Chairman and Partner


Hon. Manuel L. Real, U.S. District Court, Central District of California


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988

Stanford University, B.A., 1983

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Dwight P. Bostwick


Dwight P. Bostwick is the chairman of Zuckerman Spaeder’s Executive Committee and Partnership Board.

Repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his success in commercial litigation and white collar defense, Dwight provides sound judgment and effective advocacy in high-stakes disputes.

In the civil arena, Dwight has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in multimillion-dollar litigation involving claims for fraud, breach of contract, securities violations, and antitrust conspiracies.

In white collar crime matters, Dwight has successfully defended a range of clients in investigations and cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies. He has significant experience defending investigations involving banking, health care, and accounting fraud, as well as allegations of insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, and securities fraud.

Dwight has represented a wide variety of clients from the United States, Europe, and South America including executives, government officials, state and national associations, professional services firms, nonprofits, labor unions, and corporations in the technology, health care, financial and commercial industries.

Early in his career, Dwight served in the Department of Justice, first in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and later in the Deputy Attorney General’s Office. While at DOJ, Dwight was one of three prosecutors selected to lead the original Whitewater grand jury investigation prior to the appointment of independent counsel.

  • Represented former professional football players in the high-profile concussion related lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL). Our firm, along with a limited number of parties, ‎filed an appeal calling the 2015 settlement “unfair, unreasonable and inadequate” for its disparate treatment of former NFL players who were diagnosed with CTE before the ‎settlement and those who will be diagnosed after the settlement. ‎

  • Represents the former Chief Accounting Officer of a multibillion-dollar real estate investment trust in parallel civil and criminal proceedings. The client has been targeted by DOJ and the SEC in an investigation of accounting and securities fraud.
  • Represents a foreign national targeted in an insider trading investigation conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.
  • Represents two clients in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation conducted by the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission arising out of the Petrobras or “Lava Jato” scandal in Brazil.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories alleging antitrust violations in restraint of trade in the billion-dollar-a-year heart medication market.
  • Represented a national accounting firm and numerous partners in a grand jury investigation relating to alleged accounting improprieties. The client, a target of the federal criminal investigation, was not indicted and entered an agreement with the government disposing of the matter.
  • Represented a national association, a state association, individual psychologists, and mental health patients in a test case asserting breach of contract and fraud claims against Blue Cross and CareFirst in connection with the marketing and implementation of a managed care plan. The clients entered a favorable settlement prior to trial.
  • Represented a telecommunication entrepreneur and his company in a suit for recovery of a multimillion-dollar investment made to an Israeli company in an internet technology platform based on claims of fraud and breach of contract. The client entered a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in multimillion-dollar litigation alleging breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and misuse of trade secrets. The client entered into a favorable settlement following mediation and prior to trial.
  • Represented a top official of the U.S. Department of the Interior in civil and criminal contempt proceedings. The client successfully avoided civil and criminal contempt findings.
  • Represented the executive board of one of the nation’s largest labor unions in a series of emergency trusteeships, union hearings, hearings in federal district court, and hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to help rid the labor union of organized crime influence and financial misconduct. Additionally, he was selected by the union and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as the financial compliance officer for the union’s national elections in 2001, 2006, and 2011.
  • Represented a publicly traded pharmaceutical company in a dispute involving one-third of the company’s stock. The client prevailed in a dispute over the meaning of the term “default” in an agreement with a bank.
  • Represented a target in a USAID investigation of alleged misuse of federal proceeds by the CFO of a non-governmental organization. The government ultimately declined the matter.
  • Represented a federal contractor in Virginia and two senior executives in an investigation into billing fraud. The client avoided indictment.
  • Represented two former attorneys in their efforts to testify to antitrust violations they observed while working for the tobacco industry. Both clients were granted immunity from all 50 states before testifying in a number of tobacco-related cases. One client was on the stand testifying when the tobacco companies agreed to the historic $206 billion settlement with the State Attorneys General.
  • Represented a subject in the Abramoff grand jury investigation. The client was granted immunity.
  • Represented a subject in the Sandy Berger grand jury investigation. The client ultimately received a non-prosecution letter.
  • Represented a company founded by former military officers doing business in Iraq in a grand jury investigation into allegations of illegal billing of the government and ethical breaches relating to the procurement of government contracts. The client, a target of the investigation, successfully avoided indictment.
  • Represented the former medical director of a large chemical company in a grand jury investigation into alleged violations of the Toxic Substance Control Act. The client, a subject of the investigation, avoided indictment.


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