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Eugene Illovsky

Eugene Illovsky


Palo Alto, (650) 813-5818


Amherst College (A.B., 1979)
Yale Law School (J.D., 1983)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Hon. J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1983-1984)

Eugene Illovsky focuses his practice on white collar defense, corporate internal investigations, corporate compliance and complex litigation. He represents major companies, firms, and individuals managing crises and interacting with government investigatory, enforcement, and prosecutorial authorities. His experience spans a diverse range of industries, including semiconductor and chemical manufacturers, common carriers, securities and mutual fund firms, pharmaceutical companies, software developers, energy producers, and telecommunications service providers.

Mr. Illovsky has had several jury and bench trials and has argued more than a dozen cases before the U. S. Court of Appeals. He has conducted internal investigations in matters involving securities violations, accounting irregularities, stock option backdating, intellectual property theft, export controls, and antitrust issues. He also advises on compliance in areas such as antitrust, anti-money laundering, pharmaceutical supply chain and diversion controls, logistics, and export controls. Mr. Illovsky is a member of the firm's E-Discovery Task Force.

Mr. Illovsky recently served as a Commissioner of the State Bar of California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), and serves as a Settlement Conference Officer on the San Francisco Superior Court’s Mandatory Settlement Conference Panel. He is a former Visiting Lecturer at the Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Illovsky previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California (Sacramento) for six years, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white-collar crimes, including investment frauds, money laundering, political corruption, intellectual property crimes, and tax evasion. For his work as an AUSA on a series of complex insurance fraud prosecutions, he was recognized by Attorney General Janet Reno with the Director’s Award for Superior Performance. He was selected to serve on the DOJ’s Campaign Finance Task Force, which investigated election financing of the 1996 election cycle.

Mr. Illovsky received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and his A.B. from Amherst College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Illovsky has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Northern California for 2012 – 2015 and the Best Lawyers in America 2013 – 2016. Mr. Illovsky was selected by Global Investigations Review’s independent research as one of the world's leading investigations lawyers and is named in its International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers & Forensic Experts 2014. He has also been recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US 2009 and 2014 for white-collar criminal defense. He currently serves on the San Jose Trial Panel under the federal Criminal Justice Act.

Representative Matters

  • Represented audit committee of health care company in internal investigation of sales practices
  • Represented of Fortune 100 company in connection with negotiation of non-prosecution agreement with DOJ and compliance program implementation
  • Represented real estate investor charged with price-fixing in federal foreclosure auction bid-rigging probe
  • Conducted investigation for independent committee of public online retailer investigating claims of fiduciary breach against directors
  • Retained as witness's or pool counsel in corporate investigations in diverse areas including financial fraud, environmental crimes, aviation, customs fraud, antitrust
  • Represented chief compliance office of investment advisor in SEC investigation
  • Represented individual indicted on federal charges of identity theft
  • Obtained misdemeanor resolution for individual who had been charged with felony tax fraud
  • Represented Vice President of Finance of gaming technology company charged by SEC with revenue recognition fraud
  • Obtained dismissal of federal indictment against individual charged with Medicare fraud
  • Obtained dismissal of SEC charges of revenue recognition fraud against former President of software company