Bruce J. Casino is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Casino has extensive experience representing a broad range of clients in compliance and civil and white collar criminal litigation and investigations matters. He has also served as outside general counsel to a number of mid-sized companies. He chairs the ABA's Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Subcommittee. He has earned a preeminent Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubble practitioner-based ranking for attorneys, and is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the trial lawyer honorary society.
Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Casino was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and before that, was with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. He also served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, teaching their course on white collar crime (1993-2006).
Mr. Casino frequently gives presentations, including regularly at the ABA White Collar Crime annual conference, and is a published author on diverse topics including compliance, litigation, white collar crime, government contracts, sanctions, privileges, FCPA, export controls and international human rights issues. He was thanked by author John Grisham in the afterward to The Street Lawyer.
•Lexis/Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer, 2010 - 2014
•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (the trial lawyer honorary society)
White collar criminal and compliance representations:
•A prominent government contractor in parallel criminal, civil, Congressional, and IG civil False Claims Act investigations.
•A Fortune 500 computer services provider facing a grand jury investigation for theft of intellectual property, and computer and government contract fraud.
•A manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles in a grand jury ITAR investigation
•A major government contractor in a parallel civil and criminal investigation of government contracts fraud on a top-secret program
•A Fortune 500 corporation facing criminal government contracting fraud charges and related suspension and debarment proceedings, a Congressional investigation and civil proceedings.
•A senior executive of a leading international medical device manufacturer in a health care fraud grand jury investigation.
•A Fortune 500 tool manufacturer in an anti-dumping/countervailing duty investigation.
•An oil industry company with overseas operations in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation.
•A U.S. auto parts manufacturer in a customs fraud investigation.
•The CEO of a large medical institution in a grand jury health care fraud investigation.
•The chairperson of a Fortune 500 corporation in a criminal antitrust investigation.
•An executive in a securities fraud investigation of a Fortune 500 media/internet company.
•U.S. oil industry subsidiaries of a major British publicly traded corporation which voluntarily disclosed export control issues to the Commerce Department and the State Department. Representation included development of a compliance program.
•A large U.S. government contractor in parallel civil and criminal false claims investigations.
•Corporations in a New York state grand jury bank fraud investigation.
•An individual in a federal investigation of the alleged bribery of a public official.
•A U.S. corporation in an international tax fraud investigation by a U.S. grand jury.
•An individual faced with a 36 count indictment in a HUD government contracts investigation.
Civil litigation representations:
•A privately owned U.S. manufacturer and exporter in conducting an internal investigation of tax evasion, FCPA, money laundering, Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC), Patriot Act and Anti-Boycotting Act issues.
•A major research university regarding export control compliance.
•A Fortune 100 auto manufacturer in litigation for reimbursement of an unconstitutional customs tax.
•An auto manufacturer seeking documents through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation, winning release of documents and one of the largest FOIA attorney fee awards.
•A major auto manufacturer in customs valuation and classification litigation.
•A Fortune 500 tool maker in a U.S. Customs prior disclosure and Court of International Trade proceeding.
•A Forbes 400 individual in a bank-related civil asset forfeiture case.
•Two large cities and others in litigation with respect to the U.S. Census.
•A corporation sued by a bankruptcy trustee in a major airline bankruptcy.
•A media company in numerous civil litigation actions related to the purchase of a cable television network.
•A large, not-for-profit entity, providing oversight and coordination of parallel 12-year litigation in Germany, France and the Netherlands.
•Fortune 500 corporations in False Claims Act cases.
•A media company in an employment dispute with a terminated CEO.
•A corporation with diverse holdings including seafood, real estate and media, in numerous litigation matters related to an attempted hostile takeover.
•A media company requiring advice with respect to securities disclosures, Sarbanes/Oxley and related litigation exposure.
•An acquiring corporation in conducting due diligence with respect to FCPA and Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) issues of the target corporation.
•A well-known musician seeking removal from the Transportation Security Administration travel restricted list.
Mr. Casino also has significant experience in the corporate arena, including drafting documents for major government contractors and other businesses. This experience arises from his role as outside general counsel to mid-sized companies. He also has experience gained through a recent secundment at a Fortune 500 corporation.
Publications & News
•New Human Trafficking Law's Impact on Government Contractors, National Defense, June 2015
•Implied Waiver of Privilege in Internal Investigations: Barko Court Compels Production of Internal Investigation Documents, Again, Co-Author with Bora Rawcliffe, Sheppard Mullin Government Contracts Law Blog, January 22, 2015
•Court Broadens Confidentiality of Investigations, Co-Author with Bora Rawcliffe, The National Law Journal, August 18, 2014
•Attorney-Client Privilege Protection in Internal Investigations Upheld by D.C. Circuit: Good News for Corporate Counsel, Co-Author with Bora Rawcliffe, Bloomberg Law, July 24, 2014
•Compulsory Confession Without Absolution - Government Contracts Compliance in the 21st Century, Co-Author with John Chierichella, Inside the Minds: Government Contracts Compliance, 2014
•FCPA, Due Process, and Jurisdictional Overreach by the DOJ and SEC, Co-Author with Scott Maberry, American Bar Association Criminal Litigation E-Newsletter, June 12, 2013
•What's in the New FCPA Guide, Co-Author with Scott Maberry, American Bar Association Criminal Litigation E-Newsletter, March 13, 2013
•The $155 Million Medco Settlement: Providing a Framework for Pharmacy Benefit Management Compliance, Health Law Litigation, Spring 2007
•Success in White Collar Crime Cases, The New Perils of White Collar Crime: Leading Lawyers on Mitigating Liability in a Post Sarbanes-Oxley Era, Aspatore Books/Westlaw, March 2006
•What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking, John Meyers 515 Housing Consultant, CARH Panel Discussion, January 2000
•Joint Defense Privilege in Administrative Proceedings, Co-Author, American Bar Association White Collar Crime Institute, 411, 1991
•Sources of Legal Rights for the Homeless, Co-Author, American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, 12, Fall/Winter 1991
•Federal Grants-in-Aid, Evolution, Crisis, and Future, 20 Urban Lawyer, 25, 1988
•Mail Order Ministry Tax Fraud and the Problem of a Constitutionally Acceptable Definition of Religion, 25 American Criminal Law Review 113, 1987
• U.S. Export Laws and Anti-corruption Developments in the U.S. and China, The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Legal Committee, November 6, 2013
• Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Institute, 2010
• New Developments in Export Controls, American Bar Association, International Section Annual Conference, 2010
• Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, 2003
Clerkship, Hon. Carol L. Mansman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit