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Bruce Baird, one of the country’s leading white collar defense and securities enforcement attorneys, recommended by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and others, has successfully avoided, resolved, or fought hundreds of securities, antitrust, international trade controls, and other criminal and regulatory enforcement cases over a 40-year career.

He is a skilled trial lawyer, negotiator, investigator and a trusted advisor to senior management and Boards of Directors faced with government or internal investigations.

  • In February 2017, obtained a sweeping jury verdict for client Efans Trading Corporation against the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office in a landmark federal civil forfeiture case.
  • Obtained withdrawal of charges and satisfactory settlements on behalf of multiple financial institutions in SEC and DOJ investigations.
  • Persuaded DOJ to drop charges or suspend investigations in numerous criminal cartel investigations.
  • Persuaded SEC to end lengthy investigation against a major U.S. exporter of equipment in an FCPA case.
  • Conducted major financial and fraud investigations on behalf of Board Committees and senior management.
  • Representing JPMorgan Chase in an SEC investigation.
  • Representing Jefferies & Company, Inc. in SEC and NASD investigations.
  • Representing the Securities Industry Association on securities enforcement aspects of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation.
  • Representing numerous NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange companies and executives in DOJ and SEC investigations of insider trading and financial fraud and related civil securities actions.
  • Representing U.S. and foreign companies and individuals in criminal antitrust investigations into price fixing and customer allocation.
  • Representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as hospitals and medical practices in DOJ and FDA investigations of kickbacks, false claims and other fraud.
  • Representing foreign and domestic companies in international trade controls and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.
  • Representing government contractors in criminal false claims act cases and associated qui tam cases.
  • Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on criminal enforcement aspects of pending press shield legislation.

Pro Bono

  • Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on pending press shield legislation.
  • Led a team in presenting a prosecutorial misconduct motion in a pending death penalty case.
  • Supervise criminal trials and appeal.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • ABA Section on Criminal Justice White Collar Crime Committee, past Chair of Subcommittee on Securities and Commodities Fraud
  • ABA Section on Litigation Criminal Litigation Committee
  • ABA Section on Business Law Complex Crimes Committee
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Federal Bar Council

Previous Experience

  • Mr. Baird’s experience includes a year as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States and nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Manhattan, where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. In this latter role, he was responsible for all criminal securities cases, including those against Michael Milken and Drexel Burnham Lambert, as described in the book “Den of Thieves” by James B. Stewart.
  • Recognized by The Am Law Litigation Daily as a “Litigator of the Week” (2/23/2017).
  • Named by Chambers USA as a Nationwide Leader in Securities Regulation (2009-2019). 
  • The Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Compliance, and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (2005-2019)
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 US for Antitrust (2014-2017), Securities Litigation (2014-2017), White Collar Criminal Defense (2008-2013).
  • Benchmark Litigation, National Practice Area Star and Local Litigation Star (2020)
  • Recognized by Securities Docket in its inaugural "Enforcement 40" list (2013).
  • Washingtonian, Securities (2013)
  • Endorsed by PLC, Which Lawyer? for White Collar Investigations (USA) (2010-2011).
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2007-2011, 2013-2019)
  • Euromoney, Benchmark: Expert Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, White Collar Litigation Star, National (2013-2016)
  • Expert Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers (2010-2016)
  • Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2013-2016)
  • Global Investigation Review, Who’s Who Legal: Investigations (2013-2017)
  • Who's Who in America, in the East, and in American Law (2007-present)