Brian K. Kidd

Partner | Washington D.C.

bkidd@mofo.com | (202) 778-1614

bkidd@mofo.com
(202) 778-1614

Brian K. Kidd is former Chief of the Market Integrity and Major Frauds (MIMF) Unit of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Practice Group. At DOJ, Brian supervised a team of roughly 40 federal prosecutors and oversaw virtually all major fraud cases, with a special focus on investigating and prosecuting complex securities, commodities, and other major corporate fraud cases. Brian oversaw cross-border and corporate prosecutions involving market manipulation, spoofing, insider trading, money laundering, bribery, cryptocurrency, accounting, and procurement fraud.

During his tenure as Chief, Brian oversaw a number of significant corporate resolutions, including against some of the country’s largest financial institutions, healthcare companies, government contractors, and automotive companies. Brian also served as Chair of DOJ’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group, where he worked closely with senior leaders at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve.

Prior to his role as chief of the MIMF Unit, Brian served as an Assistant Chief of the MIMF Unit from January 2017 to May 2018 and as a Trial Attorney from October 2015 to January 2017. Prior to joining the Fraud Section, Brian was a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico.

Brian earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Brian is also a three-time recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award. Brian has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center since May 2019 and previously was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Representative Government Experience

  • Led the investigation of a Japanese airbag manufacturer, resulting in financial penalties and the indictment of three executives.
  • Investigated top executives at a financial management firm for defrauding insurance companies.
  • Led an investigation resulting in the successful prosecution of 16 police officers in the District of Puerto Rico for various crimes, including RICO, robbery, and extortion.
  • Investigated and obtained conviction of the Special Agent in Charge in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, on corruption charges after a five-day trial in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Investigated and obtained a guilty plea, after three days of trial, of a defendant on wire fraud and obstruction charges in the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Led investigation resulting in the successful prosecution of violent street gang for various crimes, including murder, attempted murder, RICO, smuggling and trafficking in wholesale quantities of narcotics, and other violent acts.
  • Led investigation resulting in the successful prosecution of 25 airport employees for various crimes, including RICO and smuggling and trafficking in wholesale quantities of narcotics.
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