Paul M. Krieger

Paul Krieger represents individuals and corporations in complex legal and regulatory matters related to white-collar enforcement, as well as cybersecurity matters and commercial disputes. An accomplished trial lawyer and litigator, Paul co-founded the firm after serving for nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Paul was appointed to lead two units within the Southern District’s Criminal Division. First, he served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit, and then, as a Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrimes and cryptocurrency frauds, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, tax offenses, and healthcare fraud, including the cyber intrusion that resulted in the largest-ever theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution, and the largest mortgage modification and debt collection schemes ever charged. Paul supervised the prosecutions of offshore financial institutions and international bank employees for tax offenses; the investigation of fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs); the indictment of Iranian nationals for cyberattacks on multinational financial institutions; the indictment of Chinese nationals for obtaining and trading on confidential information obtained through breaching the servers of international law firms; the prosecution of a multi-million dollar fraud and kickback scheme committed by an executive at a publicly traded pharmaceutical manufacture and the Chief Executive Officer of a specialty mail-order pharmacy company, and significant FCPA matters, including two of the Department of Justice’s largest criminal corporate bribery and corruption resolutions.

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Paul conducted numerous high-profile public corruption and fraud trials, including the trials of former New York State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson and former New Jersey State Senator Wayne Bryant for bribery offenses, and the trial of the chief compliance officer of the investment firm that managed the finances of the National Basketball Players Association for perjury and obstruction of justice. Paul also prosecuted former State Assemblyman Nelson Castro for election law violations and false statements, and a consultant to the New York City Department of Education for embezzling millions of dollars. In addition, Paul has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Paul practiced at Covington & Burling LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where he represented companies, individuals, and board committees in federal grand jury, Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), state Attorneys General, and internal investigations concerning allegations of stock option manipulation, insider trading, and unlawful pharmaceutical sales and marketing practices. Paul also has experience in state court proceedings, including in contract and partnership disputes. In addition, Paul served as a law clerk for the Honorable Denise L. Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

In recognition of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit’s consumer protection work during Paul’s tenure, the Federal Trade Commission awarded the group its 2016 Prosecuting Attorneys’ Award. In 2015, Paul received the Council of the Inspectors General’s Investigations Award for Excellence for the conviction of a special education provider who defrauded New York City of $4 million.

Paul’s recent speaking engagements include:

  • “The Impact of Aggressive National and Multinational Enforcement of Anti-Corruption Laws in Brazil” (Conference hosted by Pinheiro Guimarães and KKL in São Paulo, Brazil on December 6, 2018)
  • “Shell Companies and BSA Issues Related to Cybersecurity / SAR Reporting” (Advanced BSA/AML Specialist Conference hosted by the Federal Financial Institution Examinations Council, July 17, 2018)
  • “Securing Consumer Data in Today’s Cyber Threat Landscape” (Comply 2018 – The RegTech and Compliance Conference, May 17, 2018)
  • “White Collar Enforcement Trends Under the Trump Administration” (American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York, August 10, 2017)
  • “Fraud in Employee Benefit Plans and Trusts” (11th Mid Atlantic Anti-Money Laundering Conference, August 7, 2017)
  • “Avoiding Shareholder Action: How to Integrate All Internal Stakeholders into the Cyber Risk Governance Defense” (Skytop Strategies, March 16, 2017)
  • “Hot Topics in Cyber Risk: Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement Trends; Third Parties Under Fire; Cyber Risk Governance and Insider Threat Management” (Sandpiper Partners, January 26, 2017)
  • “Towards Darkness or Light? Balancing Liberty and Security in the Fight Against Cybercrime” (Federal Bar Council, January 18, 2017)
  • “DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program and Current Enforcement Trends” (Protiviti, May 13, 2016)
  • “Second Annual Information Governance, Security, and Privacy Briefing” (Sandpiper Partners, May 4, 2016)
  • “Enforcement 2016: Perspectives from Government Agencies – Ethics Panel” (Practicing Law Institute, April 29, 2016)
  • “Global Cities Joining Forces Against Corruption – Game-Changing Cases: An Inside Look at Breakthrough Investigations” (Columbia Law School – Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, April 24, 2015)

Education:

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003

cum laude

B.A., Cornell University, 1997

Phi Beta Kappa

Clerkships:

Hon. Denise L. Cote, U.S. District Court, SDNY (2004)

Government Service:

Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY (2008 – 2017)

Chief, Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit (2015 – 2017)

Chief, Narcotics Unit (2014 – 2015)

Admissions:

New York

U.S. District Court, SDNY

U.S. District Court, EDNY

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit