John Buretta

@ Partner | Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

John D. Buretta is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on advising corporations, board members and senior executives with respect to internal investigations, criminal defense, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation, including matters concerning the FCPA, antitrust, fraud, insider trading, tax compliance, cyber intrusion, money laundering and anti-money laundering controls, trade sanctions, export controls, criminal environmental and national security-related matters.

His clients have included global companies, company owners, boards of directors, audit committees, individual board members, members of senior management, lawyers and former government officials. Mr. Buretta has worked across many industries, including the banking, private investment, energy, aircraft, publishing, information, communications, technology, food, consumer, mining, transportation, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, and has represented clients before numerous governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, numerous United States Attorney’s Offices, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the State Department and various non-U.S. enforcement agencies.

Mr. Buretta has served as an expert witness in foreign proceedings, on the subject of U.S. law, policies and practices in enforcement of the FCPA and as to U.S. anti-money laundering laws.

Mr. Buretta has also served as a monitor in separate appointments by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In December 2015, Mr. Buretta was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to serve as the compliance monitor for TK Holdings, Inc. (“Takata”) and numerous affected auto manufacturers as part of a settlement agreement and consolidated remedy order concerning the recall of certain of Takata’s ammonium nitrate airbag inflators. NHTSA has described the recall as the largest and most complex in U.S. history. In April 2017, Mr. Buretta was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as compliance monitor regarding the worldwide operations of Takata Corporation, headquartered in Japan.

Mr. Buretta was recognized by the 2016 and 2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation as a national Litigation Star in the area of white collar crime and investigations. Mr. Buretta was listed among the leading white collar attorneys in the United States in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2016 Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers. He was selected by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” from 2014 through 2017. The Legal 500 United States describes Mr. Buretta as “sophisticated, sensible and persuasive,” and has recognized his work in the securities area (2015-2017), white collar criminal defense (2016-2017), antitrust (2017) and financial services litigation (2017). Along with his colleagues, he earned the Firm recognition from 2015 through 2017 in the Corporate Crime & Investigations category of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA describes Mr. Buretta as “a leading practitioner at the firm with extensive experience in internal and government investigations.” The Ethisphere Institute named Mr. Buretta to its list of “Attorneys Who Matter” from 2014 through 2016, including as a “Top Gun.”

Mr. Buretta first joined Cravath in 1996 where he was trained as a litigation associate working on private disputes involving securities fraud and complex commercial litigation. Following a one-year clerkship with Hon. Peter K. Leisure of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Buretta returned to the Firm in 1999. He left the Firm in 2002 and served for over ten years in the Department of Justice. 

Mr. Buretta completed his time at the DOJ as the number-two ranking official in the Criminal Division as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff. In this role, he oversaw nearly 600 prosecutors on complex matters involving corporate fraud, FCPA, insider trading, health care fraud, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, trade sanctions, asset forfeiture, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, public corruption and other criminal investigations, and interacted with the Department’s Antitrust, Civil, Environmental, National Security and Tax Divisions on matters of mutual interest.

From 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Buretta served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), the third-highest ranking position in the Criminal Division. In this position, he oversaw the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, among others, including the Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit, and supervised the preparation of the DOJ and SEC’s Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, issued in November 2012. Mr. Buretta also represented the Department before Congress and the Sentencing Commission with regard to the Department’s white collar crime enforcement efforts. In 2011, Mr. Buretta was appointed Director of the Deepwater Horizon Task Force, a leadership position he continued to fill while serving as DAAG. 

Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Buretta served for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and was Chief of the Office’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Buretta also served in the Office’s National Security Section, where he handled investigations under the Anti-Terrorism Act and Espionage Act, among others. He served as the prosecutor in ten trials during this time.

During his tenure at the DOJ, Mr. Buretta earned the Department’s highest commendations, including the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence.

Mr. Buretta was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Fresno, California. He received his B.A. in 1993 from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996 he received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned the Edward Allen Tamm Award and was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. He rejoined Cravath in November 2013.