Lawrence (Larry) D. Finder

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Larry Finder has extensive experience in government investigations, corporate compliance counseling, federal grand jury, trial practice, internal investigations and business crimes. He became US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas in February 1993. He has been peer-rated as an AV preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Larry's reputation as one of the top attorneys in his field is bolstered by his oft-cited studies on deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements. He has also been recognized as one of the top FCPA lawyers working outside of Washington, DC by prestigious insider news organizations, including Main Justice.

Larry is committed to public service outside of his law practice. He has chaired the Harris County Public Defender Board of Directors, and was selected for a three-year appointment (from 2009 to 2014) to the Practitioners Advisory Group (PAG), a standing advisory group of the United States Sentencing Commission. He currently holds an appointment on the Board of Trustees for the Harris County Hospital District (he previously served from 1995-2003, and chaired from 1999-2003). He has also served on the board of trustees for Crime Stoppers Houston (2007 to 2009), and on the board of trustees and executive committee for The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston (from 2004 to 2006).

Practice Focus

Larry focuses his practice on government civil investigations and US criminal investigations and prosecutions. He is also experienced in white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and financial crisis advisory and litigation. He also handles matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, SEC enforcement, and the False Claims Act/Qui Tam. Larry also advises on antitrust, environmental crimes, and healthcare fraud and abuse matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Led a compliance review for the public college system.
  • Led an internal investigation for an investment firm that was a victim of trade secret theft.
  • Represented a civil plaintiff in a federal trial regarding a landlord-tenant case involving the defendant tenant’s failure to maintain leased premises. Plaintiff’s verdict and damages award was in excess of USD 1 million.
  • Led an internal investigation for a national telecommunications company for employee fraud and self-dealing.
  • Represented the president of an oilfield service manufacturing company under federal investigation for fraud; no criminal charges were filed.
  • Represented principals in worksite investigation; no criminal charges were filed.
  • Represented the CEO of a food service company for worksite enforcement violations; no felony charges were filed.
  • Represented a waste disposal and environmental solutions entity in federal work site enforcement action; no criminal charges were filed.
  • Represented a non-profit service organization to investigate allegations of improprieties by high- level personnel.
  • Represented the audit committee of an international oilfield services and equipment company to investigate alleged violations of export control laws and foreign corrupt practices.

Professional Honors

  • Leading Lawyer in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Texas, Chambers USA, 2017
  • Attorneys Who Matter: Top Guns, Ethisphere Institute, 2011-2013
  • Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers - Criminal Defense-White Collar, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2016
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar, Texas’ Best Lawyers, 2009, 2012-2018
  • International Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defense, 2015-2017   
  • International Who’s Who of Investigations Lawyers and Forensic Experts and International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2014-2016   
  • International Who's Who Legal of Business Crime Lawyers, 2003-2006 and 2011-2016   
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar, The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2016   
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings – AV Preeminent Rated™ Lawyer Peer Review Rating, 1996-2016   
  • Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway, MainJustice.com, 2011
  • Award for Exceptional Assistance to Preserve the Integrity of the Judiciary, Federal Bar Association and Judicial Council of the Fifth Circuit, 2011
  • Recognized in ICFM Leading Lawyers 500, InterContinental Finance Magazine
  • Shortlisted for the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015 in the category of: Business Crime Firm of the Year - USA

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Criminal Justice Section
  • National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys - Member
  • Houston Bar Association - Member

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas~United States (1987)
  • Colorado Supreme Court (inactive)~United States (1986)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas~United States (1985)
  • New York~United States (1984)
  • Texas~United States (1983)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)~United States (1983)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit~United States (1982)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (1976)
  • Illinois Supreme Court (inactive)~United States (1976)

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (JD) (1976)
  • Northern Illinois University (BA cum laude) (1973)

Languages

  • English