Lawrence H. Wechsler


Larry Wechsler concentrates his practice in white collar defense and investigations matters, with a specific focus in representing corporations and their officers and employees in grand jury proceedings and criminal prosecutions, primarily at the federal level, and in situations involving parallel civil and administrative proceedings and congressional investigations.

Larry has significant experience in dealing with a wide range of economic crime investigations and prosecutions, including numerous matters involving criminal antitrust, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and allegations of doing business with sanctioned countries. He has participated as defense counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including the WorldCom and KPMG prosecutions, and previously served as defense counsel in such cases as the Iran-Contra prosecution, the investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, a campaign finance investigation arising out of the 1996 elections, and Independent Counsel investigations, including an investigation involving the Clinton White House.

Larry is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in the area of white collar crime and government investigations. He is notably commended for his “excellent judgment" and "deep understanding” of the white collar market as well as “all of its many aspects and nuances.”

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  • Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense Lawyers
  • 1993–2022, Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2008–2021, Washington, D.C., “Super Lawyer” in White Collar Crimes, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2018, listed in Euromoney’s White Collar Crime Expert Guide
  • 2017–2020, listed in Who’s Who Legal – Business Crime Defence
  • 1986–2017, AV® Preeminent, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®


Professional Activities

Larry has served as a member of the Executive Committee and as President of The Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association for the District of Columbia.



  • District of Columbia


  • Pennsylvania State University, BS
  • George Washington University Law School, JD