Thought Leadership 05.14.18
New policy seeks to reduce the burden of navigating anti-corruption investigations and enforcement actions by multiple authorities.
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 criminal defense, including criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations, as well as corporate internal investigations, agency enforcement actions, regulatory investigations, complex civil litigation and compliance counseling.
Selected as a Washington, DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in White Collar Crime Defense and a member of the group ranked by Global Investigations Review for “Cross-Border Investigations” and by The American Lawyer for “Global Dispute of the Year,” Fabio has substantial courtroom litigation and investigative experience representing public and private companies as well as key executives and officials in criminal prosecutions, civil enforcement actions, global regulatory inquiries, grand jury criminal investigations, corporate internal investigations and complex civil litigation with a particular focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybercrime, securities enforcement, insider trading, money laundering, U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) economic sanctions evasion, embezzlement, bribery, civil antitrust, criminal cartels/price-fixing, tax crimes, criminal sports investigations, government procurement and bank fraud, racketeering (RICO), False Claims Act (FCA), illegal campaign contributions, and U.S. Department of Commerce’s export controls violations.
In his zealous representation of companies and individuals, Fabio has been uniquely successful in persuading government authorities to decline to pursue criminal prosecutions or other regulatory enforcement actions in a broad range of criminal and agency enforcement matters. Consequently, because a large number of his most successful matters have not resulted in the filing of public charges, they remain confidential.
Fabio has honed his courtroom skills in both federal and state courts, where he has represented clients in criminal prosecutions and complex civil litigation matters. Additionally, he works closely with both federal and state public defender’s offices, where he defends indigent individuals in criminal prosecutions and government investigations.
Fabio frequently prepares and advises on corporate compliance policies and procedures, including on ethics, anti-corruption (FCPA, Travel Act and U.K. Bribery Act), anti-money laundering and anti-human trafficking. Fabio spearheaded the firm’s Anti-Human Trafficking Litigation & Compliance group, one of the country’s first legal practices dedicated to advising businesses on anti-human trafficking compliance, anti-human trafficking litigation and corporate liability for human trafficking. As the Co-Chair of American Bar Association’s (ABA) Criminal Justice Committee as well as the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Liaison, Fabio is often sought by the national media for analysis and comment regarding important criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. He has published numerous legal articles on a broad range of criminal and regulatory issues and is a frequent speaker on white collar criminal defense, enforcement actions, compliance and corporate liability for human trafficking.
Early in his career, Fabio served in regulatory enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a member of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, he investigated technology companies and advised on a major SEC accounting fraud enforcement action that ultimately led to a $100 million settlement.
Fabio currently teaches tax crimes, government investigations and criminal prosecution as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also a board member of Georgetown Law’s Recent Alumni Advisory Council, a J.D. admission alumni interviewer and a mentor to current law students. Fabio further serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee as well as its Attorney Recruiting Committee and is a past member of the firm’s Attorney Development Committee.
In a historic representation, defended the president of a non-profit organization in the State of Maryland’s first ever criminal prosecution under its charitable soliciation laws; successfully persuaded prosecutors to resolve charges without any imprisonment or supervision.
Represented several Swiss financial institutions in DOJ and IRS probes into offshore accounts held by American depositors; negotiated the second smallest fine out of all the substantially capitalized banks participating in DOJ’s high-profile tax offshore program for Swiss banks.
Uniquely experienced in major sports criminal investigations, having defended a FIFA soccer official charged as part of DOJ’s worldwide bribery investigation related to FIFA’s World Cup Tournament, and having represented a prominent NCAA men’s basketball college program in the widely-reported DOJ’s criminal bribery investigation related to college sponsorship contracts.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigations and Litigation
Criminal Sports Investigations and Litigation
Office of Foreign Assets Control and Export Controls Investigations
Criminal Antitrust Cartel Investigations and Litigation
Securities Enforcement Investigations and Litigation
Other Criminal Defense, Regulatory Enforcement and Civil Litigation Matters
Anti-Human Trafficking Litigation and Compliance
Washington, DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in White Collar Crime (2017-2018)
District of Columbia Courts, Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll (2013, 2015-2017)
Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department Award (2008)
LL.M., 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
Judicial Intern to the Hon. Reggie B. Walton, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia