A. John Pappalardo: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

A. John Pappalardo

Shareholder; Boston Chair; Co-Chair, Global White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) & Global Anti-Corruption
  • Securities Litigation
  • Gaming
  • Health & FDA Business
  • Antitrust Litigation & Competition
  • Environmental Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.310.6072
Fax: 617.279.8472
University Bowdoin College, B.A., Government, 1971
Law SchoolSuffolk University Law School, J.D., 1974
Admitted1974, Massachusetts; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Boston Bar Association
•Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
•Past Director, Bowdoin Club of Boston
•Adjunct Professor, Harvard University Law School, Advanced Topics in Criminal Law, 1990-2002


A. John Pappalardo focuses his international practice on federal white collar criminal defense, representing corporations and individuals in federal and international investigations. With 40 years of litigation experience, he represents clients in matters relating to FCPA issues, SEC investigations, fraud, banking investigations including money laundering, insider trading, RICO, global anticorruption, and other white collar crimes. John's clients include numerous corporations and businesses, attorneys, U.S. Congressmen, medical doctors, members of the federal judiciary, and a former foreign head of state. John has conducted many significant representations, including the landmark case in which he represented former YUKOS Oil Company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was on trial for fraud and tax evasion. He currently represents and has represented Fortune 500 companies in connection with their business dealings on five continents. Additionally, John represents companies and their boards of directors, including structuring and conducting internal investigations, developing compliance guidelines, and implementing compliance programs.

Prior to joining the firm, John was a U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.

Areas of Concentration

•White collar criminal defense
•Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
•Internal investigations
•Securities fraud
•Health care fraud and abuse
•Public corruption
•Campaign finance
•Financial institution fraud
•Medical ethics
•Commercial bribery
•Defense procurement fraud
•Bankruptcy fraud
•Computer fraud
•Criminal tax
•Regulatory matters

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation - Securities, 2006-2016
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2015
• Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2004-2005
•Awarded, Best of Class, The Best of the U.S. LLC, 2007
•Listed, Who's Who in America
•Received, Law & Justice Award, Massachusetts Sons of Italy
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
10.23.15 18 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers
08.24.15 9 Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
05.15.15 Greenberg Traurig is a Sponsor of the 15th Annual Conference of the Israel Bar Association
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
11.07.14 16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in 2014 Edition of Massachusetts Supers Lawyers
08.26.14 Nine Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
08.05.14 Greenberg Traurig Serves as Lead M&A Counsel in Amaya Gaming's $4.9B Acquisition of Rational Group
06.13.14 Greenberg Traurig is lead M&A counsel in Amaya Gaming's acquisition of Rational Group for $4.9B
11.04.13 16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in the 2013 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Published Articles

02.01.11 Justice Department Beefs Up Foreign Corruption Act Enforcement
11.15.02 Invest in compliance and prevention to guard against white-collar crimes


06.01.15 DOJ Warns Extradition 'Safe Havens' Fading and Promises More Extradition Fights
11.16.12 DOJ and SEC Release New Guidance on FCPA: More Clarity but Few Bright Lines
09.01.07 Ruling Allows Grand Jury Witnesses Access to Their Testimony

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

John has authored numerous articles for publications such as the Boston Globe's OP-ED section, Boston Business Journal and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers. John has also conducted seminars involving public corruption and economic crimes for the DOJ; been a panelist and lecturer for the Massachusetts Bar and Boston BarAssociations on numerous subjects pertaining to criminal law; given numerous presentations to corporate counsel on many topics, including ethics, environmental crimes, the Economic Espionage Act, health care fraud and corporate compliance programs; and given a presentation to the Massachusetts Medical Society on Health Care Fraud.
•Quoted, Deep Bench, Global Gaming Business Magazine, July 21, 2015
•Featured, Avoid countries where bribery is institutionalized, Globes, March 19, 2015

Previous Employment

•U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, 1981-1987, 1989-1993
•U.S. Attorney, 1992-1993
•Chief, Criminal Division; First Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1989-1992
•Chief, Public Corruption Unit, 1986-1987
•Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1981-1986
•Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1978-1981, 1987-1989
•Deputy Attorney General; Chief of the Criminal Bureau, 1987-1989
•Chief, Public Integrity Unit,1981
•Special Commission Concerning State and County Buildings, 1978-1981
•Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Norfolk County, 1975-1978

Noteworthy Experience

•Lecturer, Introduction to Advocacy, Harvard Law School, 1993-1997
•Lecturer, Government Lawyer Course, Harvard Law School, 1989

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Represented large international pharmaceutical company relating to FCPA matters arising out of South American and European sales.; Represented former head of state in connection with a multicountry fraud investigation focused on treaty violations and the FCPA.; Represented prominent international company in the arms industry relating to a highly publicized FCPA undercover sting conducted by the DOJ and the SEC collateral investigation.; Represented multinational medical device company in connection with a federal fraud investigation resulting in charges brought against all investigated, except this company and its employees.; Represented major investment company relating to a high profile pay-to-play fraud investigation resulting in no action taken against the company or its employees.; Represented CEO and president of a company with international scope relating to a comprehensive SEC investigation, including insider trading.; Represented president of a defense contractor who was under investigation for kickbacks to subcontractors resulting in no charges being brought.; Obtained dismissal with prejudice of an action brought by the SEC against the president of a fund relating to market timing and fraud.; Defended businessman charged in a multi-defendant federal corruption case resulting in a one-month jury trial. The businessman was the only defendant found not guilty on all counts.; Represented Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his associated companies in case involving the Russian government's takeover of YUKOS Oil Company and prosecution of its former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev on charges of fraud and tax evasion.; Defended four year criminal investigation by the Department of Justice against large pipeline operator which experienced a rupture involving multiple deaths. Criminal prosecution was declined.; Represented private company that was the object of a freezing order by Switzerland pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The order was ruled improper by the Swiss court and in addition to releasing several billion dollars, the prosecutor was fined.; Acted as lead counsel on an internal investigation for an international privately held company resulting in the filing of a civil RICO action in federal court which recovered more than six-million dollars, including that from a former high level employee who was also criminally prosecuted and served significant prison time.; Represented high level executive targeted in a fraud scheme which resulted in several indictments and convictions after a three-year federal investigation. No action was taken, civil or criminal, against this Fortune 500 executive and member of its board of directors.; Represented sitting congressman who was targeted in a long term federal investigation resulting in the indictments of his former chief of staff and a Washington lobbyist. No civil or criminal action was taken.; Represented medical doctor targeted for fraud relating to a federal grant. No action taken by the government or the institution.; Represented optometrist charged with fraud and larceny relating to the operation of several offices. His and his wife's case dismissed.; Represented businessman and his company charged with violations of the Fraud and Kickback Statutes after a two-year criminal investigation. His case was never prosecuted.; Represented public agency, which was the subject of a two-year federal criminal investigation concerning its practices, which resulted in indictments of two past board members for kickbacks and extortion. No action was taken against the agency in any forum.

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DOJ Warns Extradition ‘Safe Havens’ Fading And Promises More Extradition Fights
A. John Pappalardo,Sanford M. Saunders,Nicoleta Timofti, June 16, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to push the extraterritorial reach of U.S. criminal laws. In the recent months, DOJ has demonstrated that its international enforcement efforts in the white-collar criminal front will include aggressive use of extradition requests for foreign nationals...

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