BuckleySandler is continuing its push to recruit top-level lateral partners. Today, the firm brought on David Krakoff, who previously co-chaired Mayer Brown’s white collar litigation practice, and Christopher Regan, also a former Mayer Brown partner.
For Krakoff, the move to BuckleySandler, a Washington-based financial services boutique, marks his first departure from the world of Big Law since serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. for 10 years. In 1993, he left Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom to join Beveridge & Diamond. He moved to Mayer Brown in 2004.
Krakoff focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, with particular emphasis on environmental and government contracts matters. He advises clients on Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement, grand jury and trial matters, audit committee representations, securities class actions, and cases involving accounting fraud, tax, public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, export control, trade secrets and environmental matters.
He also handles Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and investigation work. In May 2009, Krakoff scored an acquittal on all counts for a senior executive of W.R. Grace & Co. in a lengthy federal environmental crimes trial in Montana.
Regan represents individual and corporate clients in complex criminal cases and related civil and administrative matters at the federal and state levels. He represents clients in SEC enforcement proceedings, Federal Housing Finance Authority enforcement litigation, shareholder litigation, grand jury investigations and internal investigations.
BuckleySandler co-chair Andrew Sandler called the addition of Krakoff and Regan “the missing piece of the puzzle.” He said the firm has been working to expand its white collar defense practice.
In February, the firm added Samuel Buffone, who had been an appellate partner at Ropes & Gray. Buffone garnered headlines last year for his successful representation of former Enron broadband executive F. Scott Yeager at the Supreme Court in a double jeopardy case.
Of Krakoff and Regan, Sandler said, “These two guys have an enormous amount of trial experience, and will fit in perfectly with what we’re working on here.”