Michael (Mike) S. Stanek focuses his practice on white-collar criminal litigation, securities enforcement defense, investigations and anti-corruption compliance. He represents corporations, boards and individuals in a variety of enforcement and litigation matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the federal securities laws and criminal and civil fraud. He is highly skilled in designing, managing and executing global internal investigations and investigations before numerous government enforcement authorities. Mike also assists clients and deal teams on due diligence matters and counsels clients with respect to their corporate compliance programs, including policies, risk assessment and training.
Mike previously served as counsel to US Senator Mazie K. Hirono on the US Senate Judiciary Committee, including in her capacity as chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action. Mike also advised Senator Hirono on a wide range of hot-button issues, including data privacy, cybersecurity, financial services regulation, intellectual property, immigration, civil rights and campaign finance reform.
Mike maintains an active pro bono practice. He serves on the firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and on the Diversity Committee, for which he leads the firm’s working group on LGBTQ+ recruitment and retention.
While in law school, Mike was a George Washington Scholar, a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and a Deans Fellow. He was also notes editor for the Public Contract Law Journal.
Following law school, Mike was seconded to a firm client in the tech industry, where he focused on securities, intellectual property and corporate transactions. He also served as a legal fellow with an immigration advocacy organization, focusing on legislative and regulatory reform.
Conducted internal investigations concerning FCPA matters for multinational clients in the medical device, healthcare, and energy industries, across multiple geographies, including China, India, Korea, and South Africa
Represented public medical device company in SEC and DOJ investigations regarding FCPA and revenue recognition issues in Africa, Asia, and South America
Managed audit committee investigation concerning accounting issues and executive misconduct for enterprise software company
Successfully defended healthcare company in False Claims Act litigation, resulting in dismissal by relator
Successfully defended major accounting firm in SEC investigation into an audit client’s revenue recognition practices
Served on FCPA Compliance Monitor team for major Latin American airline*
Advised global financial institution on anti-corruption diligence matters in Asia*
Serves on firm team representing The Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, in connection with its work to uncover deleted governmental documents evidencing discrimination against LGBT Americans
Coordinated firm response team and coauthored amicus briefs regarding the 2017 travel ban
* Matter handled prior to joining McDermott.
George Washington University Law School, JD, with honors, 2009
DePauw University, BA, cum laude, 2006
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