Daniel M. Suleiman

Daniel Suleiman, named a 2014 “Rising Star” by Washington DC Super Lawyers, represents individuals and institutions in high-stakes white collar criminal matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, Congressional investigations, and other “bet-the-company” litigation. From 2010-2013, he served as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division.

Mr. Suleiman’s recent high-stakes representations include serving as lead litigator for Asiana Airlines in an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013; serving as lead counsel for a husband and wife nearing indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice on various criminal tax fraud charges and winning a full declination for both; and serving as co-coordinating counsel for a major financial institution in a series of criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Mr. Suleiman’s work for Asiana Airlines was profiled in the National Law Journal’s September 1, 2014 feature story, “Navigating the NTSB’s Asiana Airlines Crash Investigation.”

Mr. Suleiman returned to Covington in July 2013 after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Justice Department’s criminal division, Lanny A. Breuer. As the third-highest ranking criminal division official, Mr. Suleiman helped oversee approximately 600 lawyers and 1,000 employees, and manage an annual budget of approximately $600 million. He advised the Assistant Attorney General on a wide range of federal law enforcement priorities, with particular focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial fraud enforcement. He also worked closely with other department leaders and committees on Capitol Hill, regularly briefing lawmakers on department initiatives in the areas of financial fraud enforcement, Medicare fraud enforcement, and other criminal law policy and prosecution issues.

As a leader on the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, Mr. Suleiman co-led a criminal investigation of a major financial institution arising out of a Congressional report on the Wall Street financial crisis. He also gained extensive experience handling Congressional oversight investigations involving the Department of Justice, and successfully argued a criminal appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) White Collar Defense & Investigations and 3) International Arbitration
Law School Columbia Law School, (J.D., 2004)
Admitted Year 1999
Education Harvard University, (A.B., 1999)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Covington & Burling
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