Zack Harmon is a partner in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm’s Special Matters & Government Investigations Practice Group. Mr. Harmon’s practice focuses on white collar criminal litigation and government investigations, internal investigations for corporations and the audit committees of public companies, complex civil fraud litigation and development of compliance programs.
Mr. Harmon left King & Spalding to serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and then as a prosecutor in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. His experience in these two positions included more than 25 bench and jury trials in the District of Columbia Superior Courts as well as complex criminal jury trials in various U.S. District Courts across the country. Mr. Harmon was recognized by Attorney General Janet Reno as a Tax Division Outstanding Attorney in 2000. He was then appointed to a presidential commission to lead one of the four teams that investigated the FBI’s national security and counterintelligence programs in the wake of FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen’s espionage. In 2001, Mr. Harmon was selected to serve as trial attorney on the Enron Task Force. Finally, during 2002-2003, Mr. Harmon served as Counsel to Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson.
Since his return to King & Spalding, Mr. Harmon has defended clients in numerous investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal and state agencies. In addition, he has conducted a wide variety of internal investigations and helped clients to develop comprehensive compliance and training programs.
The subject areas of these representations have included:
- Criminal Tax
- Accounting Fraud
- Import/Export Controls
- Consumer Fraud
- Defense Contracting
- National Security
- Health Care
- FDA Regulations
- Criminal Antitrust
- Money Laundering
- “Conducting an Effective FCPA Internal Investigation,” Financial Fraud Law Report, Zachary J. Harmon and Laura Greig (February 1, 2013)
- “A cautionary Lesson for Any Potential FCPA Targets,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Zachary J. Harmon (May 1, 2012)
- “SEC Receives 334 Complaints in First Seven Weeks of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, Underscoring Need for Review of Corporate Compliance Policies,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Zachary J. Harmon, Jeffrey M. Stein and Laura P. Greig (January 9, 2012)
- “The Long Arm of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Zachary J. Harmon and Russell G. Ryan (November 8, 2010)
- “Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement: Third-Party Agents,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Zachary Harmon and Ehren Halse (August 1, 2010)
- “Confronting the New Challenges of FCPA Compliance: Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement and Practical Guidance for Meeting These Challenges,” Inside The Minds - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Issues (Apastore, 2010)
Before joining King & Spalding in 1996, Mr. Harmon was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable William Garwood, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also worked in the Paris office of Coudert Brothers, specializing in international arbitration matters. Mr. Harmon earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Princeton University and he received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was on the Board of Advocates and the American Journal of Criminal Law. In 2006, Mr. Harmon was inducted into the prestigious American Law Institute, and one of his articles earned him the 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice in Texas, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He retains Secret and Top Secret security clearances until their expiration.