Jeff concentrates his practice in the area of complex federal litigation, including internal compliance investigations and reviews, emergency response to government investigations and data breach response. He is a member of the firm’s Government Compliance, Investigations & Litigation group.
An effective litigator, Jeff has secured favorable results for clients in a wide range of criminal and civil matters. He regularly advocates for prosecution of individuals who victimize corporate clients. He often navigates witnesses and targets through potentially life-altering disputes with the federal government. Jeff also routinely represents law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys and other individuals who are acutely familiar with the state and federal legal system.
Prior to entering private practice, Jeff was a certified public accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He then served as an FBI special agent in St. Louis for 10 years and as a federal prosecutor for another decade when he led prosecutions of notorious securities and computer fraud cases. In 2006, Jeff was named Executive U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, an office with 60 criminal and civil attorneys.
Internal Compliance Investigations & Reviews: Jeff conducts internal investigations for publicly traded and privately held corporations. He has a distinguished reputation for adeptly identifying the underlying facts of an investigation and for efficiently determining the appropriate course of action to mitigate potential consequences. Throughout the investigation process, Jeff effectively ascertains opportunities for his clients to improve compliance and training.
Emergency Response to Government Investigations: Jeff guides corporations through properly responding to government investigations, proactive approaches to avoiding common mistakes and detecting early warning signs.
Data Breach Response Readiness: Jeff counsels clients in preparing for and effectively responding to a data breach and typically assists in responding to a dozen breaches a year. Having authored several articles and spoken on the topic of intrusions numerous times, he advises organizations on the 10 key questions to ask IT, compliance and internal audit staff to determine their level of preparedness. Jeff’s prior experience as an FBI agent and then as a federal prosecutor have afforded him extensive experience investigating and responding to data breaches.