Profiled by the Chicago Sun-Times for having “faced some of the toughest, most sophisticated cases at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse” in Chicago, Andrew S. Boutros is a Partner and National Co-Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Group. Mr. Boutros has been teaching his course, Corporate Criminal Prosecutions and Investigations, at the Law School since 2011.
Mr. Boutros is a distinguished trial attorney, accomplished litigator, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pioneer, Lecturer in Law at the Law School, voting Member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of the ABA’s Global Anti-Corruption Committee, board member to various professional and legal organizations, and former law clerk on Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Boutros focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, the FCPA, complex commercial litigation, corporate social responsibility, supply chain compliance and corporate counseling.
A decorated former federal prosecutor, Mr. Boutros spent most of his prosecutorial career in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section of the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office. His investigations and prosecutions spanned the globe and are among the largest and most complex multi-district, international corporate fraud and cybercrime cases in U.S. history. The media has described Mr. Boutros’s prosecutions as bringing “to mind images of Al Capone and organized crime.” In this regard, he led the prosecution of Chicago’s historic “Silk Road” case; convicted the world’s largest online drug trafficker on Silk Road; convicted one of the country’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” mortgage fraud defendants; convicted Edgewater Medical Center’s owner and operator for crimes relating to more than $188 million in judgments; and convicted all apprehended defendants in the largest international criminal trade fraud, food fraud and corporate social responsibility series of cases in the nation’s history. In total, Mr. Boutros coordinated efforts with international law enforcement authorities in more than 20 countries and charged and prosecuted crimes involving some $500 million in losses, proceeds and judgments, while also investigating additional criminal conduct in the several billions of dollars.
Mr. Boutros’s prosecutorial successes have earned him some of the highest honors from the government, law enforcement and legal communities. In addition, his cases have received widespread national and international media attention, and have been showcased repeatedly by senior government officials in congressional testimony before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives as major milestones in international fraud enforcement, as well as models for future prosecutions. An authority on corporate deferred and non-prosecution agreements, Mr. Boutros has drafted and negotiated corporate deferred prosecution agreements both as a defense attorney and prosecutor. In doing so, Mr. Boutros entered into among two of the Northern District of Illinois’s first-ever corporate DPAs. He is also the author of the Department of Justice’s first customs-based supply chain corporate compliance program based on “reasonable country of origin inquiry,” the same standard found in Dodd-Frank’s conflict-mineral rules.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Boutros was instrumental in building the FCPA practice of a leading international law firm. During that phase of his private practice career, Mr. Boutros also led upwards of 25 attorneys in defending corporations and executives in high-stakes criminal, regulatory and FCPA probes being investigated by the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies. Additionally, Mr. Boutros conducted and managed a variety of internal corporate investigations; litigated cases in federal court and in arbitration; and advised clients on corporate compliance matters, including those arising under the FCPA.
A prolific writer and speaker, Mr. Boutros has authored numerous articles and has traveled the country as well as internationally presenting in more than 40 programs on international corruption, the FCPA, white collar criminal defense, government enforcement, corporate social responsibility, supply chain integrity, human trafficking and other related topics. He has spoken by invitation as the keynote speaker of numerous events and chaired and organized various national legal programs. As part of his thought leadership, Mr. Boutros also coined the term “carbon copy” prosecution, which has become a mainstay of the international anti-corruption vernacular and which describes a cross-border enforcement phenomenon gaining in momentum.
Mr. Boutros is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.