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John C. Kocoras

John C. Kocoras

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


John C. Kocoras defends companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations, leads sensitive internal investigations, assists clients with global FCPA compliance and represents parties in complex commercial litigation. He heads McDermott’s Litigation practice group in Chicago and is co-leader of its firmwide Financial Services Litigation team.

John’s investigation and compliance practice developed, in part, from his experience as Managing Director and Regional Counsel at the global investigations company Kroll, where he supervised investigators, forensic accountants and computer forensics professionals regarding anticorruption matters and other international investigations. John also served for over five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, where he prosecuted criminal cases, including white-collar and violent crimes, healthcare fraud, public corruption and national security matters. Awards that John has received for his public service include the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association’s Investigation of the Year Award; the President’s Council for Integrity & Efficiency’s Award for Excellence; and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Inspector General’s Integrity Award.

John also served as investigative counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and as a law clerk to former Chief Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

John is recognized as a leading defense lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA, where he was praised for his willingness to “stand up to the opposition when a lot of the attorneys were head-nodding.” He was one of Chicago Lawyer’s “40 Under Forty,” and was listed multiple times as a Rising Star on Ethisphere magazine’s annual lists of “Attorneys Who Matter.” John was also ranked as a leading data protection and privacy lawyer by The Legal 500.

John C. Kocoras is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters U.S. Department of Justice’s Compliance Program Evaluation Factors: Impact on Internal Investigations - Internal Investigations 2017, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, Fraud Section - Internal Investigations 2017, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
McDermott Will & Emery, Special Report, The General Data Protection Regulation: Key Requirements and Compliance Steps for 2018 - Internal Investigations 2018, Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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