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Justin V. Shur

Justin Shur is a partner in MoloLamken’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices. With more than two decades of first-chair trial experience, Mr. Shur has earned a national reputation for successfully representing clients in some of the most prominent white collar criminal matters and high-stakes business disputes. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies and other major businesses and organizations around the world and across a broad range of industries. Mr. Shur has also represented numerous individuals, from CEOs, board members, and other senior executives to several high-ranking public officials, including a Cabinet member, U.N. ambassador, and White House advisor to the President.

Over the years, Mr. Shur has guided clients through sensitive government investigations and related proceedings. He has extensive experience with numerous federal enforcement and investigatory agencies, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Inspectors General, and Congress, as well as various state and local authorities. And he has handled matters involving a wide range of allegations, including insider trading and other violations of federal securities laws, corporate and accounting fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, healthcare fraud, antitrust violations, False Claims Act violations, tax fraud, government contract fraud, public corruption, and most other issues that have been the focus of government enforcement.

Mr. Shur has successfully resolved a number of significant white collar matters confidentially, persuading authorities not to bring charges. And when cases are brought, he is equally effective in defending clients. An experienced courtroom advocate, Mr. Shur has tried dozens of cases before juries and judges across the country. Drawing on his time as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Shur is also regularly called upon to conduct internal investigations, and advise companies and their boards on risk mitigation and effective compliance measures.

In his civil practice, Mr. Shur has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in multi-billion dollar disputes involving many of the most pressing issues facing businesses today. He has litigated and tried a wide array of complex commercial cases in nearly every setting, from federal and state courts to various arbitration forums. Mr. Shur has also helped clients avoid the cost and risks of courtroom battles by achieving highly-favorable pre-suit and pre-trial outcomes.

Prior to joining Molo Lamken, Mr. Shur served in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, where he was Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section. In that role, he oversaw fraud and corruption investigations and prosecutions nationwide, and served as lead trial counsel in several of DOJ’s most significant white collar matters. Mr. Shur also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan.

Representative Matters

White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Matters

  • CFO of software company in DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged insider trading violations
  • Speaker of New York State Assembly at trial on federal corruption charges
  • President of investment advisory firm at trial on charges of obstructing a grand jury investigation
  • State Department official in connection with Congressional impeachment inquiry
  • COO of pharmaceutical company in DOJ investigation into alleged False Claims Act violations
  • Ambassador to the United Nations in connection with international extradition proceedings
  • CEO of automaker in DOJ fraud investigation
  • Senior White House official in connection with investigation by DOJ Special Prosecutor
  • CFO of defense contracting firm in DOJ investigation into alleged Bank Secrecy Act violations
  • High-ranking diplomat at trial involving allegations of bribery and fraud
  • CMO of telecommunications company in DOJ and SEC investigations into FCPA violations
  • Chair of finance committee for U.S. presidential campaign in DOJ campaign finance investigation
  • CEO of energy company in connection with DOJ securities fraud investigation
  • Hedge fund trader in connection with House and Senate investigations into market manipulation allegations 
  • Cabinet member in connection with Inspector General investigation into alleged ethics violations
  • Healthcare company executive in DOJ antitrust investigation into price-fixing allegations
  • Retired General in U.S. Armed Forces in connection with DOJ investigation into perjury allegations
  • Director of offshore trust company in connection with DOJ tax fraud investigation
  • National security official in DOJ investigation into handling of counterintelligence operation
  • Commodity trader in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations by DOJ and CFTC
  • Executive Director of non-profit organization in DOJ investigation into potential FARA violations 
  • President of real estate development company in DOJ investigation into kickback allegations 

Corporate Internal Investigations

  • Private equity firm in conducting investigation into alleged anti-corruption violations in Latin America
  • Investigation for defense contractor in connection with conflict of interest allegations
  • Wall Street broker-dealer in conducting investigation into fixed-income securities trading practices
  • Investigation for Brazilian company in connection with bribery and corruption allegations
  • Healthcare marketing company in conducting investigation into alleged Anti-Kickback Statute violations
  • Investigation for regulator in response to leak of sensitive statutorily protected data
  • Media company in conducting investigation into accounting fraud allegations
  • Investigation for health care facilities operator into alleged violations of the False Claims Act
  • Financial services firm in conducting investigation into anti-money laundering practices and controls
  • Investigation for energy company into alleged violations of government ethics laws
  • Software company in conducting investigation into allegations of improper marketing practices
  • Investigation for New York Stock Exchange-listed company into allegations of fraud in Eastern Europe

Complex Business Litigation

  • Leading foreign bank in dispute against Wall Street investment firm arising from collapse of credit facility
  • Software company in connection with patent dispute
  • Broker-dealer at trial involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Institutional investors in breach of contract suit involving mortgage-backed securities offering
  • Real estate developer at trial in breach of contract action against investors
  • Private investment fund in redemption dispute with foreign bank
  • Energy company in litigation involving oil and natural gas exploration program in Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Former CEO of financial services firm in litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Medical facilities operator in breach of contract dispute with managed health care company
  • Multinational law firm in litigation involving debt financing for foreign investment project
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of a NYSE-listed company in connection with a proxy contest
  • Satellite operator in dispute involving rights to international frequency assignments
  • Investment advisor in dispute involving conflict of interest allegations
  • President of government contractor in litigation involving allegations of false claims and kickbacks

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Recent Developments in Honest Services Fraud Prosecution and Defense, Inn of Court, Sept. 2020
  • Fraud Litigation, Enforcement & Contentious Insolvency, Latin America Asset Recovery Series, June 2019
  • Defending Your Client Under Congressional Investigation, ABA, Mar. 2019
  • Best Practices for Private Fund Managers Amidst the Rulings in Martoma, Newman and Salman, The Hedge Fund Law Report, Nov. 2017
  • Recent Trends in Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Actions, ABA, June 2017
  • Views from the Defense Bar, National Advocacy Center, Nov. 2016
  • Political Corruption, Inn of Court, Feb. 2016
  • Effective Corporate Crisis Management, International Association of Lawyers, July 2015
  • FCPA, AML & OFAC Risks for Private Equity and Hedge Funds, ACI, Mar. 2015
  • Political Intelligence and the STOCK Act: The Next Regulatory Frontier, ABA, June 2013
  • Managing Cross-Border Investigations, Yale Club, Jan. 2013
  • National Security Leaks and the Law, Council for Court Excellence, Dec. 2012
  • Insider Trading Issues in Today's Enforcement Environment, National Law Journal, Oct. 2012
  • Understanding and Managing FCPA Risks, China Investment Group, June 2012
  • When an Executive's Problems Become the Company's Problems, Law Bulletin's Annual White Collar Crime and Corporate Governance Conference, Apr. 2012

Honors & Awards

Mr. Shur has been recognized by clients and peers for his achievements as demonstrated by his selection for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and The Legal 500. Mr. Shur also received numerous awards during his tenure as a prosecutor, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work on the Jack Abramoff investigation, which resulted in the conviction of more than 20 individuals, including a U.S. Congressman.


Emory University School of Law, J.D.

Ithaca College, B.A.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and District of Columbia
  • Admitted on a case-by-case basis to numerous other courts around the country

Professional Affiliations

Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Barrister

American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow

Council for Court Excellence, Board Member

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee, Co-Chair

National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member

D.C. Bar Litigation and Criminal Law Sections, Member

New York Council of Defense Lawyers, Member

The Barristers, Member

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member

Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Member

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