Tom Firestone is a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Practice Group. He is recognized as a leading expert in transnational criminal investigations and represents companies and individuals in high-profile and sensitive matters before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury and other US agencies and international institutions. His cases often involve the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and other sanctions laws, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and other anti-money laundering laws, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and other federal criminal statutes related to business crime and national security. He has represented several prominent individuals and companies in delisting proceedings before OFAC, has obtained the cancellation of several Interpol notices and has represented individuals in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). He also advises clients on risk and compliance in international transactions and in the cannabis industry.
Tom previously worked as an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he specialized in the investigation and prosecution of transnational organized crime. While with the Department of Justice, he also served as the resident legal advisor and acting chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow and twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award. He has testified as an expert before the US Senate Judiciary Committee and the UK House of Lords and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of white collar criminal defense. He is fluent in Russian and reads Polish and Bulgarian.