Seth B Waxman

Seth B. Waxman

Seth is a preeminent and nationally recognized white collar criminal defense attorney and frequent legal commentator on major national news events. As a Dickinson Wright partner, Seth handles the firm’s most challenging and high profile criminal cases, ranging from the Flint Water crisis to complex internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Seth worked for 13 years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he led hundreds of complex white collar and violent crime prosecutions. Seth also worked for 7 years in two leading international law firms located in Manhattan and Washington DC, defending white collar criminal cases.

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 public corruption matters, including health care fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases, environmental crimes, whistleblower matters, securities fraud, cybersecurity, Ponzi schemes, gaming matters, and other cases involving charges of conspiracy, wire/mail fraud, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, and related charges. Seth also leads complex internal investigations for companies, educational institutions, tax-exempt associations, and other business entities.

Seth is sought after for his expert legal analysis. He regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and other television networks. He also authors opinion pieces for leading national news publications and is often quoted on various legal issues. Samples of Seth’s news appearances and writings can be viewed in the “Insights” section of this web-page or on Seth’s Twitter account: @sethwaxman

With more than two decades of experience handling high profile sensitive criminal matters, Seth prides himself on tirelessly fighting for his clients to protect their rights and restore their reputations.

Education & Credentials

Education

Florida State University

B.S., 1992

University of Virginia School of Law

1996
  • Law Review

Bar Admission

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

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:
    • Conducted an internal investigation into commercial bribery for an investment adviser that managed over $1 billion in assets.

    • Conducted an internal investigation into accounting fraud and the improper realization of assets for a publicly traded, Fortune 500 company.

    • Conducted an internal investigation into accounting fraud and the misuse of corporate funds for a publicly traded company.

    • Conducted an internal investigation into the misuse of association funds and hostile work environment for an international association. 

  • Whistleblower: Represented an employee in a whistleblower matter relating to the employer’s failure to maintain and properly protect classified information
  • Securities Fraud:
    • Represented the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company that allegedly engaged in improper revenue recognition and securities fraud.
    • Represented the Chief Executive Officer of a closely held company that allegedly engaged in conduit municipal bond securities fraud.
  • 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

Publications/Presentations

  • Interviewed on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, “Can the NY Attorney General's civil lawsuit against Trump also support criminal charges?” June 14, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, “Does Michael Cohen's split with his lawyers mean he's cooperating with law enforcement?” June 13, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, “Is the President's pardon power unlimited?” June 1, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, “Trump issues pardon to D'Souza and forecasts much more: Martha Stewart, Blagojevich,” May 31, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Trump pardons illegal campaign contributor Dinesh D'Souza. Is Trump sending a message?” May 31, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Did Rosenstein help cover up the reason for Comey's firing?” May 31, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on Hardball with Chris Matthews, “Does Trump's "Spygate" attack undermine DOJ and the rule of law?” May 24, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, “Is President Trump's "SpyGate" theory doing damage to the United States and what's his endgame?” May 23, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, “Breaking News of Manafort's estranged son-in-law cooperating with law enforcement,” May 17, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Giuliani Says Mueller Interview of President May be Drawing Closer,” May 17, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Senate Judiciary Committee’s release of testimony relating to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting; Denial of Manafort's motion to dismiss the Washington DC indictment,” May, 16, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “Donald Trump Jr.'s Congressional Testimony about June 2016 Trump Tower meeting,” May 16, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, “Trump’s former lawyer criticizes Rudy Giuliani; Avenatti’s possible conflict of interest; Scope of Mueller’s mandate,” May 15, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, “Why Were Mueller’s Questions for President Trump Leaked,” May 1, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Seth Waxman’s Opinion Piece on CNN.com, “Mueller’s Real Questions for Trump Will be Much Tougher,”  May 1, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Is the President Distancing Himself from Michael Cohen,” April 26, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on Sirius Radio Steele & Ungar Show, “Seth Waxman’s NY Daily News Op/Ed Piece Covering the Primary Charge Mueller May be Pursuing:  Bribery,” April 26, 2018

  • Interviewed on The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, “Breaking News Coverage on Michael Cohen pleading the 5th,” April 25, 2018 (Click to View)  

  • Interviewed on The Best with Ari Melber on MSNBC, “Special Report on Seth Waxman’s NY Daily News Op/Ed Piece Covering the Primary Charge Mueller May be Pursuing:  Bribery,” April 24, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “Will Michael Cohen Flip on the President,” April 23, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “How Prosecutors Flip Potential Cooperators such as Michael Cohen,” April 23, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Will Michael Cohen Flip on the President,” April 11, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on Sirius Radio's Steele & Ungar Show, “FBI raid on Michael Cohen and other Russia related matters,” April 11, 2018 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Was FBI Raid on Cohen Politically Motivated,” April 10, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on CNN, “Procedures Prosecutors Use to Obtain Search Warrants for Attorneys,” April 10, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Quoted in Bustle, “How Long Will Hope Hicks’ Loyalty Last?” April 3, 2018 (Click to view)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Stormy Daniels and President’s Pardon Power,” March 29, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Potential Pardon Floated to Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn,” March 28, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “President’s Difficulty Hiring Criminal Defense Counsel,” March 27, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Seth Waxman’s Opinion Piece in Law360, “Show Me the Money:  The Answer to Trump Bribery Questions,” March 26, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Quoted by ABC News and the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Article, “Former DNI Clapper accused of 'inconsistent testimony' about media contacts,” March 23, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Seth Waxman’s opinion piece in the New York Daily News, “Another arrow in Mueller’s quiver:  The special counsel would be wise to focus on a criminal law few people have so far discussed,” March 22, 2018 (Click to View)  
  • Interviewed on CNN, “Trump Attacks Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe,” March 19, 2018 (Click to View)
  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization Potentially Crossing Red Line,” March 15, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “What is the Proper Scope of Mueller’s Investigation,” March 1, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “Hope Hicks’ White Lies and whether Jared Kushner is Compromised,” February 28, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “More on Hope Hicks and Rick Gates’ Plea Deal,” February 28, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Rick Gates’ Plea Deal and Pressure on Paul Manafort,” February 23, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Daily Beast Opinion based on Seth Waxman’s Legal Analysis, “The Law that Could Take Down Trump,” February 23, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Seth Waxman’s Opinion Piece in The Hill, “Mueller is Playing Chess, Not Checkers,” February 23, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed by The Hill, “Why Richard Gates is a key player in the Mueller probe,” February 23, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Does Trump’s Failure to Hold Russians Accountable Indicate he May be Compromised,” February 19, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “The Impact of Rick Gates Cooperating with the Special Counsel Against Paul Manafort,” February 19, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Mueller Indicts 13 Russians and 1 U.S. Citizen for Tampering with 2016 Election,” February 16, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Further Analysis on Russian Indictments,” February 16, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on Sirius Radio Steele and Ungar Show, “Further Analysis on Russian Indictments,” February 16, 2018

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “The Impact of the Nunes Memo on the Russia Investigation,” February 3, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “Does FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s Resignation fit into an Obstruction Case against the President,” January 30, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on Fox, “Obstruction Evidence in the Russia Investigation,” January 28, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC, “Trump’s Reversal on Meeting with Robert Mueller for an Interview,” January 11, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on CNN, “Will Robert Mueller interview the President in connection with the Russia investigation,” January 8, 2018 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC Ari Melber show, “Trump’s Obstruction can be Charged as Part of Conspiracy,” January 5, 2018 (Click to View) 

  • Interviewed on MSNBC Craig Melvin Show, “Steve Bannon claims Russian Trump Tower Meeting was Treasonous and Unpatriotic,” January 3, 2018 (Click to View)
  • Quoted in The Hill article, “Ex-federal prosecutor:  Mueller would sue if Trump tries to fire him,” December 19, 2017
  • Interviewed on MSNBC Ari Melber Show, “Growing Right Wing Push to Oust Mueller,” December 18, 2017 (Click to View)

  • Interviewed on MSNBC Ari Melber Show, “Trump’s Defense to Russia Investigation,” December 15, 2017 (Click to View)

  • 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

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