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Sean Hecker

Sean Hecker

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA

Sean Hecker is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He has tried numerous cases to juries in federal and state court and regularly defends individuals and companies in grand jury and regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings involving allegations of securities and commodities fraud, money laundering, tax fraud and criminal antitrust violations. Mr. Hecker has conducted many internal investigations of alleged FCPA violations and regularly advises companies on anti-corruption compliance. He is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Mr. Hecker is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, where he represents indigent federal criminal defendants. Chambers USA (2010-15) has recognized Mr. Hecker for his “encyclopedic knowledge and practical understanding of how legal issues will work in real-world business.” He is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2010-15) as “thoughtful, commercial, and very experienced” for white-collar criminal defense and is recognized by Benchmark Litigation (2016) as a “future star.” Mr. Hecker was named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group (2013).

Mr. Hecker joined Debevoise in 2006 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, he was a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders of New York from 2003 to 2006. During that time, he defended individuals charged in the Southern District of New York with a wide range of federal offenses and handled numerous trials and hearings. Mr. Hecker was a litigation associate with Covington & Burling in New York from 1999 to 2003, and was a law clerk for the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit from 1998 to 1999, and for the Hon. Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1997 to 1998.

Mr. Hecker received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the Senior Note Editor of the Law Review. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1992.

Mr. Hecker’s publications include “Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Anti-Corruption Compliance And Antitrust Law In Russia,” CEE Legal Matters (May, 2015); The SEC Noble Prosecution: Takeaways From The O’Rourke, Jackson And Ruehlen Settlements,” Financial Fraud Law Report (November/December, 2014); “DOJ Officials Encourage Companies to Cooperate Against Potentially Culpable Individuals,” “Just Blogs” section of Main Justice (October, 2014); “Conspiracy and the ‘Indefinite Payments’ Doctrine,” New York Law Journal (February, 2014); “Anti-Corruption Compliance in 2013: Post-Guidance and Signals for the Future,” Financial Fraud Law Report (February, 2014); “The $398 Million Total S.A. Settlement: Are Administrative Orders Now the SEC’s FCPA Resolution of Choice?,” Financial Fraud Law Report (November/December, 2013); Should FCPA ‘Territorial’ Jurisdiction Reach Extraterritorial Proportions?,” American Bar Association's International Law News (Winter, 2013); “In Re Pacific Pictures: The Ninth Circuit Rejects Selective Waiver,” Financial Fraud Law Report (June, 2012); “The Bourke Conviction And Willful Blindness: Did The Second Circuit Get It Right?,” Financial Fraud Law Report (June, 2012); “Corrupt Intent, Relationship Building, And Quid Pro Quo Bribery: Recent Domestic Bribery Cases,” Financial Fraud Law Report (February, 2012). Mr. Hecker is also a regulator contributor to the firm’s FCPA Update.

Mr. Hecker is a member of the New York City Bar Association (White Collar Crime Committee) and the ABA (Co-Chair, Sentencing Subcommittee of Criminal Justice Section's White Collar Crime Committee). He is Chairman of the Board of the Office of the Appellate Defender, and serves on the boards of the Federal Defender of New York, Inc., the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and Just Detention International.


  • Stanford Law School, 1997, J.D.
  • Harvard University, 1994, M.P.P.
  • Columbia University, 1992, B.A.
Sean Hecker is associated with the following items:
Answer Book Chapters  Answer Book Chapters Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (2018 Edition), Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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