Bruce Baird

Bruce A. Baird

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5122



  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1975
    • Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contribution to the School of Law
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1970

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. James L. Oakes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1976-1977

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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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 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.

Representative Matters

  • 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.

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.

Honors and Rankings

  • Named by Chambers USA as a Nationwide Leader in Securities Regulation (2009-2015). 
  • The Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Compliance, and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (2005-2016)
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 US for Antitrust (2014-2015), Securities: Shareholder Litigation (2014-2015), White Collar Criminal Defense (2008-2013).
  • 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, 2014-2015)
  • 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)
  • Who’s Who in the World, in America, in the East, and in American Law (1996-date)

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

Publications and Speeches

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