Stephen R. Spivack - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Stephen R. Spivack

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 202-719-8234

Steve Spivack chairs the Firm's White Collar Practice Group. He specializes in white collar criminal investigation and defense matters, including the conduct of internal investigations. He is a highly experienced white collar attorney having served as a federal prosecutor for many years in the District of Columbia and as a defense lawyer for the last twenty-five years. He has handled a wide variety of complex white collar cases and in 2009, after a ten week trial in federal court in Montana, all charges were dismissed against his client, a Division President of W.R. Grace, in what the EPA had claimed was one of the most important environmental cases ever brought. Steve has represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of white collar criminal, civil and suspension and debarment matters, including those involving such statutes as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act, Knowing Endangerment Provisions of the Clean Air Act, Bribery, Government Contractor Fraud, Antitrust Violations, and Health Care Fraud. As a federal prosecutor, he prosecuted some of the most important white collar cases in the office, including two ABSCAM cases, and as a supervisor in the office, he oversaw the work of 21 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including the Pollard spy case.

Steve handles cases across the country and overseas for corporate and individual clients. He has successfully represented a wide range of diverse clients from Fortune 200 Companies and small privately owned companies, Labor Organizations and its officers, CEOs, corporate presidents and other executives, lawyers, accountants, journalists, Executive Branch officials, and local government officials. He has assisted companies in establishing compliance programs and has conducted company in-house seminars on such topics as FCPA compliance and government contractor ethics. He has conducted internal investigations for his corporate clients, handled suspension and debarment matters for them and is experienced in pursuing insurance coverage claims under fidelity loss policies.

Temple UniversityBA The George Washington UniversityJ.D. 1972
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Case History

United States v. W.R. Grace et al
Steve was lead counsel for the President of a W.R. Grace Division in 2009 in what the EPA described as one of the most important, if not, the most important environmental criminal case ever brought. The defendants vigorously contested hundreds of legal issues pre-trial over a 4 year period in the United States District Court for Montana with the Court issuing over thirty published opinions and several of his rulings were appealed to the 9th Circuit resulting in two panel decisions and one en banc opinion before the case eventually went to trial. The case involved many novel theories of prosecution and after ten weeks of trial, following many motions in limine that were filed and granted, much of the irrelevant and highly prejudicial evidence was excluded against his client, Robert C. Walsh. The government’s case against Mr. Walsh literally collapsed, leaving the government very little choice but to dismiss all charges against him, which they did on April 27, 2009.
Other Court Admissions — ?
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland

Office Location

1615 L Street, NW, Suite 1350
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Other Information

Gender: Male