Washington, D.C., New York, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Hamburg, London, Mannheim, Moscow, Munich, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Tokyo, Zurich (September 14, 2016) – Quinn Emanuel is pleased to announce that Richard Smith joined the firm as a partner based in its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Smith had previously been a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was Head of the Regulatory and Governmental Investigations, United States, Practice, as well as Chair of the firm's Global White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice Group, and the FCPA and International Anti-Corruption Practice Group.
Mr. Smith does white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. He also represents corporations and their employees in grand jury investigations, and criminal trials and regulatory hearings, transnational regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings, federal and state criminal prosecutions, criminal antitrust investigations and prosecutions, and False Claims Act and healthcare fraud investigations. He also represents clients in complex litigation, transactional and third party due diligence and creation and review of anti-corruption policies and procedures.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Smith was the former Principal Deputy Chief for Litigation of the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, where he supervised the litigation activities of all trial attorneys in the investigation, indictment, and trial of criminal matters involving violations of conspiracy, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, false books and records, obstruction of justice, money laundering, Healthcare Fraud, FCPA, and RICO statutes among others. Prior to that he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, where he conducted long term grand jury investigations, prosecuted and tried numerous complex white collar and public corruption cases, and successfully argued four cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He began his career trying criminal cases as an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, Mr. Smith was Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys where he served as the attorney-advisor to the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and represented the interests of all U.S. Attorneys.
Managing Partner, John B. Quinn said: “Our goal is to have the top white collar and investigations practice in the world. Adding a proven leader of the bar like Richard is major step toward achieving that goal.”
William A. Burck, Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice added: “Our criminal investigations practice has been growing considerably and we expect that growth to continue as regulators around the world cooperate in their law enforcement efforts. Washington, D.C. is the epicenter of this practice area. Richard is one of the top white collar specialists whom clients regularly turn to when faced with potentially damaging regulatory investigations.”
Richard Smith said: “White collar lawyers in D.C. have watched with great interest the success Quinn Emanuel has enjoyed building their white collar practice. When I was offered the chance to join the firm it was an easy choice for me.”
Mr. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, and his B.A. from Alabama A&M University. He has been recommended by legal publications such as Legal 500 and was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.