Phil Bezanson helps clients navigate some of the most complicated litigation, regulatory, enforcement and incident response challenges. He primarily represents companies, senior management and boards of directors as well as individuals in internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, and complex criminal and civil litigations. He has worked on a number of recent high-profile cases, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the George Washington Bridge lane closure, General Motors ignition switch and UnaOil corruption investigations, “Pay to Play” cases in New York, New Mexico and Illinois, stock options backdating, insider trading, construction defect cases, and a variety of matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Phil regularly conducts internal investigations and defends corporations and executives facing allegations of fraud, product defect, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, bribery, insider trading, tax offenses and other allegations of business-related misconduct or regulatory violations. He also assists national and international corporate clients with a wide variety of compliance matters including anti-bribery and corruption, cybersecurity and data privacy, insider trading and antitrust enforcement practices at publicly traded companies, and trading desks at financial institutions. Phil has been successful in convincing potential plaintiffs, prosecutors and regulators to abandon investigations before charges are filed. He counsels clients through each step in the defense process, from creating and auditing robust, specifically-tailored compliance programs, guiding clients through unexpected financial, environmental and cyber-related incidents, to preparing clients and their employees to meet with prosecutors or regulatory agencies, to making decisions on negotiation, settlement, trial and appeals.
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