Steve Best is Chair of Brown Rudnick's White Collar Defense and Government Investigations group. He advises clients on all aspects of corporate governance including complex internal investigations, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance strategies, grand jury and independent counsel investigations, parallel proceedings, complex civil litigation, and trial practice before federal and state tribunals. Steve was lead counsel in the successful defense of Mark Cuban against the SEC's charges of insider trading.
Steve has represented numerous companies, both public and privately held, as well as various individuals in multiple, separate FCPA investigations. Steve has also represented numerous public companies before the NYAG investment protection unit and represented a public company in parallel SEC and DOJ investigations surrounding allegations of questionable valuations in the company's asset portfolio.
Steve is a regular lecturer on criminal law and procedure to bar associations, and state and federal law enforcement agencies. He has been lead chair on approximately two hundred jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. He was previously a professor at the University of Virginia National Trial Advocacy Institute.
Before joining Brown Rudnick, Steve served as the Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense group at a large, multinational law firm based in New York and, prior to that, was a prosecutor for almost ten years serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. and an Assistant Commonwealth's attorney in Fairfax, Virginia.