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Walter F. Brown, Jr.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Walter F. Brown, Jr., a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Managing Partner of Orrick's Litigation Division and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. Brown is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation.  He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative proceedings. He has extensive experience in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, computer crimes, health care fraud, public corruption, environmental crimes and tax evasion.  Mr. Brown also is engaged routinely by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations.  

Mr. Brown served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) from 1989 to 1994, where he specialized in white collar criminal matters.  During that time, he tried 20 felony cases to verdict in United States District Court and handled 30 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Since 2005, Mr. Brown has been selected by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers in the area of White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations. The current online edition of Chambers USA presents Mr. Brown and Orrick's White Collar practice in California in "Band 1," the publication's highest ranking, and quotes interview sources who say he is a "highly qualified, energetic and active practitioner," who has "'built a fantastic practice' in the white-collar sphere. One peer attests that 'for corporate investigations, he is one of the best lawyers in the state.'" The National Law Journal named him one of the nation's top litigators ("Winning" June 5, 2006).  He also was featured as a top white collar attorney in the February 2006 issue of CFO Magazine.

Some of his notable representations include:

  • Representation of the former President of the nation's largest mortgage lender in connection with investigations by and litigation with the SEC and the California Attorney General, and related class action and derivative litigation.
  • Representation of the former CFO of McKesson Corporation in connection with criminal securities fraud charges by the Department of Justice, arising out of US$9 billion market cap loss following earnings restatement.  After a six-week trial, the client was acquitted on all counts in the indictment.
  • Representation of multiple special committees of public company boards of directors in connection with internal investigations arising out of stock options issues.
  • Representation of the audit committee of a telecommunications company in connection with internal investigation of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in China, India, Mongolia, Vietnam and Thailand.
  • Representation of an energy company in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice Enron Task Force, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission arising out of California's energy crisis.
  • Representation of a software company in connection with an investigation by the New York Attorney General's Office concerning the allocation of IPO shares.
  • Representation of the former chairman and CEO of a publicly traded medical equipment manufacturer in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning revenue recognition.
  • Representation of the medical director of a nursing facility in connection with investigation by the Hawaii Attorney General concerning Medicare reimbursement fraud.
  • Representation of the CFO of an apparel manufacturer in connection with a securities fraud investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice following an earnings restatement.
  • Representation of various hedge funds in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Attorney General and NASD concerning "market timing" and "late trading" in mutual funds.
  • Representation of an environmental transportation company in connection with investigation by Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice concerning storage of hazardous waste.
  • Representation of employees of a Korean DRAM manufacturer in connection with price fixing investigation by the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
  • Representation of the Vice President of Research and Development of a publicly traded, international medical device company in connection with an investigation by the FDA and Department of Justice concerning testing and approval of medical devices used in vascular surgery.
  • Representation of an international specialty construction firm in connection with a bid-rigging investigation by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
  • Representation of a senior sales executive of a relationship management software firm in connection with a criminal trade secrets investigation by the Department of Justice.

Admitted in
 - Arizona
 - California

Court Admissions
United States Court of Appeals 
- Ninth Circuit

United States District Court
 - Central District of California
 - District of Arizona
 - Eastern District of California
 - Eastern District of Wisconsin
 - Northern District of California

Education
 - J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1985 
 - A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

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