Walter F. Brown, Jr., a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Managing Director of Orrick’s five Business Units and a member of the firm’s Board. Mr. Brown is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative proceedings. Some of Mr. Brown's most significant engagements involve sensitive matters resolved quietly, behind the scenes, without charges or litigation being filed against his clients. He has extensive experience in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, public and environmental corruption. Mr. Brown also is engaged routinely by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations.
Mr. Brown served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) from 1989 to 1994, where he specialized in white collar criminal matters. During that time, he tried 20 felony cases to verdict in United States District Court and handled 30 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Since 2005, Mr. Brown has been selected by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers in the area of White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations. The current online edition of Chambers USA presents Mr. Brown and Orrick’s White Collar practice in California in "Band 1," the publication's highest ranking. Interview sources have described him as a "highly qualified, energetic and active practitioner," who has "'built a fantastic practice' in the white-collar sphere. One peer attests that 'for corporate investigations, he is one of the best lawyers in the state.'" The National Law Journal named him one of the nation's top litigators ("Winning" June 5, 2006). He also was featured as a top white collar attorney in the February 2006 issue of CFO Magazine.
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