Brandon M. Santos Partner

Brandon's practice focuses on advising and defending corporations and individuals facing regulatory, administrative and criminal investigations.

He counsels clients across a variety of industries including, financial services, healthcare, food manufacturing, construction, and technology.  His recent matters have involved allegations of financial fraud, public corruption, immigration violations, import and customs issues, healthcare and kickback fraud, false claims, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.

A significant portion of his practice focuses on corporate compliance and conducting internal corporate investigations. He has advised companies on FCPA and anti-corruption compliance and has conducted significant due diligence for financial institutions related to oversight by the OCC, CFPB and state attorneys general. His work in these areas has sent him to four continents, seven countries and throughout the United States.

Brandon regularly advises attorneys across the firm and firm clients on matters of state and federal criminal procedure, including responding to subpoenas, grand jury testimony, search and seizure, and civil and criminal asset forfeiture.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods LLP, Brandon served as an assistant Commonwealth’s attorney for the City of Richmond and as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, trying more than twenty jury trials in state and federal court. He worked closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute criminal offenses and appeared before federal, state, and multi-jurisdictional grand juries.


Conducted pre-merger FCPA and anticorruption review of a leading global medical device manufacturer, focusing on the company’s operations in Brazil, China, Columbia and South Korea.

Conducted an FCPA and anticorruption audit of a global food processor’s operations in the United States, Mexico, Poland and Romania.

Representation of a major financial institution in a nation-wide internal review of debt collection practices and compliance with consumer financial regulations.

Represented numerous healthcare company executives in various healthcare fraud, anti-kickback and false claims act investigations conducted by the Department of Justice.

Successfully represented numerous public officials in a grand jury investigation related to allegations of bribery and conflict of interest.

Successfully defended an elected constitutional officer in a federal grand jury investigation concerning civil rights violations and perjury.

Successfully defended an accountant in a federal investigation concerning historic tax credit fraud.

Successfully defended a client in an immigration fraud investigation related to the H-2B Visa program.

Pro bono representation of a prisoner in a federal civil rights complaint against state correctional officers in a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, cum laude, Order of the Barristers, Member, University of Richmond Law Review, 2007
  • University of Virginia, BA, American Politics, 2004

Named to "Legal Elite," Criminal Law, Virginia Business, 2016, 2017

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Speaker, "Internal Investigations & Employees," Association of Legal Administrators, October 18, 2017
  • Moderator, "Public Corruption Today…How Do You Define Corruption?," White Collar Criminal Law Forum, Virginia Bar Association, October 17, 2017
  • Panelist, "Efforts by the State and the Feds to Curb the Lucrative Crime of Cigarette Trafficking," Virginia Bar Association, Summer Meeting, July 21, 2017
  • Presenter, "The New Frontier of I-9 and E-Verify Compliance and Its Widespread Impact on Firm Clients," McGuireWoods LLP, December 13, 2016
  • Moderator, "Federal and State White Collar Enforcement," White Collar Criminal Law Forum, Virginia Bar Association, October 13, 2016
  • Speaker, "Internet Gambling: New Technologies & New Risks," Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) chapter meeting, October 6, 2016
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