White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


A member of the White Collar Defense & Government Investigations group and Litigation department, Angela Papalaskaris has devoted her entire career to the practice of white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and related civil litigation, including qui tam actions. In that time, she has advised a variety of clients -- public corporations, both foreign and domestic; privately held companies; board committees; and individuals -- across all fields and industries, including oil & gas, energy, healthcare, financial services, and information technology.

Angela represents clients -- both in and out of the courtroom -- in matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export regulation, U.S. economic sanctions, insider trading, the securities laws, and various fraud matters including those involving health care fraud and the False Claims Act. She has extensive experience representing clients at all stages of investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities: from preliminary inquiries, to formal investigations, to the negotiation and settled resolution of regulatory enforcement proceedings. In 2013, Angela was a part of the trial team that successfully defended Mark Cuban in a high-profile insider trading case brought by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Angela also assists domestic and multinational companies in conducting reviews of internal controls and compliance programs, especially those relating to anti-bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and advises organizations and entities on implementation of best practices in regulatory compliance. In 2014, Angela was named a New York Metro Rising Star in the area of white collar by Super Lawyers.


Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Corporate Investigations

Successfully represented Mark Cuban during a three-week trial in connection with SEC allegations that Mr. Cuban committed insider trading, prevailing on all charges.

Represented a multinational oil and gas company and certain of its subsidiaries in the defense and resolution of FCPA investigation by the DOJ and SEC.

Represented an international energy company and its subsidiary in connection with allegations of FCPA violations in Central Asia. The DOJ and SEC took no action against the client.

Represented a major computer software company in connection with allegations of FCPA violations in China. The DOJ and SEC took no action against the client.

Represented a Japanese corporate executive with respect to allegations of anti-trust and FCPA violations.

Represented a Dutch banking executive with respect to allegations of OFAC violations.

Represented a hedge fund manager in connection with allegations of illegal insider trading.

Represented a Swiss-based bank in connection with an investigation by the DOJ and IRS involving allegations that bank assisted U.S. taxpayers in committing tax fraud through use of undisclosed offshore accounts.

Represented multinational insurance and financial services company in connection with civil suits and multijurisdictional regulatory investigations involving allegations of bid-rigging in the insurance industry.

Represented leading investment bank in connection with a regulatory investigation and related civil suits concerning market timing and late trading. The DOJ and SEC took no action against the client.

Advised multiple joint venture entities operating abroad in West Africa and Russia with respect to FCPA compliance.

Qui Tam, Criminal and Other Litigation

Represented a (privately held company) supplier of durable medical equipment in qui tam action alleging multi-million dollar scheme to defraud Medicare.

Represented former partners and managers of a Big Four accounting firm serving as witnesses for the government in the largest criminal tax trial in U.S. history.

Advised a (public company) leading energy services firm in a major shareholder derivative matter involving allegations of improper accounting, OFAC/export control violations, FCPA violations, kickbacks, government contracting abuses, environmental damage and other misconduct.

Successfully defended a (public company) major appraisal services provider in class-action litigation alleging that the company provided fraudulent appraisals in violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and California state law, the case was dismissed with prejudice for lack of standing.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2003
Long Island University – B.A., summa cum laude, 2000

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Co-author, International Corruption (Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2d ed.) (forthcoming 2016)
Co-author, Chapter on United States; International Corruption (Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters 2010)
Co-author, Chapter on United States; Corporate Internal Investigations: an International Guide (Oxford University Press 2008)
The McNulty Memorandum, or “Part III: Return of the Lawyers,” Corporate Counsel Review (May 2008)
Too Little, Too Late? A Practitioner Perspective on the McNulty Memo, Bloomberg Securities Law Report (November 2007)
Spitzer Establishes Commission to Revamp New York Regulation, Law & Financial Markets Review (July 2007)
In Opposition to the Proposed Media Marketing Accountability Act of 2001, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (2004)