Gary G Grindler


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Gary G. Grindler is a partner with King & Spalding’s Special Matters/Government Investigations Practice Group.  He focuses on white collar criminal defense; internal investigations; money laundering, financial fraud, and congressional investigations; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; False Claims Act and other complex civil litigation.

Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mr. Grindler served as acting Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, the second highest-ranking official in the Department, and Chief of Staff to the Attorney General.  As acting Deputy Attorney General, he supervised 94 United States Attorney’s offices, all department law enforcement agencies (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and U.S. Marshals Service) and the civil, criminal, tax, antitrust, environmental, civil rights and national security divisions.  Prior to serving as acting Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Grindler served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division where he supervised the fraud and appellate sections. 

Mr. Grindler was a partner at King & Spalding from 2000 to 2009 when he left to join the Department.  His practice included numerous internal investigations for corporations and audit or special board committees of public companies as well as defense of corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal, civil fraud and government agency investigations.  The subject areas of such investigations included securities laws, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax laws, import/export laws, consumer laws, insurance, health care regulation, federal election laws, False Claims Act and other business crimes.  Matters included compliance assessments and internal investigations concerning an internet marketing business, energy industry, telecommunications, pharmaceutical/medical device industries, water flow and valve manufacturing industry, food and beverage business, defense contracting and banking.  He presented the results of internal investigations to the SEC, the Department of Justice and other federal and state governmental agencies.

Immediately prior to joining King & Spalding in 2000, Mr. Grindler served as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General and Counselor to the Attorney General.  In these capacities, he worked with both the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General on a wide variety of issues relating to white collar investigations and prosecutions, national security, money laundering and computer crimes.  From April 1995 through May 1998, Mr. Grindler served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division.  In this capacity, he first supervised the Office of Immigration Litigation and then the Federal Programs Branch.  He represented the Secret Service in the investigation conducted by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.  He also represented the President of the United States in his official capacity when depositions were taken in two Independent Counsel prosecutions arising out of the Whitewater investigation.  Mr. Grindler previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Georgia.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2009, Mr. Grindler was selected for inclusion in the 2006-2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.  He was also selected for inclusion on the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list. 

In 2000 and 2013, the Attorney General presented him with the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the highest award the Justice Department can present to one of its lawyers.  Mr. Grindler served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 2008 and 2009.

Mr. Grindler is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the District of Columbia Bar.  He served as Council Member of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association (1999-2000); Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association (1986-1988;1991-1994); Commissioner, Interagency Commission on Crime and Security at U.S. Seaports (1999-2000); and Advisor to the Federal Judicial Code Revision Project, American Law Institute (1996 - 2000). 

Mr. Grindler received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University.  He served as Special Projects Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Recent Publications and Speeches

  • Investigations: Corporate and Governmental Perspectives, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2013, Volume 21, No. 5

  • Courts Diverge on the Reach of Personal Jurisdiction in FCPA Cases, Financial Fraud Law Report, April 2013. (co-authors Russell Ryan and Ehren Halse-Stumberg)

  • Panel speaker - ABA Criminal Justice Section Conference on International Internal Criminal Investigations, Frankfurt, Germany, December 2012

  • Speaker - White Collar Crime Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 28, 2011

  • Prosecutors Work Hard to Uphold Justice; USA Today, October 1, 2010

  • Speaker - Judicial Conference of the United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., September 14, 2010

  • Speaker - 8th Circuit Judicial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, August 13, 2010

  • Speaker - National Association of Attorneys General Annual Summer Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 14, 2010

  • Speaker - Compliance Week 2010: Fifth Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010

  • Commencement Address - Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, May 15, 2010

  • Speaker - 20th Annual National Institute of Health Care Fraud, Miami, FL, May 13, 2010

  • Speaker - 59th Annual Meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association & Judicial Conference of the 7th Circuit, Chicago, IL, May 3, 2010.

  • Speaker - Judicial Conference of the United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., March 16, 2010

  • Testimony - House Appropriations Committee Hearing, “Combating Health Care Fraud,” March 4, 2010

  • Panel speaker - Corporate Accountability, 2009 - “Enforcement: Crime & Punishment,” Amsterdam, December 2009

  •  “Destruction, Alteration or Falsification of Records:  The New World of Obstruction of Justice.”  Executive Reports. Aspatore Books. October 2006

  • “Thompson Memo Setbacks Don’t Diminish Need for Strong Compliance Program.” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. October 2006 (co-author Russell Ryan)

  • “Preparing for the Next Hurricane Katrina: A Few Things Corporate Counsel Need to Know About Price Gouging Laws,” (co-author with Christopher C. Burris), Corporate Counsel Weekly, May 17, 2006

  • “White Collar Criminal Defense in the Post-Enron Era: A Multifaceted and Expensive Challenge to Corporate America,” The Executive’s Guide to Understanding the Laws Behind White Collar Crime, (Aspatore Books 2006)

  • “Please Step Away from the Shredder and the 'Delete' Key: Sections 802 and 1102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,” The American Criminal Law Review, 41 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1 (2004) (co-author Jason A. Jones)


  • American Bar Association

    • Council Member of the Criminal Justice Section (1999-2000)

    • Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the General Practice Section (1986-1988;1991-1994)

  • Interagency Commission on Crime and Security at U.S. Seaports, Commissioner (1999-2000)

  • American Law Institute, Advisor to the Federal Judicial Code Revision Project (1996-2000)

  • Member of Board of Trustees, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers for white-collar criminal defense

  • Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award

J.D., Northwestern University
B.S., Northwestern University

District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia