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Whether in the boardroom or the courtroom, Covington is recognized as a premier white collar firm, with lawyers that possess an unsurpassed depth of expertise in the full range of white collar issues.

Our lawyers have decades of experience with the regulators and enforcement authorities with whom our clients interact, and we have a reservoir of credibility that can be leveraged on behalf of our clients.

With one of the largest white collar practices in the world, we are one of the few firms with lawyers who recently held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Our team includes former senior SEC officials, a former Secretary of Homeland Security, three former heads of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, former federal judges, numerous former federal prosecutors with extensive criminal trial experience, as well as former senior Treasury Department, State Department, and EU officials. Covington also has a deep bench of other highly experienced white collar lawyers who zealously defend clients in any type of white collar case.

White collar litigators in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America

We regularly manage complex matters that involve multiple jurisdictions and regulators, including anti-corruption, cartel, and trade controls matters. With senior members of our white collar, regulatory, industry, privacy/data security, and e-discovery practices on the ground in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, we are uniquely positioned to provide seamless cross-border representation.

Multi-forum litigation and investigations

When legal and regulatory compliance issues arise, they often garner the attention of multiple regulators, enforcement authorities, and private litigants. We have extensive experience handling multi-regulator, multi-forum investigations and litigation, as well as the collateral issues that come along with them.

Our ability to handle all aspects of complex matters—including internal and regulatory investigations, Congressional/Executive branch investigations, prosecutions of companies and their employees, crisis management, False Claims Act and whistleblower claims, and related tort or shareholder litigation—allows for a carefully coordinated and efficient response to corporate crises.

We pride ourselves on handling our cases in a streamlined and cost-effective manner, utilizing our specialized legal and practical knowledge.

Deep industry expertise

Investigations frequently require not only factual development and legal analysis, but also ongoing advice on a range of compliance issues. The lawyers in our white collar practice regularly work with colleagues in the firm’s regulatory, compliance, corporate, and government affairs practices to assist clients on such issues.

With leading regulatory practices in the life sciences, financial institutions, securities, antitrust, CFTC/Dodd-Frank, trade controls, privacy/data security, energy and communications, we are uniquely positioned to offer “one stop shopping” to our clients.

  • The American Lawyer
  • Am Law Litigation Daily recognized Ethan Posner, Matthew Dunn, and Christopher Denig as "Litigators of the Week" (11/8/2019)
  • The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, "Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations (Asia)" (2017)
  • The National Law Journal, "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2013)
  • Law360’s "Practice Group of the Year," White Collar (2020, 2018, 2017, 2011)
  • Eric Carlson was recognized by Global Investigations Review "40 Under 40"
  • Securities Docket recognized Bruce Baird and David Bayless on its inaugural "Enforcement 40" list (2013)
  • Recognized as a Leading Anti-Corruption Practice by Latin Lawyer (2013)
  • The Daily Journal, "Top 20 Under 40" (2012)
  • Am Law Litigation Daily recognized Jean Veta as "Litigator of the Week" (12/20/2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense (2019)
    • Stephen Anthony, Bruce Baird, Lanny Breuer, Steven Fagell, Nancy Kestenbaum, Carolyn Kubota, Aaron Lewis, Mark Lynch, John Nields, Ethan Posner, Michael Scheininger, Dan Shallman, Douglas Sprague, and Alan Vinegrad
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” (2012)
    • David Bayless, Corporate Compliance Law, San Francisco
  • Chambers USA, Firm (DC, CA and NY) - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2019)
    • Stephen Anthony, Lanny Breuer, Steve Fagell, Carolyn Kubota, Nancy Kestenbaum, Mythili Raman, Daniel Shallman, Douglas Sprague, and Alan Vinegrad
  • Chambers USA, Firm (Nationwide) - Securities: Regulation (2019)
    • Bruce Baird and David Kornblau       
  • Chambers USA, Firm (Nationwide) - Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations and Compliance) (2019)
    • Stuart Stock and Jean Veta       
  • Chambers USA, Firm (Nationwide) - FCPA (2019)
    • Lanny Breuer, Steven Fagell, and Don Ridings
  • Chambers Litigation Support, Global Asset Tracing & Recovery (2020)
  • Global Investigations Review 30 (2016-2017)
  • Global Investigations Review 100 (2015)
  • Legal 500 US, White-Collar Criminal Defense (2016)
    • Lanny Breuer, Eric Holder, Nancy Kestenbaum, Ethan Posner, and Mythili Raman       
  • Legal 500 US, Securities (2016)
    • Bruce Baird, Mark Gimbel, Nancy Kestenbaum, David Kornblau, William Phillips, and Robert Wick       
  • Legal 500 US, Financial Services: Litigation (2014)
    • David Kornblau, Jean Veta, and Robert Wick
  • Legal 500 UK, Fraud: Corporate Crime (2016)
    • Corporate Crime - David Lorello
  • Who’s Who Legal 100, Business Crime Defense (2012)
    • Nancy Kestenbaum, John Nields, and Alan Vinegrad
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation (2018)
    • David Bayless       
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense - White Collar (2019)            
    • Stephen Anthony, Bruce Baird, Lanny Breuer, Thomas Barnett, Christopher Denig, Donald Elliott, Steven Fagell, James Garland, Deborah Garza, John Hall, Geoffrey Hobart, Mitch Kamin, Robert Kelner, Nancy Kestenbaum, Fred Levy, Ethan Posner, Mythili Raman, Michael Scheininger, Dan Shallman, Elaine Stone, Jean Veta, Alan Vinegrad, and Sarah Wilson