Holland & Knight

Holland & Knight’s white-collar and investigations practice is led by John Brownlee in Washington. Brownlee served for more than 10 years in the Justice Department, first as an assistant US attorney for the District of Columbia and later as the US attorney for the Western District of Virginia. 

The firm’s foreign bribery subject matter expert is Don Zarin, who is also head of Holland’s FCPA team. A former Department of Commerce employee, Zarin is the author of Doing Business Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In 2010, he was selected to be an independent corporate monitor for Control Components following the company’s US$18.2 million FCPA settlement in 2009.

The firm’s FCPA practice in Washington also fields a number of former government lawyers, including William Gould, Timothy Belevetz and John Irving. Gould served as an assistant US attorney and a managing assistant US attorney in the Western District of Virginia, and as an assistant US attorney in Washington, DC. Belevetz served both in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and in the DOJ’s tax division. Meanwhile, Irving served as an assistant US attorney in Washington, DC, and as a counsel to the assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s environment and natural resources division.

With offices in Bogotá and Mexico City, and many Spanish-speaking lawyers based in its Miami office, the firm has natural ties to Central and South America.

The firm is also looking to expand to Asia, with a particular focus on China. To that end, Holland in July nabbed Lisa Prager and Lara Covington from Schulte Roth & Zabel – both of whom have experience in the area.

Prager was defence counsel to Israel Weisler, the owner of a Kentucky company that designed and manufactured body armour, in the infamous Africa Sting case, which collapsed after a mistrial in 2009.

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