John Cunningham concentrates his practice on internal investigations, corporate compliance, and white collar defense. He advises clients on a broad range of criminal, regulatory, and compliance concerns, focusing on FCPA and global anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, digital currency, export controls, trade sanctions, M&A due diligence, fraud, embezzlement, cannabis law, asset forfeiture and attorney-client privilege.
His practice includes representing companies before the DOJ, SEC, OFAC, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and other agencies in connection with such matters. He also specializes in designing, developing, and refining corporate compliance programs in harmony with the expectations and requirements of those agencies. At the core of his practice is a dedicated emphasis on providing clients with the right tools--from both an investigations and compliance perspective--to deter, detect, prevent, and remediate problems, and attentively guide them through each step of the process.
Prior to joining Buchanan, John worked for over ten years at one of the largest international law firms in the world. He also has extensive federal enforcement experience, having served as a senior trial attorney with the DOJ and an investigative analyst for the criminal division of the FBI. Additionally, he was a federal law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Lee in the Eastern District of Virginia.
John’s clients are primarily companies and other entities seeking experienced counsel in an investigative context or striving to enhance their compliance programs to mitigate risk and maximize employee and operational productivity. He counsels companies across a spectrum of sectors, including health care, life sciences, financial services, consumer products, hospitality, energy, manufacturing, and entertainment.
Given John’s background as a DOJ senior trial attorney and federal law enforcement investigator, coupled with his experience in both large and small law firms, he has managed a variety of matters and clients across a wide range of industry sectors. Clients rely on his unique government and defense experience, hands-on approach, accessibility, and keen legal insight to help find customized, timely solutions.
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