Jeffrey B. Coopersmith

1015 Second Avenue, Floor 10
Seattle, WA 98104-1001
Telephone: (206) 625-8600
Direct Line: (206) 501-3530
Facsimile: (206) 625-0900

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith is a veteran trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor with a Pacific Northwest, California, and national practice focusing on white collar criminal matters and parallel civil and regulatory proceedings, federal and state False Claims Act investigations and litigation, internal investigations for private and public entities, and complex commercial litigation.

During his eight-year tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, Jeff handled some of the largest and most challenging white collar criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. He held the position of Deputy Supervisor of Complex Crimes and Coordinator for Corporate and Securities Fraud, successfully leading the prosecution of 12 defendants in one of the largest securities fraud cases in Washington state history as well as many other complex white collar cases. He received several awards for his work as a federal prosecutor, including the inaugural Thomas C. Wales award, the highest honor in the office.

Jeff is ranked in Chambers USA Band 1 for White Collar Criminal Defense in Washington. He is widely recognized for his outstanding achievements in handling a diverse range of legal matters representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations and criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement proceedings in the areas of healthcare, securities, insurance, FCPA, antitrust, tax, banking, legal ethics, and others. Jeff also frequently represents companies and individuals in federal and state False Claims Act litigation, including in matters involving healthcare and government contracting claims. His internal investigation work includes representing board committees, companies, municipalities, and corporate officers.

Jeff’s complex matters often involve parallel criminal, civil, and/or regulatory proceedings. Jeff’s background in criminal and civil litigation allows him to provide comprehensive representation in these matters. Jeff has handled cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, the stock options backdating scandal, the government’s focus on healthcare fraud, cryptocurrency enforcement proceedings, the downfall of Theranos, and many others.

Featured Cases

Featured Cases

United States v. Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani and Elizabeth Holmes – Representation of Mr. Balwani in criminal and SEC litigation brought in the Northern District of California.  Mr. Balwani was convicted after a four-month trial and the case is currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuit.

United States ex. rel. Yam v. Providence Health & Services – Representation of Providence in False Claims Act investigation and settlement involving allegations of medially unneccessary neurosurgical procedures.

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Angelo Mozilo, David Sambol, and Eric Sieracki – Representation of CFO of Countrywide Financial in SEC litigation arising out of subprime mortgage crisis.  Case settled with SEC dropping fraud allegations against the CFO.

Stroh v. Saturna Capital Corporation – Representation of securities brokerage firm and mutual funds advisor in litigation brought by former general counsel of company claiming to be a whistleblower. The case resulted in a complete defense verdict after a jury trial in federal court.

Rigby v. Corliss – Representation of non-debtor individual and corporate defendants in litigation brought by bankruptcy trustee alleging that defendants provided improper assistance to indicted bankruptcy debtor who became a fugitive.  The case resulted in a complete defense verdict after a bench trial in federal court.

Presentations and Publications

Author, “DOJ and SEC Continue Aggressive FCPA Enforcement Trend,” “Is There a Duty to Disclose an SEC Wells Notice?“, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP October 2012 Quarterly Securities Enforcement Briefing

Author, “Rejecting ‘Selective Waiver’ in the 9th Circuit,” Law 360 (April 23, 2012); New DOJ Guidance on FCPA Expected Shortly

Co-author, “Reality Check: Criminal Actions Against Chinese Cos.?” Law360 (October 19, 2011)

Co-author, “When the Government Calls: The Corporate Response to an Inquiry,” Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics (June 2009)

Co-author, “New DOJ Guidelines: Fig Leaf To Avoid Legislation?” Securities Law360 (September 2, 2008)

Co-author, “Stringer May Not Be Dead Yet,” Securities Law360 (June 2, 2008)

Co-author, “Auction Rate Securities Failures: Litigation Potential,” Financial Services Law360 and Securities Law360 (April 30, 2008)

Author, “Backdating Stock Options: What You Need to Know if Your Company Comes Under Scrutiny,” Computerworld (October 30, 2006)

Presenter, “Preparing for and Responding to Government Investigations,” Davis Wright Tremaine LLP CLE, Seattle, Washington (July 11, 2012)

Panelist, “Lawyers Without Borders: Gathering Evidence in Foreign Lands,” Turning the Tables on the Government, 2nd Annual West Coast White Collar Conference, Lake Tahoe, Nevada (June 7, 2012)

Panelist, “Speed CLE: 2009 in Review,” Corporate & Securities Law Update, Seattle, Washington (December 2009)

Panelist, “Government Investigations,” 2009 Corporate Counsel Institute, Seattle, Washington (October 2009)

Panelist, “What Do the Newly Implemented Corporate Prosecution Principles Mean for Compliance and Internal Investigations?,” 2009 Spring Meeting, ABA Section of Business Law, Vancouver, British Columbia (April 2009)

Presenter, “Strategies for Managing Concurrent Proceedings,” Current Issues in White Collar Litigation, 2008 Federal Bar Association, Seattle, Washington (February 2008)

Panelist, “The New Rules for Business Litigators: Keeping Ahead of the Curve,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, Washington (November 2007)

Presenter, “Update on SEC, White Collar and Related PIPEs Litigation, “The 5th Annual PIPEs Conference, New York, New York (October 2007)

Presenter, “What to Do When the Government Comes Calling (And a Few Things to Do Before the Call),” 2007 Corporate Counsel Institute, Seattle, Washington (October 2007)

Panelist, “Fact Finding 101:The Role of the Board in an Era of Investigation,” Seattle University’s Fourth Annual Directors Training Academy, Seattle, Washington (June 2007)

Organizer, “Executive Briefing: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Seattle, Washington (October 2006)

Panelist, “What to Do When the Federal Government Calls,” Doing Business with the Federal Government: Seizing Opportunities and Avoiding Pitfalls, Seattle, Washington (October 2005).

Education / Background

Partner, Orrick, Seattle, 2019-2023

Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, 2012-2019

Partner, DLA Piper, Seattle, 2005-2012

Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, Seattle, 1997-2005

Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., 1991-1997

Law Clerk, The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1990-1991

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1990, First in Class, Order of the Coif

Duke University, A.B., Economics, 1986

Faculty, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Emory University Law School, 2010-present

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association

State Bar of California

District of Columbia Bar

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2019-2022

Past Member, Board of Ethics, Port of Seattle Commission, 2013-2014

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Seattle, WA 98104-1001

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