Neil MacBride

Mr. MacBride is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Group. He is based in Washington DC and his practice focuses on government enforcement actions, internal investigations, congressional investigations, and complex civil litigation. His matters have included advising clients in connection with foreign corrupt practices, economic sanctions, cybersecurity risks, health care fraud, False Claims Act violations, market manipulation, insider trading, securities, and procurement and tax fraud. His wide-ranging investigations and trial experience span more than two decades, and he has conducted more than 25 jury trials and dozens of bench trials.

Mr. MacBride has served in all three branches of government. Before joining Davis Polk in 2014, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, leading the office in bringing cases of national and international significance involving the FCPA, financial and securities fraud, international corruption, money laundering, copyright infringement and trade secret theft, defense procurement fraud, terrorism and cybersecurity. Mr. MacBride also oversaw high-profile civil litigation on behalf of the United States, defending the United States in a wide array of constitutional and programmatic challenges to U.S. government laws, regulations and programs, as well as launching an affirmative civil enforcement initiative by filing fraud lawsuits on behalf of the federal government under the False Claims Act. Nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mr. MacBride was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and also chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

Before his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Mr. MacBride served as the Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. He served from 2005 to 2008 as Vice President and General Counsel of the Business Software Alliance, an international trade association for the software and hardware industry, where he oversaw global anti-piracy enforcement programs in 75 countries to combat unlicensed and counterfeit software.

He also served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. from 2001 to 2005 on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. MacBride served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.

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