Jason Linder is a partner in Irell & Manella's Los Angeles office and head of the Global Investigations and Anti-Corruption Practice. He returned to the firm in May 2017 after serving as a senior Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. In sensitive, high-stakes matters spanning the globe, Mr. Linder represents corporations, executives, and prominent individuals in internal and government-facing investigations across a wide range of business sectors, including financial services and investment firms, health care, medical devices, life sciences, automotive and aerospace, manufacturing, entertainment, high technology, real estate, and retail.

Mr. Linder’s practice emphasizes white collar criminal matters and crisis management, including internal investigations, compliance counseling, transactional due diligence, and defense of clients before government enforcement agencies around the world. He specializes in representing companies and individuals before the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other domestic and foreign law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Mr. Linder also represents clients in matters involving data privacy and security, cross-border civil disputes, international arbitration, class actions, and high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts.

At the Justice Department, Mr. Linder led many of the department’s most complex and cutting edge investigations and prosecutions of international FCPA, securities fraud, and money laundering matters in more than sixty countries, including throughout most of Asia and Latin America, concerning every major business sector. Mr. Linder worked with nearly every major U.S. Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agency in the United States, law enforcement counterparts around the world, and multilateral development banks such as the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Mr. Linder led dozens of white collar criminal investigations, resulting in some of the department’s most significant corporate criminal resolutions and convictions, including those against one of the largest technology companies in the United States, a leading oil services company, a Brazilian jet manufacturer, a Chilean airline, a New York securities broker-dealer, and a former high-level West African government official.

Before joining the Justice Department's Fraud Section in 2012, Mr. Linder served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. He served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials and appeals and many other litigated matters including FCPA, money laundering, and securities fraud cases.

Mr. Linder earned his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2000 and his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1997. He served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley Marcus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Press Highlights

  • "Bribery Ruling Makes It Harder to Go After Parties Outside U.S.," Bloomberg Law (September 5, 2018)
  • "Microsoft Bribery Probe Likely Extension of 5-Year Investigation," Bloomberg Law (August 31, 2018)
  • "Anti-bribery compliance: We need more 'pioneers'," Global Investigations Review (July 13, 2018)
  • "DOJ faces backlash against Whatsapp, WeChat policy," Global Investigations Review  (June 1, 2018)
  • "Panasonic company to pay $280M over foreign corruption charges," Daily Journal (May 2, 2018)
  • "In SBM Offshore case, lines between commercial and government bribery blur," Global Investigations Review (December 13, 2017)
  • "Unwrapping the new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy," Compliance Week (December 4, 2017)
  • "Announcing the new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy," Compliance Week (November 29, 2017)
  • "Court deals setback to prosecutors in cross-border cases," Compliance Week (September 12, 2017)
  • "Feds In Balancing Act When Pursuing Individuals In FCPA Cases," Law360 (June 6, 2017)
  • "O que a Justiça dos EUA pode fazer contra os irmãos Batista e a JBS?" BBC Brasil (May 23, 2017)
  • "JBS brothers test dealmaking skills in Brazil plea deal showdown," Reuters (May 19, 2017)
  • “FCPA Pilot Program Nets 22 Voluntary Disclosures in Past Year: DOJ,” The National Law Journal (May 17, 2017)
  • Mr. Linder's return to Irell as head of its Global Investigations & Anti-Corruption Practice in May 2017 received widespread media coverage in outlets including Law360, the Daily JournalThe Recorder/American Lawyer Media, Global Investigations ReviewBloomberg Big Law Business and the FCPA Report (subscriptions or registration may be required).
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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Global Corruption Enforcement Trends," International Bar Association’s 2018 Annual Conference (October 9, 2018)
  • "China: How the Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law, New National Supervision Law and Commission are Changing ABAC Compliance and Business Operations," ACI's 11th West Coast Conference on FCPA Enforcement and Compliance (September 25, 2018)
  • "Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Measures to Prevent and, if Necessary, Address Government Investigations," Keynote Speaker at Thomson Reuters Brazil Risk Summit 2018 (September 11, 2018)
  • "DOJ Criteria for Evaluating Compliance Programs," Keynote Speaker at Third International Compliance Congress in Madrid, Spain (May 31, 2018)
  • "Lava Jato, The Next Round: What the Most Recent Developments Reveal about Enforcement Priorities, Cross-Country Cooperation and the Risks Multinationals Face in Brazil," A New Environment for Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Mergers & Acquisitions in Brazil (November 14, 2017)
  • "What to Do When the Brazilians and Americans Come Knocking, and Best Practices for Preventing That in the First Place," A New Environment for Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Mergers & Acquisitions in Brazil (November 14, 2017)
  • “FCPA Enforcement Trends & Focus on Remediation,” SEC Conference 2017: An Accounting & Reporting Update for Public Companies (June 21, 2017)
  • "China: The Risks of Hiring Individuals and Third Party Entities with Ties to the Government: Practical Lessons from the Most Prominent Cases," ACI's 10th West Coast Conference on FCPA Enforcement and Compliance (September 26, 2017)
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Professional Activities

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors - Los Angeles
  • American Bar Association
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 2001, California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California, Eastern District of Texas