Steven McCool is named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a nationally recognized litigator.  He aggressively defends individuals in trials and in government and internal investigations across the country.  Mr. McCool has decades of experience in responding to search warrants and grand jury subpoenas, and in preparing clients for interviews and grand jury testimony.

A former Federal prosecutor, Mr. McCool has served as lead counsel in more than 75 criminal and civil jury and bench trials. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal has named him as one of 50 lawyers in the United States who has made his mark in white-collar litigation.

In Chambers USA, in 2018, his peers described him as an incredibly talented trial lawyer. In 2017, his peers described him as one of the best trial lawyers in the city. Another peer added: He wins the unwinnable cases. I’ve never seen anyone more committed to the interests of his clients. In 2016, his peers described him as an exceptionally gifted trial lawyer and a tenacious advocate for his clients, including SEC enforcement, internal and grand jury investigations, in addition to FCA litigation.

Mr. McCool is identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America® by U.S. News & World Report (Tier 1 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation). He is also recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine, and in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Mr. McCool was named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, DC by Super Lawyers®.  Main Justice honored Mr. McCool with its Distinguished Service Award in the Zealous Advocates category and as one of five nominees for Trial Firm of the Year in its first annual Best FCPA Lawyers Client Services Awards.


• Conducted an internal investigation of a Chief Executive Officer for a publicly-traded company and reported findings to the Audit Committee.

• Lead counsel for a former telephone company executive charged with defrauding the Federal Lifeline telephone program out of more than $32 million in United States v. Leonard I. Solt, 14-CR-2014 (M.D. Fla.). On the eve of what was expected to be an eight-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed all charges against Mr. Solt.

• Lead counsel for a former Allied Defense Group executive charged alongside 21 other individuals in the first large-scale, FCPA-related FBI sting case. After an 18-week jury trial, in what was called the U.S. Department of Justice’s Flagship FCPA prosecution, the presiding Federal judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss all charges after the jury deadlocked in overwhelming favor for acquittal of Mr. McCool’s client. United States v. Marc Frederick Morales, 09-CR-349 (D.D.C.).

• Lead counsel for a vice president of a national transportation consulting firm, who was charged with giving an illegal gratuity to a public official and prosecuted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Following a week-long trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. United States v. Kenneth Keitt, 07-CR-041 (D.D.C).

• Represented numerous high-ranking government officials in investigations conducted by Inspector Generals across the country, including lead counsel for a high-level official of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting relating to an Inspector General investigation.

• Lead counsel for emissions engineer in a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of allegations that Volkswagen AG implemented software to defeat U.S. emissions tests in hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen’s clean diesel vehicles.

• Lead counsel for officer and executive of a national healthcare provider at depositions pursuant to civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in a multi-state False Claims Act investigation.

• Lead counsel for a government contracting firm executive charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiring to commit major fraud against the U.S. Small Business Administration.  United States v. Joseph P. Richards, 13-CR-076 (E.D. Va.).

• Lead counsel for an executive of a multi-national freight forwarding company investigated for price-fixing by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

• Lead counsel for the President/COO of PurchasePro.com in parallel proceedings before the SEC and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in securities fraud prosecution. United States v. Shawn P. McGhee, 04-CR-495 (E.D. Va.).

• Lead counsel for employees of a military ammunitions dealer investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and ITAR.

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