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Daniel Suleiman

Daniel Suleiman

Washington +1 202 662 5811 dsuleiman@cov.com Download V-card

Daniel Suleiman represents institutions and individuals in high-stakes white collar and litigation matters. He specializes in criminal and civil government investigations and litigation, internal investigations, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, Congressional investigations, and other matters involving significant criminal and civil risk.

From 2010-2013, Mr. Suleiman served as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, including as Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General. In 2015, he was named one of Washington, DC's "40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under" by the National Law Journal.

  • Co-lead counsel for airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation in connection with criminal investigation by U.S. Department of Justice that resulted in the company’s February 27, 2017 guilty plea to one count of wire fraud.
  • Lead counsel for Asiana Airlines in investigation by National Transportation Safety Board into crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. Mr. Suleiman represented Asiana at the NTSB’s public hearing into the crash and before the agency throughout the investigation.
  • Co-lead counsel for major construction company in parallel criminal and civil investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Lead counsel for nearly $5 billion company in fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Lead counsel for husband and wife nearing indictment by U.S. Department of Justice on various criminal tax fraud charges. Won full declination for both.
  • Lead counsel for individual under indictment for health care fraud by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Lead counsel for former executive of Fortune 100 company under investigation for U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Co-coordinating counsel for major financial institution in a series of investigations by U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
  • Counseling major utility company on revisions to its anti-corruption and compliance policies, and presenting findings to Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Representation of Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard Company in conducting internal investigation.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Representation of Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa in defense against fraud and bribery charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. 
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in international commercial arbitration against high-level insurer.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in declaratory judgment action in North Carolina state court against more than 20 corporate defendants.
  • Representation of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in filing of amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Representation of law school professor in university disciplinary proceeding.

Pro Bono

  • First-chaired multiple felony jury trials in Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland; recently secured mistrial and subsequent dismissal of all charges in felony burglary trial.
  • Lead counsel for inmate challenging conditions of detention in Virginia corrections system. Won reinstatement of Section 1983 Complaint in the Fourth Circuit. 
  • Counsel to plaintiff in Wone v. Price, et al., a $20 million wrongful death suit arising out of the murder of Washington lawyer Robert Wone.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in child custody dispute in D.C. Superior Court.
  • Counsel to English professor in academic disciplinary proceeding.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Columbia Law School Alumni Association of Washington, DC

Previous Experience

Mr. Suleiman returned to Covington in July 2013 after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Lanny A. Breuer. As the third-highest ranking Criminal Division official, Mr. Suleiman helped oversee approximately 600 lawyers and 1,000 employees, and manage an annual budget of approximately $600 million. He advised the Assistant Attorney General on a wide range of federal law enforcement priorities, with particular focus on U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial fraud enforcement. He also worked closely with other department leaders and committees on Capitol Hill, regularly briefing lawmakers on department initiatives in the areas of financial fraud enforcement, Medicare fraud enforcement, and other criminal law policy and prosecution issues. At the Justice Department, Mr. Suleiman co-led a criminal investigation of a major financial institution arising out of a Congressional report on the Wall Street financial crisis. He also gained extensive experience handling Congressional oversight investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, and successfully argued a criminal appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

  • National Law Journal, "DC Rising Star" (2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar "Rising Star" (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)