John S. (Jay) Darden is a partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings, and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Darden has practiced law for over 20 years, both as a defense attorney and a federal prosecutor. He has been recognized in Chambers-USA, Chambers-Global, and Legal500/Latin America, where clients have said:
- “great ability to distill a complex situation into something that the client can manage effectively;”
- “a great ability to manage cross-border cases with media exposure;”
- “great in front of boards;” and
- “a very sophisticated and strategic lawyer.”
Mr. Darden and his work have also been recognized in Global Investigations Review, The American Lawyer, Latin Lawyer 250, Law360, Just Anti-Corruption, and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations, and he has been named as a Washington D.C. “Super Lawyer” for more than ten years in a row.
Over the last several years, Mr. Darden’s practice has focused on defending companies and individuals in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In addition to defending against U.S.-based investigations, Mr. Darden assists companies by coordinating U.S. investigations with parallel investigations by foreign authorities, resulting in lower costs, less publicity, and more finality for clients, as well a reduction in the risk of paying twice for the same conduct. Mr. Darden provides clients with anti-corruption compliance advice and represents companies in connection with anti-corruption monitorships. Mr. Darden also counsels companies on issues that often flow from large government resolutions, such as negotiations with outside auditors, related civil litigation, and interactions with multilateral development banks (MDBs).
Most recently, Mr. Darden represented ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), both as defense counsel in the U.S., and as international coordinating counsel for the company in South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. The ABB resolution was notable in that it was the first ever simultaneous resolution among U.S., Swiss, and South African authorities. More importantly, despite its prior history, ABB was able to resolve its investigations in the U.S. without a parent-level guilty plea, thereby reducing the worldwide risk of collateral consequences from the resolution. ABB was also able to avoid a third-party monitorship, thereby avoiding significant future costs and business disruption. DOJ officials publicly referred to ABB’s conduct in the investigation as “extraordinary” and as a model for other companies to follow.
Other high-profile representations by Mr. Darden include Braskem S.A. (Brazil) in its successful resolution with U.S., and Brazilian authorities as part of the Lava Jato series of investigations; Alstom S.A. (France), which remains one of the most significant criminal resolutions in the history of the FCPA statute; TechnipFMC plc (U.K.), which included conduct in Brazil, Iraq, and West Africa; and Orthofix International N.V., which included conduct in Mexico and Brazil. Paul Hastings has received substantial industry recognition for its work on these matters, including honors such as “Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year,” “White Collar Group of the Year, “Compliance Group of the Year,” and “Global Dispute of the Year/Latin America.”
Mr. Darden’s non-FCPA clients are typically the targets of high-profile, Washington-based investigations. Examples include U.S. government contractors and health care providers accused of submitting false claims, a news reporter subpoenaed for the identities of his confidential sources, a congressional campaign committee who was defrauded by its former treasurer, and a political consultant accused of defrauding a gubernatorial campaign. He also routinely represents high-level executives and high-net-worth individuals under investigation by the U.S. government in accounting fraud, FCPA, health care, export controls, false statements, and other white collar matters.
As a prosecutor, Mr. Darden served in the Justice Department as an Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, where he worked on FCPA, bank fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, and false statement matters. During his time at DOJ, Mr. Darden was one of only a handful of federal prosecutors to try multiple health care fraud cases to verdict in multiple districts, including Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles. In addition, he trained prosecutors and agents in health care fraud and abuse matters at the Justice Department’s National Advocacy Center. For his work as a prosecutor in healthcare fraud matters, Mr. Darden received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Darden worked on Capitol Hill for three years as an aide to former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia.
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999 (Managing Editor of the Virginia Law Review)
- Washington and Lee University, B.A., in Politics, cum laude, 1993
In Private Practice
- Lead and co-lead counsel in defense of multiple publicly-traded companies in high-profile resolutions of DOJ, SEC, and overseas investigations involving conduct in the Bahamas, Brazil, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, and other countries.
- Lead and co-lead counsel conducting internal investigations for multiple public and non-public companies into possible FCPA violations in Argentina, Brazil, China, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, Venezuela, and other countries.
- Lead and co-lead counsel securing declinations from DOJ and/or SEC in FCPA investigations involving conduct in Afghanistan, Brazil, China, and other countries.
- Lead and co-lead counsel representing companies based in the U.S., Brazil, France, and Switzerland in connection with worldwide anti-corruption compliance monitorships and self-monitorships imposed as part of the resolution of FCPA investigations.
- Lead counsel representing numerous executives and employees individually in DOJ and SEC investigation of alleged FCPA violations.
- Lead counsel representing founder of private company in investigations by DOJ and the Department of Commerce (BIS) for alleged export violations.
- Lead counsel representing a reporter subpoenaed by the DOJ for testimony and documents identifying confidential sources.
- Lead counsel representing employees of private equity company in DOJ and SEC investigation of alleged accounting fraud.
- Counsel to board of directors of a publicly-traded company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged FCPA violations in Mexico.
- Co-lead counsel representing a company under investigation for alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
- Co-lead counsel representing the board of directors of a hospice company under investigation for alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
- Lead counsel representing a current executive of a pharmaceutical company under investigation for alleged violations of the False Claims Act based on kickbacks and off-label marketing.
- Lead counsel representing a former executive of a hospital company under investigation for alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
- Lead counsel representing current and former executives of a dialysis company under investigation for alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
- Counsel in defense of a hospital and physicians in a federal civil False Claims Act case alleging fraudulent Medicare billings and whistleblower retaliation.
- Co-lead counsel representing a congressional campaign committee in connection with the DOJ’s and the Federal Elections Commission’s (FEC) investigations of embezzlement by a former campaign treasurer.
- Counsel representing a member of Congress in an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
- Counsel in defense of a former controller of a publicly-traded company in an accounting and securities fraud investigation.
- Co-trial counsel in a civil fraud and conspiracy action against corporate and individual defendants resulting in an $8 million jury verdict in favor of client.
- Lead counsel in the prosecution of worldwide FCPA violations by a non-U.S. company resulting in corporate deferred prosecution agreements, corporate guilty pleas, combined criminal and civil penalties of $185 million, and a three-year monitorship of the parent company’s FCPA compliance program and related internal controls, and books and records.
- Co-lead counsel in an investigation of allegations of fraud in connection with post-disaster claims under the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Lead prosecutor in Medicare Fraud Strike Force take-downs of over 45 health care fraud defendants, and in charge of supervising investigations, grand jury presentations, plea negotiations, and trials.
- Lead counsel in an investigation of nationwide anti-kickback violations by the sales force of a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company.
- Co-counsel in an investigation of allegations of FCPA violations by a non-U.S. based company, working with the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office.
- Paul Hastings Recognized and “Highly Recommended” by Latin Lawyer - August 19th, 2022
- Paul Hastings Recognized by Chambers Global 2022 - February 21st, 2022
- Paul Hastings Named ‘White Collar Group of the Year’ by Law360 - January 27th, 2022
- Paul Hastings Celebrated as Most Impressive Investigations Practice at Global Investigations Review’s Annual Awards - November 10th, 2021
- Paul Hastings Recognized in Legal 500 Latin America Guide - October 27th, 2021
- Robert Luskin Profiled as a Top FCPA Practitioner by Leading Industry Publication Global Investigations Review - June 15th, 2021
- Paul Hastings Ranked as Top Three Firm for New Rankings and Recognized for Numerous Practice Strength and Growth in Chambers USA 2021 - May 21st, 2021
- Paul Hastings Named ‘Compliance Group of the Year’ by Law360 - December 16th, 2020
- Paul Hastings Named to World’s Top 10 Best Investigations Practices by Global Investigations Review - October 23rd, 2020
- Paul Hastings Wins National Law Journal’s Washington, D.C. White Collar Litigation Department of the Year Award - May 29th, 2020
- Braskem Concludes 2016 FCPA Settlement with United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission - May 19th, 2020
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2020 - May 1st, 2020
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019 - May 1st, 2019
- Paul Hastings Wins Financial Times’ Business of Law Award for Managing and Developing Talent - December 15th, 2017
- Paul Hastings Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice Named Most Impressive Investigations Practice by Leading Industry Publication Global Investigations Review - October 31st, 2017
- Paul Hastings Continues White Collar Expansion with Addition of SEC Enforcement Partners - July 11th, 2016
- Paul Hastings Continues White Collar Expansion with Addition of High-Profile Washington, D.C. Partner Group - February 23rd, 2015
- Paul Hastings Ranked Top 5 in Global Investigations Review's "The GIR 30" 2022 - November 22nd, 2022
- Latin Lawyer Recognizes Paul Hastings on its "Highly Recommended" List - August 19th, 2022
- Paul Hastings Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice Recognized by Chambers USA 2022 - June 1st, 2022
- Paul Hastings Recognized by Chambers Global 2022 - February 21st, 2022
- Anti-Corruption and FCPA Practice Recognized by Chambers Global 2022 - February 21st, 2022
- Recognized for Excellence in Legal 500 Latin America 2021 Guide - October 27th, 2021
- Paul Hastings Litigation Practice Recognized by Chambers USA 2021 - May 28th, 2021
- Recognized by Chambers USA 2021 - May 21st, 2021
- Recognized as Law360 Practice Group of the Year in Compliance - December 16th, 2020
- Recognized among the World’s Top 10 Best Investigations Practices by Global Investigations Review for 2020 - October 23rd, 2020
- Recognized as the National Law Journal’s Washington, D.C. White Collar Litigation Department of the Year - May 27th, 2020
- Recognized by Chambers USA 2020 - May 1st, 2020
- Recognized in the Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 for 2019 - October 24th, 2019
- Ranked by Chambers USA 2019 - April 26th, 2019
- Recognized in the Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 for 2018 - November 2nd, 2018
- Recognized by the Financial Times' for Innovation in Litigation and Disputes - December 11th, 2017
- Recognized in the Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 for 2017 - October 27th, 2017
- Recognized as Global Investigations Review's Most Impressive Investigations Practice - October 26th, 2017
- Recognized by The American Lawyer for the Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations (Latin America) - September 25th, 2017
- Recognized in the Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 for 2016 - September 29th, 2016
- Brazil Closes the Book on Lava Jato - February 11th, 2021
- Key Takeaways for Businesses from Brazil’s Newly Announced 5-Year Anticorruption Plan - December 17th, 2020
- Quando o novo normal não é nada novo: as preocupações sobre corrupção relacionadas à turbulência política no Brasil - August 20th, 2020
- Where the New Normal Might Be the Old Normal: Addressing Corruption Concerns Relating to Brazil’s Political Turmoil - August 20th, 2020
- Going, Going, Gone: First Law of the Trump Administration Repeals Regulations Implementing Section 1504 Reporting Requirements for Payments to Governments by Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies - February 15th, 2017
- Gift Giving and Insider Trading: The Supreme Court Rules in Government’s Favor in Significant Insider Trading Case - December 7th, 2016
- Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces a Reserve of $520M in View of What Stands to Be the Fourth Largest FCPA Resolution to Date - November 17th, 2016
- United States of America v. Reza Zarrab: The Long Reach of U.S. Sanctions May Have Just Gotten Longer - October 26th, 2016
- DOJ Voluntary Disclosure Guidance Signals Expanded Role in Export Control & Sanctions Investigations - October 24th, 2016
- FCPA Enforcement: Tech Companies and the Pilot Program - September 23rd, 2016
- They Keep Coming: The SEC Enters a $5.5M Settlement with AstraZeneca PLC Resolving FCPA Allegations - September 12th, 2016
- Take Two—The SEC Adopts Section 1504 Reporting Requirements for Payments to Governments by Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies - July 5th, 2016
- Ever Active and Perhaps Not So New—The SEC Awards Three Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers - June 9th, 2016
- DOJ’s FCPA Enforcement Plan Highlights the Need for Robust Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs - April 13th, 2016
- Another Life Sciences Company Gets Hit Hard: Olympus Pays $646M to Resolve Corruption Allegations in a Unique Dual FCA / FCPA Resolution - March 28th, 2016
- Your Joint Venture In Fact Can Be Your Problem: Bristol Meyers Squibb Pays $14M to Resolve FCPA Allegations - October 12th, 2015
- DOJ’s New Focus on Corporate Executives: The Practical Effects - September 14th, 2015
- cGMP Enforcement and Compliance in the Wake of Rostholder - July 27th, 2015
Engagement & Publications
Mr. Darden is a frequent writer and speaker on white-collar issues. Recent speaking engagements and articles include:
- “Financial Crimes,” International Law Institute (Nov. 2022)
- “Brazil’s Rising Enforcement and Fine Regime,” FRA Webinars (Mar. 2021)
- Co-author, “Brazil’s Five-Year Anti-Corruption Plan: Takeaways for In-House Counsel and Anti-Corruption Lawyers,” Anti-Corruption Report (Apr. 2021)
- “Anti-Corruption Enforcement Proceedings in Brazil and the U.S.,” Brazil-US Under 40 White Collar Initiative (Oct. 2021)
- “Brazil’s Rising Enforcement and Fine Regime,” Forensic Risk Alliance Webinar (Mar. 2021)
- “Ethical Leadership and Economic Development: Ethics in Monitorships,” Laboratório Internacional do ComplianceLab (Nov. 2020)
- “Challenges and Opportunities: Views from the Defense Perspective,” Latin Lawyer-GIR Interactive Anti-Corruption & Investigations (Oct. 2020)
- “The Prosecutor’s Perspective: Interactive Compliance Seminar,” International Anti-Corruption Academy (June 2019)
- “Anti-Corruption Panel Discussion,” ABA International Section Conference (Apr. 2019)
- Past member, Law360 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board
- Past member, Alumni Council, Washington & Lee University/Williams School
- Class Manager, University of Virginia/School of Law