Thought Leadership 02.06.18
Source: Corporate Jet Investor
Particular praise is leveled at William Sullivan… for his ‘strong advocacy skills’ as well as his ‘credibility and experience,’ which carry ‘tremendous weight when dealing with government regulators and enforcement attorneys.’
Bill Sullivan concentrates on corporate internal investigations, trial practice and white-collar criminal defense, as well as complex civil litigation, securities enforcement, antitrust cartel investigations and litigation, export control and other regulatory actions.
Bill, the co-leader of the firm’s Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense team, has substantial experience in the courtroom, the boardroom and in between, representing public and private companies as well as key executives and public officials in global corporate regulatory and internal investigations, parallel proceedings, trial and grand jury matters, congressional and independent counsel inquiries, public corruption matters and white collar criminal defense, with a particular emphasis on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust and securities matters, international trade and export control, as well as the Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Bill has been uniquely successful on behalf of both companies and individuals in persuading government regulatory authorities to decline to pursue criminal prosecution or other enforcement actions involving a diverse array of matters. Due to the nature of his practice, a large number of his most successful matters have not resulted in public charges being filed, and therefore remain confidential.
Bill honed his courtroom skills while serving for more than 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. During his service, he tried several high-profile cases involving first-degree murder, perjury, fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy, narcotics and criminal RICO charges. He was the lead prosecutor in the first federal death penalty case to be tried in almost 50 years in the District of Columbia. He has won over 70 federal criminal jury cases and has argued, and prevailed, in over 20 appeals in both New York and the District of Columbia. He won numerous Department of Justice awards and commendations.
Bill frequently prepares and advises on compliance and business strategy programs for companies engaged in industries as diverse as manufacturing, defense, telecommunications, finance, energy, pharmaceuticals and aerospace. Bill’s legal opinions and analysis are often sought by the national media regarding high-profile or sensational cases, and he has been consistently ranked as a superior practitioner by legal publications.
Represented a petroleum and natural gas engineering company in the high-profile Halliburton consortium investigation involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; successfully persuaded both SEC and DOJ to decline criminal and civil enforcement actions.
Represented several Swiss banks 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 FATCA Program.
Representing a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in various probes by regulators in both the United States and Europe into allegations of anti-competitive practices in the auto parts industry which became the single largest criminal cartel investigation ever conducted by the DOJ. After a two-year investigation and several declination presentations, convinced DOJ to cease its inquiry into Pillsbury's client. Currently represents this manufacturer in related civil class action litigation.
Due to the nature of Bill’s practice, a large number of his most successful matters have resulted in public charges not being filed, and they therefore remain confidential.
Represented a former senior executive of a U.S. company in a DOJ criminal cartel investigation of the home building products industry.
Represented the president of an international freight forwarding company in a DOJ industry sweep concerning alleged price fixing and bid rigging among numerous forwarders. The investigation was concluded without any charges brought against the executive.
Honors & Awards
Who’s Who Legal, International Business Crime Defence – Individuals (2016-2017); Who’s Who Legal, International Business Crime Defence – Corporates (2017); Who's Who Legal, International Business Crime Defence (2014-2015); Who's Who in American Law (2007-2008)
Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Fall 2017, “Tax Fraud and Tax Crimes”
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1985
M.A., Tufts University, 1981
B.A., Tufts University
magna cum laude
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second and Fourth Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Michigan, District of Connecticut, the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Middle District of Florida