Michael Leotta conducts corporate internal investigations into potential violations of criminal law and company policy, and represents companies and individuals involved in investigations by the Department of Justice, the SEC and Congressional committees. He served for eight years in government, including as an attorney in the White House Counsel’s Office, as an Assistant US Attorney prosecuting fraud and public corruption, and as Appellate Chief and as ethics advisor at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.
Mr. Leotta has conducted internal investigations on behalf of a Fortune-50 bank/broker-dealer, domestic and foreign defense contractors, an international nongovernmental organization, a hospital company and a university. He has represented companies and individuals in response to DOJ, SEC and Congressional investigations on a number of topics, including allegations of:
- securities fraud and insider trading,
- government contracting fraud,
- violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,
- political corruption,
- obstruction of Congress,
- illegal access to computers, and
- other federal crimes.
He has represented attorneys, Congressional staffers and others who are witnesses in trials and criminal investigations. He has also counseled companies on compliance matters.
As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Leotta investigated charges of fraud in government contracting and procurement, corruption in Congress and the executive branch, mortgage fraud, health-care fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement from federal programs and numerous other federal offenses. In civil litigation, he represented corporations involved in contract disputes, libel and defamation claims, employment actions, attorney-malpractice claims and securities enforcement actions, among other matters.