Gabriel Colwell is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex business litigation. Gabriel represents corporations and individuals at all phases of government investigations and prosecutions, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities fraud, economic sanctions, money laundering, fraud and various corporate compliance matters. Gabriel also represents clients in business litigation disputes, including copyright, trademark, fraud, and breach of contract actions. Gabriel advises clients on federal and state law relating to the cannabis industry. In 2009-2011 and 2013-2016, he was selected as a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top up-and-coming lawyers in the region.
Prior to joining the firm, Gabriel served as a federal prosecutor in the US Army JAG Corps and as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii. While at the US Attorney’s Office, Gabriel directed investigations by the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Major Procurement Fraud Unit of the Army Criminal Investigation Division to successfully prosecute fraud, money laundering and various other criminal offenses. Gabriel also assisted in the prosecution of the first death penalty case in the history of Hawaii.
Gabriel’s service in the JAG Corps also included a year-long deployment to Afghanistan where he led and advised numerous criminal investigations. He also provided legal advice on US reconstruction contracts and various aspects of international and operational law. For his service in Afghanistan, Gabriel was awarded the Bronze Star.
Gabriel has lived and worked in South Korea, Japan and New Zealand.
Government Investigations and White Collar Defense