Seasoned Federal Prosecutor John P. Rowley III Joins Baker & McKenzie’s Compliance and Investigations Team

June 12, 2010 – – Washington, D.C., June 2, 2010 – John P. Rowley III joins Baker & McKenzie LLP as a partner in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Rowley, an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, joins the firm directly from Holland & Knight, where he co-chaired that firm’s white collar defense practice.

Mr. Rowley, a former Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, brings more than 20 years of experience handling complex civil disputes and white collar criminal investigations. He represents government contractors in litigation with the federal government and companies being investigated for alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Rowley also regularly works with in-house counsel and executive management proactively to ensure regulatory compliance and the prevention of corporate misconduct.

Mr. Rowley will play an integral role in the firm’s North American compliance, litigation, and white collar practices, joining a team of former prosecutors with deep experience in the US Department of Justice and, in particular, the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction increasingly focused on active investigation and prosecution of financial and securities fraud. Mr. Rowley will also work closely with the firm’s global Compliance and Dispute Resolution practice, which has more than 700 lawyers around the world.

“John’s arrival signals our continued commitment to expanding our world-class corporate compliance team here in Washington,” said Kevin O’Brien, managing partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, “We are very pleased to have him on board at Baker & McKenzie.”

Paul McNulty, former US Deputy Attorney General and chair of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Corporate Compliance Initiative, added that “John brings precisely the right skills to our corporate compliance team at precisely the right time.

With the recent launch of the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force, we anticipate that clients will face increasing pressure from the Eastern District of Virginia where focused attention and considerable resources are being devoted to corporate compliance issues. John’s experience as a prosecutor in EDVA coupled with his experience in private practice will make him a valuable member of our government investigations and corporate compliance team.”

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