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Peter B. Axelrod

Partner, Litigation Department


Peter B. Axelrod is a Partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the New York office. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations, with an emphasis on cross-border matters.  Mr. Axelrod regularly counsels multinational corporations on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA). 

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 FCPA, sanctions violations, cybercrime and complex frauds. As the Attaché, Mr. Axelrod worked extensively with the French Ministry of Justice, the National Financial Prosecutor (the Parquet National Financier), and investigating judges and prosecutors throughout France.  In that role, Mr. Axelrod handled all requests involving France and the United States 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, tax evasion, money laundering, human trafficking, and perjury.

Mr. Axelrod twice received Attorney General Awards for his trial work, including:

  • In 2015, the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security for the first jury conviction for economic espionage related to theft and sale of U.S. trade secrets to Chinese state-owned entities.
  • In 2009, the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for the first prosecution of foreign political leader (the former Prime Minister of Ukraine) for laundering the proceeds of foreign crimes through U.S. financial institutions.

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. Mr. Axelrod is admitted in California, District of Columbia and New York.  


  • Represent a Fortune 500 company in conjunction with an acquisition, including due diligence of acquired entity, conducting internal investigations, engagement with DOJ in an FCPA investigation and serving as global coordination counsel for matters before enforcement authorities in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Represent a Fortune 500 company before DOJ in an FCPA investigation.
  • Represent a Fortune 500 company before DOJ in a sanctions investigation.
  • Represented an offshore trust in tax investigation before DOJ and various foreign authorities. 
  • Represented a multinational manufacturing company before DOJ in an FCPA investigation, which resulted in a case closure without charge.

Practice Areas

Anti-Corruption and FCPA

Investigations and White Collar Defense

White Collar Defense





New York Bar

District of Columbia Bar

California Bar


Stanford Law School, J.D. 1997

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1992

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