal action brought by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division in the District of Connecticut.

Jones Day

With a significant potion of its white-collar defense work being carried out across jurisdictions, Jones Day remains a go-to outfit for corporations and individuals seeking representation in complex cross-border matters. The firm assists clients with allegations of bribery, tax fraud, and corruption, and sports a deep bench consisting of a host of former federal prosecutors and government officials. In Chicago, practice head Theodore Chung regularly conducts internal investigations and defends business entities and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings. Federal law violations are the central focus of San Diego-based Karen Hewitt‘s practice, while Hank Walther in Washington is noted for his extensive trial experience.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Chung

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hewitt; Hank Walther

Key clients

Concept Schools NFP

Work highlights

  • Representing  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.
  • Representing the CEO of a tech company, who has been indicted by the Department of Justice concerning activities in connection with an offshore trust structure.
  • Representing 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

The corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice at K&L Gates excels in handling international investigations and enforcement proceedings by utilising the company’s presence in many of the world’s major hubs. Strengths in government and internal investigations are complemented by the group’s in-depth sector expertise, including financial services and healthcare, while anti-corruption and anti-bribery also form part of the team’s specializations. Pittsburgh-based Brian Saulnier is particularly well versed in cases relating to corruption and leads the practice jointly with Washington DC’s Stephen Topetzes, who sports deep experience advising both corporate and individual financial services clients. Also in Pittsburgh, former federal prosecutor Thomas Ryan is reputed for his know-how of the healthcare industry.

Practice head(s):

Brian Saulnier; Stephen Topetzes

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Extensive experience and perspective from representing various bodies and positions in similar matters.’

‘Relating well in advising and interviewing all levels of staff.’

Key clients

Westinghouse Electric Company

Sembcorp Marine Limited

Hertel & Brown Physical & Aquatic Therapy, P.C.

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc.

Global Engineering and Construction Company

Kaiser PLLC

Individuals who find themselves amidst politically sensitive white-collar investigations regularly turn to Washington DC-based litigation boutique Kaiser PLLC. The firm counts journalists, members of Congress, and political appointees among its clients and represents them before federal and state courts across the US. Matthew Kaiser sports ‘meticulous attention to detail’, while former federal prosecutor Justin Dillon is experienced in Grand Jury investigations, criminal cases, and appeals. Fraud, bribery, and public corruption form part of Jonathan Jeffress‘ advisory portfolio. Hailed as an ‘exemplar in the legal community’, William Pittard regularly advises clients preparing for congressional hearings or inquiries. All four partners jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kaiser; Justin Dillon; Jonathan Jeffress; William Pittard


‘KaiserDillon is a medium-sized litigation boutique that packs a punch on par with Big Law. Their partners bring immense talents in distinct areas (such as Title IX defense and Congressional representations) and they have built a team of highly skilled and tenacious attorneys with impressive backgrounds and pedigrees.’

‘Matt Kaiser is, quite simply, one of the best lawyers I know. His meticulous attention to detail, deep knowledge of complicated issues involving legal ethics, and his wonderful demeanor make him one of the most sought-after lawyers in the area.

‘William Pittard is another exemplar in the legal community. He brings vast knowledge of the inner workings of the House of Representatives–and Congressional matters generally–and he is an absolute joy to work with.’

‘This firm is great – big firm judgment and work ethic.’

‘Deep experience, high level intellects and writing ability.’

Key clients

U.S. Representative Eric M. Swalwell

Work highlights

  • Representing U.S. Representative Eric M. Swalwell in a lawsuit related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and conspiring with rioters in an attempt to prevent Congress from formalizing Joseph Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
  • Representing the former campaign manager for the late Congressman Matt Takai of Hawaii in an investigation by the Federal Election Committee for violating campaign finance laws.
  • 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

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, a litigation boutique based in New York, has a stellar reputation for advising businesses, boards of directors, and executives in internal and government investigations, as well as enforcement actions, and numerous regulatory concerns. The firm regularly handles matters pertaining to money laundering, antitrust concerns, accounting fraud, as well as securities and commodities fraud. Practice head Sean Hecker is particularly experienced in regard to issues surrounding FCPA and anti-corruption. Former federal prosecutor Jenna Dabbs adds to the team a wealth of trial experience, especially in connection with securities litigation. Marshall Miller  left the firm in June 2022, having been appointed as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the US Department of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Sean Hecker

Other key lawyers:

Jenna Dabbs; Susanne Sachsman Grooms; Mike Ferrara


‘Sean Hecker has assembled an all-star team that is best in class in white collar criminal defense.’

‘Sean Hecker is as good as they come.’

‘Kaplan Hecker has very quickly established itself as one of the best, “go to” white collar boutique firms in NY. They have a very strong bench, led by the star lawyer Sean Hecker and are able to handle complex cases very well, especially representation of individuals under investigation by the government.’

‘Sean Hecker is a superstar. He is smart, has superb judgment, is tenacious and is a great human being. His reputation in the NY legal market is as one of the very best of his generation.’

‘Sean Hecker is a talented lawyer with great people skills. He’s very smart but also practical, and he knows what arguments will land and how to persuade.’

Key clients

Democratic National Committee

Société Générale S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing the former Iconix Brand Group CEO in his re-trial on securities fraud charges, alleging that he inflated Iconix’s revenue by $11 million in 2013 and 2014.
  • Represented a son of the former president of Panama, in a criminal case in the Eastern District of New York involving charges of foreign bribery and money laundering.
  • Representing an individual 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

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is home to extensively experienced practitioners, many of whom have backgrounds in government agencies, and oversees significant criminal and regulatory investigations, for both corporations and individuals. Daniel Fetterman leads the team and is renowned for his white-collar expertise, and he regularly represents domestic and international companies and senior executives in an assortment of internal and criminal investigations. Brian Choi advises boards of directors, companies and individuals who are being investigated by the DOJ and the Securities Exchange Commission, among other regulatory enforcement agencies. Marc Kasowitz routinely acts as national trail counsel in significant commercial litigation in mandates concerning antitrust, banking, corporate governance, and securities. All mentioned individuals are located in New York.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fetterman

Other key lawyers:

Brian Choi; Marc Kasowitz


‘The firm has a deep bench of legal talent for so many complex legal areas.’

‘The talent at the firm is first rate. Dan Fetterman’s knowledge of the SDOM court is extensive. He is also among the best negotiators with whom I have ever worked.

Key clients

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Former owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies

Co-founder of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”)

Co-founder of Aberon Capital Management

Former owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies

Co-founder of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”)

Co-founder of Aberon Capital Management

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Representing Pilgrim’s Pride, one of the nation’s largest chicken producers, in resolving criminal antitrust claims relating to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s high-profile investigation into alleged price fixing in the poultry industry.
  • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals 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.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP, which represents both corporations and private clients, has a dedicated white-collar practice that sits apart from its litigation department, and that is especially renowned for its expertise in serving the financial services, life sciences, energy, automotive, and professional services sectors. Washington DC’s Mark Jensen, whose strengths lie in enforcement actions, investigations, and white-collar litigation, Michael Pauze, a DC-based seasoned trial lawyer, and Andrew Hruska, a New York-based attorney who frequently handles international cases, jointly lead the practice. Also in DC, Wick Sollers is noted for his experience representing clients from the energy, healthcare, and financial services industries. In summer 202, the arrival of powerhouse litigator Randy Mastro from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP further strengthened the team’s New York outfit.

Practice head(s):

Wick Sollers; Andrew Hruska; Michael Pauze

Other key lawyers:

Sally Yates; Mark Jensen; Zachary Fardon; Ethan Davis; Craig Carpenito; Paul Murphy; Greg Scott; Randy Mastro

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

With a deep bench of former senior enforcement officials among its attorneys, Kirkland & Ellis LLP covers the full gamut of corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense. The practice is popular with corporations and their C-suite executives alike, and enjoys a strong market reputation for matters such as securities and futures enforcement, anti-corruption, environmental crimes, and sanctions enforcement. Practice heads Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel split their time between Chicago and Washington DC and are both a popular choice for clients within the financial services sector. In Washington DC, Brigham Cannon‘s strengths lie in FCPA and False Claims Act matters alongside securities law. The firm bolstered its expertise in the first half of 2022 with the arrival of Lindsey Beran and Steve Fahey in Dallas, who both previously served as Assistant US Attorneys for the Northern District of Texas, as well as former Eastern District of New York US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mark Filip; Asheesh Goel

Key clients


The Boeing Company

Chevron Corporation

Credit Suisse

Live Nation

Nikola Motors

Pacific Gas & Electric

Citigroup CEO

Truist CEO

Wells Fargo CEO

Work highlights

  • Represented Credit Suisse in connection with investigations by the SEC, the DOJ, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York regarding alleged fraud related to loan arrangements and related securities transactions for Mozambique state-run companies.
  • Representing Nikola Motors in response to a damaging report issued by activist hedge fund, Hindenburg Research.
  • Representing Boeing in investigations by different U.S. regulators, including the DOJ and SEC, in connection with questions concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.

Kobre & Kim

Litigation boutique Kobre & Kim sports ‘a roster of accomplished and highly capable trial attorneys’ that has both domestic expertise as well as strong international coverage with lawyers based across Latin America, Asia, and EMEA. The firm is known for its cross-border representations and a popular destination for corporate and individual clients. Steven Kobre is active in New York and frequently handles FCPA violations and money laundering matters. Further key names to note in the firm’s Miami office are Evelyn Sheehan and Matthew Menchel, who is ‘especially nimble and effective in court examinations’.

Other key lawyers:

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


‘K&K has a fantastic team of highly qualified trial attorneys. Most White Collar firm practices have lots of people with no courtroom experience, K&K is the exact opposite. Their teams are made up of attorneys who have tried dozens of cases.’

‘Matt Menchel is the best cross-examiner that I’ve ever seen or worked with. Steven Kobra is a fantastic strategist.’

‘The Firm is litigation- and trial-focused, and has a roster of accomplished and highly capable trial attorneys. It also draws strategically on internal litigation-dedicated staff and external experts.’

Key clients

Leading Healthcare Company

A cryptocurrency exchange and its founder

UK liquidators of Dooga Limited (Cubits)

DRW Securities LLC

A global consultant in the Latin American oil and gas industry

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

Joint provisional liquidators of Point Investments, Ltd.

A cryptocurrency exchange and its founder

An IRS whistleblower

Private individual client

A European individual

The owner of a large investment advisory firm

A Russian National and Directory of a Swiss asset management firm

Joint provisional liquidators of Point Investments, Ltd.

A global consultant in the Latin American oil and gas industry

Former executive of entertainment company

Former President & CEO of a leading healthcare company

Work highlights

  • Representing DRW Securities, LLC in two related lawsuits pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with both cases involved allegations of market manipulation in connection with the CBOE Volatility Index.
  • Representing an international business executive, on a multi-jurisdictional investigation and related criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
  • Representing a former precious-metals spot and futures trader at JP Morgan in parallel actions brought by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) into alleged spoofing.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

The team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is made up of seasoned trial lawyers with outstanding expertise defending both individuals and businesses in government investigations and criminal actions, though it is particularly noted for its strong portfolio of corporate clients. In light of its merger with Washington DC-based litigation boutique Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner in 2022, the firm further strengthened its white-collar capabilities.  Paul Schoeman and Dani James co-chair the practice group and are, together with trial lawyer Barry Berke, praised for their capacity to ‘throw themselves between the government and their clients, fighting for justice every step of the way.’ Another key practitioner is Gary Naftalis, who expertise extends to cicil, criminal, and regulatory matters. All named attorneys are based in the firm’s New York office unless stated otherwise. Barry Pollack left the firm in February 2023.


Practice head(s):

Paul Schoeman; Dani James

Other key lawyers:

Barry Berke; Gary Naftalis; Darren Laverne; Michael Martinez


‘Barry Berke, Dani James, and Paul Schoeman throw themselves between the government and their clients, fighting for justice every step of the way.’

‘Excellent lawyers.’

‘Partners Gary Naftalis, Barry Pollack and Barry Berke are excellent practitioners.’

Key clients

Amgen, Inc.

Facebook, Inc.

Goldman Sachs executives

Work highlights

  • Represented Amgen in connection with its dispute with Novartis Pharma in connection with breach of contract and tort claims arising out of the parties’ collaboration to commercialize a migraine drug.
  • Represented Facebook in a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice alleging that it had engaged in discrimination against US workers by failing to consider and hire them for positions that it recruited for as part of the green card process.

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

New York-based litigation boutique Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP assists clients with internal and governmental investigations and regularly defends them before various regulatory bodies. Gabrielle Friedman is ‘particularly adept at working on global cases’ and handles civil and regulatory cases alongside criminal investigations and prosecutions. Securities and commodities fraud, money laundering, public corruption, and election fraud form part of Jillian Berman‘s portfolio, while Helen Gredd has extensive experience advising financial institutions and executives in regulatory and criminal enforcement matters. Michael Gerber departed in April 2023 to become Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the NYPD.

Other key lawyers:

Jillian Berman; Helen Gredd; Frank Wohl; John Siffert; Gabrielle Friedman; Charles Spada


‘Charlie Spada, Helen Gredd, and Jillian Berman are first-rate defense lawyers’

‘LSW is a pre-eminent boutique White Collar NYC practice. A group of well connected and very highly skilled practitioners providing first class advice. A privilege to work with and alongside.’

‘Gabrielle Friedman – very experienced, wise, thoughtful, enthusiastic and open to fresh ideas and strategies or solutions for clients problems. Particularly adept at working on global cases, in particular because she is fluent in German which is a great asset, but more generally her experience in cross border cases means she knows the risks and complexities in dealing with multiple jurisdictions.’

Linklaters LLP

Business leaders, foreign companies and international companies frequently call upon Linklaters LLP’s expertise in cross-border arbitrations, criminal prosecutions, government investigations, and lawsuits. Adam Lurie leads the team and is adept in a diversity of investigations, including those concerning allegations of FCPA violations and corporate fraud. Doug Davison has deep experience in representing individual and corporate clients in an array of regulatory enforcement and compliance matters, including fraud, insider trading, and securities registration. Richard Smith is thoroughly knowledgeable of civil matters such as breach of contracts, business conspiracy, and tortious interference of business relationships fraud. Senior associate Sean Solomon and associate Meredith Riley are also noted. All mentioned individuals are located in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

Doug Davison; Richard Smith; Sean Solomon; Meredith Riley

Key clients

Metro Bank plc

State Street Bank and Trust Co.

Metro Bank PLC

State Street Corp. and State Street Bank and Trust Co.

Construcap CCPS Engenharia e Comércio S.A.

Southern Baptist Convention

Rally Network, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Metro Bank in relation to regulatory investigations being conducted in parallel by the PRA and FCA.
  • Represented State Street Corporation and State Street Bank and Trust Company, a major U.S. financial services and bank holding company, in connection with a European Commission investigation into allegations of manipulation of the European government bond (EGB) market.
  • Represented Construcap, a Brazilian construction company, under investigation by the Inter-American Development for allegations of corrupt and fraudulent practices.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

The white-collar criminal defense and investigations practice at Loeb & Loeb LLP is active in representing both corporates and individuals in cases ranging from securities fraud to money laundering and public or commercial corruption. The team is calibrated to handle domestic and international investigations and government enforcement matters under the leadership of Andrew DeVooght and Jeremy Margolis in Chicago, as well as New York-based Jay Musoff. In Washington DC, former federal prosecutor Tiff Moseley is reputed for her experience in the life sciences sector, where she advises clients on cross-border litigation, compliance, and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Margolis; Jay Musoff; Andrew DeVooght

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Duffy; Tiff Moseley

Key clients

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. and Cura Partners Inc.

FAB Universal and its former CEO and CFO

Former CEO of Environmental Packing Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown represents businesses and individuals in a variety of white-collar issues, and is noted in particular for its expertise in highly regulated areas, including energy, tech, and healthcare. Another area of strength is the financial services industry, where the group often works in cooperation with other relevant practice groups. Chicago’s Greg Deis, Kelly Kramer in Washington DC, and Jason Linder, who is based in DC as well as Los Angeles, form part of the leadership team. Kramer has outstanding expertise matters ranging from False Claims Act trials to tax fraud and money laundering investigations, while Linder and Deis both have a background in government positions as former federal prosecutor and Assistant US Attorney, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Kramer; Greg Deis; Jason Linder


‘The Mayer team combined outstanding legal skills (excellent advocacy and writing) with unmatched interpersonal skills. The lawyers ability to understand both the client and the client’s objectives was critically important to obtaining an excellent outcome in a disputed matter that was in litigation.’

‘Greg Deis and the Mayer team stood out because of the ability to understand the client and offer tailored advice based upon the client’ unique needs.’

Key clients

The Federative Republic of Brazil

Island Industries

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual in post-trial proceedings in a federal criminal trade secrets prosecution, involving questions of first impression regarding the reach of the federal criminal trade secrets statute.
  • Defending a multinational manufacturing company in a DOJ and SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations in China.
  • Representing an individual regarding fraud and money laundering criminal charges against Steve Bannon and others arising out of the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP assists a diversity of clients across an assortment of industries, including healthcare, financial services, education, private equity, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and energy. The practice routinely assists in civil and criminal government investigations and litigation, as well as a spectrum of FCPA and anti-corruption investigations. Steven Scholes in Chicago regularly represents clients before the SEC, state securities regulators, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and numerous stocks, options, and futures exchanges. Laure McLane in Boston advises on parallel civil and criminal investigations pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid billing in addition to government contracts. Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman represents health care providers, pharma and biotech companies in criminal and civil fraud cases. Also in LA, Gordon Greenberg  is renowned for his money laundering expertise and has great experience assisting businesses in crime investigations and trials.


‘Efficient management.’

‘The team has deep expertise and knowledge of health care issues and enforcement risks. They are creative and solutions oriented.’

‘McDermott’s white-collar practice is the go-to firm for all corporate investigations.’

‘The stand-out partners that I have worked with are Laura McLane and Mark Pearlstein. Both are exceptional lawyers, easy to communicate with, and excellent handling complex matters.’

‘Laura McLane is a terrific lawyer. She is on top of every detail in her matters, has a deep understanding of legal developments at issue, and is a fierce advocate for her clients.’

Key clients

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County

Ravago Americas

Baxter International, Inc.

Comprehensive Capital Management

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.

University of Chicago Medical Center


Steward Health Care System LLC

St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center

CleanSlate Centers, Inc.

Universal Health Services, Inc.

H.I.G. Capital, Inc.




GrantThornton International Ltd.


Directors of Exelon Corporation and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd)

Work highlights

  • Conducted an investigation at Baxter International into foreign exchange transactions that affected reported net income and retained earnings by approximately $582 million.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (HTA), relating to various aspects of the personal use of corporate aircraft by HTA’s former CEO.
  • Represented 31 directors of Exelon and ComEd in connection with allegations in a derivative action arising from an alleged bribery scheme orchestrated through Exelon’s subsidiary, ComEd.

McGuireWoods LLP

Sporting a number of former federal prosecutors, the corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice at McGuireWoods LLP acts for clients stemming from a variety of sectors, such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and the government. New York-based Noreen Kelly chairs the group and is particularly well versed in matters relating to securities and financial services. In Washington DC, former Deputy Attorney General for the DOJ George Terwilliger has extensive experience leading cross-border internal investigations, as well as representing individual and corporate clients in criminal litigation and enforcement actions. Another key name to note for his expertise in securities is Jason Cowley in Charlotte, while Richmond’s John Adams is frequently involved at the investigation, litigation, and appeal stages of white-collar matters.

Practice head(s):

Noreen Kelly

Other key lawyers:

George Terwilliger; John Adams; Robert Bittman; Benjamin Hatch; John Moran; Michael Podberesky; Jason Cowley


‘They understand the nuances of our industry make an effort to keep updated on what is happening in the industry so that they function as a trusted legal advisor that is capable of understanding the impacts of their legal analysis on our business.’

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Vitol Inc.

Funding Circle USA, Inc.

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Frontier Communications Corporation

Sheetz, Inc.

Argos USA Corp

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Yahoo, Inc.

Trafigura Trading LLC

The Family of Otto Warmbier

Mark Meadows

Theodore Farnsworth

Work highlights

  • Representing Yahoo Inc. in a breach of trust civil litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Represented former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in connection with an allegation by the U.S. House of Representatives that he was in Contempt of Congress, which the House referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution.
  • Representing the former CEO of Helios & Matheson Analytics, the parent company of movie theatre subscription service MoviePass from December 2017 to January 2020—in two government matters including an SEC enforcement action.


Praised for its ‘tremendous acumen’, Milbank assists clients in all facets of corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, with many of its attorneys having held previous positions with regulatory and enforcement authorities. New York-based George Canellos and Daniel Perry, both experienced trial lawyers, jointly lead the practice alongside Nola Heller, also in New York, who arrived from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in September 2023. Adam Fee, who is active in the firm’s Los Angeles office, is a name to note for cross-border fraud and money laundering matters. Antonia Apps left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

George Canellos; Daniel Perry; Nola Heller

Other key lawyers:

Adam Fee


‘Highly strategic; tremendous acumen.’

‘George Canellos – strategic thinker; has gravitas with regulators; very polished and likeable.’

Key clients

Ginkgo Bioworks Audit Committee

Clover Health Investments, Corp.

Three of the big four accounting firms

Infinity Q

Infinity Q Capital Management Chairman

Work highlights

  • Representing Clover Health Investments, Corp. in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and parallel civil litigation concerning alleged violations of the federal securities laws.
  • Representing EY, PwC and Deloitte in various regulatory investigations and internal reviews concerning auditor independence matters, auditor integrity and ethics standards, and issues relating to audits performed for public and private companies.
  • Represented a former MoviePass executive against an SEC enforcement action against several former MoviePass executives.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered  is extensively well-versed in jury trials, having accomplished a number of victories in both prosecution and defense cases. The department is also uniquely involved in an array of cross-border matters and represents both individuals and corporations in criminal cases and investigations. William Barry assists clients through accounting fraud, foreign bribery, and money laundering, while Andrew Wise represents international companies in anti-corruption investigations, and honest services fraud. Kirby Behre’s practice features activity in bribery, public corruption, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and government contracts while Timothy O’Toole is knowledgeable on the full array of white-collar matters. Lauren Briggerman is an expert in global cartel investigations. All mentioned individuals are located in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

William Barry; Andrew Wise

Other key lawyers:

Kirby Behre; Timothy O’Toole; Lauren Briggerman

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

Home to attorneys with backgrounds in government agencies, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is well-equipped to oversee a spectrum of white-collar cases. New York based Peter Chavkin’s key strengths lie in financial investigations, and he has represented individuals in DOJ, SEC, and States Attorneys General Office investigations on matters including immigration, insider trading, and Medicaid fraud. Eóin Beirne works from Boston and counsels clients on a breadth of matters including health care and wire and mail fraud, as well as violations of the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Cory Flashner is also located in Boston and is an established white collar defense attorney and former federal and state prosecutor who is proficient in anti-money laundering laws and regulations, and securities laws. Randy Jones in San Diego represents clients in the banking, government contracts, and public corruption industries, among others.

Practice head(s):

Peter Chavkin; Eóin Beirne

Other key lawyers:

Cory Flashner; Randy Jones

Key clients

Large Massachusetts-based Healthcare Company

Unnamed Consulting Firm

Work highlights

  • Represented a person in a political corruption investigation related to the figure’s alleged role in a bribery scheme with state lawmakers.
  • Secured a full acquittal on all charges brought against a client who was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, honest services fraud and federal programs bribery.
  • Represented a favorable resolution on a federal criminal case, with charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, and electronic mail fraud.

MoloLamken LLP

A sophisticated litigation boutique with a specialty in defending individuals in investigations and trials, MoloLamken LLP is sought after for its expertise in matters pertaining to securities fraud and insider trading, among others. Founding partner and former prosecutor Steven Molo is based in New York and serves as practice head. Washington DC’s Justin Shur represents board members and senior executives before regulatory authorities such as the DOJ and SEC. Another practitioner of note is Chicago-based Megan Cunniff Church, whose areas of focus extend to cross-border investigations, as well as crisis and risk management.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Other key lawyers:

Justin Shur; Megan Cunniff Church


Key clients

Rani El-Saadi

Special Litigation Committee for Twitter’s Board of Directors

Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of Volkswagen

Christopher Jordan

Mohammed “Moe” Diab, the former Chief Operating Officer of Allied Wallet

Trader 7

Work highlights

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is reputed in the market for its extensive False Claims Act and qui tam work, which the firm handles across a number of jurisdictions for companies and individuals alike. Regulatory inquiries, civil litigation, and criminal investigations brought by enforcement agencies like the DOJ and SEC form part of the group’s portfolio. Seasoned trial lawyer Eric Sitarchuk  in Philadelphia is a go-to attorney for corporations in white-collar matters and leads the practice together with Boston-based Timothy Burke, whose specializations span securities regulatory and litigation matters. The firm further broadened its group with the addition of three former government officials: Justin Weitz and David Plotinsky from the DOJ, as well as Kelly Gibson, who has held varied positions at the SEC, including acting deputy director of the Division of Enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Eric Sitarchuck; Timothy Burke

Other key lawyers:

Susan Resley;Alison Tanchyk; Tinos Diamantatos; Jeffrey Boujoukos; Amy Schuh; Justin Weitz; David Plotinsky; Kelly Gibson


‘Extensive knowledge of SEC practices and personalities both at the local level and in Washington.’

‘Susan Resely. Empathetic, great at managing a team as well as the expectations of the client.’

‘Jeff Boujoukos: Extraordinarily thoughtful at thinking through legal issues in an objective manner.’

Key clients


Teva USA and Cephalon

Rite Aid Hdqts Corp.

Philips Respironics

Paul La Schiazze

Sun Oh

Louie Sanft

Bernard Ross Hansen

Charles Cui

Brian Rice

Delyan Peevski

Tudar Ventures

Dennis Chack

Thom Fischer

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual defendant, Louie Sanft , along with the company Seattle Barrel, in an environmental prosecution brought under the Clean Water Act.
  • Secured a complete defense verdict for Denver-based dialysis company DaVita Inc. in a criminal jury trial alleging that agreements not to solicit employees violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • Representing Teva in national multistate opioids investigations and litigations based on alleged false and misleading marketing of opioid medicines.

Morrison Foerster

With a ‘very deep bench of former government attorneys’, Morrison Foerster stands out for its broad white-collar practice, which includes a number of former high-ranking government officials and federal prosecutors. Among the firm’s areas of expertise are securities fraud, insider trading, and FCPA violations alongside digital currency fraud and antitrust violations. New York-based Carrie Cohen and Ruti Smithline regularly advise clients on cross-border issues and government-facing investigations. In Washington DC, Charles Duross focuses on white-collar criminal matters, while James Koukios is noted for his extensive trial experience. Christine Wong and Craig Martin, both in San Francisco, are further key names. The firm was joined by New York’s Peter Skinner from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in May 2022, who is praised for being ‘adept at Bank Secrecy Act matters’.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Peter Skinner; Edward Imperatore


‘Very deep bench of former government attorneys.’

‘Edward Imperatore is one of the most experienced FCPA and securities prosecutors to come out of the government recently.’

‘Pete Skinner is very adept at Bank Secrecy Act matters.’

‘MoFo has done a fantastic job of recruiting from the top of the DOJ Fraud Section’s litigating units. With leadership from the FCPA and MIMF units, MoFo has successfully captured a real breadth of experience.’

‘James Koukios and Charles Duross are at the very top of the pyramid for anti-corruption matters.’

Key clients


California Attorney General’s Office (CA AG)

Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai


Recology, Inc.

Timothy Thibault

Jean-Paul Van Avermaet

Joe Pientka III

Work highlights

  • Advising the California AG and leading its independent review of DOJ’s public release of confidential personal information for approximately 200,000 individuals contained in a firearm-related database maintained by DOJ.
  • Represented Novartis before DOJ and SEC in connection with an alleged bribery scheme in Greece.
  • Representing Timothy Thibault, recently retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, in connection with investigations being conducted by DOJ’s Office of Inspector General the Office of Special Counsel, and Republican senators and congressmen.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. is based in New York and sports a roster of attorneys which excels at representing individuals, though corporate clients also form a key part of the group’s portfolio. The firm is well regarded in the market for its strengths in internal investigations and white-collar criminal matters, where it handles cases ranging from FCPA violations to securities fraud. Robert Anello leads the team and is noted for his extensive experience defending clients on trial and appellate level. Praised for being ‘tremendous trial lawyers‘, Elkan Abramowitz and Richard Albert regularly handle civil, criminal, and regulatory matters for businesses and their C-suite executives. Catherine Foti sports a diverse practice that includes attorney disciplinary matters alongside employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and fraud.

Practice head(s):

Robert Anello

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Morvillo Abramowitz stands out in a crowded field by having true excellence in every level of their team.’

‘Jeremy Temkin, Catherine Foti, Rich Albert, and Ben Fischer are people I would call in a heartbeat to get trusted legal advice on one of my own matters.’

‘Morvillo Abramowitz has a tremendous and long-standing reputation in white collar criminal defense.’

‘Richard Albert and Elkan Abramowitz are tremendous trial lawyers.’

‘Jeremy Temkin is an authority on criminal tax matters.’

‘The firm issues insightful thought leadership that is timely and practical.’

‘Chris Harwood is a phenomenal lawyer and wonderful to work with, thanks to strong collaboration skills.’

Key clients

Veon Board of Directors

Chamber of the Office of the Governor of New York

Special Committee of Board of Directors of Global Media Company in Connection with FIFA investigation

Founder of Tinkoff Bank

High Profile Gold Trader

CEO of American Media, Inc.

MBE Capital CEO

Jason Kurland

Work highlights

  • Representing the Board of Directors of Veon in connection with a multinational FCPA investigation led by the United States and the Netherlands.
  • Representing the Chief Executive Officer of American Media, Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, in connection with SDNY investigations relating to the Michael Cohen scandal, as well as the Jeff Bezos divorce scandal and allegations related to Saudi Arabia.
  • Representing the founder of Tinkoff Bank, in connection with an indictment filed in the Northern District of California in September 2019, where he was accused of filing a false U.S. income tax return that omitted over $1 billion of mark-to-market gains on Tinkoff Bank shares that he held following the bank’s IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is active in advising clients in investigations and compliance matters as well as in trials. The practice covers a wide range of white-collar issues, such as healthcare kickbacks, financial services fraud, and allegations of bribery and corruption. Bart Daniel, who splits his time between Columbia and Charleston, leads the team jointly with Miami-based Jon Sale, as well as Solomon Wisenberg, who is active in both Washington DC and Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

Bart Daniel; Jon Sale; Solomon Wisenberg


Key clients

Poloniex, LLC

Dr. Brian August

Kyle Cole

Amir Golestan and MICFO LLC

Troy Gregory

Russell Laffitte

Rick Maike

Work highlights

  • Representing the former Palmetto State Bank CEO, Russell Laffitte, against State and Federal court charges alleging financial crimes and misconduct.
  • Represented Kyle Cole in a criminal tax evasion case before the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas (San Antonio Division) in which charges were successfully reduced to a misdemeanor.
  • Represented Brian August, a pain management physician, against charges of illegal distribution of Schedule II narcotics and healthcare fraud – all charges were dismissed.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Offering deep federal and state-level prosecution and defense expertise, the team at Nixon Peabody LLP represents individuals and classes of individuals facing significant civil and criminal investigations and grand jury proceedings, internal investigations, and acting as witnesses in criminal cases, including sensitive matters relating to espionage, regulatory issues, and high-profile harassment and sexual abuse. The team acts against the DOJ, FTC, state attorneys general, and other regulatory authorities, and is able to represent clients in a broad range of industries, including life sciences, higher education, and financial services. Robert Fisher co-leads the Boston-based team, handling high-stakes investigations and litigations at the federal and state level, alongside co-head Hannah Bornstein, a specialist in life sciences and healthcare issues with notable capabilities in FDA and False Claims Act cases. David Vicinanzo is noted for his work on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse, while Brian Kelly is representing multiple defendants in a month-long federal trial arising from the Varsity Blues investigation.

Practice head(s):

Robert Fisher; Hannah Bornstein

Other key lawyers:

Tina Sciocchetti; David Vicinanzo; Dan Deane; Brian Kelly


‘The team at Nixon Peabody does a wonderful job of working together in service of the client. The partners draw from NP resources across the country to get the expert advice needed.’

‘The individuals are highly responsive and easy to work with. They also know our business and operation very well. All on the team are pragmatic while appreciating the importance of the AAA brand and its reputation.’

‘Transparency with clients, and a very pragmatic approach to resolving matters.’

‘Tina Sciocchetti – great combination of subject matter expertise, collaborative style, and pragmatic problem-solving approach.’

‘I worked with the Nixon Peabody white collar practice group, headed by David Vicinanzo, on an economic crime investigation which was described as the biggest case ever in the district. The team is highly skilled, and greatly respected.’

‘I worked primarily with David Vicinanzo. His prior experience as a prosecutor gives him great insight, which as critical to dealing with the Department of Justice. He is a skilled negotiator and a fantastic lawyer. I would call him a superstar. David was assisted by Dan Deane. They complemented each other perfectly, and Dan himself, because of his legal talent, is an upcoming star.’

Key clients

Roughly 800 individual plaintiffs in suit adverse to parties represented by the NH DOJ Office of the Attorney General

Work highlights

  • Represented the Department of Justice to dismiss all charges against a MIT Professor, currently in one of America’s most prominent counterintelligence cases. The dismissal of this matter was one of the factors that led to the termination of the China Initiative.
  • Representing multiple individuals in the “Varsity Blues” DOJ prosecution.
  • Representation of approximately 800 individual plaintiffs in lawsuits against the State of New Hampshire and its youth detention facilities, which have been targets of criminal investigations into allegations of physical and sexual abuse by more than 150 staffers between 1963 and 2018.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for its work in government and internal investigations for both individuals and corporations, where it covers a broad range of issues including accounting fraud, environmental enforcement, and health care fraud. Working closely with other teams within the firm, such as antitrust, the practice’s capabilities also extend to parallel enforcement actions and litigation. Washington DC’s Michael Dreeben, known for his extensive in arguing white-collar cases in front of the Supreme Court, heads the practice together with veteran trial lawyer Steven Olson. Laurel Loomis Rimon and Nicole Argentieri left the firm in 2022, with the latter joining the DOJ as Chief of Staff to the Criminal Division.

Practice head(s):

Steven Olson; Michael Dreeben

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bookin; Lee Blalack; Howard Heiss; Jeff Gordon; David Harbach

Work highlights

  • Secured an acquittal by jury for Tom Barrack, former Executive Chairman and CEO of Colony, in a federal criminal case that charged Barrack with acting as an undisclosed foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), obstruction of justice, and making false statements during an interview with the FBI in June 2019.
  • Representing the former CEO of diversified construction company Granite Construction in connection with an SEC investigation and related securities litigation following an audit committee investigation into accounting practices.
  • Representing the NBA Portland Trail Blazers in an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct at the team’s practice facility.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, market abuse as well as securities and bank fraud matters in the financial sector form the core of the firm’s white-collar and corporate investigations work. The firm recently merged with Buckley LLP at the beginning of 2023, thus adding a practice group to its ranks which is highly reputed in advising individuals on white-collar matters. Acting on behalf of both corporates and individuals, the practice is also reputed for its FCPA expertise across jurisdictions; this focus is mirrored by Joseph Walker, who is based in Washington DC and a key point of contact for a number of financial services institutions and global businesses. Former federal prosecutor Amy Walsh is skilled in advising clients on matters such as international trade sanctions violations and securities fraud out of the firm’s New York office. Another name to note that joined the firm as part of the merger is David Krakoff in DC. Former chair of the group Robert Stern left the firm in 2022.

Other key lawyers:

David Krakoff; Joseph Walker; Amy Walsh


‘The Orrick team takes a business approach to matters and works well as in integrated team with in-house staff.’

‘Great legal team.’

Key clients

Zimmer Biomet

Sunny Balwani (Theranos)

Stephen Buyer

Michael Curtler

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

Gregoire Tournant

Donald R. Schneider

John Holland

Justin W. Keener d/b/a JMJ Financial

Anthony Stimler

Charles Keiser

Work highlights

  • Representing Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, former Theranos President and COO in federal prosecutions and a related SEC case.
  • 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.
  • Representing Gregoire Tournant, the former Chief Investment Officer and head of Allianz’s largest hedge fund strategy in the U.S., who was indicted in May 2022 by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on allegations of securities fraud in what the government has called a $6 billion scheme

Paul Hastings LLP

‘The reference law firm in this area’, Paul Hastings LLP is calibrated to advise corporations and individuals on a broad spectrum of white-collar matters ranging from FCPA and anti-corruption to securities enforcement and global trade controls. The team acts in investigations and trials brought by authorities such as the DOJ, SEC and CFTC across sectors and jurisdictions. As a former federal prosecutor, Washington DC-based practice head Kwame Manley sports extensive experience in FCPA matters as well as OFAC enforcement and compliance. ‘Legend’ Robert Luskin is a go-to name for multi-jurisdictional settlements and FCPA matters. In New York, Gary Giampetruzzi combines white-collar knowledge with in-depth know-how pertaining to the life sciences sector. In 2022, Kenneth Breen and Phara Guberman left the practice, while Bradley Bondi joined from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in March 2023.


Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Other key lawyers:

Gary Giampetruzzi; Robert Luskin; Matthew Herrington; Jane Yoon Nathaniel Edmonds


‘Dynamic, confident and deeply experienced – they are the reference law firm in this area. When the best people leave government service, this is the firm they want to join.’

‘Bob Luskin is a legend in his own time – he sets the standard all others must follow. Nathaniel Edmonds seems to have limitless capacity and is a steady hand on the tiller.’

‘I have worked with many teams at Paul Hastings over the past five years and am impressed with the consistency that they bring to each engagement. I think that they are very client centric – looking at what the client needs to address, sets realistic expectations regarding timing, outcome and costs, and demonstrate strong communication skills in keeping client appraised on progress.’

Key clients


Credit Suisse


Braskem S.A.



Stephen Wynn

Trident Mortgage Company; HomeServices of America Inc.

James Continenza

Sepehr Sarshar

Rio Tinto


Credit Suisse


Braskem S.A.



Stephen Wynn

Trident Mortgage Company; HomeServices of America Inc.

James Continenza

Sepehr Sarshar

Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Representing ABB in obtaining a coordinated global resolution, potentially including authorities in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States related to a project in South Africa, which triggered a local criminal and civil inquiry and parallel investigations in other jurisdictions.
  • Represented Steve Wynn and secured a dismissal of a DOJ lawsuit claiming Mr. Wynn improperly lobbied the Trump administration without disclosing his status as a foreign agent on behalf of Beijing.
  • Representing Trident Mortgage Company, its affiliated real estate brokerage, and its parent company (HomeServices of America Inc.) in federal investigations by the CFPB and DOJ and three parallel state investigations by the Attorneys General of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, alleging that the lender engaged in illegal redlining in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and implementing Regulation B, and numerous state anti-discrimination laws.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

With a deep bench that includes many former federal prosecutors, DOJ and SEC lawyers, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP deals with all facets of white-collar and regulatory enforcement cases. Parallel regulatory and civil proceedings form part of the practice’s portfolio alongside internal and governmental investigations, with matters pertaining to allegations including insider trading, financial fraud, and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Hailed as ‘extremely experienced in both government agency and in house practice realities‘, the team excels at representing corporations and individuals in cross-border and domestic contexts. Key names in the team include Brad Karp, who is a popular choice for Fortune 500 clients; financial services specialist Jessica Carey; seasoned Washington DC-based trial lawyer Kenneth Gallo; and Theodore Wells, whose strengths lie in matters such as SEC investigations, environmental issues and healthcare fraud. Lorin Reisner and San Francisco’s Melinda Haag are also noted for their experience in white-collar criminal matters and litigation. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Finzi; Melinda Haag; Lorin Reisner; Ted Wells; Rich Tarlowe

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Finzi; Lorin Reisner; Richard Tarlowe; Harris Fischman; Roberto Gonzalez; Loretta Lynch; Mark Mendelsohn; Jeannie Rhee; Walter Brown; Melinda Haag; Randy Luskey ; Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Kenneth Gallo; Theodore Wells



‘The team is extremely experienced in both government agency and in house practice realities.’

‘Very thoughtful and pragmatic. We don’t feel like we are getting academic answers. The team takes the time to identify and develop reasonable objectives.’

‘Very experienced; very high quality; highly professional.’

‘Jeannie Rhee is smart, talented and singularly focused on solving her clients problems with impressive drive and focus. I especially value her ability to cut through the noise to get to the heart of the matter and offer real guidance on how to get the outcomes you desire.’

‘The Paul Weiss Team has been excellent to work with. They are very thorough and make it a point to really understand the inner workings of our business.’

‘Paul Weiss is our go-to firm for complex litigation. They actively litigate cases, move the ball forward, and are open to robust discussion about strategy with in-house counsel.’

‘Randy Luskey – Very personable and an excellent communicator.’

Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie LLP assists clients with the full lifecycle of investigative and enforcement proceedings, where the firm advises on both corporate and individual level. David Massey and Phoenix-based  Jean-Jacques Cabou jointly lead the team, with former practice head Caryn Trombino having departed for the SEC in August 2022. Shari Brandt is ‘knowledgeable about derivatives trading’ and fields in-depth experience representing clients before key regulatory authorities such as the CTFTC and SEC. Financial institutions, public companies, professionals, and corporate directors regularly turn to Lee Richards for his expertise in securities enforcement and white-collar criminal defense. All attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

David Massey; Jean-Jacques Cabou

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very experienced in key, relevant areas. They operate in a collaborative way with clients and co-counsel.’

‘Flexible thinkers, able to respond to complex situations.’

Key clients

Large Global Broker-Dealer

ICAP plc, ICAP Europe Limited

LBRY, Inc.

Torneos y Competencias S.A.

MD Labs

BIT Intelligence, LLC and BIT Intelligence LTD

Operation Underground Railroad

Pierre Girgis

Dr. Craig Landau, President and CEO of Purdue Pharma

Judge Ryan Kamada

Damien LaPlante

Former Senior Executives of Goldman Sachs

Frank Dinucci

Work highlights

  • Representing a large global broker-dealer in industry-wide investigations by the SEC and CFTC regarding employees’ use of off-channel communications for business communications in violation of the regulators’ books and records requirements, as well as firm policies and procedures.
  • Representing  Torneos y Competencias S.A. (Torneos)  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.
  • Representing Craig Landau in a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of Colorado against a number of companies and individuals, including Dr. Landau in his position as CEO of Purdue Pharma.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Investigations for major businesses, financial institutions, and senior executives are handled by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s corporate investigations and white-collar defense practise, which is active in both domestic and international matters. Aaron Dyer, who is located in Los Angeles, and William Sullivan, who is based in Washington, DC, jointly helm the group. Former US attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue is noted for his longstanding experience advising clients stemming from both the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

William Sullivan; Aaron Dyer

Other key lawyers:

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


‘This team listens to the client and gives advice that fits the clients’ needs and objectives. The practice is client centric.’

‘Aaron Dyer is an outstanding attorney whose knowledge and experience as an AUSA is invaluable.’

‘They provided excellent advice to a corporate client in a complicated and difficult legal area and succeeded in getting the matter dismissed.’

‘William Sullivan is really strong at marshalling massive amounts of information and distilling it down to themes and talking points.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and full of team players. They are able to efficiently provide sound advice and provide a broad range of scenarios including potential outcomes. The depth of their roster is impressive including a wide range of deep subject matter experts.’

‘Patrick Hovakimian is a trusted partner. He leveraged other subject matter experts on the team who were able to provide great support for the presorted route decided.’

Key clients

Rust Movie Productions

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

Base FX

Parsons Corporation

Robertson’s Ready Mix/Mitsubishi Materials

Adam Rogas

Work highlights

  • Represented Rust Movie Productions LLC in connection with the Rust movie shooting incident.
  • Representing the members of the Board of Trustees of PSERS in a federal grand jury investigation into an allegedly inaccurate report on investment results delivered late last year.
  • Representing Parsons Corporation in a civil False Claims Act (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 $60 million munitions clearing contract in Iraq.

Proskauer Rose LLP

With a deep bench including former prosecutors and enforcement attorneys, the white-collar defense and investigations practice at Proskauer Rose LLP is a popular choice for high-ranking executives and large corporations. The team, which is primarily based in New York, counts securities fraud, FCPA matters, and money laundering among its areas of strength. The practice is led by Dietrich Snell, noted for his extensive experience as a federal prosecutor. Joshua Newville combines white-collar defense and investigations expertise with deep knowledge of the SEC and securities litigation. Associate Lindsey Collins  left the firm in January 2022. Robert Cleary left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Dietrich Snell

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP  remains a go-to firm for corporate and individual clients seeking representation in investigations, enforcement actions, and trials in domestic and international contexts. Alongside its strengths in areas such as FCPA, securities fraud, and antitrust violations, the firm is also well-versed in matters pertaining to cryptocurrencies and health care fraud. The team is led by a quartet consisting of Washington DC’s William Burck and Juan Morillo as well as Sam Williamson and Alex Spiro in New York. On the West Coast, James Asperger advises clients on out of the firm’s Los Angeles office, while San Francisco’s John Potter is well versed in congressional and foreign investigations, among others. Also in Los Angeles, Steven Madison focuses on False Claims Act litigation, civil litigation, and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

William Burck; Juan Morillo; Sam Williamson; Alex Spiro

Other key lawyers:

James Asperger; John Potter; Steven Madison

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

Work highlights

  • Representing 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, 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 and defending Mr. Ancira against threatened additional criminal charges and potential extradition from the United States.
  • Representing Gerard (“Jerry”) Boyle, the founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Correct Care Solutions (“CCS”), in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Reed Smith LLP

With an ability to handle cross-border, multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation, Reed Smith LLP excels in a broad range of issues in the white-collar sphere, including FCPA, trade controls, data security, and securities enforcement. Practice head Michael Lowell is based in Washington DC and represents clients stemming from the financial services, life scenes, as well as defence and aerospace industries, while Pittsburg-based Michelle Mantine is skilled at the intersection of white-collar and antitrust. Former Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California Daniel Ahn joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowell

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Mantine; Daniel Ahn


‘For clients who need a global firm with experts in every area, with the platform and ability to handle cross-border, multi-jurisdictional government investigations, you couldn’t do better than Reed Smith. They are especially strong in FCPA investigations.’

‘Daniel Ahn has strong experience from the Department of Justice, and exceptional judgment.’

‘The strength of Reed Smith is deep domain expertise. They are a top tier firm but bring a real understanding of industry sectors and related issues.’

Ropes & Gray LLP

Praised for its ‘incredibly strong bench’ consisting of several former federal prosecutors and enforcement lawyers, Ropes & Gray LLP spans the whole gamut of corporate investigations and white-collar criminal matters. Cross-border capabilities and a strong domestic network allow the firm to assist companies and individuals in high-profile, ranging from FCA and qui tam litigation to export control issues and public corruption. The practice is chaired by a trio of practitioners: Chicago’s Laura Hoey, John Bueker in Boston, and Gregg Weiner in New York.  ‘All-around superstar’ Alexandre Rene in Washington DC is reputed for his know-how of the oil and gas, aerospace, and life sciences sectors, while New York-based Michael McGovern regularly represents clients in bet-the-company litigation, oftentimes opposite enforcement authorities such as the DOJ, SEC, and CFTC.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hoey; John Bueker; Gregg Weiner

Other key lawyers:

Brien O’Connor; Christopher Conniff; Michael McGovern; Alexandre Rene; Brian Blais; Ryan Rohlfsen


‘Ropes & Gray brings an incredibly strong bench to its work on behalf of clients. They are able to leverage a deep healthcare regulatory bench, appellate advocates, and tax expertise to complement advocates who are skilled with negotiating with the government, in the courtroom, and with senior executives.’

‘They offer a powerful combination of deep industry expertise, meaningful/credible relationships with regulators and sharp strategic approaches to problem-solving.’

‘Ropes has excellent practitioners covering most high-risk jurisdictions with strong local teams.’

‘Ryan Rohlfsen is a standout on the Ropes roster. He is diligent and protective of clients, indefatigable, strongly commercial, and able to maintain good working relationships with the government and other counsel. Just a great attorney.’

‘The team is highly experienced, including former senior federal prosecutors with direct subject matter expertise in the relevant areas (e.g., enforcement activities against life sciences companies).’

‘They have several experienced team members, including Ryan Rohlfsen and Alex Rene.’

‘Ryan Rohlfsen understands how compliance and business have to work together.’

‘Alex Rene is an all-around superstar.’

Key clients

Modernizing Medicine

Avianca Holdings, S.A., and certain affiliates and subsidiaries (together, “Avianca”)

Former Louisiana State University Head Basketball Coach: Will Wade

Former Deutsche Bank precious metals trader: Cedric Chanu

Former Credit Suisse Banker: Detelina Subeva

Work highlights

  • Representing Modernizing Medicine, in a FCA and AKS investigation conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Vermont and DOJ Civil Frauds.
  • Representing Will Wade, the former head coach of the LSU men’s basketball team, in a DOJ inquiry regarding NCAA recruiting practices.
  • Representing s a former Deutsche Bank precious metals trader, Cedric Chanu, who was charged in January 2018 in the Northern District of Illinois with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution and ten substantive counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution based on alleged spoofing in the precious metals market between 2008 and 2013.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has a strong reputation in the market for representing alternative investment funds in the white-collar space, counting a number of financial institutions and broker-dealers among its clients. Insider trading, cryptocurrencies, and public company investigations form part of the firm’s advisory portfolio. New York’s Douglas Koff and Craig Warkol lead the practice alongside a Washington DC-based duo consisting of Peter White and Charles Clark. Gary Stein  left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Craig Warkol; Peter White; Charles Clark; Douglas Koff

Key clients

Tiger Global Management, LLC

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Ken Ravenell

Under Armour, Inc. former CEO and other executives

Murchinson Ltd., Marc Bistricer and Paul Zogala


Eric Dalius, Saivian LLC and certain affiliated corporate entities

Brook and Seth Taube

Maltese Capital Management and Patriot Financial Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing two hedge funds, regular buyers of large blocks of stock as part of their equity capital markets strategies, that have been subpoenaed in an ongoing investigation into block trading practices on Wall Street.
  • Representing a major UK-headquartered hedge fund in an SEC investigation relating to the freezing of assets of Russian oligarch and former owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich.
  • Representing three hedge funds that have been caught up in a sweeping SEC investigation focused on the use of forward share purchase agreements by special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”).

Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP routinely counsels clients on a spectrum of compliance mandates, often assisting corporate and individual clients on the full array of governmental investigations, parallel litigations and regulatory enforcement matters. The department has also represented investment advisers and funds public companies, and their officers and directors, with an assortment of state investigations. Jaimie Nawaday joined the team in May 2022 and conducts internal investigations for companies, and advises clients on asset forfeiture, Bank Secrecy Act and False Claims Act issues; she co-leads the team alongside Michael Considine, while Jack Yoskowitz  routinely assists individual and institutions in the financial sector with commercial and corporate litigation and regulatory matters. Michael Watling acted as a prosecutor and financial regulator for over 15 years, and has led numerous white-collar investigations; he arrived at the firm with Russell Johnston from King & Spalding LLP in November 2022. Bruce Paulsen is also a name to note.  All names mentioned are located in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Considine; Jaimie Nawaday

Other key lawyers:

Jack Yoskowitz; Michael Watling; Russell Johnston; Bruce Paulsen


‘Depth, solid quality and federal investigations experience.’

‘Mike Considine is a very smart, strategic attorney who also brings great common sense and strong people skills to each matter. He is a great team player who never loses sight of his clients’ best interests.’


Work highlights

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP fields a team that consists of former enforcement attorneys and federal prosecutors. Experienced in financial, securities and antitrust regulation, the practice is well positioned to handle parallel investigations by enforcement agencies and federal regulators including the SEC and DOJ. Trial lawyer Stephen Fishbein and managing partner Adam Hakki, both based in the firm’s New York office, lead the practice jointly with Patrick Robbins in San Francisco, whose areas of focus include foreign corrupt practices, accounting and securities fraud as well as insider trading. Also in New York, John Nathanson represents companies and individuals in internal investigations and civil securities litigation, while Katherine Stoller is a key contact for allegations of financial crime.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Stephen Fishbein; Patrick Robbins

Other key lawyers:

John Nathanson; Katherine Stoller; Christopher LaVigne


‘Strong government experience and practical, business sense.’

‘I work with Adam Schwartz. Adam is very competent, sees the big picture, and has a ton of connections in NY and DC white collar circles.’

‘Kat Stoller is smart and level-headed and gives reliable advice.’

‘They have a very strong securities litigation practice. The firm has a deep bench.’

Key clients


Danske Bank


UniCredit S.p.A.


Amherst Pierpont Securities LLC


VORAGO Technologies


RELX Group

Gemini Trust Company

Christopher Worrall

Brodie Shaw Thomson

Work highlights

  • Advised Citigroup, in a multi-billion dollar RICO and fraud action filed in the U.S. District Court in Miami by dozens of creditors of a now-defunct Mexican oil-services company called Oceanografía, S.A. de C.V. (“OSA”).
  • Representing Danske Bank in criminal and regulatory investigations relating to money laundering and securities fraud allegations, in investigations involving the DOJ, the SEC, and numerous European authorities.
  • Represented Mr. Thomson, the former senior vice president of Armed Forces Services Corporation, who was indicted for honest services fraud and violations of the anti-kickback statute for allegedly taking over $4 million in kickbacks from 2012 through 2016 in connection with DOD contracts.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP fields a white-collar team that consists of a number of former SEC officials and federal prosecutors with extensive experience in securities fraud, FCPA and anti-corruption violations, and investment advisor fraud. The practice is also noted for its strengths in criminal bid rigging and price fixing, and counts Fortune 500 companies as well as its executives among its clients. Lynn Neuner is reputed in the market for her vast trial experience, while Jonathan Youngwood is particularly well versed at the intersection of securities and white-collar criminal defense. Matters pertaining to cryptocurrency and other digital assets form part of Marc Berger‘s portfolio. Nicholas Goldin, whose strengths include enforcement matters and internal investigations, and Washington DC-based former head of the DOJ Fraud Section Jeffrey Knox are further names to note. Brooke Cucinella left the firm for an in-house position in July 2022. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Lynn Neuner; Jonathan Youngwood; Nicholas Goldin; Jeffrey Knox

Key clients




KT Corporation

Special Committee of Kraft Heinz

Special Committee of the Board of WWE

Chief Financial Officer of Cavco

Former senior executive of TransUnion

Work highlights

  • Represented Barclays in a successful resolution of an SEC investigation related to the potential offering of unregistered securities.
  • Representing a special committee of the board of WWE in an internal investigation arising from allegations of workplace-related misconduct by the CEO.
  • Advised Korean telecommunications company KT Corporation in successfully resolving an SEC FCPA investigation.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Apt at dealing with all facets of white-collar and regulatory enforcement cases and equipped with the ability to draw from its global network, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP represents individuals and corporate entities through investigation, trial, and appeal stages before various domestic and international courts and regulatory authorities. Led by Boston-based seasoned litigator James Carroll, whose expertise encompasses securities fraud, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations, the team handles compliance and governance matters alongside litigation. In New York, of Counsel David Zornow is reputed for his experience defending clients in grand jury investigations and criminal trials.

Practice head(s):

James Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Michael; Jack DiCanio; Daniel Michael; David Zornow

Steptoe LLP

Steptoe LLP provides advice to corporations and its senior executives in the white-collar criminal space, where the firm is reputed for its strengths in cross-border investigations and civil litigation. Brian Heberlig and Jason Weinstein co-chair the practice from Washington DC together with Wendy Wysong, who splits her time between DC and Hong Kong. Chris Niewoehner, who also forms part of the leadership team in Chicago, sports ‘strong experience in jury trials and perceptive views in how to develop and present a case’. In New York, Michelle Levin combines white-collar criminal defense expertise with in-depth experience relating to securities and commercial litigation. Seasoned trial lawyer Reid Weingarten, active in New York and DC, is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Brian Heberlig; Chris Niewoehner; Jason Weinstein; Wendy Wysong

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Versatile experience that allows them to transfer knowledge and experience to new cases. Big firm lawyers without feeling like a big firm. Skilled drafters and strategic thinkers.’

‘Chris Niewoehner— Prior experience as an AUSA allows him to bring a unique perspective to civil cases. Strong experience in jury trials and perceptive views in how to develop and present a case.’

Key clients


Sky Global

Dr. Michael Lynch

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros

Mingqing Xiao

Dr. Steven M. Scott

Work highlights

  • Advised iFinex and Tether following investigations by the New York Attorney General’s Office and the CFTC.
  • Representing British tech billionaire and former Autonomy CEO, Dr. Michael Lynch, on charges of inflating the company’s value by over $5 billion before its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard by the Department of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission, and the UK Serious Fraud Office, as well as civil suits.
  • Representing Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), in connection with the “Buffalo Billion” criminal matter which was prosecuted in the Southern District of New York.

Vedder Price

Vedder Price government investigations and white-collar defense practice has a solid track record in representing individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the SEC, DOJ, and other regulatory authorities. The team is led by Chicago-based duo Thomas Cimino and Junaid Zubairi, both of whom act for corporations as well as their executives and board of directors in a broad range of matters including financial and securities fraud. Also in Chicago, former Assistant US Attorney Ryan Hedges is praised for his ‘ability to break down complex accounting processes.’

Practice head(s):

Thomas Cimino; Junaid Zubairi

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Hedges


‘The team is dedicated to the client. When you work with Vedder Price you are treated as human being and you truly feel as though you are part of their team and everyone is pulling together.’

‘Ryan Hedge’s ability to break down complex accounting processes for the jury to understand is unmatched.’

Key clients

Power Solutions International, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC

Emergency Staffing Solutions, Inc. and Hospital Care Consultants, Inc.

Mark Wogsland (Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.)

Zachary Horwitz and 1inMM Capital, LLC

Obaidullah Syed

Matthew Panuwat

Aaron Wise

Ronnie McAda Jr.

Mark Schneider

George Lock Paret

David W. Kraus

Courtney Love

Ian Denholm

Work highlights

  • Representing USBFS in connection with several civil litigation matters stemming from the highly publicized losses sustained by a mutual fund and hedge funds managed by non-client Infinity Q Capital Management.
  • Representing Matthew Panuwat in litigation filed by the SEC in federal court, wherein the SEC has alleged that the client engaged in insider trading under a “shadow trading” theory.
  • Continuing to represent Mark Wogsland, in connection with an ongoing companion civil case brought by the SEC after obtaining a complete defense verdict in federal court on criminal securities fraud charges in 2021.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Counting a number of former DOJ officials and federal prosecutors among its ranks, Vinson & Elkins LLP combines its broad white-collar practice with deep knowledge of regulatory bodies and enforcement authorities. Washington DC-based Michael Dry heads the practice jointly with New York’s Palmina Fava, who is hailed as a ‘fearless, focused advocate’. Also in New York, Christopher Duffy‘s practice spans clients from a wide variety of sectors, including technology and professional sports. Former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Zachary Terwilliger is active in the firm’s DC office and has in-depth experience assisting clients with federal investigations and trials.

Practice head(s):

Michael Dry; Palmina Fava

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Johnston; Christopher Duffy; Zach Terwilliger


‘Integrity and candor. Deliver exceptional work product.’

‘Palmina Fava is a fearless, focused advocate who engages respectfully, with common sense and great acumen as to the situation and personalities involved.’

‘The team appeared to work well together, and in client meetings were organized in their presentations, with appropriate deference to the team lead but others adding information or advice with confidence.’

‘Attention to detail.’

‘The primary team leads were appropriately casual and open with the client in all their interactions, using language that was conversational in order to keep tensions about the matter to a minimum.’

‘Palmina Fava is exceptionally bright, knowledgeable, engaged, energetic, and hands on in every matter.’ 

Key clients

Artyom Khachatryan, Gurgen Khachatryan and WRH, Inc.

Collins Family Entities

Joachim Alexander von der Goltz

Jeff Hastings

Kayleigh McEnaney

Oracle Corporation

MoneyGram International, Inc.

The University of Texas System

Parler LLC

The University of Virginia

TradeZero America, Inc.

Collins American Capital Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was subpoenaed by the Select Committee Investigating the Attack on the Capitol on January 6th.
  • Representing the former chair of the board and chief executive officer of SAExploration Holdings, Inc. in an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and Department of Justice prosecutors from the Southern District of New York.
  • Representing  Armenian businessmen and their U.S.-based company in connection with a forfeiture action by the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Section and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

With a practice that regularly represents high-profile individuals and corporations, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP spans variety of complex white-collar matters such as securities and commodities fraud, environmental crime, and economic sanctions. Domestic and cross-border cases pertaining to the FCA and FCPA are further areas of strength. A trio consisting of New York-based Sarah Coyne and Daniel Stein as well as Washington DC’s Steven Tyrrell helms the group; all three have extensive experience advising clients in investigations and enforcement actions before regulatory bodies. Stein, former Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and previously a partner at Mayer Brown, joined the firm in September 2022. In the same month, Christopher Garcia left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Coyne; Daniel Stein; Steven Tyrrell

Key clients

National Women’s Soccer League Players Association


Vantage Drilling

BTG Pactual

Morgan Stanley

National Women’s Soccer League Players Association


Vantage Drilling

BTG Pactual

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Representing a witness in the DOJ investigation into the origins of the Trump/Russia collusion allegations, who was subsequently sued by former President Trump.
  • Representing the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association in a high-profile investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, abusive coaching and toxic environments around the league.
  • Advising a special committee of the Board of Directors of Aerojet Rocketdyne in an internal investigation into alleged misconduct and governance violations by its chairman.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is frequently sought out for its experience in handling cross-border white-collar cases, where the firm can leverage its extensive international network in order to assist clients who often stem from the consumer products, pharmaceutical, technology, and financial services sectors. Under the leadership of New York-based Scott Hershman, whose expertise spans FCPA and anti-corruption issues alongside cybersecurity and insider trading, the practice is a go-to advisor for Fortune 500 corporates and their C-suite executives. ‘Superb attorney’ Maria Beguiristain in Miami is rated for her skill at the intersection of commercial litigation and white-collar defense, while Boston’s Michael Kendall specializes in matters with a cross-border dimension and the healthcare sector. Former federal prosecutor Joel Cohen joined the firm's New York office in early 2023 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hershman

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kendall; Maria Beguiristain; Joel Cohen


‘The team at White & Case is top-notch. Strong on substance and terrific as co-counsel in complex investigations.’

‘Maria Beguiristain is a strong lawyer and excellent strategist. I would recommend her to our clients without hesitation for the most challenging matters.’

‘In-depth knowledge.’

‘Maria Beguiristain is a superb attorney; has full knowledge of the case and clever points in every intervention.’

Key clients

Brandon Durbin (Bullard)

Falcon Healthcare (Interim)

Peter Mihaylov

William Cox

Laura Howard

Nicolas Arroyo

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Joel Farina (former employee of BBB Industries, Inc.)

Drs. Bryan C. Bruner, Wayne D. Hey, Galen E. Howard, Dan G. McBride, Dennis L. Ortiz, William A. Smith, Jr., and Robert G. Stroud

Edward B. Lyon, IV; Gryphon Management Partners, LP; and CSSF Master Fund, LP

Former CEO and Shareholder of an Austin pain management clinic

Javed Wahab

Dr. Thomas Ferro

Brian Mitchell

Joseph Geromini

Morningstar, Inc.

Miya Water


Grupo CME

Richard Usher

John Wilson

Donna Ackerly

Work highlights

  • Conducted an independent-director-led investigation into whether the ESG raitings products at Morningstar were biased against Isreal.
  • Represented and 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 dismissed all of its proceedings against Mr. Usher.
  • Representing John Wilson in the criminal trial for alleged conduct related to the Department of Justice’s investigation “Operation Varsity Blues.”

Wiley Rein LLP

The Washington DC-based corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice group at Wiley Rein LLP is known for its capabilities representing companies and individuals from a wide range of industries in securities and financial fraud allegations as well as congressional investigations and inquiries. FCA and FCPA matters form further areas of expertise alongside cases brought by the DOJ and SEC. Trial lawyer Ralph Caccia heads the practice and fields a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Matthew Gardner left the firm for an in-house position in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Caccia


‘Very good attorneys with trial and government experience.’

‘Very good attorneys with DOJ and SEC experience. Know how to manage a trial.’

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

Work highlights

  • Defending ManTech inqui tamlitigation filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, concerning alleged violations of the FCA and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), among other things.
  • Advised a medical device manufacturer tapped Wiley in a multi-agency investigation into allegations that its business practices violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and constituted off-label marketing.
  • Representing a corporate executive, replacing his former counsel after he received an SEC Wells Notice in an insider trading case.

Williams & Connolly LLP

A ‘go-to firm for challenging litigation matters’, Williams & Connolly LLP fields a diverse white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice with capabilities on both the corporate and individual side. Based in Washington DC, the group excels in matters relating to the FCPA, anti-kickback statute, securities fraud, and money laundering. David Zinn, whose work often encompasses investigations by regulatory bodies such as the SEC and CTFC, and Tobin Romero, who routinely acts as lead defense counsel for high-profile clients, are joint practice heads. Criminal and civil litigation are handled by Kevin Downey, while Brendan Sullivan is a veteran trial lawyer with experience in areas such as securities, banking, RICO, and license disputes. A number of senior executives of Fortune 25 and Fortune 500 companies trust Lance Wade to represent them in a wide range of investigations and bet-the-company litigation. Emmet Flood is skilled in crisis management, congressional investigations, and liability disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Zinn; Tobin Romero

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Sullivan; Kevin Downey; Emmet Flood


‘Simply the best litigation firm top to bottom in the DC area. Thorough, hard-working and creative. They are formidable in every sense of the word.’

‘They are consistently the go-to firm for challenging litigation matters. They are tenacious, creative and skilled at defending their clients.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Elizabeth Holmes

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead and national counsel for Cardinal Health in opioids matters, including state Attorneys General litigation and investigations, civil litigation, 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 U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of California.
  • Acting as lead trial counsel for a company founder charged in a multi-count federal indictment alleging bribery related offenses.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Clients turn to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s white-collar defense practice for its far-reaching experience in criminal and regulatory matters. Securities, hedge funds, and parallel SEC and DOJ investigations form specific areas of expertise for the group that often works in close collaboration with the firm’s international offices, such as London and Frankfurt. In New York, veteran litigator Randall Jackson and ‘consummate trial lawyerMichael Schachter jointly lead the team with Washington DC-based William Stellmach, whose specializations relate to internal and government investigations, enforcement proceedings, and corporate monitorships. Matters pertaining to securities are a particular area of focus for New York’s Amelia Cottrell. Former practice head Martin Weinstein  left the firm in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Randall Jackson; Michael Schachter; William Stellmach

Other key lawyers:

Amelia Cottrell; Matt Basil 


‘Michael Schachter is the consummate trial lawyer. He is incredibly strategic, smart, connects with juries, and is a great writer. He is always the optimist, which is a very important quality when defending difficult criminal cases.’

Key clients

Thomas Barrack


GWG Holdings, Inc.

Resideo Technologies, Inc.

Vitol, Inc.

CITGO Petroleum Corp.

Baker Hughes

Former Directors of Ariix

Thomas Barrack


GWG Holdings, Inc.

Resideo Technologies, Inc.

Vitol, Inc.

CITGO Petroleum Corp.

Baker Hughes

Former Directors of Ariix

Work highlights

  • Represented and secured a victory in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York for Thomas Barrack, founder of Colony Capital, in a trial alleging illegal foreign lobbying, obstruction of justice and other charges.
  • Selected by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to serve as the monitor for the Bank of Nova Scotia in a novel, dual appointment following a resolution with each agency.


Sporting a team of ‘trial-ready lawyers who think three steps ahead’, WilmerHale merges in-depth white-collar expertise with extensive litigation skills, allowing the firm to advise clients on the full range of related issues, such as internal investigations and government enforcement actions. The firm advises both corporate and individual clients, though it is particularly noted for representing high-profile global companies in white-collar matter and bet-the-company litigation. Working closely with other departments, the practice also excels at matters spanning several practice areas. In New York, Howard Shapiro, Ronald Machen, both of whom have extensive experience in previous government roles, form part of the leadership team together with Kimberly Parker in Washington DC. Further names to note are DC-based William McLucas and New York’s Anjan Sahni. Former co-chair of the practice Stephen Jonas, as well as Robert Mueller, retired.

Practice head(s):

Howard Shapiro; Ronald Machen; Kimberly Parker


‘WilmerHale’s partners are very knowledgeable about FCPA enforcement and provide excellent and practical advice regarding building and maintaining effective anti-bribery compliance programs.’

‘The Wilmer team has great experience with corporate investigations. They were quickly able to understand the pitfalls of the prior investigation and how to highlight the gaps.’

‘The partners in WilmerHale’s corporate investigations practice are extremely knowledgeable about FCPA enforcement and provide practical advice. We regularly consult the firm on a variety of matters.’

‘William McLucas is very strong in dealing with the SEC on enforcement cases.’

‘Anjan Sahni is the most strategic attorney that I have dealt with. He makes very strong arguments and is willing to be forceful with counterparts at SEC and DOJ.’

‘Outstanding judgment; trial-ready lawyers who think three steps ahead.’

‘Anjan Sahni — simply the best of a talented group; tremendous judgment; prescient; calm as a cucumber.’

Key clients

Bank of America

City of Rochester



El Pomar Foundation

Georgetown University

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Glencore International AG

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Newmont Corporation

Oracle Corp.

Tata Consultancy Services

United States Drug Enforcement Administration

University of Colorado Foundation


Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP continues to be a first point of contact for high-profile corporations and their senior executives, who often turn to the firm in matters of cross-border investigations and regulatory defense. New York’s Suzanne Jaffe Bloom acts as global co-chair of the group together with Abbe Lowell, who is active in both the New York and Washington DC office. Jack Knight in Charlotte as well as Chicago-based Steven Grimes are further key contacts and have both previously served as Assistant US Attorneys. Dan Webb, also in Chicago, is noted for his in-depth trial experience which spans civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Hailed as ‘a legal rock star’, Jeffrey Steinfeld is based in Los Angeles and sought out by clients for his know-how in criminal insider trading and securities fraud. Another noteworthy Los Angeles-based practitioner is Angela Machala, who advises corporate and individual clients on investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, and represents them in state and federal litigation. In San Francisco, Pamela Davis is rated for her know-how relating to FCPA and anti-corruption matters.


Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Dan Webb; Pamela Davis; Jeffrey Steinfeld; Reed Stephens; Jonathan Brightbill; Carol Chen


‘The WS team has consistently provided me with the highest possible quality representation throughout the entirety of the period that they have represented me.’

‘Simply stated, Jeffrey Steinfeld’s ability to listen carefully and work closely with his clients to provide keen problem-solving advice in high pressure situations reflects a maturity one would typically expect from attorneys much older than him.’

‘I cannot recommend Jeffrey Steinfeld and his team highly enough to anyone seeking criminal or civil counsel.’

‘Jeffrey Steinfeld is a legal rock star, and anyone seeking serious counsel who is extremely capable in a wide variety of contexts would do well to retain his services.’

‘The firm has a good team of lawyers.’

Key clients

Fox News Network LLC

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco


Work highlights

  • Representing Fox News Network LLC in a litigation brought by Dominion Voting Systems, which is suing Fox News Network, LLC for defamation and US$1.6bn in damages after it aired allegedly false claims about voter fraud following the 2020 election.
  • Representing CMA CGM S.A., and its American subsidiary CMA CGM Americas in defense of plaintiffs’ litigation in Florida under Title III of the Helms Burton Act.
  • Defending Bruce Greene (one of three defendants) in a prosecution brought by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, alleging misappropriation of government funds, grand theft, conspiracy, money laundering, and criminal conflicts of interest.