"...a terrific lawyer and a very good strategic thinker."
David S. Krakoff
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David S. Krakoff is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of BuckleySandler LLP. Mr. Krakoff counsels corporations and corporate executives in all aspects of criminal and related civil and administrative matters.
With more than 30 years’ experience representing individual and corporate clients in high-stakes criminal and complex civil litigation and enforcement cases throughout the country, Mr. Krakoff’s experience spans a variety of SEC enforcement, grand jury and trial matters, involving accounting fraud, securities, tax, foreign corrupt practices, public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, export control, False Claims Act, trade secrets and environmental matters. Mr. Krakoff’s experience includes federal and state trials, with primary trial responsibility in more than 50 cases. In 2009, he represented a former executive of W.R. Grace & Co. in a lengthy criminal trial in the District of Montana that ended in an acquittal of all charges. In 2011-12, he represented an individual in the FCPA Sting Case criminal trial in the District of Columbia that ended in a hung jury mistrial and the later dismissal of all charges by the Department of Justice.
Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Krakoff was co-leader of the global litigation practice at Mayer Brown. In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Krakoff was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia for 10 years.
Mr. Krakoff is recognized as a leading Litigation lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2012). In their 2012 edition, Chambers reported that Mr. Krakoff “devotes his practice to criminal and civil litigation. Clients describe him as 'a superb lawyer who is very dedicated.'" He was also recognized in Legal 500 as a "great lawyer and great guy." Mr. Krakoff has also earned recognition from Best Lawyers in America in the area of Criminal Defense (2006-2013), Super Lawyers (2007-2013), Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyers (2007), International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2012-2013) and Business Crime Defense Lawyers (2012-2013), and Best Lawyers in Washington (2006-2013).
Mr. Krakoff received his J.D. from Antioch School of Law in 1975 and his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1971.
Represent senior executive and senior employee of BP in civil and criminal investigation related to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
Representation of senior environmental, health, and safety executives in DOJ investigations of potential environmental violations at electroplating facilities and power generation facility.
Representation of foreign and domestic executives in criminal price fixing investigations by DOJ Antitrust into auto parts industry.
DOJ and SEC investigation of allegations of financial reporting fraud of derivatives losses in financial meltdown.
Represented leading highway construction firm in investigations by a variety of state and federal enforcement and regulatory agencies.
Representation of corporate and individual clients in enforcement actions involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Represented fourteen individuals in internal investigation regarding alleged FCPA violations, in response to oil and gas drilling industry probe by DOJ and SEC.
Represented two executives in insider trading investigation by SEC, resulting in Staff's decision not to recommend enforcement action.
Represented international investor in insider trading investigation by SEC, resulting in Staff's decision not to recommend enforcement action.
Representation of former senior executive of Freddie Mac in securities fraud investigation by SEC regarding financial disclosures of mortgage losses, resulting in Staff's decision not to recommend enf... MORE
Represented nine individuals in investment education industry in securities fraud investigation by SEC. The Commission settled Complaints against two clients.
Coordinating response to international enforcement actions subsequent to U.S. enforcement actions.
Represented the former Controller of Fannie Mae in winning the dismissal of, or settling, all investigations and litigation related to the accounting errors alleged in reports by the Company’s r... MORE
Department of Justice investigation and parallel SEC investigation involving allegations of the manipulation of earnings through a Special Purpose Entity (SPE).
Internal investigation responding to Congressional and Treasury Department inquiries of offshore tax shelters.
Representation of over a dozen AOL executives and accounting employees in parallel grand jury, SEC, and class action litigation involving allegations of accounting fraud, resulting in no charges again... MORE
Trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia involving charges of bribery of a government official to obtain a lucrative contract. Client was acquitted of all charges.
Investigation conducted by the Department of Justice of under reporting of revenue to other telecom entities through alleged manipulation of call routing services.
SEC investigation of bank relationship with former bankrupt fund customer accused of defrauding investors; related parallel civil litigation.
Representation of former Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corp., an oil and gas drilling services company, in SEC litigation following investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Nigeria. The SEC file... MORE
Represented John M. Mushriqui in the DOJ’s largest criminal prosecution of individuals in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, following the only modern use by the FBI in an FCPA ca... MORE
Represented W.R. Grace and seven executives in a case that spanned four and a half years and involved two interlocutory appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It culminated in a three-month lo... MORE
Business Crimes Bulletin, September 3, 2012
Business Crimes Bulletin, June 1, 2011
May 11, 2011
Westlaw Expert Commentary Series, January 24, 2011
Business Crimes Bulletin, September 1, 2010
The Lawyer's Brief, February 25, 2010
Litigation 2009, November 2, 2009
Bloomberg Law Reports, September 29, 2008
Business Crimes Bulletin, April 7, 2008
International Financing Review, February 24, 2007
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Main Justice: Just Anti-Corruption, October 18, 2012
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USA Today, May 3, 2012
Corporate Crime Reporter, March 13, 2012
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Law360, January 10, 2012
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Business Insider, March 24, 2011
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Awards & Recognition
- Super Lawyers 2013: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Business Litigation
- Best Lawyers 2013: Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense - White Collar, Securities/Capital Markets Law
- Chambers USA 2010-2012, Band 2, DC Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
- Super Lawyers 2012: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Business Litigation
- Best Lawyers 2012: Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense - White Collar, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Securities
- The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defense Lawyers 2012-2013
- The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012-2013
- Super Lawyers 2011, Criminal Defense: White Collar Attorney
- Best Lawyers 2011, Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense
- Best Lawyers in Washington 2006-2013