Lanny A. Breuer is the firm’s Vice Chair and one of the leading trial and white collar defense attorneys in the United States. He specializes in helping clients navigate corporate crises, anti-corruption matters, money laundering investigations, cybercrime incidents, Congressional investigations, and other criminal and civil matters presenting complex regulatory, political, and public relations risks.
Mr. Breuer served from 2009-2013 as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. As one of the longest-serving Criminal Division chiefs in history, Mr. Breuer oversaw nearly 600 lawyers at the center of federal criminal prosecution, policy, and legislation in the United States. In his role as Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Breuer was widely recognized as a national leader on a range of federal law enforcement priorities, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, money laundering, financial fraud, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, and public corruption.
While at the Justice Department, Mr. Breuer spearheaded the publication of the Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which stands as the definitive guidance document from the United States Government regarding its enforcement of the FCPA. Mr. Breuer also oversaw numerous prosecutions that set new benchmarks across a host of enforcement areas, including anti-corruption, money laundering, health care fraud, and cybercrime.
For his work in the Criminal Division, Mr. Breuer ranked sixth on Ethisphere’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics internationally and was recently named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States.
Prior to his service at the Justice Department, Mr. Breuer co-chaired the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. Over nearly 20 years in private practice, Mr. Breuer maintained a wide-ranging practice that included white collar criminal and complex civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, congressional investigations, and antitrust cartel proceedings.
Mr. Breuer is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute.
- Represented the Special Litigation Committee of the Hewlett Packard Board of Directors.
- Represented the former Minister of Atomic Energy for Russian Presidents Yeltsin and Putin in a case alleging theft of tens of millions of dollars.
- Represented many major corporations before Congress, including a leading Internet company in a hearing concerning its foreign business activities, major pharmaceutical companies targeted in oversight investigations, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in a national security investigation, and a large Wall Street firm in the Enron hearings.
- Represented leading telecommunications investors in a billion-dollar False Claims Act lawsuit.
- Represented former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger in an investigation of documents at the National Archives.
- Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2009-2013)
- Special Counsel to President Clinton (1997-1999). Mr. Breuer represented President Clinton and the White House staff in the presidential impeachment hearings and trial, independent counsel investigations, a Justice Department task force investigation, and numerous congressional oversight investigations.
- Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan (1985-1989)
Honors and Rankings
- The National Law Journal, 100 Most Influential Lawyers (2013)
- Sixth on Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics internationally (2012)
- The National Law Journal, named a "Visionary" in the Washington, DC legal community (2010)
- Washingtonian, named one of thirty “Big Guns,” the top lawyers in Washington (2007)
- American Lawyer, Top 45 private lawyers under the age of 45 in the United States (2003)
- Chambers USA, Litigation (2006-2008)
- Legal 500 US, White Collar Criminal Defense (2007-2008)
- Handled one of the longest contested adoption trials in DC Superior Court, and the subsequent appeal.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Barrister
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
- Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, Member
- United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Member (Presidential appointee) (1999-2004), Committee on Conscience, Member (1999-2009)