Michael J. Garcia - Partner

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Michael J. Garcia

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-4810
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Professional Profile

Michael Garcia is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York office, where he leads the Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations practice.

Prior to joining the Firm, he served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, leading more than 250 lawyers in what is widely regarded as the premier U.S. Attorney’s office in the country.

Michael served as the United States Attorney from 2005 to 2008. During that time, he supervised some of the nation’s most significant investigations into securities fraud, bringing a series of high-profile insider trading prosecutions; international program fraud, including fraud in the Oil-for-Food program; numerous public corruption matters involving state and local officials at the highest levels of government; and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including settling allegations against the international oil company Statoil. He was a member of the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on White Collar Crime. He also chaired the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Terrorism and National Security.

While U.S. Attorney, Michael also supervised the office’s 50-lawyer Civil Division, representing the United States and its agencies in all civil litigation in the district, including False Claims Act cases.

Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Michael spent two years as Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security. As head of ICE, he oversaw an agency of 20,000 employees responsible for enforcing a broad range of criminal laws, including the Arms Export Control Act, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and various money laundering statutes.

From 2001 to 2002, as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement in the Bureau of Industry and Security, Michael was the top federal official responsible for enforcing the Export Administration Act and related export control regulations. In that post, he supervised federal agents in investigating violations of the export control laws governing dual-use goods and technology and restrictions on exports to embargoed nations such as Iran and Cuba. He also participated in international negotiations over end-use agreements for exports of sensitive U.S. products.

Michael was Vice President of the Americas for Interpol, the international police organization. While Vice President, he served on Interpol’s Executive Committee, the body charged with overseeing the budget and strategic direction of the organization.

From 1992 to 2001, Michael was a prosecutor with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During that time, he personally prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, involving national security and complex extraterritorial issues, including the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa. For his work on these cases, Michael was twice awarded the Department of Justice's Exceptional Service Award, the Department's highest honor, as well as the Distinguished Service Award.


Representative Matters

Served as the independent Chair of the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) responsible for investigating corruption in world soccer, including World Cup bidding, from 2012 to 2014.

Represented a Fortune 50 multi-national corporation in conducting overseas investigations into possible violations of the FCPA.

Conducted review into FCPA policies and procedures, as well as internal investigation into possible violations of anti-bribery laws, for global professional services firm.

Represented large multi-national corporation and subsidiaries in conducting global internal investigation into possible OFAC and other export control violations.

Represented a large, publicly-held, investment company in responding to a criminal inquiry into possible insider trading.

Represented large financial institution in responding to numerous regulatory inquiries into fixed-income trading practices.

Represented high-level executive of bank in probes by various government agencies into manipulation of the LIBOR rate.

Represented Audit Committee of high-profile sports entertainment company in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of accounting and other improprieties.

Conducted internal investigation for global securities trading firm into possible theft of trade secrets.

Represented international business executive in offshore tax shelter investigation.

Represented overseas executives in connection with Interpol-related issues.


Memberships & Affiliations

Chair, New York State Bar Association Task Force on Government Ethics, 2010

Member, New York State Bar Association Committee to Review Judicial Nominations, 2010 to 2011

Board of Trustees of El Museo del Barrio, New York, 2010 to present (Chair since June 2015)

Vice President of the Americas for Interpol, 2003 to 2006


Prior Experience

U.S. Attorney
Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
2005-2008

Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2003-2005

Acting Commissioner
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
2002-2003

Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement
U.S. Department of Commerce
2001-2002

Assistant United States Attorney
Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
1992-2001

Associate
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
1989-1990

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