James Koukios is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office, and serves as Global Co-Head of the FCPA + Anti-Corruption Practice. Mr. Koukios represents companies and individuals in high-stakes government enforcement actions and complex internal investigations. An experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, Mr. Koukios has tried over 20 federal jury cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials: United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval. Mr. Koukios also served as a lead prosecutor in United States v. AEY Inc., a defense procurement fraud and export licensing case that served as the basis for the 2016 film War Dogs.
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Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Koukios spent 10 years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), starting his career as an Assistant United States Attorney in Miami and finishing his tenure at DOJ as Senior Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., where he supervised investigations, prosecutions, and resolutions in the Fraud Section’s FCPA, Health Care Fraud, and Securities and Financial Fraud Units. While at DOJ, Mr. Koukios investigated and prosecuted health care fraud, procurement fraud, public corruption, money laundering, and export control offenses, working closely with state, federal, and foreign law enforcement officials, as well as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Commerce; and intelligence agencies. He assisted in drafting the widely acclaimed DOJ and SEC joint publication A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which followed a series of consultations with business and compliance leaders. He was also a lead examiner for the Phase 2 examination of Russia’s compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Koukios served as Special Counsel to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, advising the Director and other FBI executives on criminal policy issues, preparing FBI Executive Management for congressional testimony, representing the FBI at interagency meetings, and acting as a liaison between FBI and other DOJ components.
Mr. Koukios has been named a “Recognized Practitioner” in FCPA (Nationwide) by Chambers USA, "recommended" for corporate investigations and white-collar defense by Legal 500, an “Expert” and a “Thought Leader” in investigations by Who’s Who Legal, and an “Attorney Who Matters” by the Ethisphere Institute for making an impact in the area of ethics and compliance. He also received the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his work on the Esquenazi and Duperval trials during his time at DOJ.
Mr. Koukios is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Koukios has been named a “Recognized Practitioner” in FCPA (Nationwide) by Chambers USA, "recommended" for corporate investigations and white-collar defense by Legal 500, an “Expert” and a “Thought Leader” in investigations by Who’s Who Legal, and an “Attorney Who Matters” by the Ethisphere Institute for making an impact in the area of ethics and compliance. Last year, Mr. Koukios was honored with JDSupra’s “Reader’s Choice Top Author 2017” award for his work on the firm's “Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments” monthly newsletter. He was also featured as one of the “Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015” by The American Lawyer when he joined Morrison & Foerster from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Fraud Section. While at DOJ, he received the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his work on the Esquenazi and Duperval trials.
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