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White collar crime

Sean Hecker is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, where his practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and regulatory compliance. He is an experienced trial lawyer, nationally recognized as a go-to litigator for corruption and other white-collar criminal defense matters by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, and Lawdragon 500, among others. Benchmark Litigation and Chambers have also specifically named Sean one of the top trial lawyers in the country, and Benchmark also recognized Sean as the 2020 White-Collar Crime / Investigations / Enforcement Attorney of the Year.

Sean’s practice includes representing employees, officers, directors and corporations across various industries in grand jury and regulatory investigations, including those conducted by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FTC, IRS, and federal and state banking regulators and state law enforcement agencies. He represents individuals on matters concerning alleged securities and commodities fraud, corruption (including the FCPA), accounting fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and antitrust violations. He has tried numerous cases to juries in federal and state court and also regularly advises clients on various legal and compliance issues. In one particularly notable matter, Sean’s victory in U.S. v. Bogucki was honored by Global Investigations Review as its 2019 “Most Important Court Case of the Year” and by Benchmark Litigation as a 2020 “Impact Case of the Year.” Law360 also honored Sean’s work in the case by naming him a 2019 “White-Collar MVP.”

Sean also maintains an active pro bono practice, notably including high-profile litigation fighting for the constitutional rights of people in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. Sean serves as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Defenders of New York and Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Mass Incarceration. 


Updated Sep 2021