A survey of white collar crime defense attorneys from the nation’s 100 top law firms has found the white collar Top Ten.

Dan Webb, John Keker, Reid Weingarten, Brendan Sullivan, Robert Bennett and Thomas Green are the nation’s top white collar criminal defense attorneys, according to a survey released today by Corporate Crime Reporter.

The weekly newsletter asked:

If you were the target of a federal criminal investigation, who would you hire to be your criminal defense attorney?

Webb, a former U.S. Attorney in Chicago, made a name or himself prosecuting corrupt judges and lawyers in Operation Greylord, then went on to successfully prosecute Iran-Contra operator John Poindexter.

He has spent the last seventeen years with Winston & Strawn in Chicago, defending corporations and individuals accused of wrongdoing, including some big name corporations, like Philip Morris, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and General Electric, and some big name politicians, like former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski.

In an telephone interview last week, Webb said that first and foremost, a criminal defense attorney has to put in the hours.

“A person has to be willing to spend an enormous number of hours dedicated to the client — because that is what it takes,” Webb said.

“Second, it takes a certain amount of judgment and experience to analyze a fact situation and find a path to follow. I have found over the years in representing white collar defendants that it is critically important that the defense lawyer master the facts quickly and then find a strategy to follow. That strategy might be a strategy to defeat the indictment, but you always have to be looking down the road anticipating that you will not be able to avoid the indictment. And you have to be always thinking — how am I going to be presenting this case to the jury?”

Webb said that he’s always had “a pretty good relationship with my brothers and sisters in the white collar crime bar — they include some of the best trial lawyers in the United States, and many are close personal friends.”

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