John P. Cunningham

With over 25 years of extensive enforcement and defense experience, John Cunningham concentrates his practice on internal and government investigations, corporate compliance, and white collar matters. He advises clients on a broad range of criminal, regulatory, and compliance concerns, focusing on the FCPA and global corruption, money laundering, fraud, embezzlement, M&A and third-party diligence, sanctions, digital currency, cannabis law, and asset forfeiture. He represents companies before the DOJ, FBI, SEC, FinCEN, OFAC, CBP, and other agencies.

He is also skilled in designing, developing, enhancing, and defending corporate compliance programs in harmony with current U.S. and international agency expectations and requirements.

Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, John served as Associate General Counsel and Americas Chief Compliance Officer for a Global 500 company and was a partner for 15 years at two elite firms. He also has deep federal enforcement experience, having served ten years as a senior trial attorney with the DOJ and investigator for the criminal division of the FBI. Additionally, he was a federal law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Lee in the Eastern District of Virginia.

At the core of John’s uniquely diverse practice is a keen strategic emphasis and drive to provide clients across industry sectors with appropriately customized tools – from a compliance, investigations, and government enforcement perspective – to deter, detect, prevent, and resolve issues proactively, while attentively guiding them through each step of the process.

Education & Credentials


University of Richmond School of Law

  • Editor-in-Chief, University of Richmond Law Review
  • Charles T. Normal Faculty Award for Most Outstanding Graduate
  • Cum Laude

The George Washington University

M.A., U.S. Legal History
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Dean’s Honor Scholar (4.0 GPA)

College of William & Mary

B.A., International Relations

Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Compliance and Criminal Justice Sections)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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