White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., University of Padua (Italy); J.D., George Washington; LL.M., Georgetown
Professor Leonardi is a White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations Attorney in the Washington, DC office of the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw...Continue Reading
Professor Leonardi is a White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations Attorney in the Washington, DC office of the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Professor Leonardi concentrates on white-collar defense, represents corporations and individuals in criminal and civil trials, government investigations and agency enforcement actions, leads corporate internal investigations and advises on regulatory compliance matters.
Having served in federal law enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and with substantial experience in criminal and civil enforcement matters ranging from money laundering, tax evasion, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) compliance, securities fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to antitrust, cybercrime, health care fraud, False Claims Act, export controls and corruption, Professor Leonardi is particularly well suited to defend clients in the courtroom as well as negotiate with federal prosecutors, regulators and law enforcement agents from a wide array of government authorities such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Among his numerous professional accomplishments, Professor Leonardi was one of the lead attorneys representing several Swiss banks in cross-border probes by DOJ's Tax Division and the IRS into offshore accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, and was part of the small defense team that negotiated the third smallest fine out of all Swiss banks participating in DOJ's tax program.
Professor Leonardi routinely represents clients throughout the United States and his practice has also taken him to several countries within South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition, many of his white-collar defense and government investigation cases have involved intense media and public scrutiny and have been reported by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, TIME, ESPN, Bloomberg, Miami Herald, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Economist and The Moscow Times, among others.
Professor Leonardi's articles and legal analyses on important white-collar defense topics have appeared in numerous national and international publications such as the International Tax Review, Cayman Financial Review, ABA Criminal Justice Magazine, and Law360, and he is often quoted by industry journals and magazines.
Professor Leonardi is a member of Pillsbury's Washington, DC office Attorney Recruiting Committee and a former member of the Firm's Attorney Development Committee. He is also a graduate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' (NACDL) White Collar Criminal Defense College and a pro bono attorney for the U.S. Federal Defender's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he represents indigent criminal defendants.
Professor Leonardi is admitted to practice law in New York, Florida and the District of Columbia. He attended the University of Michigan and holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Legal Science from the University of Padua (Italy). An active participant in the Georgetown Law community, Professor Leonardi is a member of Georgetown Law's Recent Alumni Advisory Council and is often involved in interviewing J.D. candidates and mentoring Georgetown Law students.