John D Buretta is a partner in Cravath's Litigation Department and a former senior US Department of Justice official. His practice focuses on advising corporations, board members and senior executives with respect to internal investigations, criminal defense, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation.
His clients have included global companies, boards of directors, audit committees, individual board members, company owners, senior management of public and private companies, general counsels and other in-house counsel of public companies, law firms, and former US and foreign 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. He has represented clients before the Criminal, Antitrust, National Security and Tax Divisions of the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., numerous United States Attorneys' Offices around the country, the SEC's headquarters in Washington, D.C. and various SEC regional offices, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security, the US Department of State and non-US enforcement agencies. He has handled a variety of sensitive investigative matters concerning the FCPA, antitrust laws, securities fraud and disclosure regulations, money laundering and anti-money laundering controls, trade sanctions and export controls, manufacturing integrity and product recalls, cyber intrusion and tax compliance.
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, healthcare fraud, money laundering, the 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.
Mr Buretta also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) for the DOJ Criminal Division, where he oversaw the Criminal Division's Fraud Section, among others, including the DOJ's FCPA Unit, and supervised the preparation of the DOJ and SEC's Resource Guide to the US 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.
Mr Buretta received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. 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. Mr Buretta served as a law clerk to Hon. Peter K. Leisure of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.