Kenneth D. Bell


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  • Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 1983
  • Wake Forest University, BA, 1980
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Member, North Carolina State Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

Ken is a partner practicing in the area of government investigations and white collar litigation. He represents clients on a variety of matters involving white collar crimes and business-related investigations. As part of his practice, he routinely represents Fortune 500 companies facing federal and state grand jury investigations.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Ken’s public sector experience includes services as first assistant U.S. Attorney from 1993 to 2003, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1990 to 1993 and assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1983 to 1988. He was also the Republican Nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina Fifth Congressional District, in 1990.

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Kenneth D Bell
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Representation of a sitting Congressman in an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Appointed as receiver by the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, arising from a complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging a $600 million Ponzi and Pyramid Scheme with more than a million potential claimants (2012).

Representation of the former president of a professional organization operating in the defense, training, logistics, retail and intelligence spaces in connection with allegations of firearms registration violations.

Representation of a manufacturer as part of an investigation into alleged environmental crimes under RCRA by the Department of Justice and EPA.

Regularly advises companies regarding FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance, including corporate risk assessments identifying the most significant compliance risk areas faced by the companies.

Conducted numerous internal investigations of companies regarding allegations of FCPA violations and kickbacks.

Representation of Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives during federal, state and regulatory investigations.

Representation of a Fortune 500 company in federal grand jury investigation and civil securities litigation related to allegations of stock option backdating.

Representation of a national property and casualty insurance company in federal grand jury and civil investigations regarding federally insured program.

Representation of a national home builder and mortgage company in class action civil litigation regarding sub-prime mortgage issues.

Representation of a Big Four accounting firm during investigation by state agency of tax planning strategies.

Conducted internal investigation for major financial institution regarding commission compensation practices.

Representation of a principal of a hedge fund regarding a federal grand jury investigation.

Representation of a national construction company during federal grand jury investigation of municipal water project.

Representation of accountants and medical professionals before licensing boards.

Representation of officers and directors of financial and commercial companies during federal grand jury investigations.

Representation of major financial institutions, accounting firms and large corporations in matters of government and internal investigations.

Counsel of record for more than 100 cases before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Primary trial responsibility in more than 200 federal cases, with more than 75 jury trials.

Government investigations regarding commercial and financial frauds, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, RICO, tax, terrorism, and environmental crimes.

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Corporate Investigations And White-Collar Criminal Defense, North Carolina, Legal 500 US, 2018

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation-Securities, 2015; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Charlotte, Best Lawyers, 2017, 2019

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2012-2018

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation-Environmental, Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation - Securities, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2012, 2014-2018

Named to “North Carolina Super Lawyers,” Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense, General Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2017

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Criminal Defense: White Collar, Charlotte, Best Lawyers, 2010

Named to “Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2009

Recipient, U.S. Attorney General John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, 2003

Speaker, Administration of a Mega Ponzi Scheme Case: Receivership v. Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers web series, November 8, 2016
Moderator, "ACHE Continuing Education Session: New Governmental Focuses on Fraud and Abuse Enforcement," Healthcare Finance and Growth: 2013 Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, September 2013
Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association's White Collar Crime Spring Program, May 2009
Speaker, "Challenges in Disclosing and Using Intelligence in Criminal Prosecutions," Canadian National Conference on Public Safety, November 2008
Speaker, 27th Annual National Trial Advocacy College, January 2008