Jason Linder was a senior trial attorney in the FCPA unit, joining the Justice Department criminal fraud section in January 2012 from the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of Florida.
He left the department in May 2017 to move to Los Angeles and join his old firm, Irell & Manella, as partner.
Linder has worked on several high profile FCPA resolutions, including ones with technology company Hewlett Packard and oil and gas services company Weatherford International.
In 2013, Weatherford International and its subisdiaries, advised by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, agreed to pay US$252 million to settle FCPA and export control violation charges. In 2014, Linder came up against Gibson Dunn again when the firm advised technology company Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiaries on a US$108 million FCPA resolution with the DOJ and Securities and Exchange Commission.
Linder worked as the prosecutor on the DOJ’s case against LATAM, a commercial airline based in Chile. The company agreed in July 2016 to pay a criminal penalty of US$12.75 million as part of a DPA with the Justice Department to settle allegations it bribed Argentine officials to obtain favourable labour contracts.
Linder was a prosecutor on an FCPA case against Pennsylvania-based consultant Dmitrij Harder. Harder pleaded guilty in April 2016 to two counts of violating the FCPA, after admitting to bribing an official at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Harder is due to be sentenced on 21 July 2017.
Linder also prosecuted aerospace company Embraer, which entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department in October 2016. The company agreed to pay US$205 million to US and Brazilian authorities after admitting to bribing officials in the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique, and to falsely recording payments in India. The DPA requires a three-year monitor. The agreement was the first joint foreign bribery settlement between US and Brazilian authorities.
In the Miami-based Southern District, Linder was an assistant US attorney prosecuting bank robberies and other crimes. Among his successful convictions was a defendant known as the "Brazen Bandit," who shot a 67-year-old customer during one heist, paralysing the man from the waist down.
Linder was an associate at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles from October 2002 to September 2007. He also spent a year as a law clerk to a federal appeals court judge, from September 2001 to September 2002. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2000, Linder spent a year as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles.
Linder, who is from California, graduated from Swarthmore College in 1997 with a BA in philosophy. While in college, he interned for a liberal advocacy group, People for the American Way.