Timothy Perry


Perry, Timothy
Tim Perry is an experienced trial lawyer and a member of the firm's Securities and Litigation/Controversy Departments. Mr. Perry's practice focuses on white collar matters, the defense of government enforcement actions, and internal investigations of all types.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Perry was an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of California, where he was the securities and financial fraud coordinator and a member of the Major Frauds and Special Prosecutions section. While an Assistant US Attorney, Mr. Perry tried, as first chair, more than a dozen federal jury trials and led scores of long-term grand jury investigations involving securities fraud, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), campaign finance fraud, tax evasion and tax fraud, the False Claims Act, bankruptcy fraud, bribery, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and commercial fraud related to antidumping and international trade. As a prosecutor, Mr. Perry led the investigation into, and in 2014 indicted, several individuals for conspiring to funnel foreign money into federal and local political campaigns—the largest foreign-money campaign finance fraud in US history. Mr. Perry was twice appointed by the Attorney General to serve as a Special Attorney investigating recusal matters outside his home district, and is experienced in handling classified information, including top secret information subject to SCI protocols. Mr. Perry is also an experienced appellate lawyer, and has been counsel of record in dozens of cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 2013, Mr. Perry won the Attorney General's Award—the highest honor given by the Department of Justice. Mr. Perry was also a recipient of the Department of Homeland Security ICE 2014 Director's Award for Superior Dedication to Teamwork, as well as the Homeland Security Investigations' 2012 Executive Associate Director's Award for Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments. Mr. Perry is an active thought leader, and has published several articles on prosecutorial ethics, international investigations, campaign finance, border security and other topics.

Previously, Mr. Perry was an associate at a large international law firm in San Francisco. Before attending law school, Mr. Perry was a Fulbright scholar in South Africa, where he monitored the implementation of portions of the 1996 constitution.

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Professional Activities

Mr. Perry is currently co-chair of California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom's Defending California Values working group. He is also a founder of the California lawyer chapter of the American Constitution Society. Since 2007, Mr. Perry has served as one of three final round judges for the “Best Brief” portion of Berkeley Law School's McBaine Moot Court Competition. Mr. Perry teaches classes at the Department of Homeland Security Intellectual Property Rights Center, and has advised candidates for elective office on issues of justice, security and preparedness.

Publications & News


April 21, 2017

Prosecutorial Discretion in the Age of Over-Criminalization

An article by Timothy Perry, published in Bloomberg BNA's White Collar Crime Report, examines what legal commentators have called the overcriminalization of the US Code and discusses the best tactic for defense lawyers to tackle the problem.

December 7, 2016

Opinion: It's Time for a Bright-Line Test for the 'No Contact Rule'

In this piece published by The Recorder, Timothy Perry and Sarah Zarrabi highlight the necessity for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to create a bright-line test for prosecutors' use of the “no contact rule.” The Ninth Circuit's 2000 ruling in United States v. Talao has caused confusion on when and how prosecutors can avail themselves of the “authorized by law” exception.

October 31, 2016

What Azano Trial Showed About Election Integrity, Border Security

An article by Timothy Perry, published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, discusses what Mexican multimillionaire José Susumo Azano Matsura's trial showed about election integrity and border security.

April 13, 2015

The DOJ In China: Second-Guessing Corporate Cooperation

An article by Timothy Perry, published on the China Law Blog on April 10, 2015.

March 3, 2015

Campaign finance fraud laws still thrive

An article by Timothy Perry, published in the February 19, 2015 edition of the Daily Journal.

February 2, 2015

"We Intend to Resolve the Ambiguities": The SEC Issues Some Surprising Guidance on Fraud Liability in the Wake of Janus

An article by Matthew Martens, Michael Mugmon, Jaclyn Moyer, Timothy Perry and Laura Goodall, published in Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report on February 2, 2015.

January 27, 2015

A 'Cop on the Beat'?: Why the SEC Should Adopt the Brady Standard

An article by Randall Lee and Tim Perry, published in Bloomberg BNA The United States Law Week Case Alert & Legal News Report, Vol. 83, No. 1097.

December 18, 2014

The DoJ goes to China: re-evaluating corporate cooperation

An article by Tim Perry, published in Global Investigations Review on December 18, 2014.

December 3, 2014

A Candidate’s Guide to Federal Oversight of California State Elections

An article by Tim Perry, published on December 3, 2014 by

November 19, 2014

Video: The Vulnerabilities of White Collar Wiretaps

Timothy Perry, a counsel in WilmerHale's Los Angeles office and former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of California, was recently featured in a video published by the Daily Journal about so-called white collar wiretaps.


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JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2006

MS, Political Studies, with distinction, University of Cape Town, 2003, US Fulbright Scholar

BA, Linguistic Anthropology, with honors, Brown University, 2001

Bar Admissions



The Hon. Peter W. Hall, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2006 - 2007

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