James M Koukios is an experienced trial attorney and focuses his practice on white-collar crime and related matters, including internal corporate investigations and government enforcement actions. He has tried over 20 federal jury cases, including two landmark FCPA-related trials, United States v Esquenazi and United States v Duperval. For his work on these matters, he received the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. James was also a lead prosecutor in the defence procurement fraud case that served as the basis for the 2016 film War Dogs, and was featured on a 2017 episode of CNBC’s American Greed to discuss the high-profile prosecution of Efraim Diveroli and his company AEY Inc.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, James served as the senior deputy chief of the fraud section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. In that role, he supervised investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the fraud section’s FCPA, healthcare fraud, and securities and financial fraud units. He was also a key contributor in drafting the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission joint publication, A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which followed a series of consultations with business and compliance leaders.
Along with his role as senior deputy chief, James has also held numerous government positions, including assistant chief in the fraud section’s FCPA unit, special counsel to former FBI director Robert S Mueller, III, and as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida.