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William (Bill) Johnson

William (Bill) Johnson

King & Spalding LLP1185 Avenue of the AmericasNew YorkNew YorkUSA10036-2601

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Bill Johnson is recognised for his first-rate practice focusing on white-collar crime and regulatory matters, on which he is “extremely thorough” notes an impressed source. 


Bill Johnson specialises in white-collar criminal and regulatory matters, including government investigations. A former federal prosecutor and chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, he represents corporations, institutions and individuals in a variety of investigations and litigation involving the US Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and other federal, state and local agencies. He also conducts internal investigations and advises clients on anti-corruption matters.

As chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the Southern District of New York, Bill led a unit of prosecutors and law enforcement agents in investigations and litigation related to insider trading, fraudulent investment schemes, corporate financial fraud and options backdating. As chief and deputy chief, he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of many notable cases, including Bernard Madoff, Galleon Group/Raj Rajaratnam, Marc Dreier, Refco and Adelphia. As an assistant US attorney and special assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, Bill investigated and prosecuted some of the nation's highest-profile securities fraud cases, including former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers and CFO Scott Sullivan, Steven Madden and Michael Milken.

Bill also draws upon his experience as senior counsel in the SEC's division of enforcement, leading investigations and litigation, and in the Office of the General Counsel, appellate litigation group.

Bill served as an independent monitor for the US Virgin Islands Police Department, where he led a team of experts evaluating the department's compliance with a federal consent decree mandating policy and procedure improvements.

Chambers USA consistently recognises Bill for excellence in white-collar defence.

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