Michael (Mike) S. Stanek focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal litigation, investigations, securities enforcement defense 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, criminal and civil fraud and commercial and corporate disputes. He has extensive e-discovery experience and is highly skilled in designing, managing and executing multinational investigations. 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.

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  • 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

District of Columbia

Michael S. Stanek

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