Sidley Austin’s Washington practice received a big boost with the addition of former Attorney General Eric Holder’s long-time deputy at the DOJ, James Cole – an outspoken critic of the DOJ’s Yates Memo. From 2011 to 2015, Cole managed the Justice Department on a day-to-day basis, overseeing decisions on all manner of department policy. Now, he uses his experience to advise clients on complex cross-border issues, spanning nearly every major area of white-collar criminal law.
The Sidley DC office also houses Karen Popp, a team leader in the firm’s white-collar: government litigation and investigations group. Popp, an associate counsel to President Bill Clinton, has broad experience with the FCPA, including the individual defence of a KBR executive before the SEC and DOJ.
A former US attorney for Utah, David Barlow rejoined the firm in 2014. While US attorney, Barlow served on the attorney general’s white-collar crime subcommittee, and has devoted his time in private practice to investigations involving the healthcare industry.
Also in DC, Mark Hopson, managing partner of the firm’s Washington office, has represented large energy and pharmaceutical corporations in corruption-related matters before the DOJ and SEC, as well as the World Bank.
Sidley Austin lawyers Paul Gerlach, Leslie Shubert and Ike Adams advised medical device company Smith & Nephew on its 2012 FCPA settlement with the DOJ and SEC. Gerlach, now senior counsel, also led a team of Sidley lawyers who advised on Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk’s foreign bribery settlement with US authorities in 2009.
Other FCPA partners in Sidley’s DC office are Thomas Green, Jeffrey Green, Joseph Tompkins, and David Petron.