John D. Buretta

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

John D. Buretta

John D. Buretta

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Biography

John D. Buretta is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and a former senior U.S. Department of Justice official. His practice focuses on advising corporations, board members and senior executives with respect to internal investigations, criminal defense, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation.

His clients have included global companies, boards of directors, audit committees, individual board members, company owners, senior management of public and private companies, general counsels and other in-house counsel of public companies, law firms, and former U.S. and foreign government officials. Mr. Buretta has worked across many industries, including the banking, private investment, energy, aircraft, publishing, information, communications, technology, food, consumer, mining, transportation, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. He has represented clients before the Criminal and Antitrust Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., numerous United States Attorneys’ Offices around the country, the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and various SEC regional offices, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of State and non-U.S. enforcement agencies. He has handled a variety of sensitive investigative matters concerning the FCPA, antitrust laws, securities fraud and disclosure regulations, money laundering and anti-money laundering controls, trade sanctions, export controls, cyber intrusion and tax compliance.

Mr. Buretta was recognized as a “National Star” and “Local Litigation Star” for New York in the area of white collar crime and investigations by the 2016 through 2019 editions of Benchmark Litigation. He was listed among the leading attorneys in the United States in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2016 through 2018 Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers and was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his white collar criminal defense work (2019). Describing him as “sophisticated, sensible and persuasive,” The Legal 500 United States recommended Mr. Buretta for his work in securities litigation (2015-2017), white collar criminal defense (2016-2018), antitrust (2017) and financial services litigation (2017). Chambers USA states Mr. Buretta is “very gifted, very bright and has a great strategic mind” and “is sensible about how the leadership of the Justice Department view cases,” ranking him as a leading lawyer in FCPA and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in 2018. Along with his colleagues, he earned the Firm a top-tier ranking in Criminal Defense: White-Collar in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey in 2018 and recognition in the investigations and criminal defense categories of both Chambers USA (2015-2018) and Legal 500 US (2016-2018) and the FCPA category of Chambers USA (2018). From 2014 through 2018, Mr. Buretta was selected by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and was named to The Ethisphere Institute’s list of “Attorneys Who Matter,” including as a “Top Gun.”

Mr. Buretta speaks and writes frequently on the topic of regulatory enforcement and compliance. Among other publications, he co-edited the sixth edition of The Cartels and Leniency Review (Law Business Research, 2018) and co-authored the U.S. chapter. Mr. Buretta also authored the U.S. chapter for Legal 500’s “Bribery & Corruption Comparative Guide.”

Mr. Buretta completed his time at the DOJ as the number-two ranking official in the Criminal Division as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff. In this role, he oversaw nearly 600 prosecutors on complex matters involving corporate fraud, FCPA, insider trading, health care fraud, money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act, trade sanctions, asset forfeiture, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, public corruption and other criminal investigations, and interacted with the Department’s Antitrust, Civil, Environmental, National Security and Tax Divisions on matters of mutual interest.

Mr. Buretta also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) for the DOJ Criminal Division, where he oversaw the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, among others, including the DOJ’s FCPA Unit, and supervised the preparation of the DOJ and SEC’s Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, issued in November 2012. Mr. Buretta also represented the Department before Congress and the Sentencing Commission with regard to the Department’s white collar crime enforcement efforts. In 2011, Mr. Buretta was appointed Director of the Deepwater Horizon Task Force, a leadership position he continued to fill while serving as DAAG.

Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Buretta served for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and was Chief of the Office’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Buretta also served in the Office’s National Security Section, where he handled investigations under the Anti-Terrorism Act and Espionage Act, among others. He served as the prosecutor in ten trials during this time.

During his tenure at the DOJ, Mr. Buretta earned the Department’s highest commendations, including the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence.

Mr. Buretta has served as an expert witness in foreign proceedings, on the subject of U.S. law, policies and practices in enforcement of the FCPA and as to U.S. anti-money laundering laws.

Mr. Buretta has also served as a monitor in separate appointments by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In December 2015, Mr. Buretta was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to serve as the compliance monitor for TK Holdings, Inc. (“Takata”) and numerous affected auto manufacturers as part of a settlement agreement and consolidated remedy order concerning the recall of certain of Takata’s ammonium nitrate airbag inflators. NHTSA has described the recall as the largest and most complex in U.S. history. In April 2017, Mr. Buretta was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as compliance monitor regarding the worldwide operations of Takata Corporation, headquartered in Japan.

Mr. Buretta was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Fresno, California. He received his B.A. in 1993 from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996 he received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned the Edward Allen Tamm Award and was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. Mr. Buretta first joined Cravath in 1996 where he was trained as a litigation associate working on private disputes involving securities fraud and complex commercial litigation. Following a one-year clerkship with Hon. Peter K. Leisure of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Buretta returned to the Firm in 1999. He left the Firm in 2002 and served for over ten years in the Department of Justice. He rejoined Cravath in November 2013.

Mr. Buretta may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1260 or by email at jburetta@cravath.com.

Mr. Buretta is admitted only in New York.

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Former Faculty Member at Fordham University - School of Law

Fordham University School of Law (commonly known as Fordham Law or Fordham Law School) is a part of Fordham University in the United States. The School is located in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city.

Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1996

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

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Class of 1993

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

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Editor-in-Chief, Annual Review of Criminal Procedure
Prior

The Georgetown Law Journal is headquartered at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and has published more than 500 issues since its inception, as well as the widely used Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP). The Journal is currently, and always has been, run by law students. Volume 1, Issue 1 was published in November 1912, under the supervision of Editor-in-Chief Eugene Quay. At the time, an annual subscription to the new Journal cost one dollar. The first article was titled “The 125th Anniversary of the Drafting of the Constitution of the United States.” In a three-paragraph statement of purpose, the editors of the new Journal proclaimed: When a school has gathered to itself some thousand potential lawyers, its efforts in the line of literary endeavor should find some proper expression; when a law school has reached the rank to which Georgetown has attained, it should be represented by a review that would take a place as high; and when we scan the names that make up the list of Georgetown’s faculty and the roster of her alumni, we can see no room for fear but that a journal representing her would take its proper rank.

Career History
Partner
Current

Cravath, Swaine & Moore provides legal services in various industries such as: broadcasting, media and entertainment, consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and chemicals, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. The company was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General & Chief of Staff
Prior

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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Prior

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

Political Donations
$500
1999

Former Senator from New Jersey

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RELX Plc purchases ThreatMetrix, Inc. from Adams Street Partners LLC, In-Q-Tel, Inc., U.S. Venture Partners, Technology Venture Partners Pty Ltd., Tenaya Capital LLC, August Capital Master Management Co. LLC, Talu Ventures Pty. Ltd.

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Awards & Honors
2017
Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
2016
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business
2016
Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
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