F. Joseph Warin is chair of the nearly 200-person Litigation Department of Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office, and he is co-chair of the firm’s global White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. Mr. Warin’s practice includes representation of corporations in complex civil litigation, white collar crime, and regulatory and securities enforcement – including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, False Claims Act cases, special committee representations, compliance counseling and class action civil litigation.
Mr. Warin is continually recognized annually in the top-tier by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Chambers Latin America for his FCPA, fraud and corporate investigations expertise. Who’s Who Legal named Mr. Warin to their 2019 “Thought Leaders: Global Elite” list for Business Crime Defense – Corporate and Investigations. In 2019, Mr. Warin was selected by Chambers USA as a “Star” in FCPA and White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, a “Leading Lawyer” in the nation in Securities Regulation: Enforcement, and a “Leading Lawyer” in the District of Columbia in Securities Litigation. In 2017, Chambers USA honored Mr. Warin with the Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award, calling him a “true titan of the FCPA and securities enforcement arenas.” He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® every year from 2006 – 2020 for White Collar Criminal Defense. U.S. Legal 500 has repeatedly named him as a “Leading Lawyer” for Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense Litigation. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a U.S. White Collar Crime Litigator “Star” for nine consecutive years (2011-2019), and was named to Securities Docket’s “Enforcement 40” for 2017. In 2019, Latinvex named Mr. Warin one of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers in the category of FCPA & Fraud. In 2018, Washingtonian Magazine named Mr. Warin as one of Washington’s “Top Lawyers” in White Collar Criminal Defense. BTI Consulting named Mr. Warin to its 2017 “BTI Client Service All-Stars” List.
Mr. Warin’s group was recognized by Global Investigations Review in 2018 as the leading global investigations law firm in the world. This is the third time in four years to be so named. Global Investigations Review reported that Mr. Warin has now advised on more FCPA resolutions than any other lawyer since 2008. In 2016 Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review named Mr. Warin to their list of World’s Ten-Most Highly Regarded Investigations Lawyers based on a survey of clients and peers, noting that he was one of the “most highly nominated practitioners,” and a “’favourite’ of audit and special committees of public companies.” Best Lawyers® named Mr. Warin the Lawyer of the Year in 2020 and in 2016 for White Collar Criminal Defense in the District of Columbia, and he was named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2016.
Mr. Warin has handled cases and investigations in more than 40 states and dozens of countries. His clients include corporations, officers, directors and professionals in regulatory, investigative and trials involving federal regulatory inquiries, criminal investigations and cross-border inquiries by dozens of international enforcers, including UK’s SFO and FCA, and government regulators in Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. His credibility at DOJ and the SEC is unsurpassed among private practitioners – a reputation based in large part on his experience as the only person ever to serve as a compliance monitor or counsel to the compliance monitor in three separate FCPA monitorships, pursuant to settlements with the SEC and DOJ: Statoil ASA (2007-2009); Siemens AG (2009-2012); and Alliance One International (2011-2013). He has been hired by audit committees or special committees of public companies to conduct investigations into allegations of wrongdoing in a wide variety of industries including energy, oil services, financial services, healthcare and telecommunications.
Mr. Warin’s civil practice includes representation of clients in complex litigation in federal courts and international arbitrations. He has tried 10b-5 securities and RICO claim lawsuits, hostile takeovers and commercial disputes. He has handled more than 40 class action cases across the United States for investment banking firms, global corporations, Big 4 accounting firms, broker-dealers and hedge funds.
Early in his career, Mr. Warin served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. As a prosecutor, he tried more than 50 jury trials and was awarded a Special Achievement award by the Attorney General. Mr. Warin was awarded the Best FCPA Client Service Award by Main Justice in 2013 and he joined the publication’s FCPA Masters list. He was named a Special Prosecutor by the District of Columbia Superior Court in 1988.
Mr. Warin graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Editor of Law and Policy in International Business. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Creighton University, where he was student body president. He served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge J. Calvitt Clarke, in the Eastern District of Virginia. He has been a member of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Criminal Law Committee since 1988 and served as president of the Assistant United States Attorneys Association. Mr. Warin has been selected to serve on insurance company panels for securities class actions. He is currently a member of the Board of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors.
Significant Representations include:
- Negotiated a criminal resolution for an international global oil company arising out of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf of Mexico spill.
- Defended executives of a top technology company and obtained dismissal of a derivative lawsuit alleging options backdating.
- Defended the nation’s third-largest telecommunications company in a criminal investigation conducted by Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office and achieved a declination of prosecution.
- Served as FCPA counsel for first non-US compliance monitor in connection with one of the largest ever FCPA resolutions.
- Represented the Audit Committee of a $2 billion hospital chain against allegations of financial misrepresentations. Convinced the SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office not to take any enforcement actions against client.
- Represented the Audit Committee of Fortune 50 energy company relating to allegations of earnings management.
- Represented client in the longest-running securities class action in the history of Washington, D.C. and achieved a modest resolution.
- Defended the president of a hardware supply company in a criminal price fixing case. The jury acquitted our client after a three week trial in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Recently concluded serving as FCPA compliance monitor pursuant to a deferred prosecution agreement with Securities Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.
- Obtained numerous dismissals of lawsuits brought against the NASDAQ Stock Market FINRA/NASD organization during the course of more than 20 years.
Selected Speaking Engagements:
- Presenter at Gibson Dunn webcast, Negotiating Closure of Government Investigations: NPAs, DPAs and Beyond (2019)
- Presenter at Gibson Dunn webcast, Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance in 2019 and Beyond (2019)
- Presenter at annual Gibson Dunn webcast, “Challenges in Compliance and Corporate Governance” (2005-2019)
- Presenter at annual Securities Docket webcast, “Navigating Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provisions and the FCPA” (2017 – 2019)
- Presenter at annual Gibson Dunn webcast, “FCPA Trends in the Emerging Markets of China, Russia, India, Africa and Latin America” (2011 – 2019)
- Presenter at Gibson Dunn webcast, “GDPR’s First Five Months: Emerging Trends and Implementation Challenges (October 2018)
- Presenter at Gibson Dunn webcast, “Ten Years After Siemens: The Evolving Landscape of Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement” (September 2018)
- Co-Chair or Presenter at Global Investigations Review Annual Live New York International Conference (2014-2018).
- Panelist, “Trends in Telecommunications Enforcement,” at ACI’s 9th Global Forum on Anti-Corruption (July 2018)
- Panelist, “Regulators Roundtable,” at PLI’s Internal Investigations 2018 Program (June 2018)
- Presenter at Gibson Dunn webcast, “The False Claims Act- 2018 Mid-Year Update: Financial Services Sector” (August 2018)
- Panelist, “Corporate Compliance Roundtable,” at University of Virginia, Darden School of Business (May 2018)
- Presenter at Gibson Dunn webcast, “Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance in 2018 and Beyond” (May 2018)
- Panelist, “Ask the Experts: Q&A with ACI’s Global Anti-Corruption Advisory Board,” at ACI’s 20th Anniversary New York Conference on FCPA (May 2018)
- Presenter, “Lessons Learned from High Profile Investigations and Prosecutions,” at ABA Criminal Justice Section’s 2018 Spring Meeting (April 2018)
- Panelist, “No Turning Back: 40 Years of the FCPA and 20 Years of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention,” New York University School of Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (November 2017)
- Presenter, “The Increasingly Global Scale of Investigations/Parallel Investigations,” Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Area Investigations Boot Camp (November 2017)
- Presenter, University of Virginia School of Law Corporate Compliance Roundtable (November 2017)
- Moderator, “FCPA Investigations and Enforcement: Developments and Updates,” at Practising Law Institute’s White Collar Crime 2017: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak Conference (October 2017)
- Panelist, “Predictions, Prognostications and Plans: The New Legal and Regulatory Environment – Assessing Effective Compliance”, University of Virginia School of Law Corporate Compliance Roundtable (May 2017)
- Speaker at PwC Annual Client & Analyst Risk Summit, Boston, MA (April 2017)
- Presenter at Statoil DPI Summit, “Compliance: Where is it Heading?”, in London, UK (March 2017)
- Presenter, “Whistleblower Response Strategy: The Finer Points of Investigating and Responding to Whistleblower Complaints,” at ACI’s 33rd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (December 2016)
- Moderator, “Expansion of Criminal Enforcement under the Worker Safety Initiative and the Yates Memos,” at the ABA Environmental and Workplace Safety Criminal Enforcement Conference (October 2016)
- Panelist, “The D.C. Legal Market 2016-’17,” at the Sandpiper Partners 7th Annual Breakfast Briefing (September 2016)
- Co-Chair, Global Investigations Review 3rd Annual Live New York International Conference (September 2016)
- Speaker, “The Renewed Focus on Financial Services Anti-Corruption Enforcement,” at ACI Midwest Anti-Corruption Compliance Forum (June 2016)
- Panelist, “Concluding the Investigation,” at PLI’s Internal Investigations 2016 program (June 2016)
- Panelist, “Information Governance, Security and Privacy Briefing,” at the Sandpiper Partners Program (May 2016)
- Presenter, “Proper Use of and Potential Liability of Independent Consultants and Monitors,” at NYU School of Law Annual Spring Conference (April 2016)
- Panelist, “White-Collar Defense and Collateral Effects,” at Complex White-Collar Litigation: Fraud and Compliance Symposium, University of Virginia School of Law (February 2016)
- Presenter, “Resolving Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Dilemmas: Anonymous Benchmarking on How to Manage Very Risky, Sensitive and Controversial Issues,” at ACI’s 32nd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (November 2015)
- Moderator, “Investigations Q&A and Debate,” at the Latin Lawyer – Global Investigations Review 3rd Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations Conference (October 2015)
- Presenter, “Global Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Trends,” at the Honeywell – 2015 Global Legal Meeting (September 2015)
- Co-Chair, “The Ins and Outs of China-Investigations,” Global Investigations Review Live (September 2015)
- Presenter, “Case Study: Beyond the Petrobras Headlines: Potential Risks and Economic Implications for Business in Brazil,” at ACI’s 6th Global Forum on Anti-Corruption (July 2015)
- Moderator, “M&A Transaction and Anti-Corruption Laws,” at the IBA 14th Annual International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference (June 2015)
- Panelist, “Negotiating Settlements with DOJ and SEC and the Importance of the Compliance Presentation,” at the ABA 29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (March 2015)
- Presenter at JPMorgan Chase Anti-Corruption CLE Program (January 2015)
Selected Professional Articles:
- “Six Trends in 2015 FCPA Enforcement”, (with John Chesley and Stephanie Connor), Wall Street Lawyer (February 2016, Volume 20, Issue 2)
- “Refusing to Settle: Why Public Companies Go To Trial In Federal Cases”, (with Julie Rapoport Schenker), Georgetown American Criminal Law Review (Volume 52, No. 3, Summer 2015)
- “2015 Mid-Year FCPA Update”, (with John W.F. Chesley and Stephanie Connor), Westlaw Journal Government Contract (August 2015)
- “A Practical Guide to the Use of the Commissioned Public Report as an Effective Crisis-Management Tool”, (with Oleh Vretsona and Lora E. MacDonald), Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy (June, 2015)
- “Senator Warren, Let the ‘Cops’ Do Their Jobs”, The Hill (April 2015)
- “2014 Year-End Update on Corporate Non-Prosecution Agreements and Deferred Prosecution Agreements”, (with Michael Diamant and Melissa Farrar). Westlaw Journal Government Contract (March 2015), and Bloomberg BNA (February 2015)
- “The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Enforcement and Compliance”, (with Michael Diamant and Elizabeth Goergen Silver) Bloomberg BNA Securities Practice Series Portfolio (No. 285, 2014)
- “Reexamining the Notion that Public Companies Cannot Fight Criminal Charges,” (with John W.F. Chesley and Sean Sandoloski), Financier Worldwide (October 2014)
- “Renewing the Call for Compliance Defense to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” (with Daniel Chung), Corporate Disputes Magazine (July 1, 2014)
- “How to use company data efficiently to detect fraud and corruption,” (with Michael Diamant and Oleh Vretsona), Financier Worldwide (August 2013)
- “Five Themes for General Counsel to Monitor with Respect to Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers and the FCPA,” (with John W.F. Chesley), The FCPA Report (October 3, 2012)
- “Understand The Risks,” (with Michael Farhang and Elizabeth Goergen), IFLR (February 2012)
- “How to Deal with Business Corruption Risks in Mexico,” (with Michael Farhang and Elizabeth Goergen), International Financial Law Review (January 30, 2012)
- “FCPA: Who is A Foreign Official?,” (with John W.F. Chesley and Jeremy Joseph), Compliance Reporter (August 8, 2011)
- “Somebody’s Watching Me: FCPA Monitorships and How They Can Work Better,” (with Michael Diamant and Veronica Root), University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (2011)