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James M Koukios, global co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s FCPA + Anti-Corruption Practice, represents companies and individuals in high-stakes government enforcement actions and complex internal investigations. An experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, James has tried over 20 federal jury cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials: United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval. James also served as a lead prosecutor in United States v AEY Inc, a defence procurement fraud and export licensing case that served as the basis for the 2016 film War Dogs.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, James served as the senior deputy chief of the fraud section in the Criminal Division of the DOJ. In that role, he supervised investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the fraud section’s FCPA, healthcare fraud and securities and financial fraud units. He was also a key contributor in drafting the DOJ and SEC joint publication, A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which followed a series of consultations with business and compliance leaders. Along with his role as senior deputy chief, James has also held numerous government positions, including assistant chief in the fraud section’s FCPA unit, special counsel to former FBI director Robert S Mueller, III, and as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Florida.