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Charles E. Duross

Charles E. Duross

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Washington, DC, USA


With more than a dozen years of experience focused on white-collar cases, Chuck has overseen FCPA investigations relating to business in more than 50 countries around the world.  His practice is focused on white-collar criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations, compliance counseling, due diligence regarding third parties and business transactions, and defense of clients before government enforcement agencies. In addition, as a veteran trial attorney, Chuck has a proven track record in the courtroom in high-profile, high-stakes trials.

As the former Deputy Chief in the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Chuck led the FCPA Unit and was in charge of all of the DOJ’s FCPA investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the United States. In that role, Chuck was internationally recognized for developing and implementing the government’s FCPA enforcement strategy and was widely credited with developing the current enforcement regime. Under his leadership, the FCPA Unit resolved more than 40 corporate cases resulting in approximately $1.9 billion in monetary penalties, and secured convictions of more than two dozen business executives and money launderers.

Once dubbed “Mr. FCPA,” Chuck has been repeatedly recognized by the Ethisphere Institute’s “Attorneys Who Matter” list, including most recently as a “Top Gun” based upon his expertise and experience. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA, Law360, The Legal 500 US, the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal for his work on FCPA matters.

Chuck is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches trial advocacy, and he has been a guest lecturer on foreign corruption issues at Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession, the University of Michigan’s Law School and Ross School of Business, and Fordham Law’s Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.

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