Sean Hecker

Sean Hecker
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Sean Hecker is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He has tried numerous cases to juries in federal and state court, and regularly defends individuals and companies in grand jury and regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings involving allegations of securities and commodities fraud, money laundering, tax fraud and criminal antitrust violations. Mr Hecker has conducted many internal investigations of alleged FCPA violations and regularly advises companies on anti-corruption compliance. He is a member of the firm's management committee.

Mr Hecker is a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel in the Southern District of New York, where he represents indigent federal criminal defendants. He also served for many years as a member of the CJA panel in the Eastern District of New York. Chambers USA (2010–17) has recognised Mr Hecker for his “really outstanding grasp of the facts and complexities”, calling him, “an incredibly fast thinker”. He is also recommended by the US edition of the The Legal 500 (2010–17) as “thoughtful, commercial, and very experienced” for white-collar criminal defence. Mr Hecker was named a “client service all-star” by BTI Consulting Group (2013).

Mr Hecker joined Debevoise in 2006 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, he was a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders of New York from 2003 to 2006. During that time, he defended individuals charged in the Southern District of New York with a wide range of federal offences and handled numerous trials and hearings. Mr Hecker was a litigation associate with Covington & Burling in New York from 1999 to 2003, and was a law clerk for the Hon John M Walker, Jr, US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit from 1998 to 1999, and for the Hon Sidney H Stein, US District Court, Southern District of New York from 1997 to 1998.

Mr Hecker received his JD from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the senior note editor of the Law Review. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1992.

Mr Hecker’s publications include “Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Anti-Corruption Compliance And Antitrust Law In Russia”, CEE Legal Matters (May, 2015); “DOJ Officials Encourage Companies to Cooperate Against Potentially Culpable Individuals in the Just Blogs section of Main Justice (October, 2014); “Conspiracy and the ‘Indefinite Payments’ Doctrine”, New York Law Journal (February, 2014); “Anti-Corruption Compliance in 2013: Post-Guidance and Signals for the Future”, Financial Fraud Law Report (February, 2014); Financial Fraud Law Report (November/December, 2013); “Should FCPA ‘Territorial’ Jurisdiction Reach Extraterritorial Proportions?”, American Bar Association's International Law News (Winter, 2013); “The Bourke Conviction And Willful Blindness: Did The Second Circuit Get It Right?”, Financial Fraud Law Report (June, 2012) and “Corrupt Intent, Relationship Building, And Quid Pro Quo Bribery: Recent Domestic Bribery Cases”, Financial Fraud Law Report (February, 2012). Mr Hecker is also a regulator contributor to the firm’s FCPA Update.

Mr Hecker is a member of the ABA (co-chair, sentencing subcommittee of criminal justice section's white-collar crime committee). He serves as chairman of the board of the Office of the Appellate Defender and of the board of the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. He has previously served on the board of the New York Council of Defence Lawyers and was a member of the New York City Bar Association (white-collar crime committee).

WWL says: Sean Hecker wins international praise for his strong expertise in the investigations space, which spans FCPA, DOJ and SEC proceedings.

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