John Hillebrecht > DLA Piper LLP (US) > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States

Work Department

White Collar and Corporate Crime; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations

Position

Partner; Co-Chair, White Collar, Corporate Crime and Investigations Practice

Career

John M. Hillebrecht is a veteran trial and appellate lawyer with an extensive background in high-profile cases and over 25 years of experience handling complicated criminal and civil litigation and investigations.

Immediately prior to joining DLA Piper in 2010, John served for 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, garnering extensive trial, appellate and supervisory experience.

He has served as lead or sole counsel in more than 20 jury trials and approximately 50 Second Circuit appeals. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, securities class actions, complex commercial litigation, and criminal tax matters.

Education

J.D., Stanford Law School; B.A., Georgetown University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is able to draw on the firm’s global network to handle government investigations and enforcement matters involving multiple jurisdictions. In 2018, the Dallas office was joined by Jason Hopkins and Jason Lewis from Greenberg Traurig LLPJoel Athey joined in Los Angeles from Holland & Knight LLPJeffrey Tsai joined in San Francisco from Alston & Bird LLP and the Chicago office welcomed Matt Hiller from the DOJ. Highlights for Washington DC’s John Rah included assisting Pfizer with the negotiation of a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the DOJ to resolve allegations that donations the client made to independent charity patient assistant programs were improper. In another standout matter, New York’s Karl Buch represented the Audit Committee of Cognizant Technology Solutions, successfully convincing the DOJ to decline charges following an investigation into potential FCPA violations; in a parallel case, he secured a settlement with the SEC in administrative proceedings. Gail Rodgers is engaged by GlaxoSmithKline on a number of government and internal investigations. The team is chaired by Jonathan King in Chicago and John Hillebrecht in New York; Jessica Masella in New York is also a name to note.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has ‘great lawyers who are very strong communicators and have excellent drafting skills‘. John Clarke in New York ‘consistently provides excellent service and is very responsive to client needs‘. Clarke co-chairs the corporate and securities litigation practice with James Mathias in Baltimore. San Diego-based Shirli Fabbri Weiss secured the dismissal of class certification in In re Finisar Corp Sec. Litig., which related to the impact of analyst reports on stock prices. On the SEC enforcement side, the firm has specialists in offices across the US, including Deborah Meshulam in Washington DC and John Hillebrecht in New York. Hillebrecht also led major cases, including three related securities and shareholder class actions in state and federal court for food company Hain Celestial Group, all arising from allegations of a fraudulent channel stuffing scheme. Caryn Schechtman obtained summary judgment on SEC claims against Yorkville Advisors, which alleged fraudulent misrepresentation of the value of hedge fund investments.