White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


Derek Andreson is on a full-time secondment with a client and is not currently available to work on other client matters. For questions, please contact Amanda Varella (Employee Relations Partner) at 617-856-8171 or at

Derek Andreson is a partner (on secondment) in the Firm's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice Group. As a former federal prosecutor and seasoned trial attorney, Derek has broad experience representing companies and business executives facing criminal and civil inquiries by government enforcement authorities, including the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Derek served as Co-Chairman of the Anti-Corruption and FCPA practice of an international law firm. In that role, he oversaw the design and implementation of global compliance programs and the resolution of numerous anti-corruption enforcement matters.

Derek has substantial experience leading internal investigations of business operations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He regularly counsels the boards of multinational companies on corporate governance and compliance strategies relating to the FCPA, target acquisitions, whistleblower allegations and derivative actions.

From 2005 through 2009, Derek served with the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he was assigned to the Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit. During his tenure, he led numerous grand jury investigations involving fraud and corruption and prosecuted several high-profile cases.

Prior to law school, Derek served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for six years assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command.


In recent years, Derek has worked on the following matters:

Represented the Special Committee of an online payroll and human resource technology provider in investigating whistleblower allegations and SEC disclosure issues.

Represented the CEO of an online gaming provider in connection with a DOJ investigation into FCPA violations.

Lead trial attorney for SunTrust Bank executive indicted on federal bank and wire fraud conspiracy charges brought by DOJ.

Led internal investigation on behalf of the Special Committee of the Board of a Japanese multinational concerning allegations of fraud by the management team of a U.S. subsidiary.

Led separate internal investigations for two Swiss Banking institutions relating to offshore accounts held by U.S. citizens that were the subject of a DOJ industry sweep.

Led internal investigation of Qatar-based infrastructure company relating to allegations of fraud.

FCPA Target Due Diligence and Global Compliance Programs

Represented a multinational company in vetting potential acquisitions in Brazil, India, and Russia.

Represented a multinational technology company in conducting pre- and post-acquisition due diligence on targets in Russia and China.

Represented a private equity firm in designing and implementing a global anti-corruption compliance program to include its portfolio of international companies.

Represented a French airline company in designing and implementing its global anti-corruption compliance program.

Represented a major information technology corporation in conducting pre-acquisition due diligence on targets in China and Korea.

FCPA and Anti-Corruption

Represented the Special Committee of a multinational oil and gas company in an internal investigation relating to a shareholder derivative suit alleging bribery and corruption.

Represented a former executive of a major medical device company in connection with FCPA allegations by the SEC.

Represented the Special Committee of a multinational technology company in conducting an investigation of bribe payments to government officials in India and China.

Represented the former CFO of a major multinational pharmaceutical company in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations involving allegations of bribe payments to Chinese officials.

Represented a multinational automotive company in conducting an internal investigation relating to its operations in Eastern Europe.

Securities Fraud and Insider Trading

Represented a leading private equity firm against allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, and accounting fraud. Both the DOJ and the SEC declined to bring charges.

Represented certain executives and Board members of a multinational oil and gas company in connection with parallel SEC and DOJ investigations into “over-reserving.” Both the DOJ and the SEC declined to bring charges.

Represented a leading insurance company in an internal investigation concerning allegations of market timing and securities fraud.

Conducted an investigation on behalf of a Special Committee of a publicly traded company into allegations certain managing directors engaged in insider trading.

False Claims Act

Represented a Department of Defense contractor relating to a False Claims Act (FCA) investigation into bribe payments made to CIA officials.

Represented a global security firm in connection with a FCA investigation into the steering of government contracts in Afghanistan.

Represented a major healthcare provider against FCA allegations of billing fraud.

*Some of the above matters were handled by Derek prior to joining Brown Rudnick.


William & Mary Law School – J.D., 2003
Old Dominion University – B.A., summa cum laude, 2000

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit