A law enforcement agent calls to request "a voluntary interview" in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation. A grand jury subpoena is served requiring testimony or the production of records. A search warrant is executed at a home or business location. These are just some examples of events that can instantly imperil individuals and corporations – and that require seasoned white-collar defense counsel to protect your interests.
David H. Laufman brings an uncommon breadth and quality of experience to the defense of individuals and corporations in government enforcement investigations. He understands the perspectives of law enforcement agents and federal prosecutors, having previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney, a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), a senior DOJ official in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and an Associate Independent Counsel.
Consequently, he possesses the expertise to counsel and defend individuals and corporations in all phases of criminal matters, from the earliest stage of an investigation through trial and appellate proceedings. He also represents clients in investigations by Offices of Inspector General and federal regulatory agencies.
When possible, Mr. Laufman seeks to avoid or mitigate criminal charges for his clients by persuading agents and prosecutors, on the basis of facts and law, that their position is unwarranted. When necessary, he is a tenacious and dynamic courtroom advocate who pursues every appropriate strategy and argument to prevail at trial and in other proceedings.
- It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over: Legal Implications of a House Contempt Vote in the "Fast and Furious" Controversy, Huffington Post, June 28, 2012
- For Whom the Law Tolls: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, Ethisphere, Q1, 2012
- Managing Risk and Compliance Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Pharmaceutical Outsourcing, January/February 2010
- Strategies for Avoiding FCPA Liability, Life Science Leader, June 2009
- Doesn't Pay to Bribe Foreign Officials, Connecticut Law Tribune, March 30, 2009 (co-authored with Paul McCurdy)
- When Congress Hauls in Your CEO, Legal Times, March 9, 2009 (co-authored with John Heintz)
- Procurement Rules Are Changing, National Law Journal, March 9, 2009
- Tougher Rules: Mandatory Disclosure Regime Raises Stakes for Government Contractors, National Defense, February 2009
- Litigating Intent in Export Control Prosecutions, The Export Practitioner, January 2009
- Give Justice a Break, Legal Times, August 18, 2008
Related Speaking Engagements
- FCPA Bootcamp, law enforcement training conference sponsored by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC, June 27, 2011 (panelist)
- Handling Import Violations in a New Enforcement Era, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, April 17, 2009 (panelist)
- Climate Change: The New Ethics Compliance and Enforcement Regime for Government Contractors, 27th Annual Government Contract Management Conference, National Contract Management Association, Bethesda, Maryland, November 20, 2008
- The Justice Department's Changing Guidelines on Corporate Prosecution, 2008 Administrative Law Conference, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, American Bar Association, Washington, DC, October 17, 2008
- Maneuvering the Minefield: The New Ethics Compliance and Enforcement Regime Confronting Government Contractors, 2008 Annual Business Ethics and Compliance Conference, Ethics and Compliance Officers' Association, Orlando, Florida, September 24, 2008
- Collision Course: The Coming Struggle Over Cooperation in Corporate Fraud Prosecutions, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New York, New York, January 14, 2009