Thought Leadership 03.06.17
DOJ holds anti-corruption compliance programs to a high standard in evaluating their credibility.
With discreet counsel on the limits of discretion, [Pillsbury] lawyers ushered in a new era of cooperation between a tight-lipped industry and a government whose zeal knows no borders.
Fabio Leonardi concentrates on white-collar defense, represents corporations and individuals in criminal and civil trials, government investigations and agency enforcement actions, leads corporate internal investigations and advises on regulatory compliance matters.
Having served in federal law enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and with substantial experience in criminal and civil enforcement matters ranging from money laundering, tax evasion, securities fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to antitrust, cybercrime, health care fraud, False Claims Act, export controls and corruption, Mr. Leonardi is particularly well suited to defend clients in the courtroom as well as negotiate with federal prosecutors, regulators and law enforcement agents from a wide array of government authorities such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Mr. Leonardi routinely represents clients throughout the United States and his practice has also taken him to several countries within South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition, many of his white-collar defense and government investigation cases have involved intense media and public scrutiny and have been reported by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, TIME, ESPN, Bloomberg, Miami Herald, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Economist and The Moscow Times, among others.
Mr. Leonardi is a graduate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL) White Collar Criminal Defense College. His articles and legal analyses on important white-collar defense topics have appeared in numerous national and international publications and he is often quoted by industry journals and magazines.
Represented several Swiss banks in probes by DOJ and IRS into offshore accounts held by American depositors; negotiated the second smallest fine out of all the substantially capitalized banks participating in DOJ’s Tax Program.
Represented numerous officers and employees in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations for alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in Asia, South America, Russia and Eastern Europe, and conducted anti-corruption internal investigations.
Defended former FIFA official and president of Central American national soccer federation charged with money laundering, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering as part of DOJ’s worldwide investigation into FIFA’s World Cup tournaments.
Mr. Leonardi’s recent representative matters include:
Represent indigent criminal defendants as pro bono attorney for the U.S. Federal Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching course on white-collar criminal defense focused on investigating and defending tax fraud and other tax crimes as well as federal criminal trial practice.
Member of Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office Attorney Recruiting Committee and former member of the Firm’s Non-Partner Attorney Development Committee..
LL.M., Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 2011
J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2010
B.A., University of Padua (Italy), 2007
University of Michigan, 2006
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. Tax Court