John C. Kocoras is a partner in McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s White Collar & Securities Defense practice group and is based in the Firm’s Chicago office. John focuses his practice on internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense matters including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases and complex litigation.
Prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery, John served as Managing Director and Regional Counsel of the global investigations company Kroll, where he directly supervised investigators, forensic accountants and computer forensics professionals on FCPA matters and other international investigations. He joined Kroll after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, where he represented the United States in federal criminal matters throughout investigations, trials and appeals, including cases involving white collar crimes, public corruption, terrorism and other violent crimes. John has worked as investigative counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and as a law clerk to former Chief Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
John has received numerous awards for his work including the Investigation of the Year Award, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association; the Award for Excellence, President’s Council for Integrity & Efficiency; and the Inspector General’s Integrity Award, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. John was recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014, and he is listed in Chambers USA 2013 and 2014. He has been named one of Chicago Lawyer’s “40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch” and as a Rising Star on Ethisphere Magazine lists of “Attorneys Who Matter,” a publication dedicated to sharing best practices in Ethics and Compliance. John was also ranked as a leading data protection and privacy lawyer by The Legal 500 United States 2011.