White Collar Defense

Described as “a haven for clients in trouble,” by The American Lawyer, Zuckerman Spaeder consistently ranks among the top firms in the United States for white collar criminal defense. In fact, our reputation was built on defending clients in high-stakes white collar litigation.

We defend individual and institutional clients in all manner of white collar prosecutions, government investigations, and other criminal matters. With a team assembled from former prosecutors and public defenders, we are trial-ready litigators with decades of experience in court. Because our teams come from both the prosecution and defense side, we understand prosecutors and regulators, giving our clients a better perspective on the case.

Our attorneys possess extensive subject-matter knowledge in a host of heavily regulated areas, including securities, food and drug, health care, tax, government ethics, export control and sanctions regimes, FCPA, and antitrust, to name a few.

“…expertise that spans the full range of white-collar prosecutions and investigations.”Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Trial-ready approach

Your case may not go to trial - we may find a better way to resolve the issue before trial becomes necessary. But every step of the way, we evaluate the impact of our strategy and decisions, and we work to ensure that every choice, every action we take strengthens our case if a trial becomes necessary.

Managing the media

We represent clients in the most difficult situations of their lives, and we understand the impact these investigations have on our clients’ day-to-day commercial and professional activities. 

For businesses, the impact on reputation and finances can be significant; for individuals, the toll on lives and families can be extraordinary. Our approach takes these factors into account as we seek resolutions that achieve our clients’ goals and objectives.


Our experience as a national white collar litigation firm gives us the perspective and knowledge to conduct effective internal investigations for public and private companies—domestic and international—and to work with law enforcement, when appropriate, to resolve criminal or regulatory violations.

Government contracts and procurement fraud

With the U.S. government relying increasingly on contractors to provide services for defense and health care programs, it has devoted greater resources to investigating and prosecuting procurement fraud. 

We help clients navigate the complex web of criminal, civil, administrative, and business considerations that characterize procurement fraud investigations and prosecutions. We zealously protect our clients’ legal interests even as we work to minimize business disruption, safeguard reputations, and preserve good will.

Health care fraud

We handle a broad spectrum of health care fraud cases—regulatory, civil, and criminal—including claims of billing fraud, false claims, kickbacks, off-label promotions, and an array of other matters. 

Our white collar team includes a founding member of the Health Fraud Task Force for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, a former deputy to the DOJ Special Counsel for Financial and Health Care Fraud, other former prosecutors of complex white collar cases, and two current co-chairs of the Health Care Fraud Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee.


Meet the team
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Almas Abdulla


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Jason B. Acton

Senior Staff Attorney

Leila Bijan

Leila Bijan


Dwight P. Bostwick

Dwight P. Bostwick

Partner and Firm Chair

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Jay T. Cohen

Staff Attorney/Baseball Specialist

Melody Harness

Melody L. Harness

Staff Attorney

Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Staff Attorney

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Robert E. Jaffe

Staff Attorney

Laura Jones Eller

Laura E. Jones Eller

Staff Attorney

Lisa Kilbride

Lisa M. Kilbride

Staff Attorney

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Janice Lee

Staff Attorney Manager/Staff Attorney

Drew McWilliams

Andrew S. McWilliams

Staff Attorney

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M Moore


Bryan Reines

Bryan Reines


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Sepaass Shahidi

Staff Attorney

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Cy Smith