Fry Wernick is a partner in the Government Investigations and White Collar Practice Group. He conducts internal investigations and defends companies and individuals against government investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering (AML) statutes, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions, campaign finance laws, and other financial and corruption-related offenses. Fry also helps prepare and defend companies and individuals facing inquiries and investigations by Congress. In addition, Fry advises publicly traded and privately held companies on transactional risk, particularly concerning business transactions in emerging markets, and he helps companies develop effective compliance programs.
As a former federal prosecutor and Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section, Fry has a broad range of white collar experience and he led and supervised dozens of the Department’s most high-profile cases, including four of the largest-ever FCPA corporate criminal resolutions and dozens of individual prosecutions. Fry has investigated hundreds of cases, and he has substantial trial experience, having been the lead prosecutor in over 30 criminal trials, and he has handled over 20 appeals, including four oral arguments.
Fry is one of the few former federal prosecutors who has actually prosecuted violations of the FCPA, and he knows how the Department of Justice prioritizes and investigates cases involving alleged violations of the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books-and-records, and internal controls provisions, as well as related fraud, money laundering statutes, and sanctions regulations. Fry also has experience negotiating parent and subsidiary-level plea agreements, DPAs, NPAs and declinations under the recent revisions to the Department’s Corporate Enforcement Policy. In addition, Fry coordinated multiple cross-border criminal investigations, and he developed an advanced understanding of how foreign regulators enforce the U.K. Bribery Act, the French Sapin II, and other anti-bribery laws.
Prior to Fry’s work at DOJ Criminal Fraud, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Washington, D.C. for over six years. As an AUSA in the Fraud & Public Corruption Section, Fry was on the prosecution team for the Office’s most significant corruption case, which was the largest-ever campaign finance case of its kind.
In addition to leading federal prosecutions, Fry has experience handling congressional hearings and investigations, as well. In 2017, Fry served a detail as Counsel to the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he advised Senators on proposed legislation and prepared them for hearings on criminal justice and national security matters.