For thirty years, Julia Guttman has defended corporations and senior corporate officers in high profile white collar investigations. She has a particular emphasis on the defense of lawyers accused of ethical or criminal violations arising from their provision of legal services, as well as on issues involving advice of counsel as a defense to prosecution or civil proceedings. Her representation extends to all phases of investigation and litigation, including accompanying civil class actions and derivative actions.
Ms. Guttman defends clients in criminal and regulatory investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and numerous other federal, state and international enforcement agencies. Recent matters have involved a wide range of financial and accounting fraud allegations, as well as allegations involving currency manipulation, securities fraud, money laundering, antitrust, insider trading, OFAC sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. She represents multinational corporations, as well as general counsel, chief financial officers and controllers, compliance officers, corporate directors, lawyers in private practice and political figures.
Ms. Guttman’s civil practice focuses on the representation of clients in complex litigation, including securities class actions and derivative litigation, that frequently accompanies criminal or regulatory investigations. Such parallel proceedings add an additional layer of complexity to the defense of both the underlying investigation and the civil proceeding. Ms. Guttman also directs internal investigations for corporations faced with allegations of wrongdoing, including potential accounting irregularities and issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As part of such representations, she may counsel clients on the design of corporate ethics and compliance programs to prevent, detect and deter future misconduct.
Another aspect of Ms. Guttman’s practice involves defending clients facing attempts by government agencies to compel their assistance with law enforcement investigations. These requests for assistance may be civil or criminal and may involve either disclosure of data or provision of technical assistance. She counsels clients through the complex questions at the intersection of privacy, technology and compulsory process entailed by such government requests.
Following graduation from law school, Ms. Guttman served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to joining Baker Botts, Ms. Guttman was a partner with the white collar boutique Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P.
- Foreign currency trader – Defense of investigations by U.S. and foreign prosecutorial and regulatory authorities of alleged manipulation of foreign exchange (“ForEx”) rates
- Senior compliance officer – Defense of investigations by multiple U.S. authorities into alleged violations of U.S. sanctions regulations
- General counsel of international bank – Defense of investigations of alleged violations of U.S. sanctions regulations
- Employee of major financial services firm – Defense of fraud investigation by Department of Justice and Inspector General
- Former CFO of major bank – Defense of investigations and litigation arising from the bank’s alleged nondisclosures in connection with a major acquisition, including consolidated federal securities class action, derivative litigation and civil suit by the New York Attorney General under the Martin Act
- Fortune 500 technology company – Defense in criminal antitrust investigation of alleged bid rigging and market allocation
- Advanced technology company – Representation in connection with law enforcement endeavor to compel use of the company’s technology to aid in ongoing criminal investigation
- Fortune 500 information services company – Defense in SEC investigation of alleged accounting irregularities
- General counsel of major financial services company – Defense of accounting fraud investigation
- Fortune 500 consumer products company – Internal investigation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues
- Represented the FDIC as receiver for Washington Mutual Bank in defense of more than 10 consumer class actions
- Financial services company – Internal investigation of use of password cracking software and unauthorized access to financial systems
- Attorneys and law firms – Defense of allegations of fraud, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the provision of legal services to clients
- Advanced technology services provider – Advice on Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
- Senior financial services company officer – Defense in civil securities fraud actions under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
- Business unit head of environmental services company – Defense in Securities and Exchange Commission insider trading investigation
Awards & Community
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2016
Recognized as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer, 2009-2017
Named one of “Washington’s Best Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011-2012, 2013-2014 & 2015-2016
Publications, Speeches & Presentations