1152 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, D.C. 20005
United States of America
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Peter H. White, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, concentrates his practice on representing corporations and executives in criminal and related civil and administrative matters, including grand jury investigations, internal investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings, False Claims Act and qui tam lawsuits, and shareholder class actions. Pete has litigated disputes involving accounting and securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, government program fraud, false claims and statements, antitrust violations, public corruption, tax evasion, insider trading, environmental violations and other claims. A former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia, Pete has served as lead counsel in over 80 federal and local jury trials and many more bench trials.
A recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Pete has performed with comparable skill as a private practitioner. Among the many publications that have recognized him as a leading litigator are: The Best Lawyers in America (corporate compliance law, criminal defense: white collar, and litigation-securities), Chambers USA, Ethisphere: Attorneys Who Matter, The Legal 500 United States, Washington DC Super Lawyers, Washingtonian’s “Washington’s Top Lawyers” (criminal defense, white collar) and The Washington Post (“Their Own Defense,” June 18, 2007). Pete obtained his B.A., with high honors, from University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and on the Management Board of the Virginia Law Review. Upon graduation, he had the distinction of serving as a law clerk to The Honorable Richard L. Williams of the Eastern District of Virginia.
Independent Examiner for European banks that are the targets of a major DOJ investigation.
Lead trial counsel to aerospace and defense company in an ERISA class action claiming more than $1 billion in damages. Settled for less than 5 percent of damages plantiffs had sought. Abbott v. Lockheed Martin Corp., Case No. 06-cv-0701-MJR (S.D. Ill. April 16, 2015).
Lead counsel for physician charged criminally with health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstruction of justice. U.S. v. Bajoghli, Case No. 14-4798 (4th Cir. March 25, 2015) (oral argument).
Lead trial and appellate counsel for chief marketing officer of U.S. Foodservice charged criminally and civilly with securities fraud in the S.D.N.Y. All convictions reversed, U.S. v. Kaiser, 2010 WL 2607140 (2nd Cir., July 1, 2010).
Chief financial officer of mutual funds complex in DOJ investigation and SEC and civil class action litigation, including award of summary judgment in SEC case. SEC v. Daidone, 476 F.Supp.2d 374 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); In re Smith Barney Fund Transfer Agent Litig., No. 05 Civ. 7583, 2007 WL 2809600 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2007), aff’d in part, vacated in part, 595 F.3d 86 (2d Cir. 2010).
Lead trial counsel for former general counsel of insurance company in major DOJ Public Integrity Section prosecution. Acquittal on all counts after jury trial. U.S. v. Beardall, 4:08-cr-00212-DCB (D. Az.).
Chief operating officer of the largest NYSE specialist firm, defeating charges of securities fraud brought by the SEC after trial. Lead trial counsel for all litigating respondents. In the Matter of Finnerty, Admin. Proc. No. 3-11893.
Lead counsel for government contractor involved in providing security for diplomats overseas, including conduct of internal investigations, responding to grand jury subpoenas, negotiations with multiple government agencies, and defense of civil lawsuits. Brady v. Xe Services, et al, Civil Action No. 5:09-CV-00449-BO (EDNC); In re Xe Services Alien Tort Claims Act Litigation, No. 1:09-cv-615, et al (EDVA 2009); U.S. v. Slough, et al, 677 F. Supp. 2d 112 (D.D.C. 2009).
Publicly traded company investigated for government contract fraud in sales to GSA, including conduct of internal investigation, defense of criminal investigation, settlement of False Claims Act lawsuit, and successful defense, through jury verdict, of related contractor/subcontractor suit. C&E Services v. Ashland, 1:2003cv01857 (D.D.C.).
Chief financial officer of publicly traded insurance company in SEC/DOJ accounting fraud investigation.
General counsel of major defense contractor in DOJ investigation of export control violations.
Senior executives of defense contractors in multiple criminal bid-rigging investigations.
Executives of multiple companies involved in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.
Publicly traded medical device manufacturer in investigation of export control violations by the SEC, the DOJ and the Departments of Commerce and Treasury.
Major pulp and paper manufacturer investigated for potential violations of the Clean Air Act.
Large construction company in internal investigation in allegations of government contracts price-fixing.
Multiple student loan fraud investigations, including representation of executives and corporate entities against False Claims Act and government program fraud charges.
Senior executives of international bank and major hedge fund in connection with tax shelter investigations in the S.D.N.Y. and the W.D. Wash.
Managing directors of business development company in parallel SEC and DOJ investigations.
Senior executives of publicly traded company in investigation of alleged criminal immigration violations.
Executives involved in DOJ and SEC investigations of finite reinsurance contracts.
“BHP Billiton Settles with SEC for $25 Million for Providing Foreign Officials with Luxury Travel to Olympics,” SRZ Client Alert, May 21, 2015 (co-author)
“PayPal Settlement Highlights OFAC Risks for Money Services Businesses,” SRZ Client Alert, March 27, 2015 (co-author)
“Sanctions Update: Crimea,” SRZ Client Alert, Feb. 5, 2015 (co-author); republished in Westlaw Journal – Securities Litigation & Regulation, March 5, 2015
“Newman’s Aftermath: District Court Vacates Four Insider Trading Guilty Pleas; Government Seeks Rehearing in Second Circuit,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 27, 2015 (co-author); republished in The Hedge Fund Journal, February/March 2015
“Civil and Criminal Enforcement,” Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book (Practising Law Institute), 2011-2015 (co-author)
SRZ Insider Trading Developments Newsletter, Summer 2014 (contributor)
“But Which State-Owned Entities Are Not Instrumentalities?” Law360, May 23, 2014 (co-author)
“Escalating U.S.–Russia Tensions Lead to New Sanctions, Heightened AML Risks,” SRZ Client Alert, April 4, 2014 (co-author)
“Funds Face New Sanctions, AML Risks in Wake of Escalating U.S.–Russia Tensions,” SRZ Client Alert, April 4, 2014 (co-author)
“SEC Enforcement Division Increases the Pace of Rule 105 Investigations,” SRZ Client Alert, June 28, 2013 (co-author)
“New FCPA Guidance Highlights Importance of Effective Compliance Procedures,” SRZ Client Alert, Nov. 19, 2012 (co-author)
SRZ Insider Trading Developments Newsletter, Summer 2012 (co-author)
“Recent FCPA Developments Highlight Risk of Individual Liability,” Financial Fraud Law Report, March 2012 (co-author)
“Government Launches FCPA Inquiry into Investments by Sovereign Wealth Funds in U.S. Banks and Private Equity Firms,” Financial Fraud Law Report, July/August 2011 (co-author)
“Five Years is Enough for a Civil Penalty Assessment: No ‘Discovery of Violation’ Rule for the SEC under 28 USC. §2642,” Securities Regulation & Law Report, April 23, 2007
“Let’s Make a Deal: Negotiating and Defending Immunity for Targets and Subjects,” The Journal of the ABA Section of Litigation, Fall 2002; reprinted in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 3d. ed. (Foundation Press), 2007; 4th ed. (Foundation Press), 2010
“The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act: Tort Reform for an Endangered Specialty,” Virginia Law Review, 1988
Selected Speaking Engagements
“Insider Trading and Dealing with Reputational and Operational Risk,” HFMWeek US Operational Leaders Summit, June 2014
“Securities Enforcement and Related Civil Litigation,” SRZ 23rd Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2014
“FCPA Issues for Fund Managers,” SRZ 22nd Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2013
“The Foreign Corrupt Practice Act: How Funds Can Mitigate Risks,” SRZ Investment Management Hot Topics, May 2012
“Retaining Counsel, the Search, and Investigating the Case” and “Handling the Search,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers White Collar Criminal Defense College, March 2012
“Recent Developments in US Insider Trading Law and FCPA Enforcement,” SRZ Webinar, February 2012
“Insider Trading: Latest Insights” and “Regulatory and Compliance,” SRZ 21st Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2012
“Best Practices to Prevent Insider Trading,” MFA Regulatory Compliance, November 2011
“Update on UK and US Insider Trading,” SRZ Webinar, November 2011
“AML, FCPA and OFAC: The Intersection of Three Key Risk Areas,” SRZ 20th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2011
“Regulatory Enforcement,” SRZ 19th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, January 2010
“Criminal Accountability for Civilians in the Battle Space: Applying Available Civil Suit Defenses,” ABA Continuing Legal Education, March 2009
“International Corporate Transgressions: A Hypothetical,” DRI Conference, January 2009
“Defining the Boundaries: The Use of Private Contractors in Contingency Operations,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 2008
“Internal Investigations 2007: Legal, Ethical & Strategic Issues,” Practicing Law Institute Seminar, June 2007
“Anti-Terrorism Update,” Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, July 2002
Department of Justice Director’s Award
Law360 2014 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board
Listed as a leading litigator in many publications, including:
- The Best Lawyers in America (corporate compliance law, criminal defense: white collar, and litigation-securities)
- Chambers USA
- Ethisphere: Attorneys Who Matter
- The Legal 500 United States
- Washington DC Super Lawyers
- Washingtonian’s “Washington’s Top Lawyers” (criminal defense, white collar)
- The Washington Post (“Their Own Defense,” June 18, 2007)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1989
- Order of the Coif
- Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review
University of Notre Dame, B.A., with high honors, 1985
Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1992-99
District of Columbia, 1992-97
Eastern District of Virginia, 1997-99
Law Clerk to Hon. Richard L. Williams, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1989-90