Cormac Connor is a trial lawyer and litigator with experience in a wide variety of criminal and civil litigation matters. His experience at the Firm includes representing BP in connection with government investigations and related litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. Cormac has also assisted clients in a variety of industries, including, pharmaceuticals, automotive, chemical manufacturing, and textiles as they manage and respond to government criminal and civil investigations. Cormac has assisted clients with investigations by agencies including the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Office of Foreign Asset Control and National Credit Union Administration pertaining to allegations including mail and wire fraud, embezzlement, accounting fraud, procurement fraud, criminal antitrust, obstruction of justice, import/export and customs violations.
Before joining the Firm, Cormac served as an Assistant United States Attorney for nearly four years with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Cormac was the lead prosecutor on 25 criminal trials and was responsible for investigating hundreds of criminal cases. As part of his investigative work, which included dozens of Grand Jury investigations, Cormac interacted regularly with law enforcement personnel, located and interviewed witnesses, evaluated evidence and coordinated analysis of evidence by forensic expert witnesses.
Beyond his prosecutorial experience, Cormac also has worked as a civil litigator at law firms in Washington, D.C. and in Denver, Colorado. While in private practice, Cormac appeared and argued numerous times before state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal, as well as private arbitrators and mediators. Throughout his career, Cormac has represented clients in a broad range of industries and practice areas that have included commercial contracts, intellectual property issues and tort claims.
Represented medical device manufacturer in relation to joint civil and criminal investigations by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice, resulting in government’s declination to pursue criminal prosecution.
Advised European auto parts manufacturer during internal evaluation of possible criminal antitrust exposure under the Sherman Act.
Represented global oil and gas producer during federal criminal investigation related to Deepwater Horizon incident and allegations of Clean Water Act violations, Obstruction of Congress, Misconduct or Neglect of Ship Officers and Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations.
Represented chemical manufacturer and distributor in relation to criminal antitrust investigation by Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
Represented board of directors of pharmaceutical manufacturer during internal investigation related to whistleblower allegations.
Represented board of directors for federal credit union during examination by National Credit Union Administration and then assisted with subsequent criminal investigation of employee misconduct by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service.
Represented apparel manufacturer with major military supply contracts during investigation related to possible Office of Foreign Asset Control and export restriction violations.
Represented chemical manufacturer in response to Department of Homeland Security subpoena related to possible export restriction violations, but resulting in no prosecution by government.
Represented pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in healthcare fraud investigations conducted by federal and state enforcement agencies involving allegations of off-label promotion, improper sales and marketing practices, pricing issues, and alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.
Board member with the AUSA Association, an organization of current and former prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia
Firm liaison and pro bono volunteer with Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC
Pro Bono Service Awards from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Special Achievement Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia, 2011
Board of Trustees member with the Eagle’s Nest Foundation, educational non-profit located in Pisgah Forest, NC