Florida State University

B.S., 1992

University of Virginia School of Law

  • Law Review

Bar Admission

New York

District of Columbia


New Jersey

Seth B. Waxman



Seth is a partner in Dickinson Wright’s white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Seth was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for thirteen years and also worked as a criminal defense lawyer in two leading international law firms located in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. for an additional seven years. Seth is a seasoned trial lawyer, having been lead counsel in more than sixty jury trials, thirty bench trials, and fifteen matters on appeal. His practice covers a wide range of financial crimes and investigations, including health care fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases, environmental crimes, whistleblower matters, internal investigations, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, gaming matters, and other matters involving charges of conspiracy/RICO, bribery, wire/mail fraud, and money laundering. Seth represents Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, corporate executives, investment advisers, bankers, and other companies and professionals facing criminal charges and civil allegations in various federal and state agencies throughout the country, including the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. With more than two decades of experience handling high profile, sensitive criminal matters and investigations, Seth prides himself on tirelessly fighting for his clients to protect their rights and restore their reputations.

Prominent Assignments

  • Environmental Crimes: Represented a senior Michigan state official in the Flint, Michigan water crisis criminal prosecution
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Represented an alleged middleman in what was publicized as the “World’s Largest Bribery Scheme,” involving Unaoil
  • Health Care Fraud:
    • Represented a doctor investigated for paying health care practitioners bribes in exchange for patient referrals
    • Represented a pharmacy sales representative investigated for paying bribes to doctors in exchange for compounding cream prescriptions
    • Represented specialty pharmacy owners in an embezzlement matter
    • Represented the owner of a durable medical equipment company alleged to have improperly inflated Medicare/Medicaid claims
    • Investigated a non-profit charter school for submitting millions of dollars in false claims to Medicaid for special education services
  • Internal Investigation:
    • Represented an investment advisor that managed over $1 billion in assets in an investigation into commercial bribery
    • Represented a publicly traded, Fortune 500 company in an investigation into accounting fraud and the improper realization of assets
    • Represented a publicly traded company in an investigation into accounting fraud and the misuse of corporate funds
    • Represented an international association in an investigation into the misuse of association funds and hostile work environment
  • Whistleblower: Represented an employee in a whistleblower matter relating to the employer’s failure to maintain and properly protect classified information
  • Gaming: Investigated an international money laundering conspiracy involving an internet gambling payment processor
  • Ponzi Schemes: Prosecuted a $100 million Ponzi scheme involving on-line advertising
  • Other matters:
    • Represented the band NSYNC in a contract dispute relating to an IMAX production of the band’s concerts
    • Prosecuted the Delafield Mob for RICO and a wide range of illegal activities, including five murders, twenty-two attempted murders, narcotics offenses, and weapons offenses
    • Represented Chinese national charged with illegally exporting elephant ivory from the United States to China
    • Represented nuclear power plants and numerous states in a dispute with the Department of Energy over the storage of spent nuclear fuel


  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Michael Flynn Indicted in Russia Probe,” December 1, 2017 (Click to View)
  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Additional analysis on Michael Flynn’s Indictment for Lying to the FBI,” December 1, 2017 (Click to View)
  • Co-Author, “Marijuana Money Challenges Nevada Casinos’ Anti-Money Laundering Compliance,” Chambers and Partners’ Global Gaming & Licensing Guide, October 2017
  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Trump/Russia Investigation: Indictment Imminent,” October 30, 2017 (Click to View)
  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Can Donald Trump and Other Elected Officials Restrict Access to their Twitter and Facebook Pages,” August 2, 2017 (Click to View)
  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Donald Trump Jr.’s Colluding with the Russians,” July 17, 2017 (Click to view)
  • Quoted in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Report regarding bribe payments by the Sands Casino to Chinese officials, “Nine Months After SEC Settlement, Las Vegas Sands Pays $7M Penalty to Bring DOJ Investigation to a Close,” March 1, 2017
  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Was White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’s contact with the FBI regarding the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the U.S. Presidential election illegal or otherwise improper,” February 24, 2017(Click to view)
  • Keynote Speaker, Public Contracting Institute, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Presentation, September 28, 2016
  • Quoted in CNBC article relating to Hillary Clinton’s improper handling of classified information, “What happens if you lie to Congress,” July 7, 2016 (Click to view)
  • Interviewed on Fox News, “Orlando Shooter’s Wife may be Criminally Responsible,” June 15, 2016 (Click to view)
  • Quoted in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) publication, “How Nortek and Akamai Escaped SEC and DOJ Prosecution for Chinese Bribery,” June 15, 2016
  • Interviewed on CNBC, “Insider Trading Web,” May 19, 2016 (Click to view)
  • Interviewed in Law360, "Dickinson Wright Nabs White Collar, Securities Pro From DOJ," May 17, 2016