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Jan Lawrence Handzlik

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Regulatory enforcement actions
  • Complex Civil Litigation
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Biography

Jan Handzlik is a litigation partner in Venable's Securities Enforcement & White-Collar Defense Practice Group, and co-chair of the firm's Anti-Corruption & Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Group.  He represents companies and individuals in investigations, prosecutions and regulatory matters nationwide, and also specializes in complex civil business litigation.  Earlier, Mr. Handzlik served as a federal prosecutor in the Major Fraud & Special Prosecutions Section of the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

A nationally-recognized authority on business crime and foreign bribery matters, Mr. Handzlik defends white-collar criminal cases, civil and criminal securities enforcement proceedings, and matters involving financial fraud and international commerce.  His cases often involve allegations of tax fraud, securities fraud, bank and mortgage fraud, money laundering and improper payments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He also represents clients in export controls and foreign currency control investigations, and in criminal antitrust and criminal environmental matters.

Mr. Handzlik, an accomplished and highly-regarded trial lawyer, has tried nearly 100 jury cases and numerous bench trials to verdict in federal and state courts.  He also conducts corporate internal investigations; coordinates multinational investigations; and designs, implements and audits corporate law compliance programs.  Mr. Handzlik served for three years as one of the first independent FCPA law compliance monitors, evaluating a multinational corporation's compliance with U.S. securities laws and the FCPA.  He was appointed to this position under a deferred prosecution agreement between the company and the U.S. Department of Justice.


Classes & Seminars

  • Ethical Issues for the Defense and Prosecution in White Collar Cases, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee and Los Angeles County Bar, 1994
  • Gag Order, CNN: Televised Debate, 1994
  • The American Criminal Justice System, States Information Agency Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, 1995
  • Practicing Preventive Law -- Effective Internal Corporate Compliance Programs, Corporate Legal Institute and Corporate Legal Times, Chicago, IL, 1995
  • SEC Enforcement Priorities, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Securities Fraud Subcommittee, New York, NY, 1995
  • Ethical Issues for the Defense and Prosecution -- 1996, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee and L.A. County Bar, Los Angeles, CA, 1996
  • Securities and Commodities Fraud, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, New Orleans, LA, 1997
  • Current SEC Enforcement Priorities, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • Securities Fraud Enforcement Priorities, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • Securities Fraud Enforcement Priorities, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Securities Fraud Subcommittee, New York, NY, 1997
  • Sentencing Issues, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • Recent Developments in Government Fraud and Public Corruption Cases, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee, Los Angeles, 1998
  • White Collar Crime and Qui Tam Actions in the Central District of California, Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA, 1998
  • International Criminal Investigations - Evidence Gathering Techniques, Internal Investigations and Litigation Strategies, Loyola Law School, School of Advanced Studies of the University of London and Price Waterhouse, Los Angeles, CA, 1998
  • Federal, State and Local Criminal Environmental Enforcement Priorities, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee, Los Angeles, CA, 1998
  • Assault on the Privilege: Protecting and Defending the Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product and Joint Defense Agreements, ABA Mid-Year Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
  • Securities Fraud Enforcement Issues, ABA West Coast White Collar Crime Committee, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
  • Parallel Proceedings -- Treading Through A Mine Field, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Francisco, CA, 1999
  • Financial Statement Reporting Fraud, PricewaterhouseCoopers/LACBA Criminal Justice Section, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
  • Webster Hubbell - Life as a Target, ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1999
  • Healthcare Fraud, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami, FL
  • Current SEC Enforcement Priorities, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, New York, NY
  • Criminal and Administrative Healthcare Fraud Developments and Enforcement Priorities, Criminal and Administrative Healthcare Fraud Developments and Enforcement Priorities, 2000
  • Cyber-Criminals in Stocks: An Overview of Internet Securities Fraud, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, New York, NY, 2000
  • United States vs. Wen Ho Lee: The Defense Team Speaks, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, San Francisco, CA, 2001
  • Targeting Attorneys, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Francisco, CA, 2001
  • Perspective on Justice: View from the Criminal Division, ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Washington, DC, 2001
  • Perspectives on Cybercrime, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2001
  • High Visibility White Collar Cases: Will The Media Shape Your Case?, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami, FL, 2002
  • Ethics and Essence: Corporate Conduct and Government Enforcement -- Post-Enron, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • When the Government Calls: Responding to Increasing Criminalization of Corporate and Securities-Related Activity, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Representing a Company in a Crisis Situation, Los Angeles County Bar Association 36th Annual Securities Regulation Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • Motions and Discovery, Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2004 Federal Criminal Law Practice program, Los Angeles, CA, 2004
  • The Year of Living Dangerously -- Compliance Under the New Regime, ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami Beach, FL, 2004
  • International Law at a Crossroads, 41st Annual Symposium on International Law, Plano, TX, 2004
  • Parallel Proceedings: Criminal Aspects of Securities Fraud Investigations, Los Angeles County Bar Association 37th Annual Securities Regulation Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 2004
  • Evolution of Corporate Cooperation - The Changing Relationship between Companies and their Employees, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, American Bar Association, Henderson, NV, 2005
  • Internal Investigations: Ethical Dilemmas and Challenges Faced by General Counsel, CLE International Conference on Internal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA, 2005
  • Privileged Communications Across Borders: Different Rules For In-House Counsel, Local And Foreign Lawyers, ABA Section of International Law 2005 Fall Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, 2005
  • Internal Investigations: Pitfalls and Practicalities Under Thompson and Seaboard, Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, American Bar Association, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • We Are the Government and We're Here to Help: Federal, State and Local Enforcement of Environmental Laws, Parker Milliken's 22nd Annual Seminar on Hazardous Waste Management and the Law, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
  • The Heightened Element of Risk, NACD/FEI Joint Seminar: rules of the Road: the Board's Expanding Expectations of the CFO, San Diego, CA, 2006
  • Key Components of Effective FCPA Compliance Programs, American Conference Institute FCPA Boot Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Aftermath of an Enforcement Action: Appointing and Working With Special Compliance Monitors, American Conference Institute 16th National Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Conference, Washington, D.C., 2006
  • Securities Enforcement after the McNulty Memo: The Future of Corporate Cooperation, The American Bar Association Section of Business Law, Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, 2007
  • Avoiding Manipulation by Adverse Parties and Knowing Who Is Adverse, CLE International Conference on Internal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • CLE International Conference on Internal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA, 21st Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, San Francisco, CA, 2007
  • Aftermath of An Enforcement Action: Appointing and Working with Special Compliance Monitors, American Conference Institute, 17th National Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Conference, New York, NY, 2007
  • Protecting The Unique Pharma/Life Sciences Business Model When Working with Compliance Monitors and/or Consultants, American Conference Institute's Anti-Corruption for Pharma and Life Sciences Conference, New York, NY, 2007
  • Corruption - Latest Developments, International Bar Association Criminal Law Section, 10th Transnational Crime Conference, Washington, DC, 2007
  • Corporate Representation after DOJ's McNulty Memo: The Implications of DOJ Policy for White Collar Defenders, Internal Investigators, Civil Litigators and Everyday Business Advisors, The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Section of Business Law Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege, Live Audio Webcast, 2007
  • Internal Investigations, Los Angeles County Bar Association's 40th Annual Securities Regulation Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 2007

Education

  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1970
  • University of Southern California
    • B.A. - 1967

Bar Admission

  • California, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

Published Works

  • Tide Turning Against Privilege Waivers for Prosecutors in Corporate Cases, Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal, November, 2006
  • Protecting Employee Rights Under the Thompson Memorandum, Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Newsletter 15, No. 1, Fall, 2006
  • Playing a Dual Role, Los Angeles Lawyer 26, No. 7, October, 2003

Representative Cases

  • U.S. v. Lindsey Manufacturing Company, et al

Honors

  • The Daily Journal, named Jan one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California”
  • California Attorney of the Year Award (CLAY Award) from California Lawyer Magazine for “extraordinary achievement” in criminal law
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) presented Jan with its annual White Collar Criminal Defense Award
  • The Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles honored Jan with the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Memorial Award, presented for “exemplary commitment
  • Super Lawyers
  • The American Lawyer Magazine and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers

Past Positions

  • Honorable Francis C. Whelan, United States District Judge, Central District of California, Los Angeles, Judicial Clerk, 1970 to 1971
  • Howrey LLP, Los Angeles, California, Partner
  • Greenberg Traurig, Partner
  • United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud and Special Prosecutions Section, Assistant United States Attorney

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Council, Second Circuit, Member, 2007
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2006
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Committee on Revision of the Standards for Prosecution and Defense Lawyers, Member, 2005
  • American Bar Association, President's Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege, Member, 2004
  • American Bar Association, Presidential Task Force on the Implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Criminal Justice Section Liaison, 2004 to 2007
  • American Bar Association, Governing Council, Criminal Justice Section, Member, 2002 to 2005
  • International Bar Association, Member, Business Crime Committee, Member, 2005 to present; Corporate Counsel Forum Liaison Officer, 2007 - Present
  • Chancery Club of Los Angeles, Member, 2002
  • American Bar Association, National White Collar Crime Committee, Chair, 2000 to 2002
  • International Bar Association’s Business Crime Committee, Co-Chair