Brian L. Whisler

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Brian Whisler is Co-Chair of the North American Government Enforcement Practice Group and is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Global Pharmaceuticals Practice Groups and serves on the North American Healthcare Steering Committee. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Whisler served as the criminal chief assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he managed the criminal trial practice of the Richmond office which handled cases ranging from white collar crime, violent crime, public corruption and terrorism. Mr. Whisler focused his own trial practice on white collar prosecutions including health care fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud. He also served as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of North Carolina where he focused on white collar prosecutions and served as chief of appeals and health care fraud coordinator.

Practice Focus

Mr. Whisler is experienced in handling a broad range of civil and criminal matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, money laundering, health care, securities, and procurement fraud, and export controls issues. He has provided guidance in investigations as well as regulatory advice to multinational and domestic clients in oil and gas services, pharmaceuticals, financial services, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Additionally, Mr. Whisler has developed compliance programs for Fortune 50 corporate clients, guided companies and individuals in government investigations in multiple global jurisdictions and defended clients in criminal and civil litigation. He also represents multinationals in investigations before multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations and the Global Fund.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised global medical device company on pre-acquisition due diligence and related anticorruption compliance issues.

  • Represented multinational company before United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in sanctions investigation.

  • Represented individual defendant in federal criminal proceedings under Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA).

  • Represent Member of US Congress in pending federal grand jury investigation.

  • Represented multinational corporation before the Global Fund Sanctions Board.

  • Conducted anti-money laundering risk assessment for global hospitality company.

  • Represented physician before HHS-OIG exclusion proceedings.

  • Served as pool counsel for witnesses in federal corruption case of United States v. Robert McDonnell et. al., Eastern District of Virginia.

  • Advised Audit Committee for Fortune 50 multinational company regarding anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures.

  • Represented global engineering firm in FCPA investigation before DOJ and World Bank.

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Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar - Health Care Law Section
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists - Member
  • Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics - Member
  • American Bar Association - Global Anti-Corruption Task Force - Member
  • Top Secrety Security Clearance (TS/SCI)
  • International Bar Association


  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims~United States (2016)
  • District of Columbia~United States (2013)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina~United States (2010)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia~United States (2002)
  • North Carolina~United States (1994)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina~United States (1993)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit~United States (1989)
  • Virginia~United States (1989)


  • George Mason University (J.D.) (1989)
  • Grove City College (B.A.) (1985)


  • English