Justin Givens, a former federal prosecutor, is a member of the firm’s nationally ranked Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department. Justin is a skilled trial attorney with a decade of experience leading sensitive, high-profile internal investigations. He represents multinational companies and individuals targeted in U.S. Department of Justice prosecutions involving allegations of fraud and bribery, with a focus on cross-border Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and litigation.
Justin has played a lead role in several high-profile global resolutions for corporations and banks facing criminal and civil exposure in the United States and abroad. He has extensive experience structuring large-scale corporate investigations and navigating the cooperation and resolution process with both U.S. and foreign regulators. Representative matters involve cross-border resolutions in Europe and Latin America.
Justin also has significant trial experience in cases involving healthcare fraud, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (EKRA).
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Justin was a federal prosecutor with the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. In that role, he investigated and prosecuted complex white collar fraud and tried multiple cases to verdict.
- Represented the largest construction conglomerate in South America in response to allegations of FCPA violations related to the Brazilian Lava Jato scandal. Conducted an internal investigation and assisted in the representation of the client in negotiations with U.S., Brazilian, and Swiss regulators.
- Represented one of the largest private banks in Switzerland in connection with DOJ’s “Swiss Bank Program” to resolve the criminal liability of Swiss banks that assisted Americans in evading U.S. taxes. Managed a large scale, on-site internal investigation in Switzerland, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement for the bank and a penalty that less than 2% of the Bank’s peak U.S. assets under management, representing less than half the penalty paid on average by banks in the Program.
- Represented a Kuwait-based, leading multinational and multi-billion-dollar logistics company, against a criminal indictment and civil False Claims Act charge in the largest government contracting case ever brought by the Department of Justice. Following an internal investigation and substantial pre-trial litigation, the case was resolved with a misdemeanor plea, resulting in the lifting of a seven-year government contracting suspension.
- Counseled a leading university in an internal investigation in connection with the indictment of an assistant basketball coach in the Southern District of New York for allegedly receiving cash bribes from athlete financial advisers in exchange for influence over university basketball players.
- Represented a federal agency in their lawsuit against a multinational bank to recover damages on behalf of the United States government arising out of investments in residential mortgage-backed securities, resulting in a bench trial finding the bank liable on all claims and a judgment of over $800 million.
- Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption (FCPA)
- Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Counseling and Defense
- Commercial Litigation
- Congressional Investigations
- False Claims Act Investigations, Litigation and Enforcement
- Financial Services Litigation
- Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
- International Investigations & Enforcement
- Political Investigations Litigation and Enforcement
- Strategic Risk & Crisis Management
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- New York Law SchoolJD2008
- University of AlabamaBAPolitical Science and English2005
- Author, DOJ Announces Safe Harbor Policy for Mergers and Acquisitions, Subject to Inquiry, October 6, 2023
- Author, "Lessons from the Benczkowski Memo", LA Daily Journal, November 29, 2018