Philip Urofsky


Philip Urofsky, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, is a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience investigating and prosecuting criminal and civil violations of the FCPA, the money laundering and mail and wire fraud statutes, and economic sanctions laws and regulations.  He advises clients on conducting internal investigations, designing and implementing compliance programs, as well as conducting due diligence in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, and concerning retention of third parties.

Additionally, Mr. Urofsky has extensive experience responding to and defending against federal, state, and international criminal, civil, and administrative investigations, prosecutions, and trials on behalf of both business entities and individuals.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Urofsky served as a law clerk to the Honorable James M. Sprouse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and in a number of trial and supervisory positions within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division where he handled all aspects of criminal prosecutions, including investigations, trials, and appeals. While at the DOJ, Mr. Urofsky served as Assistant Chief of the Fraud Section, with responsibility for supervising or participating in virtually every FCPA investigation and prosecution.

Mr. Urofsky was also a member of the United States’ delegation to the OECD Working Group on Corruption and was designated by the US as an expert in anti-corruption law and compliance for the Group’s peer review process. As a DOJ attorney, Mr. Urofsky was the primary drafter of the Department’s Principles of Federal Prosecution of Corporations and lectured widely on corporate compliance issues.

Selected Experience

  • Representing companies and individuals in FCPA and other corruption matters, including advising U.S., European, and South American companies in internal investigations, government investigations, and design, implementation and monitoring of compliance programs
  • Representing and advising banks and companies in sanctions investigations, voluntary disclosures, and transactional negotiations, including a European bank in an investigation by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls, the Department of Justice, and other regulators
  • Representing and advising a Swiss bank in connection with the U.S. tax evasion investigation

Selected Publications

  • “A Bribe Is a Bribe: FCPA’s Influence on International Arbitration,” New York Law Journal (February 2015) (with Henry Weisburg and Zach Torres-Fowler)
  • “Compliance Tips From FCPA Enforcement Trends,” Law360 Expert Analysis (March 5, 2014) (with Hee Won (Marina) Moon and Zach Torres-Fowler)
  • “A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: the US Government’s Perspective on Enforcing the FCPA,” The OECD Convention on Bribery: A Commentary, 2014 (with Hee Won (Marina) Moon)
  • “Key Trends in International White Collar Crime Enforcement,” Inside the Minds: International White Collar Enforcement, 2014
  • “Effective Corporate Compliance and the Irrelevant ‘Foreign Official’ Debate,” White Collar Crime Report (BNA) (January 3, 2013) (with Jessica Bartlett)
  • “How Should We Measure the Effectiveness of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Don’t Break What Isn’t Broken – The Fallacies of Reform,” 73 Ohio State Law Journal 1145 (2012) (with Hee Won (Marina) Moon and Jennifer Rimm)
  • “Gifts and Entertainment: Ten Strategies for Paying for Government Clients to Attend the Olympics or Other Sporting Events without Violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” The FCPA Report (June, 6, 2012)
  • “The UK Bribery Act 2010,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, (August 17, 2011) (with Stephen Fishbein and Richard Kelly)
  • “U.S. Internal Investigations and Foreign Data Protections Laws,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Risk & Compliance (September 2009) (with Grace Harbour)
  • “Acquiring a Wrongdoer is a Risky Business,” Executive Counsel (September/October 2009) (with Danforth Newcomb)
  • “Privilege and the Fight against Fraud,” The European Lawyer (January 2009) (with Danforth Newcomb)
  • “Extortionate Demands under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” BNA White Collar Crime Report (December 19, 2008)
  • “Developments in U.S. and International Efforts to Prevent Corruption,” The International Lawyer (ABA Section on International Law) (Summer 2007) (with Michael Kieval, et al.)
  • “Eyes on your bribe,” The European Lawyer (December 2007) (with Danforth Newcomb)
  • “Promoting Global Corporate Transparency,” eJournal USA (Department of State) (December 2006)
  • “Developments in U.S. and International Efforts to Prevent Corruption,” The International Lawyer (ABA Section on International Law) (Summer 2006) (with Kathleen M. Hamann, Nicole M. Healy, Alexandra Wrage, and Margaret Ayres)
  • “Commentaries on the U.S. Code: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, et seq.,” NITA/LEXIS (Spring 2006) (with Catherine Razzano)
  • “Deferred Prosecutions and the Independent Monitor,” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (December 2005) (with James K. Robinson and Christopher R. Pantel)
  • “Prosecuting Corporations: The Federal Principles and Corporate Compliance Programs,” U.S. Attorneys’ Bulletin (March 2002)


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1988,
    • Virginia Law Review, Articles Review Board
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1985, with Highest Distinction



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