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David S. Krakoff

David S. Krakoff

BuckleySandler LLP

Washington, DC, USA

David S. Krakoff is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of BuckleySandler LLP. Mr. Krakoff counsels corporations and corporate executives in all aspects of criminal and related civil and administrative matters.

With more than 30 years’ experience representing individual and corporate clients in high-stakes criminal and complex civil litigation and enforcement cases throughout the country, Mr. Krakoff’s experience spans a variety of SEC enforcement, grand jury, and trial matters, involving accounting fraud, securities, tax, foreign corrupt practices, public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, export control, False Claims Act, trade secrets and environmental matters. Mr. Krakoff’s experience includes federal and state trials, with primary trial responsibility in more than 50 cases. In 2009, he represented a former executive of W.R. Grace & Co. in a lengthy criminal trial in the District of Montana that ended in an acquittal of all charges. In 2011-12, he represented an individual in the FCPA Sting Case criminal trial in the District of Columbia that ended in a hung jury mistrial and the later dismissal of all charges by the Department of Justice. Mr. Krakoff represented the controller of Fannie Mae in parallel proceedings including an eight year securities class action that ended in summary judgment for the controller. 

Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Krakoff was co-leader of the global litigation practice of an international law firm. In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Krakoff was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia for 10 years.

Mr. Krakoff is recognized as a leading Litigation lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2015). In their 2015 edition, Chambers described Mr. Krakoff as "extremely thoughtful and imaginative in developing investigation and trial strategy." He was also recognized in Legal 500 as a "great lawyer and great guy."  Mr. Krakoff has also earned recognition from Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016), Super Lawyers (2007-2015), Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyers (2007, 2013, 2015), Who's Who Legal (Business Crime Defence 2015; 2015 Compendium), International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2012-2013) and Business Crime Defense Lawyers (2012-2013), and Best Lawyers in Washington (2006-2013). In 2015 he was named a Law360 Trial Ace and a National Law Journal White Collar Trailblazer. 

Mr. Krakoff received his J.D. from Antioch School of Law in 1975 and his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1971.

Practice Areas

Anti-Money Laundering & Economic and Trade Sanctions


Bank Director & Officer Defense

Class Actions

Complex Civil Litigation

Counseling & Compliance

False Claims Act & FIRREA

Financial Crimes

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act & Anti-Corruption

Government Enforcement


Securities Litigation, Enforcement & Regulatory

Troubled Banks

Whistleblower & Qui Tam

White Collar

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

U.S. District Court (DC)

U.S. Court of Appeals (5th and DC Circuits)

U.S. Supreme Court


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