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Dan Shallman
Dan Shallman
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Los Angeles +1 424 332 4752 dshallman@cov.com Download V-card

Dan Shallman, a former federal public corruption prosecutor, is an accomplished trial lawyer, investigator, and strategist. Mr. Shallman specializes in representing companies, independent board committees, and senior corporate executives in sensitive government and internal investigations. He is known for his ability to successfully resolve complex civil and criminal matters, including cross-border investigations involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws, the False Claims Act (FCA), and the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Mr. Shallman is a leader of Covington’s west coast White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice and serves as vice chair of Covington’s renowned Global Anti-Corruption Practice Group.

  • Counsel for one of Asia’s leading energy companies in a DOJ cartel investigation of alleged bid rigging and violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Counsel for a military parts manufacturer in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation of alleged failure to comply with MIL-SPEC requirements for testing and qualification.
  • Counsel for the Audit Committee of a global gaming and integrated resort company. Led independent internal investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Macau and Mainland China, and represented the Audit Committee in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • Counsel for former senior executives of a major financial institution in criminal and civil investigations by the DOJ, SEC, and OCC regarding allegedly improper consumer sales practices.
  • Counsel for former senior executives of a major financial institution in a DOJ investigation of alleged fraud in connection with the sale of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Counsel for a global construction and engineering company in conducting internal investigations of potential FCPA violations in Latin America and Korea.
  • Counsel for a global construction and engineering company in a Federal grand jury investigation of alleged violations of U.S. domestic bribery laws.
  • Counsel for a global construction and engineering company in connection with an investigation by World Bank INT into alleged corruption, collusion, and fraud in World Bank funded projects in Asia.
  • Counsel for the Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of a technology company in conducting an independent investigation of alleged self-dealing and improper stock option awards by management.
  • Trial counsel for Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, and Warner Bros. in a high profile copyright infringement trial. Defeated fair use claims and obtained a permanent injunction against the defendant publisher.
  • Obtained declination from DOJ on behalf of a major film company in an investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Africa.
  • Obtained declination from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on behalf of a major sportswear company in an investigation of alleged misleading advertising and obstruction of justice.
  • Obtained declination and secured witness status from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on behalf of a senior California elected official in a federal political corruption investigation.
  • Obtained declination from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on behalf of a Member of Congress in a corruption and fraud investigation. Represented client in House Ethics Committee investigation, which resulted in a complete exoneration.
  • Advised a leading technology company on consumer privacy and data protection issues, and in preparing for and responding to data intrusions.
  • Obtained a highly favorable resolution of a DOJ criminal antitrust investigation on behalf of an international airline in a cartel investigation involving alleged price-fixing of passenger ticket prices and air cargo rates.
  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Shallman led a two-year grand jury investigation into political corruption in Southeast Los Angeles County resulting in a 39-count indictment against the former Mayor of Lynwood and three associates. Following a two-month trial, the jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts, and the lead defendant received one of the longest sentences ever imposed upon a public official for corruption in office (188 months).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee for Southern California, Co-Chair (2014-2016)
  • Legal Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Chair (2011-2013) and Vice-Chair (2009-2010)
  • EMET, the Young Lawyers Division, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Co-Chair and Founder (2007-2008)
  • Geller Leadership Project, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Co-Chair (2006)

Previous Experience

  • Mr. Shallman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles from 1999 to 2007.
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, “Most Influential Lawyers: White Collar and Cyber Crime” (2015) 
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2008-2018)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, “Director’s Award” for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney