Jason Linder is a partner in Mayer Brown's Los Angeles and Washington DC offices. An experienced trial lawyer who served for a decade as a federal prosecutor, Jason’s practice emphasizes white collar criminal matters and crisis management, including internal investigations, compliance counseling, transactional due diligence and defense of clients before government agencies around the world, with extensive experience in Asia and Latin America. He represents companies and individuals in investigations before the US Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other US and international regulatory agencies, with a particular focus on FCPA/anti-corruption, money laundering and securities fraud matters.
Jason’s background as a successful prosecutor offers him unique insight into the government’s priorities and objectives, helping clients anticipate and prepare for potential collateral litigation and minimize regulatory or reputational risks. He is highly regarded by many of the most active US and international regulators, having worked with and against nearly every major US Attorney’s Office and US law enforcement agency, their global counterparts and numerous multilateral development banks. At the Justice Department, Jason led many of the most complex and cutting-edge investigations and prosecutions of international white collar matters in more than 60 countries and across a wide range of industries. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, where he was lead counsel in many jury trials and appeals.
Most recently, Jason chaired the global investigations and white collar criminal defense practice of a large California law firm. He is frequently sought to speak around the world on FCPA/anti-corruption and other white collar topics and has served multiple times as an expert witness on corruption- and compliance-related issues. He currently serves as the national vice chair of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee, as an officer of the International Bar Association’s Business Crimes Committee and on the boards of multiple California legal and public service organizations. Earlier in his career, Jason clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- Conducting an FCPA-related internal investigation in Asia for a large California-based publicly traded technology company.
- Representing the general counsel of a defense contractor in multiple DOJ investigations involving allegations relating to the FCPA, money laundering, Foreign Agent Registration Act and fraud.
- Representing a China-based executive of a large California-based publicly traded company in connection with an FCPA investigation by the SEC and DOJ.
- Representing an executive of a major financial institution in an internal fraud-related investigation and related civil litigation.
- Representing an orthopedic surgery practice in an internal and government healthcare fraud investigation, as well as related qui tam and civil suits.
- Representing a major medical device manufacturer in an internal and DOJ investigation of cyberhacking.
- Conducting compliance reviews and implementing compliance remediation for multiple large corporations.
- Representing several executives of a Fortune 100 automobile manufacturer in a DOJ and SEC investigation into potential accounting fraud, securities fraud, wire fraud, and books and records violations, as well as the company's related internal investigation.
- Representing an executive of a German auto manufacturer in a DOJ and German law enforcement investigation into potential regulatory fraud.
- Conducted FCPA-related internal investigations in Latin America and the Caribbean for a large California-based publicly traded company.
- Designed and implemented a compliance program for an entertainment studio to minimize risk arising from contemplated new content creation.
- Revised and trained executives on an entertainment studio’s FCPA compliance program.
- Advising a private equity fund regarding FCPA implications of its investments.
- Serving as an expert witness on corruption-related issues for a major real estate development company.
- Served as an expert witness on anti-corruption compliance programs for a major medical device company.
- Counseled a major pharmaceutical manufacturer regarding FCPA issues.
- Advised an international health care company on its anti-corruption compliance program.
- Led a major Los Angeles County company’s internal investigation relating to a cyberhack and advised the business on cybersecurity compliance.
Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude
Swarthmore College, BA, with honors, Philosophy
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- US District Court for the Central District of California
- US District Court for the District of Columbia
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- US District Court for the Northern District of California
- US Supreme Court
- National vice chair, White Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association
- Officer and North America Regional Representative, Business Crime Committee, International Bar Association
- Board member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Board of Governors
- Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
- Named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list in the area of white collar criminal defense (2020)
- Named "Future Leader" by Who’s Who Legal: Investigations, 2019-2020