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Mike Dry

Michael S. Dry Partner, Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

Mike has over 15 years of progressive experience in white collar criminal defense, civil regulatory enforcement, government investigations, and complex commercial litigation proceedings.

A former Assistant United States Attorney from 2004 to 2016, he most recently served as Deputy Criminal Chief for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2012 to 2016. As first chair trial attorney, Mike has been involved in 20 federal jury trials and has represented the government in high-stakes matters with national and international significance. These cases involved complex financial crimes in a variety of industries. In the courtroom, Mike is particularly skilled at distilling complex issues and legal theories in terms juries and judges can understand. Mike’s cross examinations have been described as pointed and methodical by the New York Times (2014) and especially dramatic by the Washington Post (2014). He has handled interlocutory appeals and post-conviction appeals as well, writing over a dozen appellate briefs.

His motions practice experience involves novel issues including attorney-client privilege, stays of parallel civil proceedings, executive privilege, bills of particulars, severance, Daubert hearings, Franks motions, and other constitutional issues.

In addition to litigation, a significant portion of Mike’s practice focuses on counseling clients under government investigation and conducting internal investigations. As a former federal prosecutor, Mike has investigated and prosecuted the gamut of white collar crime, gaining substantive knowledge of regulatory regimes, including the Commodities Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934, and the Clean Water Act. 

Experience Highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in both criminal and Congressional investigations involving allegations of securities fraud.
  • Represented publicly traded company in criminal investigations by the Department of Justice and foreign regulators involving allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • Defended multi-billion dollar defense contractor in related Department of Justice criminal and False Claims Act investigations resulting in criminal declination and favorable no-admit, no-deny civil settlement 
  • Represented senior FIFA executive during criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York resulting in declination
  • (E.D. Va.) — Led multi-agency investigation and prosecution of Costa Rican reinsurance company, its CEO, and CFO for the sale of more than $500 million of fraudulent financial guarantee bonds to over 3,500 investors worldwide; coordinated parallel investigations with SEC and foreign law enforcement partners and negotiated plea agreements with both the corporation and the CFO; served as co-lead trial counsel at CEO’s jury trial, where he was convicted on all counts
  • (E.D. Va.) — Led investigation and prosecution of six hedge fund executives for their involvement in the sale of more than $100 million of fraudulent securities to more than 800 investors nationwide; coordinated parallel investigations by the SEC and numerous state securities regulators; served as lead trial counsel for the separate multi-week jury trials of the two hedge fund managers, which resulted in convictions on all counts
  • Led investigation of publicly traded South Korean chemical company and its executives for their attempted theft of trade secrets and negotiated deferred prosecution agreement that included a multi-million dollar criminal penalty
  • (E.D. Va.) — Led investigation and prosecution of senior executives of national tax-deferred exchange company for their involvement in the misappropriation of more than $130 million of client exchange funds; served as lead trial counsel for the multi-week jury trial of the CEO, which resulted in convictions on all counts and a sentence of 100 years imprisonment
  • Led investigation and prosecution of the Vice President of a U.S. maritime company on FCPA charges; defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment, which at the time was the longest FCPA sentence in U.S. history
  • Supervised investigation of major casino for suspected money laundering crimes related to violations of applicable Know Your Customer, Currency Transaction Report, and Suspicious Activity Report regulations  
  • Supervised several cyber intrusion investigations involving major companies from a myriad of industries and oversaw coordination between victim companies, civilian regulators, and law enforcement
  • Negotiated a plea agreement with a New York Stock Exchange-traded company to Clean Water Act violations that included a multi-million dollar criminal fine, a compliance program, and a multi-million dollar restoration project for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Secured a guilty plea from the president of a commodities trading firm for $9 million fraud; the investigation was complete within six weeks
  • Negotiated a non-prosecution agreement with one of the largest global construction firms that included a third-party nationwide environmental audit, a new environmental compliance program, and a criminal fine
  • (Va. Cir.) — Represented a Fortune 100 defense contractor in jury trial on wrongful death lawsuit brought by family of deceased U.S. Navy sailor (second chair)

Contact Details


T +1.202.639.6525
F +1.202.879.8865
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037
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Mike's Practices

  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 2002 (Order of the Coif)
  • University of Nebraska, M.B.A., 1997
  • University of Louisville, B.S., 1990
  • Admitted to practice: Virginia; District of Columbia; Eastern District of Virginia; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Deputy Criminal Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2012-2016
  • Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2011-2012
  • Corporate & Securities Fraud Coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2010-2011
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2004-2016
  • Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP, 2003-2004
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Robert G. Doumar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2002-2003
  • Captain, Chief Standardization and Evaluation Navigator, United States Air Force, Air Combat Command, 1991-1999
  • Member: Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member: Federal Bar Association
  • Faculty Member: American Bar Association Annual Securities Fraud Institute, 2007-Present
  • Faculty Member, Lecturer, and Criminal Trial Advocacy Instructor: U.S. Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, 2011-2016