Roger M. Witten - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Roger M. Witten

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 212-230-8850

Roger Witten is a senior counsel in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation and Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 1975 and became a partner in 1980. Mr. Witten co-chaired the firm's Litigation Department from 1994 until 1999 and served on the firm's Management Committee from 1998 through 2008. His practice emphasizes complex international and domestic litigation, internal corporate investigations, law enforcement matters and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. In January 2003, Mr. Witten became the senior litigation partner in the firm's New York office.


Mr. Witten has led teams of lawyers in several of the firm's largest and most noteworthy litigation cases. He leads a group of 45 lawyers who focus on FCPA enforcement and counseling issues. The team counsels roughly fifty companies and typically has about 20 matters pending with the DOJ and SEC at any one time. He has led major matters for Johnson Controls, Titan, InVision, the Audit Committee of Royal Ahold, N.V., the German Economy Foundation Initiative, General Electric, UBS AG, Credit Suisse Group, Senators McCain and Feingold, DaimlerChrysler, Commerzbank, The Federal Republic of Germany, KarstadtQuelle, Citibank and US citrus growers. These cases involve matters of unique importance to the clients, have broad public dimensions and often involve international issues. Mr. Witten has conducted complex internal investigations and has represented companies and individuals in criminal, administrative, congressional and private litigation that arise out of such investigations. Mr. Witten is an internationally recognized practitioner on the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He has authored numerous articles on the FCPA.

Mr. Witten served as Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973 and 1974. He is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars.  

Dartmouth CollegeAB Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.

Client Comments

"Roger Witten is an exceptional lawyer in matters relating to the FCPA. He has a deep understanding of the law and dispenses very wise counsel. My regard for him is extremely high."

"Roger is an excellent attorney who always provides thoughtful, accurate and consistent advice. He is very responsive to client inquiries and uses time and resources wisely to provide reliable advice. Roger has represented companies operating in all types of industries and in countries all over the world. In the area of anti-corruption/FCPA matters and investigations, there are very few attorneys who have the depth of experience and knowledge of the law as Roger. "

Office Location

Seven World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (International)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar