Andrew S. Boutros is National Co-Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Group. He is a distinguished trial attorney, litigator, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pioneer. He is also a decorated former Chicago federal prosecutor, Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, voting Member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, National Co-Chair of the ABA's Global Anti-Corruption Committee and former law clerk on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Boutros handles his clients' most sensitive and important white collar matters, internal investigations, defense of enforcement actions, and complex litigations. He also provides strategic counseling and advice to clients in a variety of industries and conducts comprehensive compliance audits, including in the areas of corporate social responsibility and supply chain integrity.
Profiled by the Chicago Sun-Times for having "faced some of the toughest, most sophisticated cases at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse," prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Boutros served as a federal prosecutor for nearly eight years, where he 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 fraud 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 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.
In addition, Mr. Boutros’s prosecutorial successes have earned him some of the highest honors from the government, law enforcement and legal communities. In 2015, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association selected Mr. Boutros as the national prosecutor of the year, presenting him with the prestigious National Prosecutorial Award. In 2014, the American Bar Association awarded Mr. Boutros the Criminal Justice Section's Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award, among the highest awards the ABA can confer upon a prosecutor. In addition, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have presented Mr. Boutros with some of their highest honors and recognitions.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Boutros was instrumental in helping launch and build 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.
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.
A prolific writer and speaker, he has authored nearly 30 articles, thought pieces, and book chapters as well as The ABA Compliance Officer’s Deskbook (2017). Mr. Boutros also has presented in nearly 60 domestic and international programs on the FCPA, international corruption, white collar criminal defense, government enforcement, customs and antidumping duty fraud, trade fraud, food fraud, supply chain integrity, corporate social responsibility, 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.
Mr. Boutros has been teaching his course, “Corporate Criminal Prosecutions & Investigations,” at the University of Chicago Law School since 2011. Early in his career, Mr. Boutros clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.