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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 6TH AVE,
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States

Work Department

White Collar and Corporate Crime; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; State Attorneys General


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


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.


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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong presence in key litigation centres across the US, notably New York, California, and Delaware, and its work spans class actions and other investor litigation asserting claims under the federal securities laws, stockholder derivative litigation, and investigations and enforcement actions by government regulators. The firm is currently acting for a prominent national personal lines insurance company in a putative securities class action pending in the Northern District of Illinois, in which plaintiffs allege that the company misrepresented the reasons for a sudden increase in auto insurance claim frequency between October 2014 and August 2015. John Clarke in New York, who is leading that case, is head of the corporate and securities litigation practice, while James Brogan in Philadelphia leads the litigation and regulatory group. John Hillebrecht and Jeffrey Rotenberg in New York, and Jason Lewis in Dallas also play key roles in the practice.

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

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