Philip J. Bezanson works with clients to navigate complicated enforcement, regulatory, compliance, and litigation challenges, as well as matters related to cyber-attacks and cybersecurity preparedness. Phil represents private funds and companies and their senior management as well as individuals in internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, criminal defense, and related civil litigation including matters related to allegations of securities fraud, antitrust violations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental crimes, bribery, insider trading, mail/wire fraud, tax offenses and other business crimes or regulatory violations. He also counsels clients through each step in the defense process, from creating and auditing robust, specifically-tailored compliance programs, to preparing clients and their employees to meet with prosecutors or regulatory agencies, to making decisions on negotiation, settlement, trial and appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Phil was the Managing Partner of the Seattle office of Bracewell LLP.

Admitted in New York and Washington only, practicing under the supervision of Partners of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.


“SEC Proposes Service Provider Oversight Regime for Investment Advisers,” SRZ Alert, Nov. 11, 2022

Securities Enforcement Quarterly, SRZ Publication, November 2022

“The Crypto Winter of Discontent Gets Colder with First of Its Kind Insider Trading Charges, SRZ Alert, Aug. 9, 2022

“Only You Can Prevent Cyber-attacks: How to Spot Fires and Put Them Out,” The Bond Buyer, March 26, 2018

“Government Investigations and Technology: Innovation and Preparation,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, November 17, 2017

"Tech Rally - Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data," Corporate Compliance Insights, March 15, 2017

"How to Minimize Your Company's Legal Exposure From Data Breaches," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 20, 2017

"In Salman, Supreme Court Rejects Higher Evidentiary Burden on Prosecutors in Insider Trading Cases," Inside Counsel, January 9, 2017

"Attorney-Client Privilege in WA No Longer Applies When Employment Ends," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 20, 2016

"Recent Cases Every In-House Counsel Should Know About," Washington State Bar Association, October 28, 2016

"Seven Tips for Preparing Associates for Trial," NWSidebar, September 6, 2016

"Government Reach Does Not Extend to Information Stored Overseas," Corporate Compliance Insights, August 8, 2016

"Avoiding the Pitfalls: Ethical Issues for In-House Lawyers - the GM Ignition Switch Case Study," Washington ACC, July 14, 2016

"DOJ Announces First Declinations After Implementing FCPA Pilot Program," Corporate Compliance Insights, June 22, 2016

"The Criminalization of Process Safety," Inside Counsel, March 15, 2016

"Combating Fraud at Home and Abroad," Oil & Gas Monitor, December 23, 2015

Speaking Engagements

“Criminal Investigations and Technology: Protecting Data and Rights,” Washington Association of Corporate Counsel Tech Summit, June 8, 2017

"FCPA Year in Review" Momentum Webinar Series, January 21, 2016

"Strengthening the Audit, Legal & Compliance Officer Relationship to Ensure Collaboration Throughout Your Internal Organization" Oil & Gas Anti-Corruption Compliance Exchange, September 22, 2015


  • The Legal 500 United States Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List
  • Thomson Reuters New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Prior Experience

  • Bracewell LLP
  • Thacher Proffitt & Wood