Washington, D.C.—David M. Maria has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. (SHB) as a partner in the FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance and Government Enforcement & Compliance Practices.

Before joining SHB, David was a federal prosecutor in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, focusing on health care fraud and foreign corrupt practices.  As a federal prosecutor, David tried multiple cases to jury verdict and was responsible for the successful prosecution of more than 30 criminal defendants throughout the United States. David previously practiced at two Washington, D.C.-based international law firms where he led internal investigations of potential FCPA violations in Africa, Asia and South America; he also led domestic internal investigations of potential False Claims Act and federal securities law violations.  He regularly represented clients before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Commenting on his return to private practice with SHB, David said, “While I thoroughly enjoyed my government service and the experience that I gained at the Department of Justice, I am very excited to be joining the SHB team.  I chose Shook because of the quality of its people, its rich history of litigating complex matters, and its strong focus on providing the best service to its clients at an exceptional value.”

Admitted to practice before the District of Columbia and Virginia bars, David is also admitted to practice in the Fourth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and before Veterans Affairs.  He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, his M.S. in physiology from Georgetown University and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

“With substantial experience conducting corporate internal investigations and litigating complex white collar criminal matters, David brings added depth to the firm and we are delighted to welcome him,” said FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance Chair Rob McCully.

“We know our clients will be impressed with the expertise David offers,” said Michelle Mangrum, the managing partner of SHB’s Washington, D.C. office.  “Having him onboard will complement and enhance the services that we have long provided to our industry clients.”

Founded in 1889, Shook, Hardy & Bacon has 11 offices in the United States and Europe with nearly 450 lawyers meeting the needs of a diverse client base.