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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Washington, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1990

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith

CoopersmithJeffrey
Partner
T206.757.8020
F206.757.7020
T213.633.8637
F213.633.6899

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith is a veteran trial lawyer with an extensive practice focusing on civil and criminal matters, internal investigations for private and public entities, and complex commercial litigation. A former federal prosecutor, Jeff has substantial experience as lead counsel representing companies and individuals, both in the U.S. and abroad, in connection with investigations and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings in the areas of health care, securities, FCPA, antitrust, tax, banking, legal ethics, and others. Jeff's internal investigation work has involved representation of Board committees, companies, municipalities, and corporate officers, and he has deep experience with the difficult issues that come up in these matters. Jeff also teaches and writes extensively on these and other topics relating to government controversies and investigations.

Representative Experience

White Collar and SEC Defense

False Claims Act defense for large hospital

Representation of hospital in connection with False Claims Act matter relating to Medicare billing  issues. (Ongoing)

Criminal and civil health care defense for corporate officer

Representation of individual in criminal health care and FDA investigation. (Ongoing)

FDA administrative defense

Representation of physician in connection with FDA investigation regarding clinical trial. (Ongoing)

False Claims Act defense for large hospital

Representation of large hospital in defense of criminal and civil investigation by DOJ of false claims regarding payments by Medicare for Durable Medical Equipment. (2012)

Investigation defense for hospital

Representation of hospital in coordination and response to search warrants executed on large hospital in connection with alleged false claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal. (2013)

Criminal antitrust defense for company

Representation of company in connection with major international cartel investigation. (2012)

Civil securities defense for corporate officer*

 Representation of former CFO of large mortgage finance company in SEC lawsuit and private civil securities lawsuits. (2011)

Criminal and civil health care defense for hospitals*

Representation of hospitals in criminal and civil health care fraud investigation. (2011)

Criminal and civil securities defense for corporate directors*

Representation of outside directors in civil and criminal accounting fraud investigations concerning stock options backdating. (2011)

Criminal food safety defense for company*

Representation of food processing and distribution company in connection with criminal FDA investigation. (2011)

Criminal and civil securities defense for corporate officer*

Representation of CEO in parallel civil and criminal investigation, private civil class action, and employment litigation regarding statements in SEC filings. (2010)

Criminal and civil securities defense for corporate officer*

Representation of former CEO in parallel civil and criminal accounting fraud investigations concerning stock options backdating. (2010)

Criminal mortgage fraud defense for individual*

Representation of individual in mortgage fraud investigation. (2010)

Criminal and civil securities defense for corporate officer*

Representation of former CFO in parallel civil and criminal accounting fraud investigations concerning stock options backdating. (2010)

Criminal tax defense for individuals*

Representation of foreign nationals in connection with criminal investigation of abusive tax shelter promotion. (2010)

Criminal and civil securities defense for corporate officer*

Representation of former controller in parallel civil and criminal accounting fraud investigations concerning revenue recognition issues. (2008)

Civil securities defense for attorney*

Representation of attorney in SEC investigation regarding stock sales. (2009)

Civil securities defense for hedge fund principals*

Representation of several hedge fund principals in SEC and DOJ investigations concerning PIPE transactions. (2009)

Criminal tax defense for individual*

Representation of individual in criminal tax investigation involving offshore transactions. (2009)

Criminal tax defense for corporate officer*

Representation of former corporate officer in criminal and civil tax investigation regarding alleged false corporate and individual returns. (2008)

Criminal antitrust defense for corporate officer*

Representation of corporate officer in a criminal antitrust investigation. (2007)

Criminal tax defense for company*

Representation of company in an abusive tax shelter promotion criminal investigation. (2006)

Internal Corporate Investigations

Ethics investigation for municipality*

Representation of City of Bellevue, Wash. as independent investigator in connection with conflicts of interest allegations involving members of the City Council. (2011)

Internal corporate investigation*

Conducted internal corporate review relating to potential FCPA violations. (2009)

Internal corporate investigation*

Conducted internal review of large international company's anti-money laundering and OFAC policies and controls in foreign operations. (2009)

Internal corporate investigation*

Representation of audit committee in connection with a counterfeit computer parts investigation for a manufacturing company in Asia. (2009)

Internal corporate investigation*

Representation of audit committee in connection with investigation of related party transaction issues for company in Asia. (2008)

Internal corporate investigation*

Conducted internal review of a company's historical stock options granting practices. (2006)

Civil Litigation

Complex ERISA litigation*

Representation of insurers in property casualty loss litigation and ERISA benefits litigation. (2008)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, DLA Piper, Seattle, 2005-2012
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, Seattle, 1997-2005
  • Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., 1991-1997
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1990-1991

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Ethics, Port of Seattle Commission
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers, 2011-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters, 2010-2013; Selected to "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers," 2012-2013
  • Thomas C. Wales Performance Award