Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Los Angeles, California

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Securities Regulation Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Mediation Qui Tam Law Trade Secrets Law Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Contracts Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California Van Nuys, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice DUI / DWI Defense Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Regulation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Antitrust Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Criminal Defense: White-Collar Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Health Care Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    DUI / DWI Defense Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Health Care Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Governance Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Environmental Law Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Contracts Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Health Care Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Securities Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Sports Law Government Contracts
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Regulation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Health Care Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Sports Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Privacy and Data Security Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment and Sports Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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Practice Area Definition

Criminal Defense: White-Collar Definition

Once a niche practice developed by only some law firms, white-collar defense has become a core practice with national and international scope at most large American law firms. Over the last 15 years, white-collar defense has grown to respond to the globalization of both American and foreign corporations, the expansion of government oversight of businesses in the U.S. and abroad, and the numerous financial scandals that have erupted over the same period.

“White-collar defense” captures a broad set of substantive areas of the law, all of them arising from the myriad ways that local, state, federal, and foreign governments regulate businesses and entrepreneurs — what they say to investors and the general public about their own successes and failures (securities law); how they compete with one another (antitrust law); how they win business, deliver services, and seek payment when governments are themselves the customers (False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); how businesses treat the environment; and whether they comply with general laws against theft, fraud, bribery, tax evasion and corruption. Public officials must navigate similar rules and thus present similar types of issues included under the broad category of white-collar defense.

The practice demands particularly versatile lawyers who deliver a range of services. White-collar lawyers try cases in court. They also specialize in risk management and compliance, training businesses and their individual employees about ways to minimize potential criminal and civil liability. Corporations engage white-collar lawyers to conduct internal investigations of their own business practices to assess and prepare for the risk of criminal and civil liability. Individuals and corporations demand white-collar representation as much when they are merely witnesses to alleged wrongdoing as when they are accused of it. White-collar litigation also involves assessing victims’ damages and their potential remedies as well as representing those accused of wrongdoing in administrative and court proceedings.

White-collar practices also must anticipate and prepare for the potential trajectory of a white-collar case. For example, an internal investigation identifying potential criminal or civil issues can lead to government enforcement actions and follow-up civil claims by alleged victims or competitors — all arising from the same conduct. The risk of criminal punishment and civil fines and liability potentially running into the billions of dollars, increase the complexity of white-collar matters and the demand for sophisticated counsel.

Michael Kendall, Partner
Kevin Bolan, Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

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Once a niche practice developed by only some law firms, white-collar defense has become a core practice with national and international scope at most large American law firms. Over the last 15 years, white-collar defense has grown to respond to the globalization of both American and foreign corporations, the expansion of government oversight of businesses in the U.S. and abroad, and the numerous financial scandals that have erupted over the same period.

“White-collar defense” captures a broad set of substantive areas of the law, all of them arising from the myriad ways that local, state, federal, and foreign governments regulate businesses and entrepreneurs — what they say to investors and the general public about their own successes and failures (securities law); how they compete with one another (antitrust law); how they win business, deliver services, and seek payment when governments are themselves the customers (False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); how businesses treat the environment; and whether they comply with general laws against theft, fraud, bribery, tax evasion and corruption. Public officials must navigate similar rules and thus present similar types of issues included under the broad category of white-collar defense.

The practice demands particularly versatile lawyers who deliver a range of services. White-collar lawyers try cases in court. They also specialize in risk management and compliance, training businesses and their individual employees about ways to minimize potential criminal and civil liability. Corporations engage white-collar lawyers to conduct internal investigations of their own business practices to assess and prepare for the risk of criminal and civil liability. Individuals and corporations demand white-collar representation as much when they are merely witnesses to alleged wrongdoing as when they are accused of it. White-collar litigation also involves assessing victims’ damages and their potential remedies as well as representing those accused of wrongdoing in administrative and court proceedings.

White-collar practices also must anticipate and prepare for the potential trajectory of a white-collar case. For example, an internal investigation identifying potential criminal or civil issues can lead to government enforcement actions and follow-up civil claims by alleged victims or competitors — all arising from the same conduct. The risk of criminal punishment and civil fines and liability potentially running into the billions of dollars, increase the complexity of white-collar matters and the demand for sophisticated counsel.