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Former Federal Prosecutor William Pericak Joins Katten's White Collar, Investigations and Compliance Practice

Firm News | September 12, 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today that William C. Pericak, a former federal prosecutor and seasoned trial lawyer, has joined its Washington, DC office as a partner in the firm's White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practice.

With more than 25 years of first-chair experience, Pericak represents clients in government investigations and complex civil and criminal matters ranging from heath care fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to environmental crimes, money laundering/anti-terrorism, bribery and corporate fraud.

"Strategic-thinking and highly skilled attorneys like Bill are exactly what our clients expect of us," said Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. "His experience at the highest levels of federal government and his legal know-how across health care, environmental and white collar matters deepen our ability to address the most complex legal issues in those areas and augment our growing Corporate Monitor team."

Formerly a partner at Jenner & Block, Pericak worked for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for 25 years, including as director of the Deepwater Horizon Task Force, where he led the unit prosecuting criminal violations related to the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Additionally, he supervised cases involving suspected violations of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act and directed Health Care Fraud Strike Force attorneys across the country. Pericak was also an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of New York, where he served as deputy criminal chief, asset forfeiture attorney and health care fraud coordinator.

"Katten's White Collar practice comprises a highly experienced team of former federal prosecutors as well as leaders in law enforcement and government," said Gil M. Soffer, managing partner of Katten's Chicago office and national co-chair of the firm's Litigation practice. "Bill is exceptionally trained to offer our clients significant insight through each stage of a government investigation from inquiry and charges to disposition and selection and employment of corporate monitors."

Pericak routinely advises clients on FCPA compliance and has represented individuals and companies in domestic and FCPA bribery investigations. He will work closely with Soffer, who was appointed earlier this year by the DOJ and SEC as the global corporate compliance monitor for the world's largest manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals, in one of the most substantial FCPA resolutions to date.

Katten's more than 40 White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practitioners represent individuals and companies across a broad spectrum of industries, with emphasis on heavily regulated sectors such as financial services, oil and gas, government contracting, food and beverage, health care and manufacturing. The team is experienced in a wide variety of matters—from representing clients who are caught in the cross-hairs of government investigations, to assisting companies exposed to risk by employees or third parties who have engaged in embezzlement, corporate espionage or other white collar crimes.