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Top DOJ Official and FCPA Lawyer Laurence Urgenson Joins Mayer Brown

Laurence Urgenson, who is one of the most respected FCPA lawyers in the country and has formerly served in different capacities at the US Department of Justice, including being its Chief of the Fraud Section for Criminal Division, has joined Mayer Brown. Urgenson has joined the law firm as a partner in Washington DC in the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance group. Before joining Mayer Brown, Urgenson was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

Urgenson is the most recent former federal government official to join the firm’s litigation practice. Matthew Rossi joined the firm’s Securities Litigation & Enforcement group this month from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, where he served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel. In 2013, Marcus Christian, former AUSA for the Southern District of Florida, Michael Martinez, former AUSA for the District of New Jersey, and Greg Deis, former AUSA for the Northern District of Illinois, joined the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance group.

Urgenson focuses his practice on representing corporate and individual clients in all aspects of white collar criminal defense and related civil and administrative matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental crimes, the False Claims Act, internal investigations and related federal and state proceedings.

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Speaking of Urgenson joining the firm, Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss said, “Larry is among the best known and most respected FCPA lawyers in the country and brings unparalleled experience to our already strong White Collar Defense & Compliance group that will greatly benefit our global network of clients.”

Urgenson had held key leadership positions at the US Department of Justice before returning to private practice. He has served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and primarily supervised the Fraud Section, General Litigation and Legal Advice Section, and Office of Policy and Management Analysis. During his tenure at the DOJ, he also testified before various congressional committees regarding white collar crime initiatives of the DOJ, including initiatives in health care and telemarketing fraud. He also served on the Executive Level Health Care Fraud Policy Group.

In his role as Chief of the Fraud Section of the DOJ, Urgenson advised US Attorneys on white collar crime issues and supervised the prosecution of bank, securities, and defense procurement frauds. He also oversaw the FCPA Unit and the Defense Procurement Fraud Unit.

Earlier, Urgenson served as a Chief Assitant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Kelly Kramer, a co-leader of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance group said, “Larry’s experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue bolstering our global capabilities, handling FCPA matters and internal investigations on behalf of individuals and multinational companies.”

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