Neil Eggleston is a litigation partner in Kirkland's Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice in the area of defense of corporations and individuals accused of a variety of civil and criminal fraud-related offenses. He has extensive experience in internal investigations, both as part of defending against allegations of fraudulent conduct and in response to internal corporate concerns about possible wrongdoing. Neil has recently represented corporations and individuals accused of securities fraud and has significant experience representing Audit Committees in SEC and audit related issues.
Neil also has substantial experience in defending against allegations of government procurement fraud, including allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust violations, and health care fraud. In addition, Neil has broad experience in advising companies and individuals facing Congressional investigations.
Neil has represented a number of high profile public figures, including the former White House Chief of Staff in the prosecution of the former Governor of Illinois, the Office of the President of the United States in the Whitewater/Lewinski investigation, a Secretary of Labor in an Independent Counsel investigation, a Secretary of Transportation in a Department of Justice investigation, and U.S. Senators in ethics inquiries.
Neil is ranked as a leading lawyer for director's duties and liabilities, dispute resolution, financial services regulation, securities regulation and enforcement and white collar crime and government investigations in Chambers USA (2011), The Legal 500 US (2011) and PLC Which Lawyer? (2010).
Chambers USA (2012) has ranked Neil highly in Nationwide Securities: Regulation: Enforcement and Nationwide Litigation: Securities every year since Chambers created those categories. The Guide notes, "Sources commend him for his expertise in SEC investigations and Congressional hearings, while he is also a highly skilled litigator." He is also ranked in the top-tier in Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations (District of Columbia). The Guide states that Neil "not only offers superb judgment, but also approaches the practice of law with a passion and then turns that passion into extraordinary creativity for getting results. He is commended for his deep expertise in white-collar criminal defense work as well as securities litigation." In the Legal 500 U.S. (2012), clients say Neil "displays an excellent manner with boards and senior executives and regulators." Neil was also formally selected for the 2012 NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Directorship 100, which annually recognizes the most influential leaders in corporate governance.
Neil frequently lectures at American Bar Association and similar seminars. He also counsels corporations on compliance programs and other preventative measures. He co-authored "Does Your Board Need a Risk Committee?," Directors & Boards (2009), in addition to "Option Pricing Issues: Six Questions You Should Be Asking," Directors & Boards E-Briefing (2006).
From 1993 to 1994, Neil served in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President. He also served as Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, from 1987-1988, and as an Assistant US Attorney (1981-1987) and Chief Appellate Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1986-1987). He served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1978-1979) and for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the U.S. Supreme Court (1979-1980).
Neil received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law (1978) and his B.A. from Duke University (1975). He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
SEC Issues Final Rules Implementing New Whistleblower Program, May 27, 2011
Federal Monitorship Can Be More Than a 'Necessary Evil' If Corporation Seizes Chance To Enhance Compliance Program, Prevention of Current Liability Current Report, a BNA, Inc. publication, March 21, 2011
Specific Corporate Compliance Challenges by Practice Area: Securities, LexisNexis Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance § 37, 2011