Steve Best, a former state and federal prosecutor, is chair of Brown Rudnick's White Collar Defense and Government Investigations group. Steve's diverse practice focuses on representing clients in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, FCPA/anti-corruption compliance and defense, corporate governance, crisis management, and audit committee investigations.
Steve is a skilled litigator and represents clients in both criminal and civil trials. A client in Chambers & Partners recently said that Steve is "a very aggressive litigator, he's no-nonsense and he will basically fight to the death for his clients, he's someone that you would want to hire if you wanted to fight the government." Steve's litigation acumen and skills along with his deep understanding of government investigations have also been mentioned by clients in Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence - Corporate 2019 which said that "Stephen Best impresses respondents as a 'comprehensive litigator and a great team player,' and is well versed in representing corporates and individuals in FCPA, SEC and DOJ investigations."
He is regularly called upon by high-profile clients across the country for representation in FCPA and insider trading cases and has developed a strong reputation for achieving successful outcomes for clients in these matters. Steve served as lead trial counsel in the successful defense of Mark Cuban against the SEC's charges of insider trading.
Over his extensive career, Steve has represented audit committees and independent special committees investigating whistleblower allegations of fraud and other corporate wrongdoing. He has a deep knowledge of complex accounting and SEC reporting issues, and anti-corruption compliance, with particular focus on government enforcement and regulatory matters, ethics and compliance.
Currently and along with many of the below-listed matters, Steve represents the Special Claims Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico tasked with investigating and prosecuting potential claims against third parties in its massive restructuring case, including an action to declare void more than $6 billion of bond debt.
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 an instructor 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.