Peter B. Axelrod is an Of Counsel in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the New York office. (* Admitted in California and the District of Columbia; not yet admitted in New York.) His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations, with an emphasis on cross-border matters.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Axelrod gained extensive experience at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a prosecutor and government liaison running and coordinating complex, high-profile, international investigations. In his last DOJ position, Mr. Axelrod served in Paris as the U.S. Department of Justice Attaché to France and Monaco, where he handled bilateral criminal justice matters with a focus on national security, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and sanctions violations, cybercrime and complex frauds. As the Attaché, Mr. Axelrod handled all requests involving the U.S. and France for extradition and to obtain evidence in criminal matters.
As an Assistant United States Attorney before that, Mr. Axelrod prosecuted a range of cases, including national security matters, economic espionage, securities fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, human trafficking, obstruction of justice, and perjury.
Mr. Axelrod twice received Attorney General Awards for his trial work, including:
Mr. Axelrod earned his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He speaks French fluently.
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Recognized among the World’s Top 10 Best Investigations Practices by Global Investigations Review for 2020
Paul Hastings ranked in the Top 10 of Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross border investigations practices. The citation reads in part: “Few firms can boast the breadth of experience that Paul Hastings can. GIR data shows that Paul Hastings is listed as having advised on more FCPA settlements than any other firm since late 2008, and has had more FCPA monitorships than any other firm since 2004."
The following attorneys were noted in the profile based on their exceptional performance across the white collar practice: Kwame Manley, Tara Giunta, Gary Giampetruzzi, Thomas Zaccaro, Robert Luskin, John S. (Jay) Darden, Nat Edmonds, Tim Dickinson, Morgan Miller, Corinne Lammers, Nicola Bonucci, Simon Airey, Tom Best, Matt Herrington, Jonathan Drimmer, Peter Axelrod, Shaun Wu, Jason Fiebig, and Haiyan Tang.
October 23, 2020