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Duross, Charles

Adjunct Professor
Winter 2016


Charles Duross is a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP's Washington, D.C., office, where he heads the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and global anti-corruption practice. With more than a dozen years of experience principally focused on white-collar cases, Professor Duross's private practice has an emphasis on white-collar criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations, compliance counseling, due diligence regarding third parties and business transactions, and defense of clients before government enforcement agencies. Prior to private practice, Professor Duross most recently served as a deputy chief in the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led the FCPA Unit and was in charge of the DOJ's FCPA investigations, prosecutions, and resolutions in the United States. Internationally recognized for his leading role in developing and implementing the government's FCPA enforcement strategy, he was widely credited with developing the current enforcement regime and recruiting and leading a team of prosecutors who have brought some of the most important FCPA cases in the statute's 38-year history. Under his leadership, the FCPA Unit resolved more than 40 corporate cases, which included two-thirds of the top 25 biggest corporate resolutions at the time, resulting in approximately $1.9 billion in monetary penalties, and secured convictions of more than two dozen business executives and money launderers. 

Prior to being appointed deputy chief, Professor Duross served as assistant chief of the FCPA Unit from October 2008 to April 2010, and as a line prosecutor with the Fraud Section from December 2006 to October 2008. Beyond FCPA enforcement, Professor Duross supervised and tried all manner of white-collar cases, including healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, public corruption, securities fraud and tax evasion. He is a recipient of the prestigious Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the second-highest award for employee performance at the U.S. Department of Justice, as one of the lead prosecutors who secured the conviction of Congressman William Jefferson following a nearly nine-week trial.

Professor Duross earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996 and his BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1993. After beginning his career as a litigation associate at an international firm in 1996, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida in 2001, where he prosecuted a variety of white-collar cases, including bank fraud, embezzlement, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, and trademark violations. Professor Duross became deputy chief in the Major Crimes Section in Miami before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2006 to join the Fraud Section. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center; a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School's Program on the Legal Profession, Fordham University Law School, George Washington University Law School, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business; and an instructor of forensic examiner candidates at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. He routinely speaks at conferences across the United States and around the world.


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