Griffith L. Green
GRIFFITH GREEN is a partner in Sidley’s Washington, D.C., office. His practice is focused on the defense and litigation of securities enforcement actions, white collar criminal defense, and complex civil litigation. He has represented public companies, financial services firms, and individuals in investigations by the SEC, FINRA, and DOJ relating to alleged securities fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud, disclosure irregularities, broker-dealer misconduct, and FCPA and OFAC violations. He has also conducted internal investigations in a wide range of matters involving allegations of criminal, civil and ethical misconduct. Griff has extensive experience with electronic discovery and is a member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Task Force.
Griff regularly advises U.S. and non-U.S. clients on the development, enhancement, and implementation of corporate ethics and compliance programs. He also provides training for Boards of Directors, compliance and legal departments, and company personnel on FCPA and regulatory compliance, and conducts compliance due diligence for corporate acquisitions.
Griff’s recent experience includes:
- Defending a large U.S. manufacturer in a joint SEC, DOJ, OFAC, and BIS investigation of export controls and FCPA issues involving three sanctioned countries. This matter was closed without any penalties being imposed.
- Conducting, on behalf of FINRA’s Special Review Committee, an in-depth review of FINRA’s regulatory examinations of the brokerage firms of Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford.
- Defending Raytheon Company in a multi-year SEC investigation of accounting and disclosure issues.
- Representing U.S. and non-U.S. companies in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical device, service, and oil industries in internal and government investigations involving allegations of international bribery and violations of the FCPA in over 35 countries.
Griff joined the firm following clerkships with Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
A sampling of Griff’s representative clients and matters includes:
- United States v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. — Defended a medical device manufacturer in an FCPA investigation by the SEC and DOJ.
- China Green Agriculture —Represented a Chinese reverse-merger company in an SEC accounting fraud investigation. Matter closed without action by the SEC.
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Special Review Committee — Conducted a review of FINRA’s regulatory examinations of the brokerage firms of Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford. Public report issued.
- Represented a major international oil company in internal and government investigations involving allegations of international bribery and violations of the FCPA in 30+ countries. Matter closed without action by the SEC or DOJ.
- Represented hedge fund and private equity clients in SEC insider trading investigations.
- Defended a large U.S. manufacturer in joint SEC, DOJ, OFAC, and BIS investigation of export controls and FCPA issues. Matter closed without penalties being imposed.
- Advised clients in the manufacturing, automotive, electronics, food processing, financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device, and oil industries on the design and implementation of corporate compliance programs.
- SEC v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated — Represented broker-dealer in SEC investigation of e-mail retention and production issues.
- SEC v. Raytheon Company — Represented defense contractor in SEC investigation of accounting and disclosure issues.
- United States v. Tyson Foods, Inc. — Member of trial team that represented company in jury trial on 36-count indictment charging conspiracy to violate federal immigration laws and seeking criminal forfeiture of over $100 million. Jury acquittal on all counts.
- World Bank — Represented the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “World Bank”) in internal investigations relating to fraud and embezzlement claims and other litigation matters.
- BCCI Litigation — Represented the Government of Dubai in connection with claims arising out of litigation surrounding Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Also represented the Government of Dubai in other civil and commercial litigation, including fraud, contract and employment-related claims.